Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in NYC

Beating The Burn: Tips To Treat Sunburn

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 03, 2014 AT 9:32 AM by Dr. Jody Levine

The sun can wreak havoc on your skin, causing painful, blistering burns with a potential to have a long-lasting effect on your skin. NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, offers tips to to treat bad sunburns and help prevent future ones! Read the full article to find out more:

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Our NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, NY Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, and staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC welcome any questions you may have about skin care. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation! 


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Keep Your Skin Looking Soft & Refreshed All Summer

POSTED ON MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2014 AT 4:21 PM by Dr. Jody Levine

The summer can be rough on your skin. As the season progresses, you may notice new wrinkles on your skin, caused by increased heat or sun exposure and environmental factors such as poisonous plants, bugs, and even jellyfish. Oftentimes, steps can be taken at-home to correct these skin blemishes, but sometimes, you may need to make an appointment with your dermatologist to correct skin blemishes. NYC Dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, at Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC has tips to correct summer skin care woes at-home and in-office.

Dry Skin
Surprisingly, excessive swimming has the ability to dry out your skin, leaving it raw and cracked. Soaking up the warm bubbles of a hot tub can also eliminate your skin’s natural oils, resulting in dull, dry skin. By applying a ceramide moisturizer, you can treat severely dried or cracked skin. Ceramide is a natural occurring molecule, known as a lipid, found in the skin’s surface structure. Dry or cracked skin is often a result of low ceramide levels. By using a simple ceramide moisturizer, you’re treating dryness at the source, not just temporarily relieving symptoms by applying moisture.  At Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC, we offer a specially formulated Antioxidant Total Body Moisturizer, available at our practice. This daily-use, hypoallergenic body cream contains ceramides and green tea to moisturize your skin without the added perfumes and pigments some common, store-bought formulas may contain, leaving your skin smooth and healthy.

The warm, summer sun can have a severe impact on your skin, causing facial wrinkles and premature aging. At Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC, we offer the SkinTyte laser, a deep heating laser that stimulates the production of collagen, coagulating soft tissue, and reversing loose, thin, or sagging skin. The SkinTyte laser has the ability to tighten skin on the face and neck, eliminating sagging jowls and wrinkles.  

Skin Irritations
Unfortunately, summertime leaves many opportunities for a discomforting itch. Bug bites, poison ivy, and jellyfish stings create bumps, lumps, and welts that can be an eye sore and a nuisance. With some care tips from Dr. Levine, usually these summer itches can be scratched from home:

Bug Bites: Mosquito bites are hard to avoid over the summer. To minimize the itch from the bite, wash the bite with soap and water right after it occurs. Applying calamine lotion and ice can also alleviate the itch. If the bite remains severely enflamed, or becomes infected, seek medical attention.

Poison Ivy: Over the counter Hydrocoristine and Benadryl can help relieve your itch. Applying cool compresses and taking short, lukewarm baths can help as well. If the rash begins to cover your body, or you’re experiencing blistering with no relief, you must contact your doctor. 

Jellyfish Sting: The American Red Cross recommends rinsing an area affected by a jellyfish sting with vinegar or baking soda, helping to deactivate stinging cells, then soaking the area in hot water for at least 20 minutes. In areas in the Pacific Ocean, however, jellyfish stings may be more serious and require immediate medical attention. The affected party should also seek medical assistance for a sting if it covers a large portion of the body, affects the face or genitals, or causes hives or a rapid heartbeat.

Dr. Levine stresses the importance of consulting a medical professional if these skin irritations increase in severity.

Our NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, NY Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, and staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC welcome any questions you may have about summer skin care. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation! 

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Reduce Signs of Aging With Facial Rejuvenation in NYC

POSTED ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2014 AT 4:49 PM by Dr. Elie Levine

Your facial appearance says a lot about you. It can create a level of attractiveness, expose feelings of happiness, sadness, or excitement, and unfortunately, show your age. As we go through life, we grow older, but fortunately, we can combat signs of aging at Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, offers treatments to combat signs of facial aging, allowing you to display the youth you still feel. These procedures range from temporary injectables to the customized facelift, each procedure designed to produce subtle changes with beautiful results.

If you’re in search of adding a little extra volume to your face, but feel you’re not in need of surgical treatments, cosmetic injectables may be the right choice for you. With a variety of methods available, including BOTOX, Radiesse, Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, Belotero, and Sculptra, cosmetic injectables can treat nearly any facial area in need of volume, including:

  • Chin
  • Cheeks
  • Lips
  • Jawline
  • Temples

Fillers are able to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, leaving you looking younger and more refreshed. Plus, when regularly using an injectable such as BOTOX, you may be able to slow the progression of creases and wrinkles, a keen benefit for those in their early 30s and beyond. The results from these fillers can last anywhere from 3 months to 2 years, depending on your treatment choice. However, if you prefer a longer lasting method for facial rejuvenation, a surgical facelift may be the choice for you.

