How Plastic Surgery and Health + Wellness Can Go Hand in Hand

To most people, “plastic surgery” and “health and wellness” are polar opposites. We tend to think of someone ill who has to have surgery. We realize of course that many people electively choose plastic surgery, but the idea that this could somehow connect with — and even facilitate — wellness seems like a far stretch. However, they truly really compliment each other.

Wondering how? 

I have very much been into healthy eating since I was a teenager (my early childhood years were a different story, as I consumed far too much soda, candy, etc) I have always been reasonably fit, but I definitely took it up several notches in 2000 when I started martial arts and then moved to marathons, triathlons, Ironmans (two of them) and then yoga and core exercises.

I personally believe that about 90% of all of our health problems would be resolved if people ate in a healthier manner and fit in exercise most days of the week. Just imagine how much money and time would be saved, rather than wasted on doctors, investigations, feeling lousy and heartache due to serious illness. All of this is preventable. More and more evidence is accumulating each year about how food affects the bacteria in your gut, which in turn leads to things like leaky gut syndrome, which probably plays a major role in autoimmune diseases. We are just learning that a similar phenomena is happening between the blood/brain barrier. We are finding lower incidences of cancer in people that exercise,  and a lower recurrence rate in those individuals that do get cancer who also exercise.

How does this tie in with plastic surgery? There are a number of procedures that can get the quick results needed to motivate a person to change up their life through diet and exercise. Of course, plastic surgery does not directly lead to lower cancer or better health. We all know that switching up your diet is not easy. If it were, there would be no obesity, rather than the current rate of obesity skyrocketing. It can be difficult to switch your diet, and when you do, it is human nature to expect a change in either how your look or in what you weigh, fairly quickly. Everyone who has dieted has had the experience of trying out a new diet, doing it religiously for several weeks and then weighing themselves to see no change. This often creates frustration leading to binge eating… and the cycle repeats.

I am a huge fan of either SmartLipo or SculpSure being done at the same time as a new diet/exercise routine.Both have the ability to decrease fat in the treated areas due to the laser melting of fat. This will oftentimes fast track your seeing results in how you look when you diet (however it still takes time to see the effect from these, and you will keep improving for months after the treatment). This quick shift in appearance can give you encouragement and help you persevere. There is also the added benefit that when you undergo these procedures, you have devoted effort and money and some mild discomfort, which will further increase your resolve to stick with your diet.

I make it very clear at all of my consults for the above that it is a partnership. I can, using technology, decrease fat in specific areas. But if you want your best results, you need to decrease your total body fat and this can only be accomplished by better eating and to a lesser extent, exercise – though doing both exercise and diet is strongly preferred.

So, which diet is best?

Clearly the one that you stick with! I am not a fan of any diet that gives you fake food for weeks/months because once you go back into the real world, there is a high relapse rate from these kinds of diet plans.

For most people, I endorse a combination of intermittent fasting, Ketone supplements  (which make fasting easier) and a low carb/high fat and protein diet that is largely organic with little processed food. And good news, you can still have dry white and red wine and see results. Here are my favorite supplements, which I use to put myself into ketosis quickly and daily.

 

Want to discuss available options for decreasing body fat? Call us at 703-406-2444 to schedule your complimentary, private consultation with me – I’d be happy to help you find the right solution for you!

Reflections on the Trials of John and Lorena Bobbitt

This blog is going to be non-medical and instead is some of my reflections on the separate trials of both John and Lorena Bobbitt. As many of you know, I was the surgeon who reattached John’s penis back in the 1990’s.

I want to preface my comments by saying that I don’t know what truly happened in their marriage or the night that Lorena intentionally cut off John’s penis and threw it out her car window into a field. I am not a lawyer and I am not paid by anyone to express my views. I want to further stress that the opinions below are my opinions and are not definite “facts,” but I believe them to be correct. I have not consulted with John’s former lawyer and I am remembering things from 25 years ago, so there could be errors.

After re-attaching John’s penis, I quickly learned that he was being charged with rape. I knew that he needed a good lawyer because of the seriousness of the charges. I did not know a good lawyer and I realized that neither did John or his family. An acquaintance of mine recommended Greg Murphy and I passed on that recommendation and John went with him. I have never received any money from Greg for that recommendation, nor any favors. By the way, if you wonder who is smarter – doctors or lawyers… After I reattached John’s penis, he declared bankruptcy and I was never paid. The lawyer’s fee was paid at a later date, after John did his porn film and he received about $350K – so there’s that! I got to know both John, Greg and Paul (who handled all of the John’s public interactions) very well over the next 6 months or so.

