Cosmetic Dermatology

We were all born with beautiful skin. Over time we have made choices, often without realizing the consequences, which have damaged our skin. Tanning, sun-burning, smoking, pollution exposure and stress can take their toll, resulting in the appearance of false aging.

Dr. Bohannon-Grant and her staff are passionate about cosmetic dermatology and offer comprehensive rejuvenation services to reverse the signs of false aging. We can recommend some very simple, basic, effective steps to help slow and reverse the environmental damage. Please let us help you select your skin care products and services wisely.

We excel using the latest rejuvenation procedures! We may not offer all of them because we are committed to providing our patients with only safe and affordable procedures that produce true, visible results. If we would not have the procedures ourselves, we would not offer them to you!

Helping you look and feel better about your appearance is our specialty. All you have to do is ask us. It is never too late to take better care of your skin!

Skin Care Consultation

During a skin care consult, you meet with our Registered Nurse to discuss your skin care concerns and rejuvenation goals. She will evaluate your needs, make recommendations, and discuss skin care, products and procedures. She will assist you in setting realistic goals for making your skin the best it can be. This is the entry point into our rejuvenation services and is highly recommended.

Cosmeceuticals

Cosmeceuticals are products that contain true scientifically proven anti-aging ingredients. These are the real ‘fountain of youth’ potions!

We carry a comprehensive inventory of the most potent and advanced cosmeceuticals available. We review all products yearly and offer them at the lowest possible cost, so there’s no need to go elsewhere.

Meet with our Registered Nurse for a skin care consultation and she will help tailor a skin care regimen that best suits your personal skin care needs.

Botox® and Dysport®

Botox® Cosmetic  and Dysport®  are popular non-surgical injections  that  reduce or eliminate frown lines, forehead creases and crow’s feet.  Botox® Cosmetic  and Dysport® block nerve impulses,  temporarily relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance.

During a  treatment, small doses of Botox® Cosmetic or Dysport® are injected directly into a specific muscle, relaxing it. By doing so, the problem caused by the muscle, such as the crow’s feet or frown lines, will cease. With each injection you will feel a needle prick, then a mild stinging or burning for a few seconds as the medicine flows in to the muscle. A  treatment takes about 10 minutes.

After the procedure, you will be asked to work the muscles for 10-15 minutes so they will  absorb the medicine. You will also need to remain upright for 4 hours to minimize the chance of eyelid droop.  Do not rub the treated area. Otherwise, you are ready to get on with your day!  Over 3-5 months following the treatment, the effect fades and muscle action returns. You may then come in for another treatment to keep your face free of creases and wrinkles.

Midlothian Dermatology is one of only two National Botox® Training Centers in Virginia. We perform more Botox® procedures than any other dermatologist or plastic surgeon in Richmond and are known as a “Platinum Provider”. 

Dr Bohannon-Grant performs all the Botox® and Dysport® treatments herself.

Fillers

Fillers are products that are injected under the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds such as nasolabial folds and vertical lip lines. They also restore youthful volume to the cheeks and lips.

Dr. Bohannon-Grant uses fillers such as Restylane® and  Juvederm™. These fillers are made of non-animal-based hyaluronic acid, a sugar molecule which already exists in the human body.

These fillers, because of their natural formula, do not require skin tests. The gel is injected just below the surface of the skin in tiny amounts using a very fine needle. The hyaluronic-based gel adds natural volume and lift, which smooths and diminishes wrinkles and folds. Treatments typically take 30 minutes to perform.

Results are immediately visible and can last up to one year. Factors such as patient’s age and skin type will affect how long the filler treatment results are sustained.

Dr. Bohannon-Grant is a master with fillers and teaches injection techniques to others.  She is widely known as an artist with fillers as her medium. Let her work her artistry on you! This is her ‘house specialty’!

Please call for a free consultation.

Cosmetic Peels/Microdermabrasion

Chemical peeling is a process by which a chemical solution is applied to the surface of the skin.  The top cell layers are then sloughed and replaced with  brighter and smoother skin.  Midlothian Dermatology offers a wide variety of peels.  We will help you choose the appropriate peel for your specific goals and skin type.

