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Cosmetic Dermatology Center is a leader in the field of acne scar treatments in McLean, Vienna, and Northern Virginia. As Medical Director and a board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Hayre has published many clinical studies in the dermatological aesthetic arena. She is frequently in the media to provide the Virginia community with expertise on acne scar remedies.

Dr. Hayre and her expert team of dermatology providers and skincare professionals specialize in acne scar treatments. Cosmetic Dermatology Center offers a complete range of treatments and advanced procedures that help patients achieve the beautiful and even-textured complexion and correct any improvements in their acne scars.

Acne Scars Treatments in Our New Office

We see man types of acne scars and it is critical to identify the correct treatment for acne scars. Step one, figure out what type of acne scars is present on the skin. There are two types of acne scars. Pitted acne scars- where there has been a loss of tissue volume and the skin clearly appears as though there is an indentation. The acne scar treatment options we offer at the Cosmetic Dermatology Center for pitted acne scars include laser treatments to reduce the appearance of the acne scars. In addition, we use a combination of chemical peels, fillers, and PRP to improve the overall appearance of the skin.

The second type, post-inflammatory acne scars, the skin has red spots or brown spots left on the skin after active acne lesions disappear. Lasers, chemical peels, and products from our Schön skincare line can improve the overall redness of the lesions.

Best Laser Treatments for Acne Scars

The gold standard treatment for acne scars is laser rejuvenation therapy using the fractional CO2 laser. The fractional CO2 laser targets the deep dermal areas of the skin to stimulate collagen renewal; which results in filling depressed acne scars on the face or body. We are proud to offer the most advanced lasers at Dr. Hayre's Dermatology Practice:  Pixel CO2.

We target the red and brown spots that remain after acne lesions resolve, we also use intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments, which destroy the pigmented red and brown skin cells on the skin, leaving a more uniform and even-toned complexion.

The Fastest and Best Fix for Acne Scars

At the Cosmetic Dermatology Center, we offer soft tissue dermal fillers to naturally plump up areas of scarring. While dermal fillers offer a near-term immediate fix for some deep pitted acne scars, they are a great option for those who want to have their scars fixed in a timely manner. Many clients for example, a bride whom chooses to have dermal fillers done on their acne scars prior to their weddings. In addition, a combination of microderm abrasion and micro-needling help achieve the optimal results in a short period of time.

Book an Acne Scar Consultation Now

One of the licensed skincare professionals from the team at The Cosmetic Dermatology Center will discuss your treatment options and devise the best plan for your acne scar treatment in one of our many offices.

Cosmetic Dermatology Center

8377B Greensboro Drive
McLean, Virginia 22102

The Essential Guide to Dermal Fillers

While modern cosmetic treatments are done smart and natural, it's still true that some of them simply aren't "reversible." For example, Radiesse, Bellafil, and Sculptra. One big marketed advantage of the sugar-based (hyaluronic acid or HA) dermal fillers, like Restylane and Juvederm brand fillers, is that they're reversible. This does a great deal to reassure patients afraid of making permanent changes to how they look. Is it true that you can simply "undo" them?

Can fillers be undone? Most of the time, yes!

The short answer is, yes. Many common dermal fillers can be erased with Hyaluronidase, an enzyme that dissolves hyaluronic acid. Hence, most of the time when a physician talks about being able to undo fillers, they're being entirely truthful. The Juvederm and Restylane brands of fillers really took off on the market because of the safety and efficicacy associated with these reversible fillers.

However, not all dermal fillers can be dissolved this way. For Radiesse, Sculptra and Bellafil, if swelling or hardening occurs after injection, a steroid can be injected to mitigate the effects if the patient is unhappy. This isn't perfect, but patients can be assured that a dermal filler will naturally dissolve after a year or so. 

Managing your look if you're unhappy with your dermal filler

Interestingly enough, simply massaging your face with the correct technique can subtly shift the dermal fillers. Strategic massage might meet a dissatisfied patient's aesthetic desires. Besides that, oftentimes what can 'correct' the look, post-treatment, of a filler is to inject more filler to balance out the patient's look.