Facelift surgery can be custom designed to treat the areas experiencing wrinkling, sagging, and loss of definition. Our plastic surgeon will individualize your facelift to restore the natural balance of your face, creating long-lasting, natural-looking results that can turn back the clock on your face! During a facelift in NYC, the connective tissue beneath the skin is elevated and repositioned to create a more youthful position. Excess skin is then removed to restore a firmer, smoother appearance. Fat transfer is often integrated to add aesthetic benefits to this procedure. Recovery from facelift surgery can take 1 to 2 weeks. The results from a facelift are permanent, and our plastic surgeon takes extra care to ensure all incisions are hidden within the hairline or natural creases, allowing for virtually scar-free, beautiful results. If you don’t have the time for an extended recovery from a traditional facelift, but are still looking for a long-lasting results, Dr. Levine offers LazerLift, a minimally invasive, laser face and neck lift.

LazerLift in New York is an innovative, no stitches method for facial rejuvenation that provides outstanding results. This procedure works by using targeted laser energy to deeply heat the skin. The heat promotes tissue coagulation, resulting in a skin tightening effect. Your skin will continue to tighten for months following the procedure. LazerLift will lift the lower face and neck, smoothen wrinkles, reduce sagging, eliminate “turkey neck,” restore jawline definition, and add contour to the neckline.  Results from LazerLift are long-lasting, and unlike traditional facelift techniques, LazerLift requires very little downtime.

Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, and staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC can help you determine which facial rejuvenation treatment is right for you. For more information on cosmetic injectables, facelifts, and LazerLift, please contact our New York City officer at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online for a personal consultation.

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Beat the Summer Heat with Minimally Invasive Treatments

POSTED ON THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014 AT 5:15 PM by Dr. Jody Levine

Summer is in full swing! Although the warm, summer sun baking on your body is a welcomed part of the season, it may be having some unwelcoming affects, such as revealing excessive sweating and unwanted hair growth usually covered by garments. Our NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, offers minimally invasive procedures to eliminate sweating and remove unwanted hair growth. These procedures are a solution to help you look and feel better for summer!

Botox for Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis, commonly referred to as excessive sweating, can affect your underarms, the palms of your hands, and the soles of your feet. Not only is excessive sweating embarrassing, it can also cause rashes, stain clothing, and make social gatherings a stressful occurrence. Although you may sweat most of the time, the summer season brings warmer weather, increasing the occurrences and intensity of sweating. Our dermatologist, Dr. Levine, performs Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis. This natural, purified protein is injected into affected areas. Botox blocks the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate sweat glands and thereby stops the production of sweat. The procedure is outpatient, lasting only twenty minutes and requires zero downtime. The treatment will initially need to be repeated a few times a year, but within time, the frequency of treatments will decrease.

Laser Hair Removal

Shaving, plucking, and waxing are common methods of hair removal that are time consuming, ineffective, and leave your skin feeling soft for only a short period of time. Using a laser-emitted, pulsated light, laser hair removal is able to absorb the pigment in the hair, transmitted all the way down to the root. The heat produced by the laser damages the unwanted hair follicle, inhibiting future hair growth. Laser hair removal is often used by women to decrease hair growth in the legs, armpits, face, and bikini line, allowing for a more flawless appearance and eliminating ingrowns. Laser hair removal is virtually painless, with the laser treatment described as a “pin prick” or “prickling”. Results from laser hair removal vary, and a series of multiple treatments are required to achieve long lasting results.

We can help you look and feel more confident for summer with minimally invasive laser hair removal in NYC and Botox Hyperhidrosis treatment! Our NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, NY Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, and staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC welcome any questions you may have about these treatments. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation! 

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Tummy Tuck NYC: Tighten Your Core

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 09, 2014 AT 5:47 PM by Dr. Elie Levine

A strong core is important to your health, physique, and overall well-being. The appearance of a strong core can only be obtained with a strict workout routine. Even if you’re considering a tummy tuck in NYC to remove areas of excess skin and tighten core muscles, performing core strengthening exercises can help produce head turning results a tummy tuck is unable to replicate. By exercising to tighten your core before a tummy tuck, you’re ensuring maximum results from your surgery.  Developing a routine of core exercises before your tummy tuck can only benefit your health and appearance. Our NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC has tips to tighten your core pre and post tummy tuck to prepare your body for surgery and ensure the best possible results.

Upper Abs: Crunches and sit ups are commonly recommended to strengthen your upper core. Although a very basic exercise, crunches can increase strength in your upper core. To increase difficulty and effectiveness of a crush, you can add additional work out tools, such as dumbbells for your arms, or a swiss ball for additional stretching.

Lower Abs: Doing leg raises can help strengthen and shape your lower core. Although you may be familiar with doing hanging leg raises in the gym, lying leg raises at home have a similar affect. If you have a bench to lay on, letting your legs hang free will increase your range of motion.

Oblique: Twists are often recommended to strengthen your obliques. These abdominal exercises are often accompanied by a dumbbell, twisting side to side with it in hand. If you’re looking to add to your work out, raising your feet off the ground will add additional strengthening.

If you’re having a tummy tuck, our plastic surgeon recommends refraining from strenuous exercises such as the above for at least 6 weeks post-surgery. By performing these exercises after this downtime period, in combination with the core tightening performed by Dr. Levine, your core will be stronger and more toned! Dr. Elie Levine and his staff will be happy to meet with you to discuss any questions you may have about tummy tightening exercises or tummy tucks in NYC. Please call our New York office at 212-988-1800, or request an appointment online for a personal consultation.


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