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Laser treatments have revolutionized skincare, offering transformative solutions for various skin concerns. Among the array of available options, Picosure, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), and CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) lasers stand out for their distinct capabilities in addressing different skin issues and rejuvenating the skin.

Picosure Laser Treatment

Picosure is a cutting-edge laser technology known for its ability to treat various skin concerns with minimal downtime. Utilizing ultra-short pulses measured in picoseconds, Picosure targets pigmentation irregularities, such as sunspots, age spots and even tattoos. Unlike traditional lasers, its ultra-fast pulses break down pigmentation into tiny particles, allowing the body’s natural processes to eliminate them more efficiently. Picosure’s precision and versatility make it a sought-after treatment for achieving a more even skin tone and texture.

IPL Treatments

IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, is a non-invasive treatment that employs broad-spectrum light to address multiple skin issues simultaneously. It targets pigment irregularities, vascular lesions, and stimulates collagen production. IPL can effectively reduce redness caused by rosacea, diminish sunspots or freckles and even out skin tone. Moreover, it is commonly used for hair removal, making it a versatile option for various skin concerns across different areas of the body.

CO2 Skin Resurfacing

On the other hand, CO2 lasers are powerful tools primarily used for skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. They work by delivering intense beams of light that remove layers of damaged skin, stimulating collagen production and revealing smoother, firmer skin underneath. CO2 lasers are effective in treating deep wrinkles, acne scars and other significant skin imperfections. While offering remarkable results, CO2 laser treatments typically require a longer recovery period compared to Picosure or IPL due to the more aggressive nature of the treatment.

All these laser treatments, including Picosure, IPL and CO2, share the common goal of revitalizing the skin by stimulating collagen production, improving texture and addressing specific concerns. However, their mechanisms and targeted skin issues vary, allowing for a customizable approach based on individual skin needs.

The choice between these laser treatments often depends on several factors, including the skin concern being addressed, the desired outcome, skin type and downtime tolerability. Picosure and IPL are preferred for individuals seeking minimal downtime and targeting specific pigment-related issues, while CO2 lasers are ideal for significant skin resurfacing and deep rejuvenation, albeit with a longer recovery period.

It is crucial to consult with a qualified medical professional before opting for any laser treatment. At Maia Plastic Surgery, we can assess your skin condition, discuss treatment options, explain potential risks and tailor a treatment plan that aligns with your goals and ensures safety.

Laser treatments like Picosure, IPL, and CO2 offer remarkable possibilities for transforming the skin, providing solutions for various concerns, from pigmentation irregularities to deep wrinkles. Their distinct mechanisms and capabilities allow for tailored treatments that can rejuvenate and revitalize the skin, offering renewed confidence and a more youthful appearance. To learn more about laser skin treatments available at Maia Plastic Surgery, call either of our locations in the Washington, D.C., area to schedule a consultation.

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8100 Boone Boulevard Suite 730 Tysons Corner
Tysons, VA 22182

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J. B.

Dr. Maia and her staff are incredibly professional and truly empathetic. They’ve done a beautiful job with the treatments that I’ve gotten and I look forward to coming to the office every single time.

Karli N.

Dr. Maia deserves more than 5-stars! I’m thrilled with my results and I’m less than 3 months post surgery. Dr. Maia is confident and kind, and not at all pushy like other plastic surgeons. I was overly impressed the morning of the procedure. The surgical and hospital staff know her well! They were ready for her and put me at ease while I was getting settled in the OR. I appreciate the team in Dr. Maia’s office for their patience and care. They are just as calm as Dr. Maia.

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Mid 40s male who’s always had nasal breathing issues and a dorsal bump. I finally decided to do something about it with a septoplasty/rhinoplasty combo. I met with a few doctors but Dr. Maia stood out. She instilled confidence, and I’m extremely pleased with the results. The surgery was straight forward, and the swelling was surprisingly light. A week later the cast was off and I was on the short road to recovery. Honestly, if I had known it was this easy I would have done it earlier. Thanks Dr. Maia!


I recently had Dysport injected by NP Kristina, and I could not be happier with the outcome. I can already see some of the results few days post-injections! I love how quickly Dysport softens the wrinkles, without giving you the "frozen look". Just in time for the upcoming holidays! Earlier this year, I did 3 Morpheus-8 treatments to my face and neck, and I am CONSTANTLY being complimented on how good my skin looks. Worth every penny! I also had fillers injected by Dr. Maia and Kristina. Dr. Maia did my under-eye, which I am obsessed about... what a change! Kristina injected my lips, chin, jawline, and cheeks. My face looks more proportional and guess what.... I FINALLY HAVE A CHIN :) Thank you, Dr. Maia, Kristina, and the Team. You're the best. I will surely be back for more.

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I had tummy tuck and muscle repair with Dr. Maia 3 months ago. I couldn't be happier. I am 44 and I got my 25 year old body back after tummy tuck with Dr. Maia. The initial consult was great. The surgery was fast. The post op care was excellent. Dr. Maia and team assured me that I had great post recovery and everything going okay. I had no complication whatsoever. The incission was very small and low which I love. She is amazing and caring surgeon. He teams are very responsive and wonderful. I am very happy with the result and everything.

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