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Laser Surgery

Non-Ablative & Ablative Laser Treatments

Until recently, traditional ablative surgery was the only treatment option available for patients who desired significant skin rejuvenation and enhancement. This old-school approach, which used intense high temperature lasers often required lengthy healing, recovery and down time.

At The GW Medical Faculty Associates, our experienced cosmetic dermatology providers perform safe and effective non-ablative and ablative laser treatments that reduce potential side-effects and recovery time. Our approach generally consists of individualized and gradual treatment to achieve optimal results.

IPL Photo Facial

Intense Pulsed Light Photorejuvenation (IPL) is an FDA-approved, patented technology which is a breakthrough in age-defying dermatologic treatment. IPL™ treatments address imperfections from sun damage and photo-aging, enlarged pores, rosacea, general redness, acne scars, dull complexions, and other facial imperfections. The treatments are performed in our office and you may return to work the same day. We generally recommend a series of 5-6 treatments to deliver a significant reduction of unwanted pigmentation, redness, and lines, and see the appearance of smoother, revitalized skin on the neck, the chest, and the hands.


The QuadraLASE Fractional CO2 Laser works by delivering carbon dioxide laser beams into the skin to stimulate collagen production. Collagen helps to keep skin tight, full and vibrant.

The treatment is performed in our offices and generally lasts for about an hour. You may have temporary 'sunburned' feeling and mild skin peeling, but the effects typically diminish in 4-5 days. Results are virtually immediate.

The fractionated nature of the QuadraLASE Fractional CO2 Laser allows the laser energy to affect only a fraction of the skin instead of its entire surface, thus speeding up recovery time and enhancing the results.

V-Beam Laser

The V-beam laser is used to treat an array of cosmetic dermatologic issues including rosacea, port wine stains, angiomas, scars, facial and leg veins, acne, and stretchmarks. A safe and effective “non-ablative” treatment, the V-Beam laser produces a beam of light that targets the selected blood vessels, while sparing damage to the surrounding healthy skin.

During treatment with the V-Beam laser, the Dynamic Cooling Device sprays a cooling mist onto the skin before each laser pulse, which protects the upper layer of the skin. This process makes the treatment more comfortable and tolerable for patients.

Following treatment, patients may experience mild swelling and redness, which can last a few days. Lotion, sunscreen, and make up can be applied to the treatment area following the procedure. Strict sun avoidance is recommended six weeks prior to and following the procedure. In addition, the use of a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher is strongly recommended between treatments. This laser is not recommended for patients with darker skin.

Smoothbeam Laser

Smoothbeam laser is used for the treatment of acne scars, acne, sebaceous gland hyperlasias, surgical scars and wrinkles. This is a non-invasive, non-ablative laser treatment designed to renew the skin by stimulating new collagen formation. Smoothbeam treatments are typically 10 to 20 minutes in length depending on the size of the treatment area and do not require downtime.

Fraxel Laser

Fraxel Laser is a breakthrough, minimally invasive technology which promotes the body’s natural healing to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, discolorations, and scars.

Fraxel Laser Treatment produces thousands of tiny but deep columns of treatment in your skin, known as microscopic treatment zones. This treatment eliminates old epidermal pigmented cells. It also penetrates deep into the dermis. Just as important, though, are the areas of skin the Fraxel laser leaves untouched. For every microscopic zone the laser targets and treats intensively, it leaves the surrounding tissue unaffected and intact. This "fractional" treatment allows the skin to heal much faster than if the entire area were treated at once, using the body's natural healing process to create new, healthy tighter tissue to replace skin imperfections.

The treatment is performed in our offices and lasts about 90-minutes. A mild sunburn sensation may last for about an hour. The skin will have a pinkish tone for 5 to 7 days. You may apply make-up or shave soon after treatment. Patients are able to return to routine activities, including work and social obligations, the same day of treatment. Generally 3-5 treatments are recommended to achieve the desired results.


Isolaz is a revolutionary new acne treatment which combines pulses of painless broadband light with skin vacuuming to deep clean and purify pores.

The Isolaz vacuum applies gentle pressure on your pores while the light helps destroy the acne causing bacteria. This helps soften and remove blackheads, dead cells and other debris from deep in your pores resulting in radiant, clear skin.

The treatment is performed in our office in less than 30-minutes. Patients are able return to normal activities immediately following the procedure. Effective treatment requires at least 4-6 sessions.

Isolaz works on all skin types and requires no medications or topical anesthesia.


Results in luminescent skin through fine crystal exfoliation and vacuuming, which encourages cell turnover and collagen synthesis.

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