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Dr. Tina Alster

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1430 K Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC, 20005
My cosmetic laser surgery center remains a go-to destination for discriminating patients.

Philosophy

Leading the industry since opening its doors in 1990, the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery is committed to providing patients with world-class treatment. Regarded as a leading expert in the field of laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Tina Alster is often asked to serve as a local and national media source. Commonly referred to as the “Queen of Lasers” for her innovations in cosmetic dermatology, she also serves as a clinical professor at Georgetown University Medical Center. She is the most recent recipient of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery’s prestigious Stegman Award for Distinguished Service, and also the Practitioner of the Year Award by the Dermatology Foundation. “While I am honored to have the respect of my colleagues, being able to provide personalized care to those with devastating scars and birthmarks using the most advanced technologies and treatment protocols that I had a hand in developing, is so rewarding,” says Dr. Alster.

About My Practice

What is unique about your practice?

We place equal emphasis on the treatment of both women and men with specially-designed facilities and treatment protocols for each.

Drs. Alster, what organizations are you a member of?

I am affiliated with the American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

Where do your dermatologic interests lie?

I take a particular interest in laser and facial rejuvenation, body contouring, scar revision, vein therapy and hair restoration.

About Me

Dr. Alster, what accomplishment are you particularly proud of?

Being recognized by my peers and students as a mentor, innovator and leader in cosmetic laser development and clinical practice.

Education

Degree:
Duke University School of Medicine

Credentials

Board Certification:

American Board of Dermatology

Affiliation:

American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society of Laser Medicine

A Minute With

  1. The biggest misconception about our field

    A single treatment will erase 50 years of sun damage

  2. How i make the best first impression

    By showing a genuine interest in the patient’s concerns

  3. The future of my field

    There will be more of an integrative approach to patient health, such as innovations and treatment combinations to improve and enhance the patient’s experience and results

  4. What i love most about my profession

    I deliver treatments that provide an immediate positive benefit to patients

  5. My ultimate skin-care advice

    Apply a topical antioxidant
    under sunscreen every day

  6. How my profession has evolved

    Increased technological advances and public awareness of the value of noninvasive, transformative dermatologic treatments

  7. Three words that best describe me

    Innovative, determined, compassionate

  8. What i can’t live without

    My carefully curated collection
    of lasers and other technologies

  9. My philosophy

    It’s my passion to help people realize their full potential through a positive self-image

  10. What sets my practice apart

    I offer a comprehensive variety of the latest devices and treatments in a world- class setting

Services

  • ARTAS® Hair Transplant
  • Birthmark Removal
  • Body Contouring
  • Botox® Cosmetic / Fillers
  • Cellfina™
  • Clear + Brilliant®
  • CoolSculpting®
  • Fraxel® DUAL
  • Kybella®
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Laser Tattoo Removal
  • Microneedling
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Scar Revision
  • Silhouette InstaLift™
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Thermage® / Ultherapy®
  • VelaShape® / UltraShape®
  • Viora V30 Laser System

FAQs

  1. When is a chemical peel the right treatment?
    What our experts say:

    Chemical peels are really great for certain types of acne, like the type where you have superficial blocked pores. A chemical peel that’s either a combination or a salicylic acid chemical peel can open up the individual pores and help clear the acne faster. Another common use for chemical peeling is model brown discoloration like for melasma when people get the brown patches on the face and a series of chemical peels can be used to brighten the skin. And the chemical peels also brighten and smooth fine lines and build collagen as well. We typically use chemical peels for acne and hyperpigmentation. Those are common uses for chemical peeling.

  2. What kind of laser would you use to resurface and rejuvenate the face?
    What our experts say:

    If you don’t have time for recovery then you want a non-ablative fractional resurfacing laser such as the PalomarLux1540 or the Fraxel re:store, also a type of erbium. Those are two really good ones for the non-ablative. If you have time for healing, meaning one week where you can stay out of work, then you can have an ablative laser resurfacing procedure and that again would be Fraxel but it would be the re:pair. You could have the Lumenis Active, DeepFX, StarLux2940 or eMatrix.

  3. How do you keep your lips puffy and plump?
    What our experts say:

    For people who try to overdo lips, it looks very fake. The number one answer to this is that the over-the-counter lip plumpers like the lip glosses that give you a tingly sensation actually work. They’re temporary but they do work. They help to increase blood flow to the lips. For a night out, they’re great. For longer lasting plumping you can use a small amount of filler, and hyaluronic acid is the best. Juvéderm is the best one to use in the lips because it’s the softest. The trick about natural-looking lips is to be conservative with how much is used. Small amounts are best because if you overfill them they can be very waxy and stiff looking.

  4. Do injections like Botox, Dysport, Restylane and others hurt? Do you bruise when you get them? And do you have to stay home from work for a day or two after getting them?
    What our experts say:

    We typically use a topical anesthetic in the office. Just topical lidocaine dissolved in a petrolatum ointment and we apply that just before the procedure to ease the discomfort of the injection. Some people bruise easier than others. Anytime even the smallest needle is used you can get a bruise that can last anywhere from five to 10 days depending on the individual. Whether or not to stay home from work is certainly a personal decision based on the line of work you’re in. Some people choose to stay home because they’re involved in public speaking or on camera. Others sit in a back desk and they don’t mind having a bruise for a week or so, if you get a bruise.

  5. Which lasers work best to tighten skin and do they give a result similar to a facelift?
    What our experts say:

    The best noninvasive system that can tighten skin these days is Ulthera. It is a highly focused ultrasound and like other skin tighteners and lifters like Thermage, it is FDA-approved for use on the face like for lifting the brow. However it can also be used for tightening the arm, knee and thigh skin (off label). Ulthera is the closest we can get to a nonsurgical lift. It does more than just tighten the skin, which is what the Thermage units, the radiofrequency units, have done in the past.

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