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Laser Skin Treatments

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Skin care and skin care treatments are a major field of cosmetic surgery today. Patients can often find the breadth of options overwhelming.

Traditional treatments and over-the-counter skin care products make a lot of claims about effectiveness, and for some people, that is enough. For others, it is possible to try 30 different products and find none of them effective.

For those cases, clinical help from a practiced and skilled physician can alleviate the unsolvable problems.

The options discussed here are some of the options available at Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts. If you have any questions, call our McLean office at (703) 388-2805, Reston office at (571) 595-3223, or Leesburg office at (703) 723-5366.

Laser Facial Resurfacing

Laser Facial Resurfacing, in this case, refers to the CO2RE Carbon Dioxide Fractional Laser system by Syneron Candela. This system removes layers of skin in fractionated columns to allow for greater healing and to reduce age spots.

It is a very versatile and effective treatment to fix acne scars, scarring lines, wrinkles, fine lines, uneven coloration, and advanced skin damage.

It achieves this by splitting the energy beam into a bunch of tiny, spread-out beams to provide an even treatment that heals more evenly, and the process leaves a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

As part of our dedication to providing med spa patients with the best of the best in laser treatment technology, we are pleased to provide patients with access to the state-of-the-art Ellipse Laser Treatment system.

With three different modalities, this new technology provides an effective treatment option for a wide variety of benign facial conditions.

A Versatile Laser With Three Different Modalities

The Ellipse Laser can more precisely target facial conditions and provide patients with results they will love to see staring back at them in the mirror. Its three different modalities are:

The IPL Modality

With dual filters and sub-millisecond filters, the IPL modality enables the Ellipse laser to provide excellent skin rejuvenation for several skin conditions including vascular and pigmented lesions, telangiectasia, Rosacea, lentigo solaris, poikiloderma, civatte, port wine stains, and inflamed acne.

The Frax Modality

Also known as Frax 1550, this modality is a non-ablative fractional treatment for treating surfaces of the skin that have textural changes. To make patients as comfortable as possible during treatment, this modality includes SoftCool™ technology.

The Frax modality treats textural irregularities such as those obtained from acne scarring and provides overall skin resurfacing.

The ND:Yag 1064 Modality

The ND:Yag 1064 Modality of the Ellipse Laser treats vascular lesions, and also incorporates SoftCool™ technology for ultimate patient comfort. We may choose this modality for you if you have benign vascular lesions, port wine stains, or venous lakes.

What Skin Conditions The Ellipse Laser Can Treat

As you can see, the Ellipse Laser is extremely versatile, with some skin conditions having multiple modalities available for treatment. Here is a list of the most common skin conditions we treat with Ellipse, and how the laser specifically improves each one.

Benign Vascular Lesions

Whether you have a Port Wine stain, Cherry angioma, or another benign vascular lesion, the Ellipse Laser can dramatically improve its appearance. The laser treats these lesions by targeting the blood vessel that supplies them and attacking them. Over time, the appearance of the lesion fades and your skin’s natural appearance will re-emerge.


The telltale rosiness of Rosacea on the cheeks and face can be difficult to treat with other solutions on the market. The Ellipse Laser offers an effective alternative to other treatments by removing targeted superficial vessels that cause a rosy appearance on your face. The result is that the redness subsides, and your skin’s natural coloring reappears.


Acne is not just for tweens and teens. Over 3 million adults in the US experience acne every year, many of whom have found little to no success at clearing up their faces with facial cleansers and prescription medications. In clinical trials, the Ellipse Laser has been proven to speed up the healing process for acne, allow your face to clear up faster than ever before, or perhaps, for the first time ever.

Sun-damaged Skin

It was not too long ago when it was common practice to lay out in the sun with baby oil on your skin to get that sun-kissed summer glow. What we did not know then was just how damaging the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays can be to our skin, not only health wise but appearance-wise, too. If you have skin that has been damaged by long-term sun exposure, then the Ellipse Laser can work wonders.

The pulsating light of the laser is absorbed by your skin’s upper layer. Your body then gets to work converting that light into heat, which gently destroys the cells where sun damage is stored. The result is a comfortable solution for addressing sun-damaged skin and restoring your facial skin’s natural glow.

Skin Resurfacing

If you are desiring a younger-looking facial appearance, the Ellipse Laser can deliver that, too. By heating up the lower layer of the skin without damage to your face’s surface layer of skin, the non-ablative fractional laser stimulates your face’s natural collagen production. The end result is skin that looks tighter and more youthful.

Benign Pigmented Lesions

Patients may have been genetically inclined to develop a benign pigmented lesion, but sun exposure and the hands of time often make these lesions appear more pronounced. Remove these unwanted lesions for good with the Ellipse Laser, which, when targeted at these lesions, gently destroys the pigmentation so that it is as if the marking was erased from your skin.


New red facial scars can be treated with the Ellipse Laser by breaking down the microvessels that give the scar its red coloring.

Acne Scars

Sometimes after acne goes away, it leaves behind scars. These scars can be cleared up for good with the Ellipse Laser. This laser can help reduce the appearance of new, red acne scars. The treatment works when your face converts the light of the laser into heat, which then breaks down the micro-blood vessels providing the scars their red coloring.

Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts

As you can see, there are a variety of facial conditions that this new, emerging laser can treat effectively.

To discover how our laser technology can benefit you and reduce the appearance of unwanted facial conditions, call Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts’ McLean office at (703) 388-2805, Reston office at (571) 595-3223, or Leesburg office at (703) 723-5366.

Meet Doctor

Craig Vigliante, MD, DMD

Dr. Vigliante became interested in oral surgery after having double jaw surgery for his open bite. Since then, he’s dedicated himself to showing his patients the highest level of care possible. He’s certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and holds medical and dental licenses in Virginia. 

What Our Patients Say


“I felt welcomed and valued from the second I walked in the door to the moment I left. Every person I interacted with- from the front desk staff, to the surgical assistants, and even the doctor himself- was kind, informative, and helpful. I had my wisdom teeth removed on Friday and was back to work with only a mild and easily manageable headache on Monday. They gave clear instructions on how to prevent infection and dry socket, and even called to check up on me the day of and week after my procedure! I strongly recommend this office to anyone who is searching for the services they offer.

Jacquelyn Candito


“Everyone was super nice, friendly, and courteous. The office is clean and modern. Everyone was professional and seemed pretty organized. I got to watch Netflix laying down while I waited as well. The staff was nice enough to even switch it to a show I recommended!! Also, there are snacks and drinks available for your drivers waiting on you. As someone who is wary of going to the dentist, it was a great experience and I’d recommend this place! Cute valentines day decorations when I was there too!”

Amy Vu

Experienced Cosmetic Surgeons Serving the DC Metro Area


Dr. Vigliante, Dr. Gocke and Dr. McAdams are board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons thoroughly qualified to perform complex restorative surgical procedures, no matter the circumstance, for patients in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Their experience and training have given them an unmatched skill set balanced between art and science. You can be confident in choosing Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts for your oral surgery needs.