Prepare For That Summer Wardrobe With BBL Photorejuvenation!

POSTED ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2015 AT 7:22 PM by Dr. Jody Levine

It’s not just the face that matters! When you wear that strapless dress this Valentine’s Day, remember that your back and chest are exposed too. Oftentimes, these areas are prone to sun damage and age spots, yet they’re easy to cover up.

But when it comes time to show off your body, these areas prevent you from wearing your favorite dress for a night out. If you’re worried about sun damage and pigmentation problems, then consider BBL photorejuvenation!

BBL uses intense pulses of broadband light energy to break up pigments attributed to sun-damage and aging spots. At the same time, heat from the pulses encourage natural collagen production in the body, which allows for improvements in skin tone and texture after treatment.

Your skin won’t just look younger, however! Studies show that BBL treatment can even make your cells appear younger on the molecular level by changing the gene expression of each cell to a more youthful-looking state!

Several sessions of BBL treatment are often needed to produce desired results. However, BBL requires no downtime afterwards and results are long-lasting!

If you want to slip into your sexiest outfit for that special someone on Valentine’s Day without fear of sun damage or age spots, then consider BBL for all areas of the body!

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 our BBL photorejuvenation procedures. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!


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New Year, New Lasers: The Latest Advances in Skin Rejuvenation and Hair Removal

POSTED ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 09, 2015 AT 3:37 PM by Dr. Jody Levine

Technology is always evolving. While society focuses on the latest new gadgets, we at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC are constantly staying up to date on the latest in medical advancements. Dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine has been at the forefront of innovative medical techniques for years, and when it comes to tattoo and hair removal, state of the art medical technology is more than just a trend, it’s a constant.

Skin Rejuvenation and Tattoo Removal with the PicoSure® Laser

The PicoSure® Laser from CynoSure® is the fastest aesthetic laser in the world—providing lightning fast speeds to go along with unparalleled precision. While standard methods of skin rejuvenation use nanosecond technology, PicoSure® provides over one thousand times more pulses per second to effectively shorten procedure times and achieve more noticeable results with fewer treatment sessions. The energy from the laser penetrates the skin at the precise depth necessary to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and scars. Unlike traditional treatments, which use intense heat and cause redness, the use of patented PicoSure® technology delivers better and faster results without the downtime.

In addition, the PicoSure® can be used as a tattoo removal tool. The laser successfully breaks down the ink on your skin into smaller particles that the body can more easily absorb. As a result, the existing ink is eliminated. Advancements like these make PicoSure® the newest and most efficient laser for both skin rejuvenation and tattoo removal. The PicoSure® also boasts a SkintelTM Melanin ReaderTM, which effectively determines the patient’s skin type—allowing for more personalized care.

Hair Removal with Vectus® Laser Technology

The Vectus® Laser is one of the most effective lasers for removing hair. Unlike traditional lasers, the Vectus® uses a wider attachment and Photon RecyclingTM technology to treat larger areas of the body in less time. By using a single concentrated beam to treat the area, there is no need for overlapping—effectively lessening treatment times and minimizing skin irritation.

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 the Picosure Laser for skin rejuvenation or tattoo removal and the Vectus Laser for hair removal. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!


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Tips To Prevent Skin Cancer, National Healthy Skin Month

POSTED ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 06, 2014 AT 10:42 AM by Dr. Jody Levine

Before gearing up for the hectic holiday season, step back and take some time for yourself and your skin. November is National Healthy Skin Month, a month dedicated to the awareness and prevention of skin diseases, including skin cancer. Skin cancer is a very common skin condition, affecting 1 in 5 Americans in their lifetime. Unfortunately, the rate of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, continues to rise. 75% of skin cancer deaths are caused by melanoma. On average, one American dies from melanoma every hour. Fortunately, melanoma and other skin cancers can be treated very effectively if diagnosed early enough. Our dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, at Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC, has some tips to prevent skin cancer.

What are the risk factors for skin cancer?

  • UV exposure from the sun or tanning beds 
  • Increased sun exposure as a child
  • A family history of melanoma, especially for lighter skinned individuals with numerous moles, freckles, or history of severe sunburn
  • Survivors of a previous melanoma occurrence
  • Individuals with a history of non-melanoma skin cancers

How can I prevent skin cancer? 

The best way to prevent skin cancer is by avoiding sunrays during their peak hours, between 10AM and 2PM. If you must be in the sun, wear a long brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, and sunglasses whenever possible. Additionally, apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30 SPF that provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays, constantly reapplying for effectiveness. Oftentimes individuals may be unaware that snow, sand, and water reflect rays, leading to increased exposure. It is crucial to wear sunscreen even on cloudy or snowy days.

How can I check myself for skin cancer?

The most common signs of skin cancer are moles that have an irregular or poorly defined border, are asymmetric, vary in color, and are larger than 6mm. Moles that are gradually changing in size, shape or color are also a concern. Dermatologists recommend performing a self-exam to check for suspicious moles. (For detailed instructions on performing this exam, please click here to see the American Academy of Dermatology’s website.) For an extensive, professional exam, Dr. Levine offers a full body check along with mole mapping, an exam of your moles, documenting size, color, and any irregularities in high-resolution photographs. This exam is helpful to diagnose skin cancer in its early stages, providing an in-depth evaluation of moles. If you’re experiencing moles that may not be dangerous to your health, but are cosmetically displeasing, Dr. Levine offers various forms of mole removal.

Dr. Levine stresses the importance of not only performing self-exams, but also having your moles evaluated by a dermatologist. The key to defeating melanoma is early detection and 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 skin cancer prevention or treatment. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation! 


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Reverse Sun Damage With A Photofacial

POSTED ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 AT 11:01 AM by Dr. Jody Levine

You thought you protected yourself when basking in the sun. But now that summer has concluded, your skin is left with damage from the powerful rays. These sunspots can compromise your appearance, adding unwanted blemishes and age to your face. Although you may have tried lotions and creams to combat these blotches, sometimes a stronger treatment is needed. At Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC, our dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, and her staff offer Broadband light (BBL) photofacials, a gentle, non-invasive procedure that removes not only sun spots,  but also age spots, acne, rosacea, lesions, and freckles. It can be performed to the face, chest, arms, back, legs and any area of skin with sun damage or other unwanted pigment. Post-procedure

Broadband light photofacials work by heating the upper layers of skin, stimulating skin cells to create new collagen.  This short procedure (only 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the area treated) requires virtually no downtime. It can be performed to the face, chest, arms, back, legs and any area of skin with sun damage or other unwanted pigment. Post-procedure, you may experience slight, short-lived redness and slight darkening of the treated areas, followed by fading and flaking. Although BBL photofacials require no downtime, our dermatologist recommends avoiding direct sunlight post-treatment. Your treated skin will appear younger and smoother, leading to less noticeable fine lines and wrinkles as well as the complete removal of blemishes caused by the sun, acne, aging, or rosacea.   BBL photofacials usually require more than one treatment to deliver optimal results. Results can be maintained by arranging for a maintenance schedule that will be determined by your age and skin health. 

Combat spots left behind on your skin from the summer’s sun with a BBL photofacial! Dr. Jody Levine and her staff will be happy to meet with you to discuss any questions you may have about BBL photofacial in New York. Please call our New York office at 212-988-1800, or request an appointment online for a 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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