If you’re wondering how to shrink large pores, the reality is that while you cannot alter the size of your pores, there are effective medspa treatments that can make your pores appear smaller. Whether your enlarged pores are genetic or caused by treatable factors, such as excess sebum (oil) production, acne, sun damage or noncomedogenic makeup, a trained medical provider can customize a treatment plan, inclusive of an at-home skincare routine, to make your pores less noticeable and your skin more even.
What Causes Large Pores on the Face?
Pores are microscopic openings in the surface of your skin that are located around sweat glands and hair follicles. Each hair follicle has its own sebaceous gland, which creates sebum, a type of natural oil. The purpose of pores is to release the sweat and sebum your skin continuously produces.
Enlarged pores refer to deeper depressions in the skin’s surface that contain one or more openings to your sweat or sebaceous glands and appear bigger to the naked eye. Multiple factors contribute to large pores; however, genetics mostly determines pore size. If your parents have larger pores, you will likely have larger pores — you may also have oiler skin, too.
That’s because excess sebum is a significant contributor to larger pore size. The oilier the skin, the more likely it is to actively release oil through wider openings in the skin’s surface. Other potential factors that lead to enlarged pores on the face include clogged pores, which make pores expand and look more noticeable, as well as decreased elasticity around pores, which occurs with aging.
Common Skincare Mistakes that Enhance Large Pore Appearance
Dr. Michele Anzilotti, Co-Medical Director at Tribeca MedSpa explains, “You can’t eliminate a pore. Pore size is predetermined by genetics and skin type, and while they can’t be eliminated they can be minimized. It’s important to keep pores open, clean, and free of sebum and keratin. A blocked pore expands, making it look even larger. A combination of topical products and medical treatments can help to mildly constrict the pores.”
When treating pore size, we often see patients making common skincare mistakes that can actually clog your pores and cause more harm than good:
- Using an extractor tool or squeezing pores. While this may seem like a simple solution, you’re more likely to damage and even scar the skin. (In general, any type of extraction to the skin should be left to a professional.)
- Using steam heat to ‘close’ the pores. A heavy dose of heat is more likely to dry out the skin, which will leave the pores looking even bigger. Since the skin’s sebaceous glands create sebum to compensate for any moisture loss, anything that dries out the skin (including makeup and beauty products) will emphasize pores.
- Avoiding sunscreen. Sun exposure can dry the skin, making pores appear larger. Additionally, without a layer of medical-grade sunscreen, unstable molecules (known as free radicals) enter your skin cells and damage their ability to repair themselves. Why medical grade sunscreen vs. off the shelf options? Dr. Ginsberg, Co-Medical Director at Tribeca Medspa, explains, “Sunscreens are actually a tricky commodity to manufacture. They have several ingredients which must work together while not diminishing the sun-blocking effect and not creating new molecules that prove to be toxic or allergenic. To ensure purity of product, safety, and effectiveness I insist on medical-grade sunscreens. They just can’t be made cheaply or carelessly.”
- Skipping a face wash. Regardless of your daytime routine, pore-clogging particles collect on your skin. Cleansing your face twice a day helps shrink the look of pores by breaking up any blockage and allowing your pores to return to their natural shape. We recommend washing your face up to twice a day or more after heavy sweating or doing sports using a gentle, medical-grade cleanser.
Skin Treatments to Minimize the Appearance of Pores
Where skincare mistakes fail to improve pore size and appearance, medspa treatments excel. These medspa treatments cleanse the pores of any excess dirt and debris, curb excess sebum production, and improve skin elasticity to drastically reduce the appearance of large pores.
1. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels address enlarged pores by deeply cleansing the skin and encouraging turnover at the cellular level. During a chemical peel, an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) is applied to raise the skin’s acidity level, which loosens dead cells, removes superficial skin layers, and promotes the regeneration of new skin cells. Chemical peels can be customized for oily and congested skin, to help eliminate the extra sebum that clogs and widens pore size.
2. Laser Genesis Treatment
Laser Genesis is a popular treatment among men and women because it has long-lasting anti-aging and rejuvenating effects without any downtime. Laser Genesis reduces fine lines, wrinkles and redness, shrinks large pores, evens out skin tone and texture, reduces acne breakouts and minimizes scarring. It even works on rosacea and other complexion issues.
