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Acne

Acne is a very common skin condition which is normally first seen around the time of puberty. However, acne can affect patients at any age, from infancy to adult. Despite great variability in the time of onset and appearance of acne, it is essentially a genetically determined and hormonal driven disease. Luckily, with the correct...

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Age Spots & Brown Spots

Age spots and brown spots are commonly seen on the skin as it ages, often as a result of sun damage. Also known as sun spots, these dark spots on the skin can appear anywhere on the body but are most commonly seen on the face and hands. The Center for Laser Surgery offers effective...

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Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

This is a very common and misunderstood disease. It has been called “the itch that scratches”. In simple terms, it is hyperreactivity of the skin's very own immune system to both exogenous and endogenous allergens, leading to itchy, dry, irritated skin on affected areas. Over the past decade our understanding of the pathogenesis of eczema...

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Broken Blood Vessels

Broken blood vessels appear as visible veins beneath the skin. Often a red or a dark blue or purple in color, the veins may appear thin in the case of spider veins or thick and raised in the case of varicose veins. Spider veins typically do not pose a medical problem, but some patients may...

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Cafe Au Lait Birthmark

Café Au Lait birthmarks are caused by excess melanin deposits in the epidermis. These birthmarks respond very favorably to multiple treatments with Ruby, Alexandrite or ND YAG lasers, however, there is a 50% chance of recurrence requiring retreatment. For more information on our birthmark removal program, please visit our birthmark removal page.

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Cellulite

What Is Cellulite? Cellulite, or dimpling of the skin surface due to underlying fat, can be a significant concern for many patients. Cellulite is not caused specifically by the presence of fat, but the fibrous septae that run within fat, providing structure to areas of fat and helping to anchor more superficial areas of fat...

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Contact Dermatitis

Allergic Contact Dermatitis The most common type of contact dermatitis is a reaction to poison ivy. If you take a walk in the woods, brush against a plant, and note the appearance of blisters on the skin two days later, the diagnosis of allergic contact reaction to poison ivy is obvious. However, reactions to poison...

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Dishydrotic Eczema

The classical form of this is the sudden appearance of water blisters along the fingers and/or the palms and the soles. These blisters are quite itchy at first and then flatten out and become scaly. This disease tends to be recurrent in individuals who are susceptible. Stress is often an exacerbating factor. Eczema may also...

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Facial Blood Vessels

The 532nm Versapulse KTP laser, also known as a pulsed green light laser, was a major advancement in the treatment of visible facial blood vessels. This laser underwent its clinical development at the Center for Laser Surgery and proved a tremendous advancement in the treatment of facial blood vessels and deep facial erythema (redness) since...

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Hair Loss

Humans are unique in sporting a thick growth of hair localized to the scalp. Whatever protection from the elements this may have afforded our ancestors seems to have devolved into a concern related more to appearance rather than to function. In some cultures, great importance is attached to having a beautiful mane of hair, and...

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Hemangiomas

Hemangiomas form from a buildup of blood vessels in the skin that often results in the formation of a red birthmark. Hemangiomas are common in infants and young children, though they typically do not pose a medical risk. Typically, they are found on the head or neck and may disappear on their own with age....

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Hyperhidrosis Treatment

Looking for Hyperhidrosis treatment in Washington, DC? Botox is FDA-approved for the treatment of excessive underarm sweating which cannot be treated effectively with topical agents such as prescription antiperspirants.  Botox treatment helps control excessive underarm sweating by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from nerves which stimulate the sweat glands to secrete sweat. When the sweat...

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Melasma

Melasma is a common skin condition distinguished by discoloration of the face. Typically, melasma is seen as dark brown patches on the cheeks, forehead, chin, or bridge of the nose. Though most commonly found on the face, melasma can occur on any part of the body frequently exposed to the sun. What are the Signs...

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Moles

Almost everyone has pigmented spots on their skin. Most adults have approximately twenty-five moles – some have none and others have hundreds. Moles generally appear between childhood and the mid-twenties. Pigmented spots or moles present at birth or in the first year of life are called “congenital.” They seem to have a higher chance of...

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Nevus of Ota

Nevus of Ota, or blue-black facial birthmarks, are caused by an abnormally focused collection of melanocytes (pigment producing cells) in the upper dermis. This collection of cells causes a focal darkening of the overlying skin resulting in a bluish-black patch of skin. Nevus of Ota birthmarks are commonly found on the face and are more...

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Psoriasis Treatment

Suffering from Psoriasis in Washington, DC? We are recognized experts for the treatment of psoriasis in Washington, DC. Psoriasis is a genetically determined, chronic inflammatory disease of the skin marked by thickened, scaly, dry plaques in affected areas. Psoriasis comes in many forms, such as palmoplantar psoriasis (hands/feet), scalp psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, and the classic...

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Rosacea Treatment

What is Rosacea? Rosacea is characterized by persistent facial redness, associated with intermittent flushing and blushing and development of facial telangiectasia (spider veins), normally focused on the central face and cheeks. Rosacea has traditionally been treated with continuous oral and topical medications with variable success. We also offer laser rosacea treatment which is often far more effective...

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Skin Cancer

Board Certified Dermatologists are highly trained experts in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Through years of training and experience, dermatologists are able to differentiate many forms of skin cancer from non-cancerous lesions. Over the past decade, new instruments and techniques have been developed, such as dermoscopy, which aid dermatologists in the diagnosis and exclusion...

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Stretch Mark Reduction

Stretch marks, or striae, present as unsightly red to white areas, which occur commonly on the abdomen, arms, chest, buttocks, and thighs. The root cause of stretch marks is unknown but can result from pregnancy, rapid weight gain, trauma and most likely has both hormonal, genetic, and physical influences. Stretch marks represent a dermal scar...

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Sun Damage

As we age, signs of damage to our skin such as sun damage become more visible and apparent. Over time sun damage can lead to brown spots, wrinkles, and growths that are in visible, cosmetically sensitive areas. The Center for Laser Surgery specializes in treating the cosmetic effects of sun damage with a wide variety of laser and cosmetic...

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Wart Removal

Two main types of warts affect human skin. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) accounts for the majority of wart infections. There are more than 70 types of HPV and they can occur anywhere on the body. Warts are named by their location (i.e. “plantar” is the bottom of the foot, and “genital” is on or near...

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Wrinkles & Crepe-like Skin

One of the most obvious signs of human aging are the many changes which occur to our skin. Compare the skin of a newborn to an elder and the differences are clear. Young skin is taut yet supple, without lines, visible pores, or blotchy pigmentation. Older skin is loose, shows fine and deep lines, larger...

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