MedStar Health offers several treatments and surgical procedures that improve skin texture through resurfacing or removal of unwanted growths.
- Dermabrasion: Dermabrasion is a skin refinishing technique that can remove contour irregularities and provide a smoother skin surface. Typically applied to the facial skin, dermabrasion can help reduce the appearance of acne scars, skin growths, tattoos, deep wrinkles, and other skin texture problems. During dermabrasion, your plastic surgeon uses a special abrasion device to carefully scrape away the outer skin layer.
- Keloid Removal: A keloid is an abnormal growth of scar tissue that forms at the site of a wound, often near a surgical incision or injury. Keloid scars are different from normal scars because they expand well beyond the normal margins of the wound. They are more likely to appear in areas where the skin is subjected to high tension. There are many possible ways to repair or remove keloid scars and treatments are often combined for best results. Dressings, corticosteroids and surgical excision are commonly performed and alternative methods include laser surgery, cryotherapy and radiation.
- Melanoma Removal: Melanoma is a tumor caused by malignant transformation of melanocytes, which are melanin-producing cells located at bottom layer of the epidermis. Doctors commonly identify melanoma by assessing the lesion size, color, symmetry, color, border and changes that occur as the tumor evolves. Early stage melanoma tumors are best treated with excision, which is frequently combined with Mohs surgery to analyze the affected tissue.
- Mole/Lesion Removal: Moles, lesions, or soft tissue tumors are concerns that are commonly addressed by a plastic surgeon. To define a lesion, your doctor examines the physical characteristics that are present inside and outside its borders while taking factors like age, sun exposure, related symptoms and other background information into consideration. Surgical removal of a mole or lesion allows your doctor to diagnose the lesion and address the cosmetic concern. Small incisions are made to remove the lesion, followed by direct closure with non-absorbable sutures.
- Removal of Skin Cancers: Surgical removal of basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma is a relatively simple process. The treatment can involve a simple excision of the lesion or a more advanced technique called Mohs micrographic surgery.
- Reconstruction after Mohs Surgery: While Mohs surgery is known for minimizing cosmetic defects, special techniques in wound care and reconstructive surgery may be necessary after surgery, especially when the tumor is located in a highly visible area.
- Scar Revision: Scar revision is a technique for improving the appearance and function of a prominent scar. The process is often described as a surgical method for replacing one scar with a smaller, less visible scar. Plastic surgeons perform this procedure when a scar crosses areas of the skin that are highly visible or prone to frequent movement. After scar revision, the scar is less noticeable and the skin can flex and move more easily.
Botox, Fillers, and Skin Care
Botox Cosmetic is used for the temporary correction of frown lines on the brow, a common condition caused by the contraction of facial muscles. With a simple injection, Botox allows these wrinkles to flatten out and disappear for several months.
Injectable wrinkle filler treatment is one of the latest techniques for reducing facial wrinkles and folds. Filling agents like hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, or poly-L-lactic acid can restore volume in the skin and create a more youthful appearance.
- Juvederm® is one of the most popular wrinkle fillers on the market today is Juvederm, a smooth hyaluronic acid gel that is FDA approved for treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Now with added lidocaine for improved comfort, Juvederm can be used to temporarily correct lines and skin folds around the nose and mouth.
- Radiesse® dermal filler provides a natural correction with lasting results. With a unique composition of tiny calcium spheres in water-based gel, Radiesse can be used to fill in virtually any wrinkle.
- Restylane® is one of the first wrinkle fillers to enter the market over a decade ago, and it remains a very popular product today. Made with special non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid, Restylane restores tissue volume to correct unsightly wrinkles and folds.
- Sculptra® Aesthetic is a long-lasting dermal filler that works through a progressive series of 3 to 4 injections. By stimulating collagen growth, Sculptra can help to fill in lines, folds or sunken areas of tissue. This treatment is best for patients who are relatively young and experiencing premature loss of tissue volume.
Medical grade cosmeceuticals can help you maintain, and also enhance, your natural appearance. We carry the best products for daily use, post-treatment skin care, eyelash enhancement and more.
- Latisse® eyelash solution is the only medication available that can produce longer, thicker darker eyelashes in just weeks. While over-the-counter products can moisturize or condition the lashes, Latisse actually makes them grow. Bimatoprost, the active ingredient in Latisse, produces this effect by keeping the eyelashes in a perpetual growth phase. If you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes return to normal.
- Obagi® skin care products are some of the most effective anti-aging products available for home use. Designed to help manage and treat the visible skin conditions in adults, Obagi products can help you reduce problems like rosacea, acne, wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation and more.
- PCA Skin® is a provider of scientifically researched skincare regimens. Since the early 90s, PCA has been offering effective skin care solutions for men and women that want products without harsh additives or synthetic fragrances. PCA products contain proven ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids, antioxidants, hydroquinone, peptides and benzoyl peroxide.
- Biodermis® is a leader in scar treatment, offering products that can effectively prevent or manage the formation of keloid and hypertropic scars. Biodermis products include silicone sheeting, ointment, netting and tape and cleanser.