We are excited to announce that we will be moving our DC office to a new nearby location in the iconic Foxhall Square Building in Washington DC starting on November 1st ,2022. Our old location at 2112 F, St. NW, Ste. 701, Washington DC ,20037 will be permanently closed. We realize that change can be difficult, but we hope to make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone. Please note that our office in Alexandria, VA 22315 is open as usual. We look forward to seeing patients in our newly updated and conveniently located Foxhall office. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us or drop by the office.

Braun Dermatology

New Location!
Foxhall Square
3301 New Mexico Ave NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: (202) 293-7618
Fax: (202) 775-1772
Hours: (Monday-Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm, Friday 8:00am-3:00pm)
Washington, DC
202-816-7557 (New Patients)
202-293-7618 (Existing Patients)
Alexandria, VA
571-449-2555 (New Patients)
571-302-5377 (Existing Patients)

Experienced providers in Washington, DC
Share General Information on Laser Surgery

Laser devices and techniques used in dermatology continue to evolve, bringing important advances in comfort and effectiveness to patients. The team of providers at Braun Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, with offices in Alexandria, VA and Washington, DC, share this general information on laser surgery.

Laser Treatment


202-816-7557 to schedule a consultation.

How lasers work

Lasers treat skin problems by heating a specific target while leaving other components of the skin unharmed. For example, the Nd-YAG laser heats pigments in hair follicles, until they are destroyed and cannot produce new growth. White hair lacks the melanin pigment, and therefore does not respond to laser treatment. A pulsed dye laser heats red pigments in blood, causing targeted vessels to be destroyed. Vascular lesions such as hemangiomas, telangiectasias, and rosacea are successfully treated with this laser.

Intense pulsed light (IPL) functions similarly to a laser, but instead of using one wavelength, it has a system of filters to select a spectrum of useful wavelengths for desired treatment.

Achieving healthier skin

At Braun Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, we use an Icon laser and the Palomar IPL system. The Icon has various handpieces designed to treat a variety of skin conditions. Please visit our pages on Laser Dermatology and Laser Surgery to learn more about specific applications.

Common questions and concerns

Q – Should I expect to see improvement after just one treatment?

A – While you may notice improvement after your first laser or IPL session, it typically takes a series of treatments to achieve the desired effect. The number of sessions depends on the condition being treated but is typically between three and five treatments.

Q – Does my insurance company cover laser procedures?

A – Rarely. If you feel that your treatment should be covered, please contact your insurance carrier directly.

Q – Can I shave, pluck, or wax prior to laser hair removal appointments?

A – Shaving is fine, but please do not wax or tweeze hairs in the area to be treated. The laser only works when hairs are present below the surface.

With offices in Washington, DC call 202-816-7557 and Alexandria, VA 571-449-2555, highly-qualified laser dermatology treatment is nearby.

Braun Dermatology Team

Braun Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center

Dr. Marisa Braun is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon. She graduated from Princeton University, University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed her dermatology residency at George Washington University. She completed her Procedural Dermatology and Mohs Surgery Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina.

She is skilled in Mohs Surgery and skin procedures such as excisions, mole and cyst removals as well as cosmetic procedures that include neuromodulators, fillers, and laser procedures.

Dr. Braun is also a prestigious Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery, member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery amongst many others. She is a volunteer faculty member at George Washington University Department of Dermatology.
Washington, DC
202-816-7557 (New Patients)
202-293-7618 (Existing Patients)
Alexandria, VA
571-449-2555 (New Patients)
571-302-5377 (Existing Patients)

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