Radiant, beautiful skin is a key factor in how you look and feel.
So much so that twin studies have shown that luminous skin alone can make you look 10 years younger! With literally thousands of products on the market, it can be tricky to find a skin care regimen that achieves results you desire.
The right home skin care regimen not only improves your skin's appearance but can help you get the best results from your in-office cosmetic treatment, whether you’ve undergone a photofacial, injectable treatment, or facial plastic surgery. For example, we recommend that patients having Sculptra treatments start using a retinoid (which boosts collagen production) prior and after the treatment.
After analyzing your skin, Dr. Pfeifer will recommend products that are specifically compatible with your skin type and will maximize the results you obtain from your skin care products. You are spending money on these products and we want results. Issues such as hyperpigmentation, sun damage, wrinkles and dull skin can all be addressed whether you or oily or dry, even in patients with very sensitive skin. Our office carries several lines of skin care products so that each patient will have the particular product that suits your skin.
After your evaluation, you will receive a skin care guide which outlines the skin care routine you should follow, lists the products we suggest, and includes website addresses where you can purchase products we recommend but do not stock. We offer prescription regimens for patients who require more intense treatment. Each of us should be eating a diet high in anti-oxidants to improve our skin health, avoid excessive sun exposure and wear SPF at all times of the year.
With PRESCRIBEDsolutions, Dr. Pfeifer can use her specialized knowledge of anti-aging to customize your skin care product regimen. During a consultation, she examines your skin to determine your specific needs. With the right products and additives, she creates a truly customized skin care solution. Over time, your regimen can be adjusted to adapt to changes.
The Tensage skin care line employs unique technology for skin repair. It's called SCA Biorepair, which stands for Secretion of the Cryptomphalus Aspersa (a snail that is not harmed during product manufacturing). This mix of special proteins can help regenerate tissue and help prevent age-related breakdown of the skin.
Pure cosmeceuticals from Luzern laboratories use active ingredients in a prescription strength formula. These ingredients are super effective for promoting hydration, oxygen uptake, cell reproduction, collagen stimulation and natural protection against the elements. On average, Luzern products contain 80 percent Bio-active ingredients, including some rare extracts and botanicals.
Auriderm® is an innovation in cosmetic care. Originally used for bruising that resulted from aesthetic procedures, Auriderm has been proven valuable in a number of conditions where there is unwanted hemosiderin or a weakness in vasculature. Auriderm in now available in four new options; vanishing gel, clearing gel, post-op gel, and illume eye creme.
Ascorderm is a line of products that harness Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that is proven to fight free-radical damage. To help repair your skin or prevent future damage, Dr. Pfeifer may recommend one of their cleansers, contouring serums, lotions or creams
Sunforgettables by Colorescience
Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 50 is a very lightweight mineral powder made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Our patients love its "barely-there" feeling and the fact that it provides both UVA and UVB protection. It is safe, non-irritating, and easy to apply and reapply throughout the day.
MDSolar Science mineral screen lotion contains 7.7 percent titanium dioxide and 3.8 percent zinc oxide. It is smooth, rapidly-absorbed and light enough to apply every day. The SPF 40 broad spectrum sunscreen is an excellent daily UV moisturizer.
Heliocare inhibits the formation of sunburn cells, thereby protecting the skin structure from sun damage. Originally developed for people with Vitiligo, Heliocare offers a daily defense system against photodamage.
Popular Skin Treatments
- Chemical peel – a brief outpatient procedure that applies a special formula of acid to remove blemishes and imperfections from the face, neck and chest.
- Photofacial – Intense pulsed light treatment is an excellent way to improve your complexion and your skin texture.
- Microdermabrasion – an easy, low risk treatment that corrects mild signs of aging and photodamage by abrading the skin with a stream of crystals, which are removed instantly with a vaccum.
- Injectable fillers – correcting subtle contour deficiencies with dermal fillers is quick, easy, and often makes a dramatic improvement.
Common Skin Conditions
Many common, age-related imperfections of the skin can be reduced or resolved with the right cosmetic procedure. Some of the most common issues patients present include the following:
- Photo-aging, sun damage
- Age spots
- Fine wrinkles
- Sunken cheeks
- Large pores
- Folds and creases
- Sagging skin, poor elasticity
- Acne scars
- Dull complexion
To learn more about our skin care treatments and determine which of them may benefit you, contact the New York City plastic surgery offices of Tracy Pfeifer, M.D. View a map to our plastic surgery practice at 565 Park Avenue New York, NY 10065