Facial Resurfacing

Plasma Skin Resurfacing

Portrait®PSR3 from Rhytec is the first clinically proven technology delivering true skin regeneration. Finally, wrinkle reduction and improved skin tone and texture are possible without lengthy downtime. Potomac Surgical Arts will continue to lead by offering the latest in proven cosmetic technology. We are the first cosmetic practice in the area to offer you Rhytec Portrait PSR® Skin Regeneration, which doesn’t just rejuvenate – it is the first technology available that regenerates skin.  Most treatments offer surface only rejuvenation, but the Rhytec Portrait PSR® Skin Regeneration procedure changes the conditions below the surface of the skin, leading to continuing regeneration and improvements in wrinkles, tone, texture and discoloration. Portrait PSR® delivers plasma energy to the treated area without direct contact to the skin, which preserves the skin’s outer layers. These outer layers act as a protective skin dressing until the new layers of skin form underneath, coming to the surface over a period of 7 days while the skin’s outer layer sheds. This results in less pain, less crusting, and less swelling when compared with more invasive laser techniques on the face.

This technology is unique since a laser is not used to resurface the skin. Portrait®, unlike other laser or radiofrequency treatments such as Thermage or Titan, is the first to employ a highly energized gaseous state known as plasma that produces a unique thermal profile at and below the skin’s surface. This stimulates remodeling of the skin’s architecture, replacing old damaged collagen with significant amounts of new collagen—the key to quality, long-lasting improvement. Even more exciting is that the new collagen continues to form for months after the procedure is done, resulting in tighter, younger looking skin.

Portrait PSR uniquely addresses the growing demand for improvement in the appearance of aging and damaged skin, but with predictable downtime and little to no risk of hypopigmentation, scarring, discoloration, or other complications associated with other more-aggressive treatments.

While most treatments offer specific but limited results, Portrait® deals with multiple conditions simultaneously. More than three years of clinical testing have demonstrated unparalleled improvement in wrinkling, skin laxity, skin texture, acne scarring, pore size, and surface discoloration—all at the same time.

Unique to Portrait PSR, this device can be used for regional treatments or full face treatments safely and effectively. It has shown to be very effective for fine wrinkles around the eyes and for fine wrinkles around the lips (lipstick lines). Studies look promising for treatment on darker skin types and also for neck treatments. These two situations have historically been difficult to treat with laser devices.

Call Potomac Surgical Arts today at (703) 723-5366 to get more information about this promising skin rejuvenation procedure.

For more information, please visit www.rhytec.com.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

As one of the most exciting and innovative scientific achievements of the decade, laser technology is being utilized throughout the health care community. Dr. Vigliante uses one of the newest lasers, the ultrapulse carbon dioxide laser, to treat sun-damaged skin, facial wrinkles and scars in a procedure called laser skin resurfacing.

What is a laser?

The word “laser” is an acronym, which stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A surgical laser, such as the CO2 laser, is a beam of light capable of removing unwanted tissue, such as scarred, lined, wrinkled, and otherwise imperfect skin. The laser vaporizes skin cells by emitting bursts of radiation that are absorbed by water in these cells. Laser light penetrates to a very precise, controlled depth, making the procedure safe and predictable, while reducing the risk of scarring or pigmentation problems. Laser skin resurfacing is bloodless, and is performed right here in our office, under light sedation. As a result of this treatment, you are left with more natural looking skin.

What areas can be treated through laser resurfacing?

The laser is used to reduce tiny wrinkles and other minor skin imperfections, especially around the mouth and eyes. It can improve sun-damaged and wrinkled skin, problems that often cause concern to both men and women.

Before Surgery

Prior to surgery, Dr. Vigliante and you will discuss the goals for facial improvement. After determining the appropriate procedure, we will fully describe the procedure, what results to expect and the costs. The skin is usually pretreated prior to surgery to improve the healing time.

The Procedure

A local anesthetic is given to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure. The area is cleansed and draped. Dr. Vigliante directs the laser beam toward your skin imperfections. The laser quickly and accurately vaporizes the outermost layers of skin just four or five cells in thickness.

What can be expected?

In most cases, only one treatment is needed. The initial redness fades in a few weeks to a light pink, which can be concealed with makeup. The discoloration usually disappears in one or three months. The goal of laser resurfacing is to enhance facial appearance. Expectations by the patient must be realistic, and results should be anticipated as improvements rather than total corrections. Results of the surgery depend on many factors such as the size, shape and location of the imperfection and the patient’s heredity, age and general skin condition.