I learned that there were a lot of “facts” (as I recall them and I have not personally verified these things) that the public never heard or have not really paid attention to. In addition, John, often has trouble expressing himself clearly and therefore does not present himself well, at all.

John and Lorena clearly had a terrible marriage and like all marriages that end in divorce, it brought the worst out in both of them. They were also young and immature. The police had been called to their home because they both were very physical in their arguments (Lorena was later charged with assaulting her mother, long after she had cut off John’s penis).

John’s trial was simple and straightforward. He was charged with rape and there was no physical evidence of rape. To say that it took place, with no evidence, has always struck me as odd.

The situation with Lorena is much more complicated. John clearly has made some poor choices after this event. Everyone knows he did porn films, got a penis enlargement, and so on. I am not holding up John as a model member of society. He definitely has his flaws, as we all do. However, I do feel that many people are NOT looking at the facts of the case and instead making judgments based on their emotions alone.

  1. We know that she was married to John for several years but not the required 5 years in order to get a green card.
  2. They had a trial separation where he moved to Buffalo, New York for about a year and she remained in Virginia. Phone records show that she called him over a hundred times. John also said that she had sent him cards at Valentine’s Day, etc. (I obtained his information from John’s legal team and I am remembering this fact from 25 years ago)
  3. Many times in an abusive relationship, the woman is dependent on the man – whether it be financially or because of fear of losing her children. However, they had no children. If anything, Lorena was making as much or more money than John. She clearly is more articulate than John. She had an established career doing nails, whereas John was just stocking goods in a retail store.
  4. John came down from Buffalo for a trial week together (after spending almost a year apart) at Lorena’s request, to see if they want to work on their marriage or move on to divorce.  Under a deposition which is under oath, she stated that they had consensual sex several times per day, each day for the week leading up to the incident. John told her that day that he did not want to remain married to her and wanted to move on to divorce. I always questioned why she would ever want to spend that week together, after the claims she made.
  5. Although she claims that she was raped, she was examined as all rape victims by the police and there was no evidence of rape.
  6. Instead of going directly to her friend, Janet’s house, she went to the hair salon at 4 or 5 am. This also struck me personally as odd.
  7. Lorena served no time in jail because she got off the charges due to “irresistible impulse”. Isn’t every crime a case of “irresistible impulse”?
  8. Lorena has never expressed any remorse for trying to kill John and/or trying to  have him permanently go through life without a penis. It was somewhat of a miracle that despite throwing his penis into a field from her car window (it was in the field for hours,) that an animal had not eaten it first! John might have had to live his life without a penis. He also could have bled to death. Our society is based on a judicial system and we don’t allow people to simply mete out justice as they see fit.
  9. I always questioned why she would ever want to spend that week together to see if she could make the marriage work???  If she were truly abused, she would never have reached out to John, even once, let alone many times. She would have been grateful that he was far away from her, living in Buffalo.

This case has been a large part of my life, both personally and professionally. It certainly gave me some notoriety in the 90’s, and it still comes back around to this day, in follow-up media coverage. Below are a few links that may be of interest to you, related to the case:

SculpSure vs. CoolSculpting 

Written by Nicole Hackett, Master Esthetician

SculpSure and CoolSculpting are both non-invasive and FDA-cleared to reduce unwanted fat. They both use lipolysis to breakdown the fat cells, which your body then gets rid of naturally through your lymphatic system. Both are similar in certain ways, including: clinical evidence of fat reduction, little to no downtime, and typically require multiple treatments to see optimal results.

Let’s talk about how they are different and why ultimately, we decided to add SculpSure to our practice versus CoolScupting:

 

SculpSure 

  • Uses heat to melt fat
  • 25 minute treatments
  • Less chance of side effects
  • Heat spreads making results even
  • Customizable paddles

CoolSculpting 

  • Freezes Fat
  • 35 minute treatments
  • More likely to bruise and have swelling
  • Uses suction & only treats that area & can cause unevenness *more painful
  • More likely to have uneven results in fat removal
  • In a small number of patients, they will get nerve damage and require Gabapentin for nerve pain for a year.
  • Uses applicators with vacuum

Overall, both technologies have had successful results and very similar in the percentage of fat reduced. Although CoolSculpting has been around longer and has much more aggressive national marketing, we believe that SculpSure has better technology with better results and a lower risk of complications.

