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What To Expect After Your HALO Treatment

To be honest, HALO does have a little bit of downtime. It is not bad though—promise! We like to think of it as the kind of treatment that is best scheduled on a Thursday or Friday. You are probably not going to want to be out and about the first two days after treatment, so we recommend scheduling a much-needed long weekend. That way you are out of office while your skin is recuperating.

  • Right after treatment your face will feel warm
  • For the next couple days, the skin in the treatment area is a nice, bright pink
  • Around day 3 or 4, you start forming a thick skin layer which comes off in a few days. This sloughing can happen even quicker with vinegar dilution soaks.
  • Most people are fully sloughed and looking pretty good (just mildly pink) within a week.
  • You look good a week or so after HALO, but even better a month later. Then results get even better than that 3-6 months after, due to the collagen stimulation.

Here’s a video of how your face will feel right after treatment by an actual Dermacare patient!

It’s nothing too crazy! Feels a little spicy like a sunburn. But man, there’s an adrenaline rush!

What you should know about HALO laser treatments

We at Dermacare HR are your local skincare specialists and have a few things we want you to know about your HALO treatment.

The treatment itself is just under 2 hours total with;

  • 60 minutes of topical numbing time
  • 40 minutes of treatment time
  • 10 minutes for cooling

Recovery can feel like a sunburn for a few short days, so many patients enjoy sitting near an AC unit or a fan.

However, if you’ve had other laser facial treatments in the past, prepare for your most comfortable treatment yet!


“I’ll be honest, I’m kinda blown away by the HALO treatment!”

HALO is one of our most popular treatments, and it’s now part of our ForeverYoung membership. ForeverYoung members can trade four of their regular 30-minute monthly laser treatments for the potent power of HALO.

Something we consistently hear from our patients is how once you try HALO, you’re a believer for life. Be sure to make it a “you day” for gorgeous skin for your future self. You can request a free consultation here, book your HALO Treatment appointment, or call us at 757-317-3748. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Why Now Is The Time To Get Laser Tattoo Removal

Tattoos are no longer the lifelong decision they once were. At Dermacare of Hampton Roads, our experienced medical providers use the most advanced tattoo removal laser, the Quanta Discovery Pico+, to safely and non-invasively remove unwanted tattoos.    Right now is the best time to get laser tattoo removal so that you will be ready to show off your beautiful skin this summer.    “Honestly I didn’t think removing my tattoo was a realistic option. I was so surprised because even after one appointment, my tattoo already lightened up a lot,” said Rachael, a Laser Tattoo Removal patient at Dermacare.

What is laser tattoo removal?

Laser tattoo removal is a method of permanently removing tattoos from the skin by breaking up ink pigments in the dermis with a high-intensity light beam.    When you get a tattoo, a cluster of very fine needles puncture through the top layer of your skin, the epidermis, and deposit ink into the second and largest layer of your skin, the dermis. Tattoos may fade over time, but not significantly. The dermis does not shed and regenerate cells like the epidermis does, thus leaving ink pigments in the dermis permanently.    At Dermacare of Hampton Roads, we use our advanced Quanta Discovery Pico+ laser to non-invasively penetrate skin layers to reach the ink pigments. The ink particles absorb the light and then break into smaller fragments. These smaller ink fragments are then attacked by the body’s natural immune system, which over time causes the ink fragments to slowly disappear.   After the necessary number of sessions, the result is ultimately a complete removal of the unwanted tattoo.

Why now is the time to get laser tattoo removal

  Though our Quanta Discovery Pico+ laser works wonders on all skin types all year round, we think it is best to start your tattoo removal treatments in the cooler months. This is because your skin has had time to rest from summer sun and is usually the lightest it will be all year. Also, getting your tattoos removed in the winter will ensure you are prepared to show off your gorgeous skin when summer comes back around!   So what better time?  

