I often think about surgery in layers. I start by preparing a youthful foundation, perform skin tailoring, and then top it off with skin resurfacing. To resurface the skin, chemical peels, microneedling, and lasers have emerged as the top options. Your aesthetic goals will determine which process is chosen.

The Goals

Lasers are an excellent option to improve minor flaws. They help fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes, around the mouth and the forehead. They camouflage scars from chickenpox and acne. Lasers brighten skin, lightening dark spots, age spots, and sun-damaged skin. They can decrease the appearance of enlarged oil glands on the nose and smooth the texture of scars.

In the Works

Lasers are each a concentrated beam of light. When targeted against your skin, the laser will send short pulses of light aimed at irregular areas of skin, removing the outer layer of skin and heating underlying layers to stimulate collagen fiber growth.

It’s All in the Timing

Lasers have become ubiquitous in the cosmetic arena. The choice of laser and its setting will determine how aggressive it is and therefore how long your skin will be red. Downtime can be scaled according to your lifestyle.

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Fraxel Laser

Fraxel Laser Treatment is a unique, non-invasive laser therapy designed to dramatically improve skin texture and pigmentation, leading to clearer more radiant skin. Fraxel helps shrink pore size, improves the texture and tone of your skin, increases collagen, erases brown spots, smooths acne scars and fine wrinkles, tightens aged skin and rejuvenates the neck, chest, and hands. The treatment utilizes fractional resurfacing technology so that only a small fraction of the skin receives the laser light at any given time. It delivers a series of narrow but deep microscopic laser spots to reach the innermost layers of skin and stimulate collagen growth while leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. The healthy cells in the untouched spots promote rapid healing of the entire area, resulting in faster recovery time and minimal side effects. Fraxel Laser Treatment combines the effectiveness of traditional ablative lasers with the rapid healing of non-fractional non-ablative lasers.

CO2 and Erbium Lasers

CO2 lasers have been used for many years. Newer technology introduced a fraxelated approach to skin resurfacing. This means that instead of all skin being lasered, a grid of skin is injured in a controlled fashion.  Fraxelated lasers reduce downtime as less skin has to recover. Furthermore, a newer generation of CO2 lasers has the power to deliver very short-pulsed light energy or continuous light beams, which precisely remove thin layers of skin causing minimal damage to surrounding tissue. Erbium lasers are similar to CO2 lasers. They are useful for superficial and moderately deep wrinkles. I often combine these lasers with surgical procedures, enhancing your overall result.


Patients often equate laser treatments with sunburns. Depending on the depth of the laser, the burn will be milder or more moderate. Most patients report that their face feels warm for the first two days. As the skin heals, your face can sometimes feel itchy. Your face is often red and swollen for the first two to three days and then scabs form over the lasered areas which will shed as the week progresses.

First Steps

If you are considering having a laser procedure, please call our office at (212) 600-4109 to arrange for an appointment. Our New York City practice accommodates out of town and international patients who need to travel in for surgery as well as those who are local to Manhattan.


Ulthera is an advanced ultrasound device that is used to treat sagging skin in the face, neck, and brow. The treatment can result in higher eyebrows (which open tired eyes), a tighter jawline, and a smoother neck and chin. Ulthera is a wonderful tool for patients with mild to moderate laxity who are not ready for a surgical correction but wish to hide the signs of aging.

In the Works

Using a focused ultrasound to produce an image of the skin and underlying connective tissue, Ulthera delivers targeted ultrasound waves to the deeper layers of the skin to gently heat and tighten loose skin and stimulate collagen generation and restructuring.

It’s All in the Timing

Due to the non-invasive nature of the procedure, there is no downtime. The procedure takes two hours. Although there may be some initial lifting, maximal improvement occurs three to six months after treatment as the collagen gradually builds.

First Steps

If you are considering having an Ulthera procedure, please call our office at (212) 600-4109 to arrange for an appointment. Our New York City practice accommodates out of town and international patients who need to travel in for surgery as well as those who are local to Manhattan.

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