What can I do to improve the appearance of my skin? I have sun damage, fine lines and loss of skin elasticity that have been progressive over time. Is there anything I can do to help?
Laser skin treatments can give you a quick skin smoothing treatment with no downtime! Our laser procedures are performed by Dr. Sandel and Dr. Duggal in our Annapolis treatment center. Laser skin resurfacing is ideal for treating sun damaged skin, improving dark eye circles, minimizing fine lines around the eyes and mouth and enhancing the overall texture of the skin.
Laser skin treatments can:
- remove or reduce sun spots and pigmentation problems
- improve and treat rosacea
- reduce visible capillaries or veins in the skin
- smooth fine lines and wrinkles
- remove precancerous skin lesion like actinic keratosis
- tighten the skin
- improve skin elasticity
- remove hair
- make the skin overall healthier and more polished, especially when combined with surgery
Our laser skin care services include:
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Laser hair removal
- Laser vein treatments (spider veins)
Laser Skin Resurfacing Before & After
CO2 Laser Peel
Light Depth CO2 Laser Peel “Active FX”
For smoother, healthier and more vibrant skin choose the Lumenis CO2 Superficial to Medium Depth Laser Resurfacing. If you are looking for a treatment that is much more effective than microdermabrasion or light chemical peels, and have little time for prolonged healing process, then this laser peel was designed for you.
Using CO2 fractionated laser technology the outermost layer of skin (in the epidermis) is treated to improve skin texture, fine wrinkles, keratoses, and pigmentary problems. The depth of treatment can be tailored for your specific skin type and desired result… giving you amazing skin!
This is usually a one time treatment but may be repeated as needed for aging skin. There is minimal downtime depending on the level of treatment!
What is CO2 Laser Resurfacing For:
- Superficial skin texture abnormalities
- Uneven skin tone
- Sun damaged skin and keratoses
- Immediate smoothing of the skin
- Unclogging pores and tightening of pore size
Fractional CO2 Laser
Complete Fractionated CO2 Laser Skin Rejuvenation “Total FX and Max FX”
Dramatic improvements in deep wrinkles, scars, skin laxity, uneven skin tone, and deep texture abnormalities requires a deeper rejuvenation session. The Lumenis Ultrapulse Encore CO2 Laser uses a microbeam to treat thousands of pin-point areas of the skin.
This allows a deeper skin resurfacing with improved collagen remodeling which heals much faster than the traditional deep chemical or CO2 laser modalities. Again, our laser offers the ability to tailor your treatment!
We can be as aggressive as you like depending on the desired result and how quickly you heal. One treatment is all that is required! Downtime is generally around 7 days before makeup can be applied.
What is Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing For:
- Moderate to deep wrinkles and fine lines
- Post-traumatic scars
- Acne scars
- Age spots
- Deep sun spots
- Aging and sun-damaged skin
How Lasers Work
Traditional Laser Skin Treatments
Lasers have been used for rejuvenating the skin for many years. Traditional treatments have included chemical peels and carbon dioxide lasers (CO2). These treatments are excellent in providing dramatic results with one treatment session. Patients who are selected appropriately with regard to their skin types can benefit from the marked reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, discolorations, uneven skin texture, and scarring. Although technology has come a long way, nothing has matched the efficacy of these traditional modalities.
However, the CO2 laser and chemical peels have several risks associated with them that make them difficult to use in untrained hands. Some of these include pigmentation changes, lines of demarcation, redness, long recovery periods and, in rare cases, scar formation. It is important to select a surgeon who is highly experienced with these techniques to avoid or minimize these complications.
New Laser Skin Treatments
As laser technology has continued to evolve, exciting treatment modalities have been made available. It is becoming easier to treat brown spots (lentigines), fine lines and wrinkles, redness, vascular areas (telangiectasias), and texture with less risk and minimal downtime. Although not quite as effective as the traditional CO2 laser or chemical peels, these new lasers offer results over several treatment sessions, each with little to no downtime. Even the more aggressive treatment will heal almost completely in less than 4-7 days. These treatments can also be performed in the office without requiring an anesthesiologist. Topical numbing cream is usually sufficient.
There are many different companies marketing different types of lasers and technology. It is very difficult to discern what works and what doesn’t. Some laser platforms are more useful in the medical spa or salon setting. These treatments are generally very superficial and require little skill or knowledge to perform. Some of these are good at refreshing the skin similar to micodermabrasion or light skin peels. They are usually ineffective at achieving sustainable, long-term results when it comes to skin tightening and rejuvenation, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing skin texture, and improving sun damaged skin.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal can be performed on virtually any part of the body, including arms, abdomen, bikini area, chin, neck, sideburns and upper lip. The most successful laser surgery is performed on men and women with light skin and dark hair.
How Long Does It Take?
Dr. Sandel and Dr. Duggal perform the laser hair removal at The Sandel Duggal Center for Plastic Surgery in Annapolis, Maryland. The number of sessions needed to effectively remove hair will vary greatly, depending on the area being treated, skin type and type of hair. Most patients require four to seven treatments spaced four to twelve weeks apart.
About the Procedure
Before your treatment, Dr. Sandel and Dr. Duggal will give you precise instructions on how to prepare for laser hair removal, including disclosing any mediations you may be taking and shaving the area to be treated.
Dr. Sandel and Dr. Duggal will pass the laser device over the precise area where the hair will be removed. The beam passes through the first layer of skin into the dermis where it targets the hair follicle.
Does It Hurt?
You may feel a slight sensation as the hair follicle is destroyed, similar to a rubber band snapping against your skin. Localized redness or swelling may also occur, though these affects will clear up very quickly.
When Can I Go Back To Work?
You can typically resume your normal activities or return to work immediately following the procedure. It is important, however, that you avoid tanning beds, and self-tanners should not be applied until at least three days after surgery. When you are in direct sunlight, always use a sunscreen.
Why Choose Us
Named Best in Annapolis
Dr. Henry Sandel was named “Best Laser Skin Rejuvenation in Annapolis” in What’s Up Magazine Best of Beauty & Fitness.
The Sandel Duggal Center for Plastic Surgery in Annapolis is dedicated to providing patients with results. It is Dr. Sandel and Dr. Duggal’s intention to only use or recommend laser treatments that will give his patients the best possible outcome. He has continued to research new technologies and “try out” all different types of laser platforms to determine what delivers the best quality and most consistent result.