What to expect during your appointment

  When you schedule your complimentary consultation, we will thoroughly discuss your desired results for the area you wish to be treated. Based on a few factors—such as type of tattoo, colors of ink, and depth of application—we will determine the right series of treatments to give you the best results.   The number of recommended treatments will vary by situation. Typically, we estimate:  
  • 6-12 treatments, spaced 6-8 weeks apart for those with professional tattoos
  • 4-5 treatments, spaced 6-8 weeks apart for those with amateur tattoos
  For the patient, the actual procedure is simple, safe, and non-invasive. The feeling of the laser is like a snap of intense heat. But if you’re still nervous—don’t be! We offer all our patients an anesthetic numbing cream just prior to treatment and beautiful chilled air during the treatment to make you as comfortable as possible.   Leave the unwanted tattoos behind, and step into summer with a fresh, new look! Call us at (757) 317-3748 or click here to request your free consultation. We can’t wait to see you!

HALO Laser Treatment – Say “HALO” to Younger Skin

Sun spots, redness, fine lines, brown spots, or pigmentation issues… whatever it is, it’s not how it used to be, and it can leave you feeling like your skin is aging faster than it should.  HALO is for those who love the sun, but don’t love sun damage. Here in Hampton Roads we love a dose of sunshine, whether we’re enjoying the beach or sitting poolside.  Today we all know to wear our sunscreen and stay in the shade – but unfortunately that can’t undo the damage caused by sun exposure from playing outside as a kid and tanning as a young adult. (In fact, 23% of all damage to our skin happens before we turn 18.)  So how do we undo that damage? Lasers. Yep, lasers. It’s our favorite way to address UV damage, reduce sun spots and fine lines, and leave patients with a glowing complexion. Here’s why you will love it just as much as we do: 
  1. Only a few days of “down time” before you see beautiful results
  2. Crazy good results that can dial back the clock as many as 3-5 years
  3. Continuous improvement for 4-6 months after treatment… because HALO reminds your skin how to do what it did in your 20s: repair itself and produce collagen.
And, we can’t leave out the most important benefit – this treatment can eliminate some of the most common precancer, actinic keratoses, that is likely to turn into non-melanoma skin cancer. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, so this is one of the most important benefits. (More on the research here.) 

Wait, what is the HALO Laser Treatment anyway?

HALO is the world’s first Hybrid Fractional Laser treatment designed to help restore your skin’s natural glow and younger-looking skin with less downtime than other laser treatments. Because it’s so precise, HALO can reduce – and even reverse – years of skin damage. HALO is an incredible tool combining an ablative laser with a non-ablative laser that allows us to treat sun damage, deep pigmentation, superficial texturing, fine lines, and even scars. Said Carrie Labert, Physician Assistant at Dermacare:  “Fractional lasers give beautiful results, and HALO is my absolute favorite. A week out you’ll look nice. A month out you’ll look great. And 2, 4, 6 months out you’ll look even better! HALO gives your skin a gorgeous, youthful luminosity.” The ablative laser is the equivalent of aerating a lawn, while the non-ablative laser tells your body to amp up its production of collagen and elastin, which minimizes wrinkles trying to wrangle their way to the surface. In just a week after treatment your skin is glowing like you got airbrushed in real life. (Ah, the joys of getting carded when you have kids old enough to drink!)  Results after a single HALO treatment include a decrease in sun damage and uneven skin tone, with an improvement in visible signs of aging, including: 
  1. Fine lines
  2. Reduced wrinkles
  3. Smaller pores 
  4. Smoothed texture
  5. Firmer skin  

How to See if HALO is Right for You

If you have any of the following skin concerns, then HALO may be a good fit for you:
  • A good number of sun spots 
  • Sun-induced freckling
  • Dull or crepey texture
  • Some fine lines
If you’re still not sure, you can schedule a free virtual consultation. Simply fill out our 30-second telehealth consultation form, and one of our Patient Coordinators will follow up with you to schedule your telehealth video appointment.

