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Melanoma / Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

POSTED ON THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017 AT 3:40 PM by Dr. Jody Levine

May is Melanoma / Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Skin cancer is one of the most widespread cancers, affecting millions of people each year. Skin cancer can stem from genetics, overexposure to the sun, excessive tanning, and environmental factors. Often, skin cancer can be efficiently treated if caught early. It is important for patients to have a board-certified dermatologist examine any atypical moles or suspicious growths. At Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC, our dermatologists can properly diagnose and treat different types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

Skin Cancer Prevention

Perhaps the most effective way to reduce your risk of skin cancer is to limit and monitor your sun exposure. You should always apply sunscreen (even on cloudy days) and try to cover up your skin under long sleeves or a hat if you are going to be in the sun for an extended period of time. Eliminating tanning at tanning booths is another way to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, as tanning beds deliver harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays to the skin.

Skin Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment

Patients are encouraged to self-check for any atypical moles, especially those that change in size, color, or shape. Moles that bleed or have irregular borders, as well as scaly or crusty patches of skin, should be examined by a board-certified dermatologist. Cancerous growths can be surgically removed and sent to a laboratory for analysis.

Types Of Skin Cancer

There are many different types of skin cancer, ranging from cancers that are easily treated and rarely spread (basal cell carcinoma) to more severe forms (melanoma). Below is an overview of some of the more common skin cancers.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

The most common form of skin cancer

Usually a lump or patch that is flesh-colored

Rarely spreads to the rest of the body

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

The second most common form of skin cancer

Usually a red patch or bump

Slow-growing and may spread to adjacent areas


Most serious form of skin cancer

Usually dark brown in appearance

Can spread to other areas or organs and may develop anywhere

Actinic Keratosis

Precancerous lesions that can lead to skin cancer

Usually a scaly or crusty patch

Can become cancerous if not treated


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


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Acne Solutions for Healthy-Looking Skin!

POSTED ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016 AT 10:26 AM by Dr. Jody Levine

Though acne is commonly associated with adolescence and puberty, many adults also suffer from acne well into their 30s and beyond. Multiple factors can contribute to breakouts, including genetics, stress, certain skin care products, and hormone levels. In light of these factors, dedicating the time to properly take care of your skin plays a key factor in keeping a clear complexion. If you’re suffering from stubborn acne inflammation or acne scars, New York dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine of Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC offers various skin treatments to reduce the effects of acne.

Reduce Acne Scarring And Inflammation With Laser Acne Treatments!

Laser acne treatment can reduce troublesome scars and inflammation caused by acne. For some patients, acne can be resistant to traditional oral or topical medications. Laser acne treatment can improve inflammation by reducing the size of oil glands that contribute to blocked pores. Our NYC dermatologist can treat even the most persistent acne with photodynamic therapy and LED treatments.

For some, years of struggling with acne can lead to acne scarring, as popping pimples and frequent picking result in scars that detract from your complexion. Lasers can treat acne scars by focusing on the surface of the skin, as well as underlying layers. Laser skin resurfacing techniques target the initial layers of acne-damaged skin, regenerating fresh skin cells for a healthy and smoother-looking complexion. Additionally, laser heat energy promotes collagen growth that leads to skin tightening benefits.

Clear Your Complexion With A Chemical Peel!

Chemical peels are an effective way to improve the appearance of your skin while reducing acne and acne scarring. Chemical peels are designed to remove dead skin cells from the surface of skin to clear clogged pores that can contribute to breakouts. Chemical peels can also treat fine lines, blemishes, dry patches, and uneven pigmentation. Undergoing a series of chemical peels can help stimulate collagen production in the deep dermis that contributes to firmer, healthier-looking skin.

Prevent Future Breakouts By Developing A Proper Skin Care Routine!

Developing an efficient skin care routine is essential to maintaining the glowing results from laser acne treatment and chemical peels! Choosing the proper skin care products that are ideal for your specific skin type can help prevent future breakouts and contribute to the long-lasting results of your laser acne treatment or chemical peel. We offer an assortment of skin care treatments to keep your complexion looking fresh. Our skin care experts would be happy to discuss which skin care products are ideal for you.