Our 3 Master Estheticians recently returned from Boston, where they were given the most advanced SculpSure training available. Call us at 703-406-2444 to schedule your complimentary, private consultation!

The Transformative Aspects of Plastic Surgery

It is the transformative aspect of plastic surgery where its greatest benefit occurs. I divide this into two main groups. As some of you may know, I also am a fully-trained life coach, having spent a year getting certified with CTI. I explore this in greater detail with patients who I take on as clients for life coaching.

The first aspect is how much better a person feels about themselves following plastic surgery. We are all familiar with the experience that if we feel better about ourselves, our entire attitude changes towards others and the world around us. We are physical and spiritual beings. If we feel more attractive and good about ourselves, this more upbeat attitude will be reflected on our mood towards others. We are likely to treat our partners, family members and co-workers better. We are less likely to be sensitive about small things. There are endless quotes and truths about life being a mirror. If we smile out to the world, the world smiles back at us. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy as well. Each day that is good tends to lead to expectations that the next day will be good and so on.

There is a second aspect of plastic surgery that I emphasize a great deal. I do a lot of body reshaping procedures, especially Smartlipo and Sculpture, but also tummy tucks and breast augmentations, breast lifts, and so on. I always stress to my patients that I can definitely improve their bodies. However, there is NO magic. Almost everyone will get a better final result if they can decrease their body fat. Everyone knows that we are experiencing an epidemic of obesity in the Western World. I personally believe (as do many other functional doctors) that our diets play a huge role in all diseases including cancer and heart disease. If I can assist and encourage my patients to eat significantly less processed food, stop all sodas and diet drinks, to eat more vegetables and decrease their carb intake (I firmly believe taking my Ketone Supplements makes this easier), they will be far healthier and will decrease their total body fat.

We are all familiar with situation where a diet is started, but after 4-6 weeks, where there is little change, we give up. However, if someone gets Smartlipo or Sculpsure, this gives them a much greater and quicker change than diet alone would do. It also gives them greater motivation to stick with a better diet and exercise program since they have put in the money and effort to get a procedure done with me. This will lead to long-term life changes both in looking much more toned but also feeling much better. As above, if you feel better about yourself and you also have better health, life will almost certainly find life better for you, and you will make life better for those around you. This will be a change that will last your entire lifetime.

Want to discuss available options for decreasing body fat or cosmetic procedures in general? Call us at 703-406-2444 to schedule your complimentary, private consultation with me – I’d be happy to help you find the right solution for you!

Combining Therapies to Enhance Facial Youthfulness (Rejuvenation)

There is a tendency for people to look for a particular treatment to reverse aging and restore youthfulness. However, as we age, there is not just one thing that changes, but rather a multitude of things. Each treatment can help correct an aspect of these changes. Of course, a single treatment modality is going to be very helpful. However, for many people, there are definitely additional benefits to combining therapies. During the consult, either myself or one of my master estheticians will suggest combination therapies that we believe would be beneficial. For each person, we will customize a specific treatment plan, which we may alter depending on how your respond to your treatment. This is the great thing about going to a high-level plastic surgery spa, versus a medispa or a non-plastic surgeon’s office.

Below is a list of often-combined therapies and a brief rationale for why they are often combined.

  1. Botox and Fillers
    Botox will relax the muscles and is usually used in the upper face, while fillers will fill in the hollowing. Sometimes people have deep lines in the glabellar area – the area between the eyes. The primary treatment is Botox, since the problem occurs due to muscle contraction. However, it can be beneficial to also use fillers to soften these lines so that you look better much quicker. If you use Botox in this area for a year, the lines will gradually get less deep but using filler will help to speed this process up.
  2. Hyper-pigmentation: PicoSure Laser Facial with Hydrafacial
    The Picosure laser is the very best laser in the world for improving hyper-pigmentation and irregular coloration on the face, neck, chest and back of the hands. It also stimulates collagen and elastic fiber growth. You need to plan 3 treatments (though you could need more), spaced one month apart. If you have ethnic skin, we strongly recommend that you do a ViPeel 2-4 weeks before you begin your series of PicoSure lasers, as this will  let the laser penetrate the skin more effectively.Alternating sessions with the Hydrafacial — such as a Hydrafacial at the beginning of each month and a PicoSure laser facial mid-month) — enhances both treatments, giving your skin an unbelievably youthful rejuvenation.
  3. Fine Lines: Fillers with Microneedling or PicoSure
    For lines around the perioral area, I like to combine fillers (usually Volbella) with either microneedling or the Picosure laser. The rationale for this is that the fillers work beneath the skin to soften the lines, and both microneedling and PicoSure laser work from the surface of the skin, stimulating collagen and elastic fibers.
  4. Acne Scars: PicoSure and Microneedling
    For acne scarring, it is best to combine both the Picosure laser, which stimulates your own collagen and elastic fibers (there is little to no downtime) with Microneedling which also stimulates collagen and elastic fibers but through an entirely different mechanism. You would alternate sessions between these 2 modalities. You should plan 5 sessions of each, depending on how deep your scarring is.

