Dermabrasion and its close relative Microdermabrasion are common cosmetic skin treatments used to diminish the appearance of scars, acne scarring, facial spots, wrinkles, or tattoos. Dermabrasion may also be used to remove pre-cancerous cells on the face. The procedure has been around for over 100 years, but has been improved tremendously over the last 20 years. Through a careful method of surgical scraping, the outer layers of skin are removed, resulting in new, smoother skin after a brief period of healing. It may be performed on the entire face or only to specific problem areas. In some cases, a second treatment may be required for best results. Some conditions that can not be corrected with dermabrasion are moles, dark birthmarks, or burn scars. If you have a dark complexion, black or Asian skin, active acne, or extremely sensitive skin, you also may not be a good candidate for this treatment.Request a Consultation
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Dr. Tina B. West is a dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon with years of experience treating a wide variety of skin conditions. Her practice emphasis is on the use of fillers, Botox, and laser treatments to reduce the appearance of aging and photo aging, including wrinkles, sagging and blotchiness.
Dr. Tina B. West is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery and the American Society of Dermatologic Laser Surgery. Additionally, she is a member of the American Medical Association and served as Vice Chairperson of the Dermatology Foundation from 1996 to 1999.
An accomplished lecturer and author, Dr. Tina B. West has been published in literature, peer-reviewed journals and books on a variety of topics, including laser resurfacing for the treatment of aging and acne scarring, as well as laser treatment of leg veins, rosacea, and other vascular disorders.
She also participated in phase III FDA trials for the approval of Botox for cosmetic use, and her practice has been selected as a national training center for physician instruction in Botox treatment as well as advanced Restylane injection technique.
Dr. Tina B. West is on the advisory board of Medicis, the company that distributes Restylane, as well as Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox.
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