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Washington DC dermatology

Dr. Holmes is board certified and a specially trained dermatologist, who is qualified to treat all skin, hair and nail disorders both medically and surgically. Her practice is committed to the best interests of her patients, the practice is located in downtown Washington DC.

Washington DC Dermatology offers a wide range of cosmetic treatments from laser treatments to Botox Cosmetic for facial rejuvenation. We also offer treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, facial fillers, facials and more…


Are you tired of waxing or frustrated by those irritating red bumps caused by shaving? Laser Hair Reduction is the ideal choice for most people who are tired of having to shave regularly. Laser Hair Removal can get rid of unwanted hair on virtually any part of the body including the face and neck, arms, underarms, back, chest, legs, bikini area, hands and feet.

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses laser light — an intense, pulsating beam of light — to remove unwanted hair. Laser hair removal works by passing a light beam through the skin. The laser targets dark pigment, called melanin, in hair. When the light beam hits the hair follicle (where hair growth originates), the intense heat destroys the hair follicle instantly. Laser hair removal offers a quick, safe and comfortable way to remove unwanted body hair. Unlike other hair removal procedures that focus on individual hairs, laser technology is able to quickly treat large areas of hair at once and is safe on all skin types. Laser Hair Removal works by selectively concentrating light energy in the hair follicle, leaving the surrounding skin unchanged. This procedure can be performed in as little as 15 to 30 minutes and you can return to regular activity immediately following. Laser hair removal can be performed on any area of the face or body and is faster and easier than other methods of hair removal. A series of treatments are provided at 4-8 week intervals to achieve treatment goals.

The Center for Laser Surgery

The Center for Laser Surgery was founded in 1995 by world-renowned Dermatologist and Laser Surgery pioneer Dr. Robert M. Adrian. Dr. Adrian’s fellowship training in Photomedicine at Wellman labs positioned him very well for the explosive growth of lasers in dermatologic and cosmetic medicine in the early 90’s.

Working closely with laser manufacturers Dr. Adrian was involved in the research, development, and clinical studies of many of the lasers in use worldwide. Dr. Adrian has trained over 5000 physicians from around the world in the use of lasers in Dermatology, and was a sought-after speaker at laser and cosmetic medicine meetings around the world.

Dr. Adrian personally trained the cosmetic and laser staff of the Center for Laser Surgery in all cosmetic and laser techniques. These long-time allied health staff members not only received a very high quantity of the finest training available, but were also instilled with Dr. Adrian’s steadfast moral and ethical principles of performing proven, effective treatments at a fair cost to the patient.

Under his watch, the Center for Laser Surgery continued to grow into the largest Cosmetic and Laser Practice in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas. While Dr. Adrian passed away suddenly in August of 2007, his legacy of expertise, innovation, and ethics lives on at the Center for Laser Surgery, which continues to be the largest and most experienced full-service Cosmetic and Laser Practice in the mid-Atlantic.

Laser Hair Removal

The Center for Laser Surgery has over ten years of clinical and research experience in laser hair removal. Our Center was one of the first in the world to use the Lightsheer 800nm Diode laser from Lumenis (formerly Coherent Medical group). The Center for Laser Surgery has six unique hair removal lasers on site enabling us to provide individualized treatment programs.

Our long term experience and the availability of these innovative laser systems allows us to provide treatment for all patients regardless of skin color. Research studies conducted in conjunction with physicians at Harvard has increased our success in the treatment of African American men and women patients with excess facial hair and facial bumps secondary to ingrown hairs. Please call 202-966-8814 for a complimentary laser hair removal consultation.

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Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery

Welcome to the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery. Since 1990, we have represented the leading edge in laser technology. The Institute was the first private practice in the nation that was exclusively dedicated to advanced laser skin treatments.

Laser Hair Removal – Washington, D.C. 

In Washington DC, excessive hair in undesired locations is a problem for both men and women. For women, hair virtually anywhere other than the head and bikini area can be embarrassing. Men, although permitted a certain amount of hairiness, are still considered unattractive if they have excessive hair on their backs or chests. Laser Hair Removal in Washington, DC is one of the most effective methods for permanent near-total removal of unwanted hair. Many people in Washington, DC will see up to six months of hairlessness in treated areas and a permanent reduction of up to 90% in unwanted hair.

If you want to experience laser hair removal for yourself, schedule a cosmetic treatment consultation on K Street in Washington, DC at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery.

How Laser Hair Removal in Washington, DC Works

DC Laser Hair Removal works by the principles of selective photothermolysis. When laser light hits your skin, it is absorbed more by darker tissues than lighter tissues. Since hair shafts and follicles normally contain more melanin, the chemical that makes skin cells darker, they tend to absorb more light than surrounding tissues. This causes them to heat up more rapidly than the surrounding skin and suffer more thermal damage, which causes the follicles to shut down or even die.

Laser Hair Removal on Different Skin Colors in Washington, DC

Laser Hair Removal in Washington, D.C. works best on light-skinned people with dark hairs. But even people with dark skin can have laser hair removal. Your skin will heat up some during treatment. How much it heats up depends on your skin and hair color. Controlling the length and intensity of pulses controls the amount of heating. Although dark-skinned individuals can be treated, people with blonde or grey hairs that lack melanin can be very hard to treat. These hairs may need to be removed with an alternate method.

Laser Hair Removal Procedure and Results in Washington, DC

Laser Hair Removal in Washington, DC  is performed by performing a series of laser pulses over the area to be treated.  Each pulse treats an area about one-quarter inch square, and is accompanied by a slight tingling or burning sensation. A common description is that a pulse feels like a rubber-band snap. If you have sensitive skin or are concerned about pain, a topical anesthetic can be used.

The length of treatment depends on the area being treated. Upper lip treatment can be done in five minutes, underarm treatments in less than half an hour, and full legs or back treatment can take up to an hour and a half.

After your laser hair removal treatment in Washington, DC, your skin may feel warm and slightly uncomfortable for a few hours–like mild sunburn. After a few days, your skin will begin to shed hairs affected by the treatment. These can be removed by gentle washing with a gentle, moisturizing soap. Avoid sun exposure of the treated area for several days after a hair removal session.

Typically, three to five treatments are necessary to experience optimal results. Depending on your skin color, hair color, and area treated, you should see between 50-80% reductions in hair in the treated area, with darker hairs responding more often to treatment. The areas that respond best to treatment are the bikini and the underarm, while the chin and back respond less well.

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