Surface irregularities, such as wrinkles, acne scars and post-traumatic scars may be softened by dermabrasion. A high-speed rotary wheel is used to mechanically scrape the top skin layers. As the “sanding” effect of the rotary instrument evens the skin textures, a raw surface remains and complete healing may take 7 to 10 days. The procedure may take a few minutes to one hour and can be performed in the office or at a surgery center. Potential risks include abnormal color changes with darkening or lightening of the skin and scarring. Redness may take 3 months to fade and sun exposure should be avoided for 6 to12 months.
Aging facial skin experiences wrinkling, blemishes and uneven pigmentation. Chemical peels use various chemical solutions to improve and smooth the texture of the skin by removing the outer layers. The most superficial peel formula is alphahydroxy acid (AHA), such as glycolic, lactic or fruit acids. These agents freshen and improve skin texture with little to no recovery time. A more penetrating, medium-depth chemical peel, such as trichloracetic acid (TCA), gives a more dramatic result but may require several successive treatments. Phenol is a strong chemical causing a deep peel but is not used by Dr. Parva. Dr. Parva primarily uses the TCA, which is safe and effective. Pre-treating the skin prior to any chemical peel is important and we often encourage use of Retin A and a fading skin cream for 4 weeks prior to the peel. Also, keep in mind that chemical peels only address the skin surface and are not a substitute for a facelift, which tightens and repositions loose skin and soft tissue.
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Allergan Black Diamond Provider and Brilliant Distinctions Program
Parva Plastic Surgery has been honored with Black Diamond status by Allergan. Black Diamond recipients comprise of only 1% of all the practices in the nation. Black Diamond practices are recognized as the top providers of Natrelle® Breast Implants, Botox®, Juvederm®, Latisse® and SkinMedica® skin care products. This distinction signifies the high number of these treatments performed in our Leesburg office. Our patients can feel confident in the high level of expertise and experience provided during their treatments. Due to our patients’ continued loyalty and referrals we were able to achieve this honor. Thank you for your continued trust!
As participant of the Brilliant Distinctions® program, members can receive points for each BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM®, and LATISSE® procedure they undergo to redeem for future treatments. They can also donate those points to charities such as Dress for Success® or the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. As a convenience to our patients, we will be happy to enroll you in the Brilliant Distinctions program.
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Chemical Peels and Dermabrasion can help rejuvenate your appearance by reducing the skin’s surface irregularities. At Parva Plastic Surgery in Loudoun County, we are happy to customize a total skin care regimen to use after your treatment that can help you maintain the best possible results. SkinMedica® products remain proven for enhancing the skin’s tone and texture, in addition to reducing the visual signs of aging.