Prepping for a HALO treatment

How do you prep for a HALO laser treatment? Be easy on your face. You want your skin to be in the best shape possible before coming in for this treatment, which means soothing it with moisturizer and sunscreen and skipping out on exfoliation or facial peels. We love to help you prepare with a light chemical peel, SaltFacial or BBL FotoFacial treatment 2 weeks before HALO.   We recommend – 
  • Avoid ALL significant sun exposure within the 3 weeks prior to your treatment (significant exposure within the 3 weeks before treatment may make you temporarily ineligible for the treatment)
  • Using sunscreen every time you leave the house
  • Applying your deepest lotion twice a day for 30 days prior to your treatment
Ready to Glow?  HALO Hybrid Fractional Laser treatment is one of our most popular services and is now part of our ForeverYoung membership. ForeverYoung members can trade four of their regular laser treatments for the potent power of HALO.  Something we consistently hear from our patients is how once you try HALO, you’re a believer for life. Be sure to make it a yearly “you day” for gorgeous skin for your future self. You can request a free consultation here, book your HALO Treatment appointment, or call us at 757-317-3748. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Get Rid of Unwanted Hair with Laser Hair Removal

If you’re sick of shaving, plucking, and/or waxing your unwanted body hair, laser hair removal is the treatment for you.

So what is laser hair removal? 

Laser hair removal is the process of using a laser or a light-based device to target hair follicles at the root and stop them from producing hair.     In a very action-movie way, the laser locates hair follicles, then hits them with a burst of light that heats them up and causes them to die. Once the follicle is dead, it is less able to produce any more unwanted hair over the long-term.    The hair that’s left in the follicle falls out, and the result is skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom. It’s not permanent, but it is a very long-term solution. Some patients go year without needing a touch up. 

Who is laser hair removal for?

Laser hair removal is for anyone who hates spending time shaving, waxing, or plucking. Basically, if you’re tired of having hair in places you don’t want it, laser hair removal is for you!   Laser hair removal works best on hair that has some pigment to it. This is because the laser can better discern between hair and skin by hitting the spot with the highest pigmentation (usually the hair follicle). 

Where can I get lasered? 

The most common areas for women to get laser hair removal are the underarms, lower legs, and the bikini region. Laser hair removal is perfect for women who experience razor burn and ingrown hairs. Here at DermacareHR we offer laser hair removal treatments on:  
  • Bikini line (bikini line, full bikini, brazilian bikini)
  • Underarms
  • Upper lip
  • Lower legs
  • Upper legs
  • Arms
  • Upper back 
  If you don’t see the area you’d like to have treated, don’t worry! Book a free Telehealth consultation, and one of our providers will be able to tell you if your unwanted body hair is in a spot where it can be lasered away.

What if I have darker skin? 

With the right laser, laser hair removal can work on all skin tones. So whether your skin is dark or light, we have a laser that will work for you.   It used to be that lasers worked only on light skin with dark hair—the contrast making it easy for the laser to find and treat the unwanted hair. But with advances in technology, we can treat all skin types.   At Dermacare, we’re committed to serving every member of our community. Therefore, we not only strive to invest in the latest technologies, but also in technologies that allow us to provide safe and effective treatments for all guests who walk through our door.   We offer three different laser hair removal methods that cover all skin pigmentations.   
  1. BBL (Broadband Light) – Though not technically a laser, this device works best on lighter skin tones.
  2. 1064nm YAG –  This laser works best on darker skin tones, easily identifying and eliminating the unwanted hair.
  3. MotusAX – This is our newest laser, and it specializes in all skin types—from the darkest of skin to lightest. 
  If you have sensitive skin, you may have wondered if laser hair removal would ever be a fit for you. This is where the MotusAX comes into play. It gets the bragging rights for being the most comfortable. It’s unlike anything else on the market because it lets heat build up in the follicle, while the surrounding tissue stays cool.   

When is the best time to get laser hair removal?

