Manhattan Dermatology Specialists
  • MIDTOWN 56 W 45TH ST, STE 819 New York, NY 10036
  • UPPER EAST SIDE 983 PARK AVE, STE 1D1 New York, NY 10028
  • UNION SQUARE 55 W. 17TH ST STE 103 New York, NY 10011

Cosmetic Dermatology

Cosmetic DermatologyThe field of dermatology covers a wide range of treatments and procedures. It has to because your skin can suffer a wide range of ailments and injuries, from acne to scars. So the best cosmetic dermatologists in Manhattan and beyond have developed strategies to fight back. As a result, you can receive everything from acne treatments to scar removal and everything in between from a single medical source.

Your skin plays such a huge role in how you look and feel about yourself that leading dermatologists also offer a number of cosmetic dermatology treatments in addition to traditional skin disorder treatments.

Help for Many Skin Problems

Laser surgery and the vast array of options your cosmetic dermatologist offers are popular due to the short duration, painless method, and easy recovery from such treatments. Most treatments are non-invasive and done on an outpatient basis. So contact your dermatologist if you’re:

  • Suffering from skin damage due to sunburn, acne, or age spots
  • Unhappy with the condition of your skin
  • Itching from dry, flaky skin
  • Worried about unnaturally oily skin
  • Eager to get rid of unsightly warts or scars
  • Ready to do something about your cellulite

While some cosmetic procedures may be covered by your health insurance because they’re medically necessary, most aren’t covered. That’s a consideration for budget-conscious New Yorkers. Depending on your health insurance plan, you may need to pay for your procedure yourself. Talk to a dermatologist if you think your condition warrants medical coverage.

Health and Beauty

When your skin is healthy, it looks its best. Cosmetic dermatology in New York is a practice of rejuvenating your skin, sometimes from the outside in and sometimes from the inside out. You’ll actually look younger with healthy skin; it’s a natural byproduct of taking care of your epidermis.

Good dermatologists have the experience, tools, and resources to improve the health and appearance of your skin. These treatments not only improve your health, but they’ll change how you feel about yourself. When you look in the mirror after successful cosmetic skin treatments, you’ll see a younger version of yourself. That’s the value of cosmetic dermatology.

Turning Back the Clock

You can blame your parents for your genetics, but it won’t help how you look today. Some people just look older than they really are or just older than they really feel. The cause can be genetic, but it also may be due to your lifestyle or stress levels. Fortunately, your dermatologist can help you regain your self-confidence through a more youthful appearance.

As you grow older, your skin loses its elasticity and tends to sag, wrinkle, or both. Laser dermatology and other cosmetic treatments can restore your skin by promoting collagen and elastin production, making your skin naturally more youthful. A skilled NYC cosmetic dermatology doctor can fill in your wrinkles and fine lines like crow’s feet to make you look years younger. Schedule a consultation today.

Laser Dermatology Treatments

Laser dermatology uses intense pulsed light to break down damaged skin and encourage the growth of new skin. The type of laser used for a procedure and the technique required are determined by your condition. Ask your trained local dermatologist which treatment or treatments are right for you.

Whether you need to remove your stretch marks, treat your cellulite or get rid of genital warts, laser dermatology can help. Unlike some chemical peels, treatments from a laser work on a deep layer in your skin to promote healthy skin production. Laser dermatology can also treat spider veins and varicose veins.

Comparing Laser Treatments

Just as there are different strengths of chemical peels, laser dermatology treatments have varying degrees of intensity. Laser treatments for your skin fall neatly into two categories:

  1. Ablative laser treatments, in which an intense beam of energy from a laser is needed to treat your skin condition, usually at the surface level as well as underneath the surface
  2. Nonablative laser treatments, which use a less intense beam of light to trigger the production of new skin cells and collagen

Ablative laser dermatology actually kills some skin so that newer skin cells can replace it. The destroyed skin is damaged and unsightly; the new skin is smoother and more attractive. This is a safe procedure in the hands of an experienced dermatologist. It has a longer recovery time, up to two weeks.

In general, nonablative laser dermatology treatments require shorter recovery durations, anywhere from no downtime to less than a week. You can often return to your regularly scheduled activities immediately after the procedure, although the optimal results may not appear for weeks or months. You may need more than one nonablative laser dermatology treatment.

Laser Dermatology vs. Other Cosmetic Techniques

The results from laser treatments are considered permanent, although your skin continues to age. But even considering future changes from aging, laser treatments deliver long-lasting results. That’s one reason to undergo the often more expensive laser treatments versus undergoing temporary cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels or Botox treatments.

Botox, Dysport, and other injectables have a relatively short span of effectiveness. Some treatments only last for a few months before you need to return for more. So while they’re less expensive in the short run, they may be just as expensive long term.

Chemical peels may last longer than Botox injections, but you can’t get as deep treatment from a peel as you can from a laser. A chemical peel generally treats the surface layer of your skin. So while you may look great once you’ve recovered from the peel, you may need another one before a year is up. Like injections, peels require that you return for continued treatments.

Laser dermatology, on the other hand, resolves surface skin issues at the root of the problem, sometimes deep inside your skin. You still may require multiple sessions under a laser, but each time gets you closer to a more permanent result. Talk to your local dermatologist today about cosmetic dermatology treatments.

All symptoms and skin findings should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and physical examination for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan in order to exclude any underlying serious condition.

Important Reminder: This information is only intended to provide guidance, not definitive medical advice. Please consult a dermatologist about your specific condition. Only a trained, experienced board certified dermatology doctor or pediatric dermatologist could determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

Updated on Mar 7, 2023 by Dr. Susan Bard (Dermatologist), Manhattan Dermatology Specialists Locations: Manhattan Dermatology (Upper East Side) 983 Park Ave, Ste 1D1, NY 10028
(212) 427-8750
Manhattan Dermatology (Midtown) 56 W 45th St, Ste 819, NY 10036
(212) 889-2402
Manhattan Dermatology (Union Square) 55 W 17th St, Ste 103, NY 10011
(212) 378-9984
DISCLAIMER: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY The information on this website is to provide general information. The information on this website does NOT reflect definitive medical advice and self diagnoses should not be made based on information obtained online. It is important to consult a physician for a consultation and examination regarding ANY and ALL symptoms or signs you may be having. An accurate diagnosis and treatment plan should only be made by your physician in order to exclude a serious condition.
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