Springtime and New Year’s — these are times when people often look to make changes in their lives by improving health and appearance. With spring around the corner, taking care of skin issues should not be put off any longer.
For some, the issue is sunspots developed while working outdoors or just sitting at the beach. For others, the problem may be the forehead furrows created while debating things with family and friends around the Thanksgiving table. Or maybe it’s both.
Regardless of what you want to take care of, you know that looks matter. As we start a new job, or enter the dating pool, or any number of other things, our appearance is scrutinized and the pressure to repair skin-flaws intensifies. It’s never too late to initiate good protective skin habits, and the much-recommended, but still underutilized sunscreen remains the best tool. But if the damage is done, and you’re seeking to repair and erase, advancements in cosmetic dermatology are here to help. And so is Mount Sinai Dermatology, which offers an impressive array of treatments. Let’s narrow them down to the most effective, most popular and most worth the cost.
Also known as Botox®, Dysport® or Xeomin®, injectable neurotoxins are used to safely fade crow’s feet or other lines between the eyebrows or on the forehead. They take care of deep creases formed by constant muscle movement. Even fiercely needle-shy patients tolerate the small injections and typically no downtime is needed. Patients with complaints of excessive sweating in the underarms or hands, a condition known as hyperhidrosis, may also consider this treatment to reduce sweating and improve quality of life.
Fillers, including Restylane® and Juvéderm®, are increasingly popular methods of replacing the volume loss that occurs through aging. They are injectable gels that may help correct facial wrinkles and folds of varying severity, and can be placed in the lines around your mouth and nose among other areas. These, and others fillers that Mount Sinai Dermatology offers, may also have the added benefit of stimulating the production of your own natural collagen.
Laser hair removal
With the onset of the polar vortex keeping us so cold, all our excess body hair is safely hiding under layers of winter clothing. But, happily, that will change soon. Laser hair removal is an increasingly popular method of permanently removing hair from unwanted areas, and through recent advances is offered with minimal discomfort. This treatment requires several sessions, but typically hair is noticeably thinner and the number of hairs lessened after the first visit.
Laser spot removal
Lasers have dramatically changed the specialty of dermatology, allowing doctors to treat specific conditions with little to no damage to surrounding tissue. Spots developed through excessive sun exposure, or even common red spots called cherry angiomas, can be targeted with specialized lasers. Even smaller blood vessels of the legs or face can now be treated by PDL, or the pulsed-dye laser. Patients with a condition known as rosacea, with notable redness of the nose and face, may also benefit from treatment with the pulsed-dye laser.
These are just a few of the many treatment options offered by dermatologists. Most of the procedures offered through Mount Sinai’s Cosmetic Clinic can be done any weekday, or even during our Saturday morning office hours, but patients are urged to schedule a consultation session to discuss their areas of concern. Thankfully, most of these services require little to no downtime — because even if you’ve decided to take care of your skin issues, everyone doesn’t need to know.
Rachel Nazarian, MD
Clinical Instructor, Dermatology
Doctor’s Faculty Practice
5 East 98th Street
New York, NY 10029
For appointments, call (212) 241-9728
or visit www.MountSinaiDermatology.com
Appointments available with Dr. Nazarian at the cosmetic clinic on Saturdays.