Anything done on your face will be enhanced by using our professional-grade skin care. You simply cannot buy skin care this powerful, unless you purchase it from a physician.

 

If you have any questions regarding your skin concerns, call us at 703-406-2444 to schedule your complimentary, private consultation with one of our Master Estheticians!

Fasting: Intermittent Fasting and Longer Fasts

Fasting has been around for virtually all of man’s time on earth. When we were hunters and gatherers, we had days of plenty and days of nothing. Our bodies are adapted to have periods of time without food. Once again, there are a plethora of articles on fasting, spanning hundreds of years, but Dr. Jason Fung does a nice job of putting it all together.

I feel it is important to be honest about your sources. Hippocrates (father of medicine – remember doctors all take the Hippocratic oath) believed there were great benefits to fasting. As a religious Jew, we have two 25-hour fasts during the year and several all-day fasts. (Our fasts are tough because we are not even allowed to have any water!) By contrast, the health fasts that I am discussing below definitely encourage plenty of water, tea, coffee, etc. Muslims have the month of Ramadan where they fast all day long for an entire month. Although these fasts are spiritually-based, it would not be surprising if they also had a health benefit. Other than my religious fasts, and my very frequent intermittent fasts of 14-17 hours, I have not yet done any longer fasts, but I am going to definitely try it.

What are the types of fasts?
There are intermittent fasts, which are at least 14 hours (though there is benefit to even 12 hours of fasting) and there are fasts longer than a day, which can even go on for weeks or months!

It goes without saying, do not plan a long fast without proper medical supervision and instruction.

What are the benefits to fasting?
Fasting is a great way to restore your insulin sensitivity, especially if you are not achieving what you want with the shorter intermittent fasts.

Many people will lose a significant amount of weight with fasting. To clarify a common misconception – you will NOT lose muscle mass, unless you stop exercising or your total body fat is very low – about 4%!

It is imperative that you maintain a healthy diet after the fast, if you want to keep the fat off (see my previous blogs on this topic). You will definitely put some weight back on when you return to eating, since some of the initial weight loss is due to water loss and will come back when you return to eating food.

There is a growing body of evidence that your body heals itself (autophagy) during a fast. There is a large increase in stem cells and other markers of anti-aging (increased telomere length etc). I believe over the next few years, we are going to see more and more evidence showing the biochemical benefits of fasting for anti-aging and longevity.

What is allowed during the fast?

You want to avoid all carbs and anything fake or artificial. You can and should have lots of clean, fresh water. You can have sparkling water. Avoid any artificial flavors or sweeteners! You can have coffee (black or with unsweetened almond or coconut milk or half and half), or tea. You can add natural spices to them if you like, such as cinnamon or cardamom. There is evidence that apple cider vinegar diluted in water is also very good for you. Natural bone or vegetable broth is fine, but must be natural. The latter is probably not necessary for a fast less than 24 hours.

I believe ketone supplements make fasting much easier since they cross the blood brain barrier and  (If you want you can click here to find out which ketone supplement I use and to also learn how to buy it for yourself) will decrease your hunger. They also put you in a ketogenic state more quickly.

What happens if I get hungry?
You will get hungry! The more often you fast, the more used to it you will get, and the easier it will become. Fortunately, hunger is not a constant problem, but it will come in waves. Since you know that it will pass, it helps gives you the strength to suck it up. Fasting is much easier if you are very busy. I try and do my fasts on days when I am super busy in the office. It certainly makes my intermittent fasting easier when I am busy at work. It may make it easier to start a fast after lunch.