See Your Individual Skin Characteristics With VISIA™ Skin Care Analysis!

Thanks to innovative technology, you can learn more about the specific factors affecting the health and appearance of your skin. VISIA™ is a specialized skin care analysis system that can provide a detailed look at your skin, both on the surface and below, through advanced imaging. This technology will help formulate an ideal and individualized treatment plan for you.

NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine and the staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC welcome any questions you may have about laser acne treatment, chemical peels, skin care treatments, and VISIA™ Skin Care Analysis. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!


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Treat Summer Sun Damage With These Laser & Light-Based Techniques!

POSTED ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 AT 11:08 AM by Dr. Jody Levine

Though the summer has concluded, some may still be seeing the effects of sun damage after spending the past few months outdoors. Sun damage often presents itself as redness, blemishes, or uneven pigmentation on your skin. Over time, sun exposure can also lead to the formation of unsightly wrinkles and fine lines. The face, arms, chest, hands, and legs are among the most common areas affected by the sun’s rays. New York dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine of Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC specializes in treating sun damaged skin to restore a natural-looking complexion! Below are some of the different laser and light-based modalities available at our New York City office.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is an innovative skin care procedure that uses PicoSure® laser technology to resurface your skin and encourage the growth of new skin cells. PicoSure® technology can deliver bursts of energy to the skin’s surface with the upmost precision and efficiency, while ensuring the surrounding skin cells are left unharmed. Heat from the PicoSure® laser also stimulates the production of new collagen in the underlying skin layers to promote youthful-looking skin.

Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy uses light-based techniques to improve skin tone and texture, while also addressing the medical effects of sun damage, such as actinic keratosis. During this non-invasive procedure, a photosensitizing topical medication is applied to the target area and is absorbed by the damaged skin cells. Next, the area is exposed to a specialized light source, which activates the topical medication and eliminates sun damaged skin cells. Photodynamic therapy can achieve substantial results with only 1 treatment. Follow up appointments are required, if necessary, to maintain your complexion.

BBL Photorejuvenation

BBL (BroadBand Light) photorejuvenation is a light-based procedure that can break up excess or uneven skin pigmentation. Pulses of light are delivered to the target area(s), restoring a smooth, glowing skin tone. Heat from the BBL device can encourage new collagen production for months following your BBL photorejuvenation treatment.

NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, and the staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC welcome any questions you may have about laser skin resurfacing, photodynamic therapy, and BBL photorejuvenation, as well as our other sun damage treatments. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!


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Regain Your Pre-Pregnancy Curves with a Mommy Makeover!

POSTED ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2016 AT 5:30 PM by Dr. Elie Levine

Pregnancy is a wonderful, life-changing moment for mothers, as the birth of a child can bring unbridled happiness to one’s life. Following pregnancy, however, many women realize that their bodies are not what they once were. Abdominal muscles may become weakened or lax, while breasts can lose youthful volume over time. Pregnancy may also affect the texture of your skin, resulting in the development of stretch marks, red spots, or hair growth. Here at Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC, we provide Mommy Makeover surgery for mothers who want to restore youthful definition to the body post-pregnancy! Our New York plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, can combine different forms of treatment to target a variety of areas and meet your specific aesthetic goals.

Tighten Abdominal Muscles With A Tummy Tuck

Mommy Makeover patients often have weakened abdominal muscles that have become stretched due to pregnancy. Tummy tuck surgery can create a firmer-looking, flatter midsection. Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess skin from the abdomen, while also tightening lax stomach muscles, creating a natural-looking, defined midsection.

Improve Breast Shape & Size

Both pregnancy and breastfeeding can result in drooping breasts, as well as volume loss. Breast lift surgery aims to lift sagging breasts to a symmetrical, youthful-looking position. Additionally, breast augmentation uses either breast implants or natural fat transfer to volumize breasts. Breast implants come in numerous shapes and sizes to fit in with your individual profile, while fat transfer uses your body’s natural fat to restore breast definition.