3. Medical Facials
Medical facials incorporate medical-grade skincare products to penetrate deep beneath the skin’s surface and address concerns on a more targeted level. Any type of medical facial can help reduce the appearance of large pores and make your skin glow for days, namely because they help to exfoliate the skin’s surface and unclog pores. In particular, a HydraFacial provides a dose of deep exfoliation and rich moisture to help skin release less oil for smaller-looking pores. During a complimentary consultation, your provider will recommend the right medical facial that holistically addresses your concerns.
How to Shrink Large Pores with At-Home Products
It’s important to complement the skin improvements achieved during your treatment session with an effective at-home skincare routine. Merve Aykanat, Senior Medical Aesthetician, shares “With skincare, being consistent is the key. No treatment can give permanent results. As with most things in life, everything requires maintenance. It’s important our clients keep up with a good skincare routine at home, with quality, medical-grade products curated for their specific conditions. We see our clients once in the clinic, but they see themselves twice a day in the mirror, so the patient can best monitor and take care of their skin.”
We recommend the following general guidelines to reduce the appearance of large pores:
- Use non-comedogenic skin care products only, as these won’t clog your pores.
- Cleanse your face twice per day to unclog pores and reduce oily skin. We recommend a gel-based cleanser that does not strip your skin of natural oils, such as SkinCeuticals Purifying Cleanser Gel.
- Exfoliate once or twice per week with AHA or BHA products to encourage cell turnover. Take extra time to gently exfoliate your skin and remove dead skin cells that inhibit proper product absorption, and use a product such as SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator to achieve powerful resurfacing results without added irritation or drying out your skin.
- Wear sunscreen every day to protect your skin from hyperpigmentation that can worsen the look of pores. Additionally, daily antioxidants protect your skin and we recommend using SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic under your daily SPF application.
Why Tribeca MedSpa?
If you’ve been searching for how to shrink the appearance of large pores on the face and nose, our team of award-havening Medical Providers and Medical Aestheticians led by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Gerald D. Ginsberg and Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Michele Anzilotti, has been at the forefront of medical aesthetics for over 14 years. As New York City’s local skincare authority, we continue to invest in aesthetic advancements that will help you love your reflection.
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The ‘biggest acne breakthrough’ in years is here. AviClear®, the first and only FDA-cleared energy device for treating mild to severe acne, provides long term acne clearance for all ages and skin tones. Dr. Michele Anzilotti, Board-certified Dermatologist and Co-medical Director of Tribeca Medspa, is excited about this new treatment and shares that, “AviClear works by acting on the sebaceous glands, which are the oils glands in the skin, much like Accutane®, but without the side effects.”
Why is Treating Acne a Challenge?
There’s a reason why acne is one of the most common skin conditions worldwide — it can be incredibly challenging to treat, especially if you’re unsure what’s creating your continuous breakouts in the first place.
Research shows that an overproduction of sebum, an oily substance secreted from the sebaceous glands in the skin, is the leading cause of acne in both men and women of any age. Sebum production is largely influenced by fluctuations in environment, diet and hormones. When sebum production increases, it mixes with a collection of dead skin cells, dirt and debris which clogs pores and promote breakouts.
Breakouts can often take numerous forms, from painful cystic and inflammatory acne deep beneath the surface of the skin to hormonal-based pustules. When breakouts begin, it can be challenging to pinpoint and treat the source of whiteheads, blackheads and cysts. Most prescription oral medications are too intensive for those with minor acne, while over-the-counter topical products are less effective for those with severe acne.
How Does AviClear Acne Laser Treatment Work?
AviClear is unlike any other acne treatment because it’s the only procedure that directly targets sebum production at the source using a 1726 nm wavelength laser. The skin’s sebaceous glands absorb the energy, which in turn causes them to shrink and ultimately to decrease sebum production.
By minimizing sebum production, AviClear limits oiliness in the skin, combats clogged pores, and effectively reduces the occurrence of breakouts. In fact, the 2022 Holy Grail Acne Awards voted AviClear the best laser treatment for acne. Dr, Anzilotti shares that, “Long term acne clearance is achievable with a series of three 30-minute treatments spaced 4 – 6 weeks apart.” Not only is AviClear 91% effective in clearing acne in just three sessions, but oil production continues to improve over six months.
