Popular Treatments That Stand the Test of Time

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BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM®, and laser hair removal are still ranked among the most requested and performed procedures. Just take a look at RealSelf’s 2018 medical aesthetics trend report, as it proves just how many men and women are falling in love with minimally invasive treatments. As a dermatologist in DC, I know how effective procedures like BOTOX and CoolSculpting® can be, so it’s no surprise to me that people across the country are increasingly becoming fans as well.  

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at 4 popular treatments that will stand the test of time, what they do, and why they’ve become such favorites in the medical aesthetics world.


I have performed BOTOX injections since 1995 (over 20 years!), so I’m quite familiar with the treatment and its ability to solve a host of issues in patients of various ages. BOTOX is an injectable neuromodulator that relaxes specific muscles. It’s effective for treating wrinkles such as horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet around the eyes, vertical frown lines between eyebrows, and bunny lines on the nose. Its lesser-known uses include slimming jawlines, fixing gummy smiles, providing a subtle brow lift, and even reducing migraines and excessive sweating. Results develop in about a week and last anywhere from 3 to 6 months.


CoolSculpting is a noninvasive fat reduction treatment that slims down small, stubborn pockets of fat. The treatment safely freezes and destroys fat cells without damaging surrounding tissues. The fat cells are naturally metabolized out of the body over a few months, causing a slimming effect in the treated area. Our practice offers various specialized applicators to effectively treat specific parts of the body, including the abdomen, inner and outer thighs, back, and under the chin. Results take 1 to 3 months to fully develop and last for as long as you are able to maintain a stable body weight.


JUVEDERM is an injectable hyaluronic acid filler used to provide volume under the skin. It can be used to fill in lines and wrinkles, add volume to the cheeks, or create plump, full lips. Several specialized formulations exist, such as JUVEDERM VOLUMA® XC, which is intended specifically for the cheeks, and JUVEDERM VOLBELLA® XC, which is used in the lips. Results can last up to a year before your body naturally dissolves the filler, although the specific lifespan depends on your body and the amount of product injected. Purchasing fillers from an authorized source is essential. See this blog post for more on why you should never bargain-hunt for injectables.

Laser Hair Removal

During laser hair removal, laser energy destroys specific hair follicles to stop or significantly slow down future hair growth. The treatment can prevent unwanted body hair on the legs, underarms, back, and bikini area, with results that are long-lasting and may only require minor touch-up appointments in the long term.

If you would like to learn more about how any of these procedures may help you look and feel your best, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.

If you’re interested in pursuing these popular treatments with a dermatologist in DC, please request a consultation online or call (202) 393-7546 to request a consultation.

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