The best time to get laser hair removal is whenever you want! The only things to consider when planning your appointment are:  
  • You should have no recent sun exposure to the treatment area.
  • The unwanted hair must have some pigment to it. (At this time, there are no lasers that can detect very fine blond hair or white hair.)
  • If you wax, pluck, or use a chemical depilatory (like Nair), you have to wait for at least 3 weeks after to get laser hair removal.
  All that we ask is that you shave the treatment area before each of your appointments!    That being said, if you’re looking to have a flawless bikini line by summer, we think it’s best to start early. Laser hair removal is usually a series of 5-8 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart (depending on which laser is being used and which part of the body is being treated). If you’re interested in finding out if laser hair removal is right for you or you’re ready to book your appointment, call us at 757-317-3748 or schedule your free online consultation here!
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Is Microdermabrasion a Good Treatment for Wrinkles?

As we grow older, our skin can begin to show our age. It can even make us look older than we are. While growing older is most certainly a privilege, wearing fine lines and wrinkles as a visible trophy is optional thanks to advances in wrinkle prevention.

Wrinkle Prevention and Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is an aesthetic treatment. It is used to stimulate the growth of fresh, healthy, vibrant skin by removing the outermost layer of the skin. It works in the upper dermis and stratus corneum, not in the deep dermis. Think of microdermabrasion as a medical-grade exfoliant. Through carefully administered abrasion and suction, it offers a simple, speedy, and painless cosmetic treatment with minimal risk and no downtime. It can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as early sun damage and mild acne scarring. But it is limited and can only address mild skin issues. Microdermabrasion will do little for deep wrinkles. These are better reduced in appearance with the use of technologies like Halo (a laser treatment) and Vivace (a microneedling treatment). Fine lines and wrinkles that have not become static or deep can also be addressed with Botox and dermal fillers, such as Juvederm.

What’s Best for You?

Well, that is the question! Your skin is as unique as you, which is why those one-size-fits-all over-the-counter pharmacy products have probably been a letdown. Pinpointing the right wrinkle prevention treatment (or combination of treatments) for you starts with creating your personal skin profile. During your free in-person consultation with us, we will conduct a computerized 3D skin analysis. This is a $150 value that all new patients can receive for free. Why? Because customizing our treatment options to your unique needs and skin is our focus and passion. Your consultation and skin analysis create the strongest possible foundation from which we can customize a plan to achieve your desired results. Are you ready to give your skin the TLC it deserves? Let us “upgrade” your “age trophy” by leaving people to wonder if you have amazing anti-aging genes.
Achieve Maximum Results With a Medical-Grade Deep Cleansing Facial

Deep Cleansing Facials: How We Help You Achieve Maximum Results

We recently covered why home facials cannot compete with our medical-grade deep cleansing facials. Now, we want to focus on just how our facials help you achieve maximum results, making them well worth your investment.

Customization is Key

Medspa facials surpass anything you can purchase off the store shelves because they are customized to each patient. One of the reasons over the counter products are often lackluster is because they take a “one size fits all” approach. When it comes to your skin, there simply isn’t one size. A medical-grade deep cleansing facial at Dermacare starts with an easy yet thorough in-person consultation. We discuss your goals, desired results, concerns, challenges, and history. We also conduct a computerized 3D skin analysis, which helps us create a customized snapshot of your unique skin. This free consultation is the foundation of a skincare program that will be developed, especially for you.

More Than a Facial

Deep cleansing facials are more than a facial, especially here at Dermacare. We use medical-grade products only available at a medical spa and under the supervision of a medical director. These products allow us to highly customize your facial to your specific needs and desired results. If necessary, we will perform extractions to remove clogged pores. You won’t get this kind of deep cleaning from generic facials. Medical-grade facials work on a cellular level. You can expect your customized treatment to include any of the following:
  • Skin analysis
  • Deep pore cleansing
  • Exfoliation
  • Steam
  • Face and neck massage
  • Manual extraction to treat clogged pores
  • Masks to soothe, calm, moisturize, purify, or stimulate
  • Toner
  • Hydration
  • Broad spectrum SPF

Glowing Results

Deep cleansing facials generate a radiant, healthy glow immediately after treatment. During the following 48 to 72 hours, your skin is hydrated. Circulation will improve, and your skin will look healthy and refreshed. Over the next 72 days, your skin cells will regenerate. During this time, long-term benefits and proper cosmeceutical care are achieved.