Who is a Candidate for AviClear Acne Treatment in NYC?
AviClear laser treatment addresses mild, moderate and severe acne on the face, back, chest, arm, buttocks and any other area of the body that’s acne-prone. From teenage puberty to midlife menopause, AviClear is suitable for treating breakouts at all ages, making it the most accessible (and effective) acne treatment.
Unlike other acne lasers on the market, AviClear is ideal for any skin tone on the Fitzpatrick skin type chart. The 1726 nm laser is only absorbed by the sebaceous glands, meaning it won’t adversely impact the melanin found in Type V and VI deeper skin tones. Because melanin is left undisturbed, AviClear minimizes the risk of hyperpigmentation from acne treatment.3
Anyone currently living with mild to severe acne is a candidate for AviClear acne laser treatment in NYC. It’s best suited for those who do not wish to use harsh chemicals or oral medications to reduce breakouts. AviClear is also an alternative for those who have previously tried prescription antibiotics or Isotretinoin (Accutane) and would prefer a less aggressive treatment option.
Choose a Trusted Provider for Acne Laser Treatment in NYC
We’re excited to add AviClear to our Tribeca Medspa and SkinLab by Tribeca practices. To be among the first to receive this treatment, please contact us and our concierge team will assist you with booking a complimentary consultation and treatment session. Tribeca MedSpa is a trusted AviClear provider in Tribeca, New York, with more than 15 years of experience transforming problematic skin impacted by everyday concerns into healthier, brighter, more even-toned skin. You’re going to love your reflection.
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CoolSculpting® is by far the most popular body sculpting treatment in the U.S., with approximately 300,000 procedures performed each year. However, many of the clients we see who are looking at CoolSculpting as a body contouring option still ask, does CoolSculpting work?
CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical, noninvasive body contouring procedure for men and women that reduces pockets of stubborn body fat in trouble areas such as the abdomen, lower back, and under the chin. Introduced to the market by leading medical cosmetic brand, Allergan Aesthetics, CoolSculpting was FDA-approved in 2010 to help individuals who actively work out and lead a healthy lifestyle to tighten and tone target areas that have been resistant to exercise and diet alone.
Here are the Top 10 CoolSculpting Questions our Master CoolSculpting Specialists Hear from Clients wondering, “Does CoolSculpting Work”:
1. How does CoolSculpting work?
CoolSculpting is the brand name for a fat-freezing method called cryolipolysis. During a CoolSculpting procedure, two applicators are placed on the target area to deliver controlled cooling at the exact location of unwanted fat cells. Unlike exercise alone, CoolSculpting is able to target specific areas of wanted fat loss.
Since fat cells are significantly more susceptible to cold damage than other cells, CoolSculpting leaves the skin and other surrounding tissue unharmed. Once the unwanted fat cells are frozen, the body naturally processes and eliminates them as waste, reducing up to 25% of fat in the treated area.
2. Is CoolSculpting a weight loss treatment?
CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment. It is a fat reduction method to target unwanted fat deposits that have proven challenging to reduce through diet and exercise efforts. CoolSculpting is meant to complement weight loss efforts, but cannot replace traditional diet and exercise. An ideal CoolSculpting candidate actively works out and maintains a healthy lifestyle but is seeking fat reduction treatment for a specific area.
3. Does CoolSculpting work on belly fat?
Yes, CoolSculpting is scientifically backed to reduce belly fat. In fact, CoolSculpting has been proven 85% effective at reducing stubborn body fat in the abdomen and has been shown to reduce the visible fat layer in the stomach in just two sessions.
4. How many CoolSculpting treatments are needed?
The number of CoolSculpting sessions will vary depending on each individual’s body contouring goals and desired treatment areas. You can anticipate up to a 20 to 25% reduction in fat layer thickness after a single session, though most clients require two or more treatment sessions to achieve their desired results.
5. How long does it take to see CoolSculpting results?
You may begin to see CoolSculpting results as early as four weeks post-procedure, but the most dramatic results appear within one to three months. Your body will continue to naturally remove the damaged fat cells for up to six months after your procedure when results will be most evident.