Is exercising allowed?
Yes! Most people who fast do great with exercising. The key is to drink lots of water and the other items listed above, such as taking in some extra salt. This encourages your liver to break down fat into ketones for energy. Your adrenalin and growth hormone levels increase during fasting and this may promote muscle creation.

How much fatigue should I expect?
There is often a period early on in the fast- often around 18 hours but varies from person to person – where they feel fatigue. However, this will pass and most people report increased, sustained energy during a fast – even for prolonged fasts lasting weeks and months! If your fatigue does not pass, you should stop fasting and get your blood checked.

Should I get dizzy or headaches during fasting?
No! You are probably dehydrated or low in sodium. Drink more fluids and add more salt to your fluids. (If you are on blood pressure meds, you may need to lower the dose). You do not have to rush and stop your fast immediately. Try these remedies and perhaps take a nap.

Muscle Cramps
These are not dangerous and usually will resolve with taking magnesium, which is found as a pill at pharmacies and health food stores etc.

What should I do when I end my fast?
There is a strong tendency to overeat and that will make you feel lousy. Try and force yourself to eat light and slowly. This is psychologically driven and is not due to your body needing anything desperately.

Special considerations: 

  1. Don’t fast if you are pregnant.
  2. Don’t fast if you have very low body fat (under 8%), or at least not without close supervision.
  3. If you have low blood sugar, be supervised by someone knowledgeable during your fast. Of course, check your blood sugars during the fast.
  4. Diabetics – especially those on insulin – need to keep a close eye on their blood sugars during a fast. Of course, have medical supervision.
  5. If you have medical conditions such as cancer, chemotherapy, etc there can be a lot of benefits to fasting, but it should be supervised by someone medical who knows, understands and supports fasting.

Want to discuss available options for decreasing body fat? Call us at 703-406-2444 to schedule your complimentary, private consultation with me – I’d be happy to help you find the right solution for you!

How to Prevent Dull Winter Skin

Written by Nicole Hackett, Master Esthetician

Now that winter is coming, you may start to notice that your skin is becoming drier and starting to look dull. This means it may be time to switch up your skincare regimen. It is very important to continue exfoliating your skin. This is an essential step to your skincare regimen.

You may need to switch from your light moisturizer to a heavier cream. Our favorites are the SkinMedica Dermal Repair Cream, a rich cream that replenishes moisture to dry skin and has high levels of antioxidant vitamins C and E. Another one of our favorites is Obagi’s Hydrate Luxe Cream, a luxurious ultra-moisturizing cream that delivers deep hydration and promotes skin radiance. We also LOVE Hyaluronic Acid Serum.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum is extremely hydrating, it holds 1000x its weight in water – meaning it does an incredible job of locking in moisture and gives you an extra boost of hydration. Hyaluronic acid is great for all skin types. It won’t clog pores, makes your skin look plump and gives you that glow.  Our favorites are Dr. Berman’s Ultra Hydrating Serum and SkinMedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator.

These are just a few ways you can change up your skincare regimen. Because everyone’s skin is different, we recommend scheduling a free consultation with one of our estheticians to discover the best products for your skin type!

Now’s the Time to Plan your End-of-Year Surgeries!

It won’t be long before Christmas is over and we will be into a new year. Many people elect to have their plastic  surgery completed during this time, as their jobs are typically less busy and offices are frequently closed. This can be an excellent time to get your more involved surgeries done, for many reasons.

Although the recovery from procedures like a breast augmentation are not too significant (4-5 days off of work) and a tummy tuck (about 10 days off of work, and 10-14 days if you get a breast augmentation/reduction along with a tummy tuck), using this holiday time is a great way to sneak off from work, with people just assuming you are going on a vacation. This also means they will be less likely to ask questions. You’ll still be able to hit the pre-Christmas parties, and have time to complete your  surgery and recovery after the parties are done.

Of course, if you are trying to look your best for those New Year’s parties, then you should get moving on having your breast augmentation, tummy tuck or Smartlipo now or in the near future. These surgeries take time to get your best look (you’ll continue improving post-surgery) and you’ll also want to allow some time between the surgery and showing your results off.

Want to discuss available options for your end-of-the-year procedures? Call us at 703-406-2444 to schedule your complimentary, private consultation with me – I’d be happy to help you find the right solution for you!

How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off: Putting it all Together

This blog will make much more sense if you read my previous blogs on the Ketogenic diet. I have borrowed heavily from Dr. Jason Fung. However, many other doctors — including Dr. Will Cole, whose book, Keto-tarian, takes a more vegetarian and fish based approach to the keto diet) — are saying exactly the same thing! The common pathway relates to high insulin levels, which leads to insulin insensitivity – which can create a vicious cycle.