In the worst case scenario, surgery can remove a permanent filler like Bellafil. This is usually not recommended for Sculptra and Radiesse, because these fillers will simply dissolve over time. Hence, the easiest strategy to get rid of a dermal filler is to simply wait.

Do your research beforehand

The old saying goes that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Taking the time properly consult with an expert beforehand and make clear your needs and desires will help avoid the rare case of dermal fillers that don't look quite right. If you need more information come visit us about dermal fillers in our McLean, Northern Virginia office.

There has been something of a cosmetic procedure Renaissance in the last ten years. More and more innovative treatments are coming out for more and more beauty considerations. When it comes down to it, the cool tricks and "body hacks" doctors use to make you look cuter are just cool. Microneedling is no exception to this scientific wizardry.

Microneedling gives your skin "precise" damage

Take a moment to appreciate your skin. It protects you from environmental toxins, helps retain water in the body, allows you to feel the signals in your environment with incredible precision - and, while it does all of this (and much, much more), your skin works to constantly replenish and rejuvenate itself.

The fact is, the skin has many jobs it has to cover. And while we might worry about blemishes and spots, the skin itself is just trying to do its job of protecting you. That's why microneedling is effective: using tiny needles to cause "precise damage" to the skin, doctors activate its natural healing processes. A frenzy of collagen and elastin production begins. These two chemicals, which are the building blocks for youthful, glowy skin, flood the damaged area. Within a few days, your face begins to look a few years younger.

As natural as it gets

Of the many cosmetic treatments that are coming out, the ones that utilize natural processes to their advantage are the most exciting. Fillers, for example, give exciting results with very little risk. But fillers require finesse. Lip fillers can give hints of an unnatural look if proportions are done incorrectly between the bottom and top lips. For another example, too many Botox treatments can give a strained look.

Modern cosmetic treatment has minimized these risks, and anyone who decides to undertake cosmetic treatment is advised to seek doctors who have an easy handle on what they're doing. With a process like microneedling, however, the body simply does what it naturally does - heal - to give you a radiant face.

If you've ever seen Leeza Gibbons, co-host of Entertainment Tonight, you know that there's a way to age classy and gracefully. When it comes to aging, the best you can do is stay active, and Gibbons exemplifies this in the way she lives her life. But sometimes a few tips and tricks help along the way. And she was happy to share some of her favorite beauty secrets and procedures.

Taking care of yourself mentally

The one part of beauty no one ever talks about is the mind! If there were ever a single villain that sped up aging, then it might just be stress. Leeza Gibbons recommends taking at least half an hour a day to consider exactly what you need - time for yourself where you're not just focused on others.

IPL and Lasers | A simple self-care routine and her favorite in-office procedure

Like so many before her, Gibbons advocates a simple routine for skin-care. Really, simple might just be best. Use a gentle cleanser on your face, and make sure to moisturize. After that, put on sunscreen! Especially if you're active. You need to protect yourself against the sun.

As far as procedures, Gibbons is a big fan of the IPL or laser treatment procedures. Sun spots, age spots, brown tones on the skin - the IPL evens out your complexion.

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Lasers or Botox | What 

your favorite procedure says about you

Brown spots and age spots are the kinds of skin issues that are natural to an active life style. It's like the old saying that sometimes smiling causes more wrinkles: people who would benefit most from Botox are often extremely theatrical or expressive. Therefore, the type of person who might benefit most from IPL or laser treatments are those who challenge the outdoors.

Being active is essential to aging gracefully. But everything in life comes with risks and drawbacks. When we're young, it's easy to ignore the sun beating down on our face. But as we get older, it's important to recognize the importance of taking care of the body. For those adventurous who spend their time outside, but prefer a certain look or complexion, the IPL laser treatment is an easy way to counter the effects of the sun.

Dermal Filler Complications


Vascular complications from cosmetic injectables can happen to even the most proficient and experience injectors.