6. How do you speed up CoolSculpting results?
There’s no magic trick to speed up CoolSculpting results, but you can enhance them with a healthy diet and routine exercise. Individuals who maintain an unhealthy lifestyle and remain sedentary after CoolSculpting can anticipate less fat reduction than individuals who maintain healthy habits to accelerate overall fat reduction.
7. How long does CoolSculpting last?
CoolSculpting results can last indefinitely, as the frozen and eliminated fat cells cannot physically grow back. However, if you gain weight after your CoolSculpting procedure, you may gain new fat deposits in the same treatment areas.
8. Does CoolSculpting get rid of cellulite?
CoolSculpting can reduce pockets of fat along the abdomen, flanks, and inner and outer thighs to reduce the appearance of uneven skin; however, it cannot remove cellulite.
9. Am I a candidate for CoolSculpting?
The ideal CoolSculpting candidate is an adult who is relatively fit but struggles with modest-size fat deposits that have not been easily reduced through traditional diet and exercise. CoolSculpting candidates should live a healthy lifestyle but should not be seeking a weight loss procedure, nor should they substitute invasive methods such as liposuction for a CoolSculpting procedure.
10. Does CoolSculpting work?
Yes, CoolSculpting technology works. CoolSculpting is proven to have up to 91% efficacy in reducing fat layers in the flanks, abdomen, inner and outer thighs, upper arms, and under the jaw, and can eliminate up to 25% of fat with one treatment. To see the results of CoolSculpting in action, look at real-life before and after results.
However, the other key to success is your CoolSculpting provider, as they are not all the same. If you find that you are a candidate for CoolSculpting treatment, to ensure that your investment works, you need to work with a Master CoolSculpting Specialist.
Master CoolSculpting Specialists are trained in advanced protocols and are required to stay up to date on the evolving CoolSculpting technology and how it can be applied. They are also more training on how to utilize CoolSculpting when the client has anatomical irregularities, dramatic weight loss, larger pockets of fat, asymmetry, or scar tissue concerns. Master CoolSculpting Specialists are taught techniques to overcome each of these issues, which less experienced providers may not be equipped to address.
Find a CoolSculpting Specialist in NYC
There are a multitude of reasons why CoolSculpting is one of the most popular body sculpting treatments, from its success in reducing visible layers of body fat to the longevity of its results. Now that you know how it works, we encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our CoolSculpting specialists. We’ll take the time to discuss your unique aesthetic goals to craft a customized treatment plan that can help eliminate stubborn body fat once and for all.
Ready to try CoolSculpting? Speak with an NYC CoolSculpting Specialist.
Chemical peels have become a go-to treatment to rejuvenate, resurface and revitalize the skin. However, for women and men with darker skin tones, the decision to get a chemical peel might not be so simple. Though chemical peels are FDA-approved and generally considered a safe treatment, they do require a qualified medical aesthetician who’s experienced in treating melanin-rich dark skin.
How Do Chemical Peels Work?
Chemical peels are one of the oldest aesthetic procedures to rejuvenate the skin — and when we say one of the oldest, we truly mean it. Chemical peels date all the way back to ancient Egypt, and while they’ve undergone rigorous clinical testing since, the procedure remains largely the same.
During a chemical peel, controlled substances are topically applied to raise the acidity of the skin from its baseline of a 5.5 pH level to a more acidic 3.8 pH level. Altering the pH level of the skin helps loosen dead skin cells and promotes the regeneration of new skin cells, so superficial skin layers are safely removed through exfoliation to reveal more radiant, healthy skin.
Do Chemicals Peels Damage Dark Skin?
There are numerous misconceptions about chemical peels for melanin-rich skin, the primary being that men and women with dark skin cannot undergo a chemical peel procedure. On the contrary, an individual with a darker skin tone can safely receive a chemical peel — but not necessarily with the same chemical formulation as an individual with a light or fair skin tone.
Skin tone is gauged by the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Chart, a commonly used system to describe how an individual’s skin would respond to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure, as well as decide if they are a candidate for certain chemical peels and skincare ingredients used to resurface the skin. The Fitzpatrick Chart ranges from Type I to VI, with I as the fairest and VI having the most melanin.