Maintaining Long-Term Results

One of the conversations your provider will have with you is how to maintain your results following a deep cleansing facial. Our initial consultation will be used to generate a personalized maintenance program. We can even adjust it if you have concerns or want to achieve specific results. We have memberships available to aid you in achieving maximum results with maximum efficiency and cost savings. Taking care of your skin has never been easier. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.
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Professional Medical-Grade Deep Cleansing Facials Are Worth Your Attention

Deep cleansing facials are an excellent way to treat some of your most delicate skin to the purifying and moisturizing action it needs. Medical-grade deep cleansing facials take it to an even higher level, and the extra perks they include are worth your attention.

At-Home Facials

Why go to a spa for a facial? Can’t you buy products to use at home? Aren’t they at least somewhat similar? If you want an honest answer, no.  At home, facials can feel refreshing and even generate short-term results. Still, they lack the encompassing treatment of deep cleansing facials.

What Are Deep Cleansing Facials?

Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It takes up an area of approximately 20 square feet in total. It protects you from the weather, shields your internal organs from the sun, and is on the front lines of blocking microbes. Thanks to your skin, you can feel sensations of heat, cold, and touch. It even helps regulate your body temperature. It sees a lot of action and deserves special care. The skin on your face is perhaps the most exposed skin on your body. It is continuously taking sun, wind, rain, hot, cold, humidity, and germs to…well, to the face! Deep cleansing facials are an excellent way to care for the most vulnerable and delicate skin on your body. Here’s what they do:
  • Remove dull surface skin
  • Stimulate circulation
  • Decongest clogged pores
  • Cleanse and hydrate
  • Nourish
  • Moisturize
  • Protect

What Makes Medical-Grade Different?

Dermacare’s medical-grade deep cleansing facials are how we help you achieve maximum results. Our facials are so much more than just a facial – we include extractions, serums, and sunscreen. We apply medical-grade products that can only be used under the supervision of a medical director, and we customize the facial to your specific and unique needs.

So Treat Yourself

You deserve it, and so does your skin.
How Much Should Botox Cost?

How Much Does Botox Cost?

Botox is the most popular brand of anti-aging and age reduction injectable used by medspa professionals. It can decrease and slow the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. It provides predictable and subtle results and is the only treatment of its kind both evaluated and approved by the FDA for safety and efficacy. So, what can you expect for Botox cost?

Let’s Talk Local

Dermacare services the Hampton Roads, Virginia area. In our local region, Botox with a qualified injector, uses the appropriate product strength for how strong your muscles are , is generally in the range of $12 to $14 per unit. The overall cost depends on a few important factors, including:
  • How many areas are treated
  • The desired results
Additionally, the cost is impacted by the experience of the injector and location. While Botox is considered a minimally invasive and safe treatment, the experience of the injector and qualifications of the facility offering it are critical to cost, safety, and results.

Be Cautious of Low Botox Cost

Today, almost everyone lives on a budget. It’s hard to prioritize self-care, but anti-aging treatments like Botox has been claimed to improve mood, boost self-esteem, and even offer proven medical benefits. Finding the right fit for your budget is important, but it’s equally important to make the smartest (and safest) investment. Botox has no antidote (like hyaluronic-based derma fillers do) and only wears off in 2 to 4 months, depending on how the patient’s body metabolizes it. Inexperienced injectors fall on the lowest end of pricing, which can be great for your wallet but not your results. A botched Botox job may not be immediately repaired, and it will be 2 to 4 months before another treatment can be administered. Medspas that offer groupons and below-market pricing all the time can be high risk. The provider must get the dosing precisely right for you, which demands a highly personalized and customized approach for each patient—factors that impact the cost. Botox is a product, and like any product, there is a cost. Be sure the medspa you choose isn’t skimping.

Our Botox Cost

Quality, safety, and results are at the heart of what we do. Our injectors are some of the most experienced. Not only are our providers highly trained and expertly qualified, but they have 40 years of combined experience injecting Botox and Dysport. We work to help you make smart investments on a budget, which is why we offer memberships that can save you on Botox and more. You deserve high quality, safety, and results. We deliver!
Will Microdermabrasion Help With Acne Scars?