This can arise from the following:

  1. High sugar and/or processed foods (especially high carb food and flours)
  2. Constantly eating
  3. High cortisol levels due to stress or lack of adequate sleep or prednisone

The solution to this is clear if we look at the causes:

1A) Stop taking in external sugars (this includes virtually all exogenous sugars but also less obvious sugars such as fructose (leads to insulin resistance in the liver) , agave nectar, diet sweeteners, etc.

1B) Eliminate refined grains. Many people are better off limiting their gluten intake, even from whole grains. You have to experiment and see how it affects you. Refined grains increase insulin levels.

1C) Increase intake of healthy fats (note: the shortcoming of the original Atkins diet advocated that all fats are fine), vegetables and fiber. It is common sense that olive oil and avocados are going to be better for you than poor quality meats, such as hot dogs. Nearly everyone agrees that wild caught salmon is very good for you and that should limit fish intake that is high in mercury, such as Swordfish. Nearly everyone also agrees that it is better to avoid animals that come from large factories where they are given antibiotics and hormones, and that free range, organic meat is preferred if you are going to eat meat. There is no benefit to ingesting more protein than you need, since it will raise insulin levels and will get converted to fat. The right amount of protein will vary by person. For example, a serious weightlifter who weighs 200 lbs. needs more protein than a 150 lb. person, with a higher percentage of fat who does not lift weights at all.

2) There is more and more evidence that intermittent fasting is good for almost everyone. This means that you stop eating for an extended period of time.  You should be drinking lots of water. Tea and coffee (either black or unsweetened coconut /almond milk or maybe small amount of half and half) are fine as well. You can also add a few slices of fruit or cucumber into your pitcher of water. You want to aim for 14-16 hours without food. You may want to take in some extra salt since you will lose sodium as you clean out your carbs. This is the most common reason for not feeling well during the fast. I believe taking ketone supplements makes this much easier. I take the supplements during my fast, with great results. The ketones cross the blood brain barrier and dramatically decrease my desire for food. I would add further that it can take time to get used to going longer and longer without food. It certainly did for me. The trick is to keep on working at it, even if you don’t reach your goals early. It is much easier to fast when you are busy at work or doing something to distract you. Incidentally, once you get used to these intermittent fasts (and also for longer fasts), you can absolutely exercise while fasting.

There are likely excellent reasons for trying a longer fast, especially if you are not dropping the weight that you want (also for internal self-healing), but I will blog on this at a later date.

3) All types of stress, such as emotional stress, lack of sleep, prednisone, etc. will raise your cortisol levels and this will in turn increase your insulin level. There are a number of good studies showing how important getting adequate sleep is, as well as dealing with your emotional/work/relationship stress. Activities such as exercising, walking in nature, meditation, getting a massage (I am a huge fan of the benefits of massage) are helpful. Generally things like spending time on the internet or parked in front of a TV are not useful for lowering cortisol levels.

Want to discuss available options for decreasing body fat? Call us at 703-406-2444 to schedule your complimentary, private consultation with me – I’d be happy to help you find the right solution for you!

As always, feel free to email me with your thoughts and questions at info@bermancosmeticsurgery.com.

 

 

Fall is the Perfect Time to Start your Laser & Chemical Treatments

Written by Nicole Hackett, Master Esthetician

Fall has officially arrived and it’s time to schedule your appointments for PicoSureLaser Hair Removal, and VI Peel! Now that the kids are back in school and vacation is over it’s time for you to take care of your skin. We always recommend starting your laser & chemical peel treatments in the Fall because the sun is less strong. Some skin treatments, including PicoSure and Laser Hair Removal cannot be done if you are tanned in the treated area.  The sun is the number one cause of aging and pigmentation, so let us help you reverse the damage.

PicoSure and VI Peel are excellent treatments to help with pigmentation, fine lines & wrinkles. Troubled by acne scars? Picosure and SkinPen Microneedling can help! For PicoSure, we insist on 3 sessions, each done one month apart. Microneedling and laser hair removal also require multiple sessions. Now is a great time to get started, so your skin will be glowing for Christmas.

If you have any questions regarding your skin concerns, call us at 703-406-2444 to schedule your complimentary, private consultation with one of our Master Estheticians!