Liposuction To Remove Fat From The Entire Body

Liposuction can be utilized for patients struggling to trim stubborn layers of fat around the body. Liposuction precisely removes fat deposits for long-lasting results. Patients can target the neck, flanks, abdomen, back, arms, legs, thighs, and more to improve contours. We offer a variety of minimally invasive and non-invasive lipo techniques, including traditional and laser-based liposuction treatments, to achieve natural-looking results.

Laser Treatments For Smooth-Looking Skin

Our New York dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, combines numerous laser treatments to achieve younger-looking skin. After pregnancy, prominent stretchmarks often form. These stretchmarks are difficult to treat with traditional creams or ointments. Laser treatments can reduce the appearance of these stretch marks while also tightening skin. Additionally, lasers are effective at treating red spots, known as cherry angiomas, as well as rosacea. Patients struggling with hair growth as a result of post-pregnancy hormones can opt for laser hair removal to eliminate unsightly hair follicles at the root. Together, these laser therapy treatments can produce smooth, natural-looking results for Mommy Makeover patients.

NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, and the staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC welcome any questions you may have about Mommy Makeover surgery, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, liposuction, and laser treatments, as well as our other procedures. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!


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Achieve Youthful-Looking Skin with Our Cutting-Edge Vein Treatments!

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2016 AT 1:35 PM by Dr. Jody Levine

Looking to achieve youthful skin this new year? One commonly-requested treatment among patients is the reduction of troublesome varicose and spider veins. These bulging veins affect a large number of both men and women. Many factors, including age, sun exposure, and hormonal fluxes, may result in the appearance of large, twisting vein patterns underneath the skin. In addition to being unsightly, varicose and spider veins can also affect self-confidence, causing patients to cover up their arms and legs instead of flaunting their complexion. Hiding beneath layers of clothes comes with ease during the cold winter months, however, as many patients find their wardrobes limited. Numerous vein treatments are available to produce long-lasting results in time for spring! Undergoing vein treatment during the winter can lead to smoother-looking skin by the time the weather gets warmer. If you’re suffering from unsightly, bulging veins, New York dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine of Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC offers various solutions, including laser vein treatment and sclerotherapy, to eliminate both spider veins and varicose veins for radiant skin!

What Causes Varicose Veins & Spider Veins?

Varicose and spider veins may be caused by a number of factors. Aging and genetics are prominent causes for many patients, while obesity, over-exposure to the sun, and a sedentary lifestyle also contribute to bulging veins. Additionally, hormonal shifts during pregnancy or menopause may play a part in the formation of vein patterns. Our vein treatments are designed to reverse the effects of these troublesome factors and improve the appearance of skin.

Where Do Spider & Varicose Veins Form?

The most common treatment areas for spider and varicose veins are the upper and lower legs. These vein clusters can also form around the face, hands, and arms, depending on the patient. Laser vein treatment and sclerotherapy are designed reduce bulging veins around all of these areas.

Eliminate Unsightly Veins With Laser Treatments!

Laser vein treatment incorporates advanced laser technology to break apart varicose veins and spider veins. During your procedure, laser energy is directed through the skin and delivered to the vein(s) underneath. Heat from the laser results in the gradual closing and disappearance of veins, as the body absorbs the targeted veins over time. Patients can resume their daily activities immediately following their laser vein treatment.

Sclerotherapy To Dissolve Veins!

Sclerotherapy uses a specialized solution to collapse bulging veins. The sclerosing agent is carefully injected into the targeted vein(s) in as little as 15 minutes. This solution causes the vein(s) to close up. Over time, the targeted veins begin to disappear, as they are absorbed by the body. Patients are given compression tape and support stockings for healing and may begin to see results within a few weeks of undergoing sclerotherapy treatment.

NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine and the staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC welcome any questions you may have about laser vein treatment and sclerotherapy, as well as our other laser procedures. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!


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