Will Microdermabrasion Help With Acne Scars?

Acne scars can often look like shallow indentations or lesions, usually on the face. They can also be slightly raised and thick looking. They can form anywhere on the body where acne breakouts occur. Some confuse the discoloration of the skin after a pimple heals for scarring, but this is post-inflammatory acne hyperpigmentation. If you have acne scars, you are not alone. Roughly 40% of active acne patients have them, too. While post-acne hyperpigmentation can sometimes rebalance naturally over time, acne scarring does not always decrease in appearance without treatment.

What Is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion works in the upper dermis and stratus corneum of the skin, not the deep dermis. It is an aesthetic treatment that removes the outermost layer of skin to encourage the body to produce healthy, vibrant skin. By itself, it is not the best treatment for acne scars since they can often reach the deep dermis.

How to Treat Acne Scarring

Treating acne scarring involves a unique and multipronged approach for each individual patient. It is important to pinpoint why acne breakouts happen and address reducing those breakouts through better skin health and care before tackling scars. Once breakouts are under control, there is a combination of treatments that can address and decrease the appearance of acne scars. The combination of treatments will depend on your desired results and the visible scarring and/or hyperpigmentation. Some of the tools we use include:
  • Chemical Peel: Multiple skin issues can be treated with a chemical peel. When it comes to acne, we use this treatment to help control it, minimize scaring, and decrease discoloration.
  • BBL: Broad Band Light or BBL is one of our most powerful tools. It can treat deep lesion acne scars and address hyperpigmentation. We often combine it with products to tame acne and improve overall skin health and appearance.
  • Halo: Skin texture can be negatively impacted by acne scars. Halo is one of our preferred options for treating skin texture issues. It is an excellent tool for reversing and diminishing the look of scars.
  • Vivace Radiofrequency: Microneedling is yet another option that can help focus on skin texture and reduce the visibility of scars. We specialize in multiple microneedling tools, with Vivace being one of the cutting-edge technologies at our disposal.
If you have acne scars, contact us today for a free consultation. We take a unique, multipronged approach to acne challenges. You will not find a more qualified team of acne experts anywhere else in Hampton Roads.
Can Microdermabrasion Be Used for Sun Damage?

Can Microdermabrasion Be Used for Sun Damage?

Sunburn. Everybody gets it, some more than others. It seems like such an innocent thing, but even a mild sunburn inflicts sun damage to your skin. Should it concern you? Can it be corrected? Let’s find out.

The Dangers of Sun Damage

According to, “Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the [U.S.] and worldwide.” It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70. Having just 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk. Aside from the potential to develop cancer, sun damage is also responsible for:
  • Faster aging, especially on the face
  • Skin texture changes
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • More rapid appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Freckles
With sun damage being behind the more than 9,500 cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the United States daily, skin health and sun damage treatment (plus prevention) has never been more important.

Repairing Sun Damage

There are many options for repairing sun damage. Microdermabrasion is an aesthetic treatment. It works by removing the outermost skin layer and thereby encouraging the body to produce new healthy, vibrant skin. While it could potentially be useful for minor sun damage, a combination of aesthetic and deeper targeted laser treatments can provide more beneficial results for other cases. We often use BBL and Halo to reverse the visible effects of sun damage. In some cases, laser and microdermabrasion can be used in combination to revitalize the skin.

Prevention and Maintenance

Detecting and treating sun damage is an essential step to healthier, more youthful skin. Preventing further damage and maintaining your results is another. Sun exposure can age your skin prematurely, which is why something as seemingly simple as sunscreen is vital to preserving the health and youthfulness of your skin. At Dermacare, we specialize in using some of the most cutting-edge, non-invasive technology for repairing sun damage. Our medical experts are well versed in the most beneficial aesthetic treatments, as well as the products and schedules available for maintaining your desired results. Keeping your skin healthy and young is our passion. What sun damage or skincare questions can we answer for you?

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