In microdermabrasion, abrasives are used on the skin to buff away surface imperfections. This leaves the skin supple and vibrant. At Midlothian Dermatology, we use the DiamondTome™ Skin Resurfacing System. This is the newest technology in microdermabrasion. Unlike the older systems, the DiamondTome™ Skin Resurfacing System uses no loose abrasives to contaminate you or the environment.

Chemical peeling and microdermabrasion can correct sun damage, minimize fine to moderate wrinkles, flatten shallow scars, lighten sun freckles and blotchy pigmentation, dissolve blackheads and improve overall color and texture.

You will experience softer, smoother and cleaner skin after the first treatment. The number of treatment sessions varies depending on the condition being treated and skin type.

Meet with our Registered Nurse or speak with our Physician’s Assistant to determine which treatment is right for you.

Intense Pulsed Light

At Midlothian Dermatology, we use the Palomar Medilux®  and Cutera XEO Intense Pulsed Light Systems. Both systems work by emitting pulses of light energy into the skin. The light is absorbed by the pigment in sunspots and the blood in visible vessels. These imperfections are removed and skin texture is improved.

Treatment time varies from 30 minutes to one hour, during which time a series of light pulses will be applied to the skin. The treatment may give a sensation of a rubber band snap that only lasts for a brief second. A cold roller is applied to the skin during treatment to make the treatment more comfortable.

After your first treatment, the skin will feel smoother, firmer and will have a more even tone. These improvements are gradual and will become more visible after each treatment. The skin may feel like you have a mild sunburn and appear pink/red for a couple of hours after treatment. Make-up may be applied and normal activities resumed within a couple of hours after treatment.

Laser Hair Removal

Dr. Bohannon-Grant pioneered laser hair removal in Richmond in 1995. We have three different technologies and can choose the best one for you.

Our Cutera Coolglide/Excel hair removal laser is most advanced and can treat darker skin tones safely and effectively. We also have the Palomar Medilux® and Cutera Prowave systems which can treat large areas quickly.

All technologies use light to kill the root of the hairs. The melanin in the hairs absorb the light from the machines, the light energy turns to heat energy and the heat kills the root of the hairs. This means that gradually there is a permanent reduction in the amount of hair in that area. The treatments may give a sensation of a light pinch. It only lasts for a brief second. A cold roller is applied to the skin before and after each pulse to make the treatment comfortable and safe. Treatments are usually performed every 4-6 weeks, typically for a total of 5-7 treatments.

After treatment, some patients may experience short-term pinkness and a mild sunburn sensation of the surrounding skin. Treatments require no patient downtime. You may return to normal activities immediately after the treatment.

Benign Skin Lesion Removal

Benign skin lesions can include skin tags, cherry angiomas, sun-spots, sebaceous hyperplasias (enlarged oil glands), Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (small brown facial bumps), and benign keratoses (skin barnacles).

Everyone has these annoying growths! They are removed by freezing, cutting, lasering or burning.

If you have a benign growth that you would like removed, please make an appointment with our Physician’s Assistant, Stacy Romero. She will diagnose your ‘spot’ and then discuss with you the most efficient means of removal or treatment.

Please note that benign skin lesion removal is typically not covered by insurance.

Milia and Acne Surgery

This is the removal of tiny white cysts and blackheads. Each lesion is pricked open with a needle and gently extracted. A specific technique is used to minimize skin trauma.

After the treatment, a mild hydrocortisone or antibiotic cream will be applied to your skin. Your lesions may feel tender and be inflamed for a couple of hours after treatment.

Piercings

Midlothian Dermatology offers a clean and safe medical environment for ear piercings, belly button piercings, and earlobe repair. This service is offered to patients who are 13 years and older. A parent or guardian must accompany any patient under the age of 18 to the visit.

We use anesthesia for all piercings. The patient may feel a bit of pressure during treatment.

Detailed written after-care instructions are reviewed with and given to each patient. Following these instructions will optimize healing and recovery of the new piercing.

Our services include:

Skin Care Consultations

Cosmeceuticals

Botox® and Dysport®

Fillers: Restylane® and Juvederm

Cosmetic Peels

Intense Pulsed Light

Laser Hair Removal

Benign Skin Lesion Removal

Milia and Acne Surgery

Piercings