Melanin-rich skin responds differently to temperature and chemical formulations than a fair skin tone (like Type I) would. Peels that penetrate the skin too deeply can produce heat that damages the melanocyte in Type V and VI skin, which can either remove the color from the skin or cause erythema that can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation like dark marks and scarring.
Dermatologist Approved Chemicals for Dark Skin
Though not all chemical peels are suitable for melanin-rich skin, there are dermatologist-approved chemicals for dark skin that successfully address acne, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. Our team of award-winning Physician Assistants and Medical Aestheticians assess each patient’s skin tone to decide on the ideal alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) chemical peel.
1. Glycolic Acid (AHA)
Glycolic acid is the most commonly used alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) peel, particularly for men and women with dark skin. Trusted for its safety and effectiveness, glycolic acid addresses skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, sun damage, acne scarring, and fine lines and wrinkles. Made from sugar cane, it’s generally a gentler chemical peel that is applied for three to five minutes.
2. Mandelic Acid (AHA)
Mandelic acid is also an AHA peel; however, it’s derived from bitter almonds and has about twice the molecule size of glycolic acid. A larger molecule size allows mandelic acid to penetrate the skin more slowly, which means it can feel less irritating to the skin than other AHA formulations. It’s ideal for acne-prone and congested skin, as well as for those with an uneven skin tone.
3. Salicylic Acid (BHA)
Salicylic acid is a popular beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that’s used as an active ingredient in many acne-fighting skincare products. Salicylic acid penetrates the skin quickly and acts as a deep cleanser to help remove debris and oil build-up from the pores. This chemical for dark skin helps men and women with oily skin types shed old skin cells and combat acne formation.
4. Lactic Acid (AHA)
Lactic acid is another AHA peel that performs similarly to glycolic acid and has been proven to be a safe and effective peeling agent for skin concerns among individuals with dark skin. Derived from soured milk, lactic acid is considered a top choice for sensitive skin types. It’s beneficial for treating skin concerns like mild hyperpigmentation, uneven or dull skin texture, and rosacea.
5. Citric Acid (AHA)
Citric acid derived from oranges and lemons is known for its brightening effects on the skin. A type of AHA peel, citric acid helps slow the formation of dark spots and sun spots. In particular, citric acid is known to improve signs of photoaging (when the sun prematurely ages the skin), various types of sun damage and acne scarring. This peel ingredient may be appealing to those who wish to revitalize mild to moderate pigmentation.
6. VI Peel
Alexandra Lovin, Senior Medical Aesthetician, recommends, “The VI peel is an excellent advanced peel, safe for all skin types.“ The VI Peel works to lift pigment and clear even cystic acne. With a combination of TCA, Salicylic Acid, Ascorbic Acid and Retinoic Acid, this peel is strong enough to combat stubborn skin conditions while safe enough to treat dark skin. We recommend a complimentary skin consultation to assess how many VI Peels you will need to address your skin concerns, and make sure you are an appropriate candidate.
7. Cosmelan Peel
“Melasma can be one of the trickiest skin conditions to treat, often requiring anywhere from 4-8 peels. The Cosmelan peel is one of the only technologies that requires only one treatment to treat most melasma cases,” notes Lovin. We do not recommend it if the client has rosacea, very sensitive skin or active acne. The Cosmelan is safe for all skin types and should be performed once a year.
What to Avoid After a Chemical Peel
Chemical peels do not require extensive downtime; however, you should avoid sun exposure as much as possible as your skin is healing. Your skin may be temporarily more sensitive to the sun during the first week after your chemical peel procedure, so stay in the shade and keep the skin well hydrated. Likewise, avoid peeling and picking the skin after your peel, as you may induce scarring.
Why is Your Chemical Peel Provider Important?
If you’ve been battling skin concerns like acne, sun damage, fine lines, or aging, you may benefit from receiving a chemical peel — but chemical peels are far from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ procedure. Not all providers have the training to treat dark skin (or skin that’s higher on the Fitzpatrick Chart) and many are unaware of which chemicals for dark skin are suitable for a chemical peel procedure.
Not only is experience with dark skin tones necessary, but so is the availability of a customized treatment plan. At Tribeca MedSpa, our team of award-winning Physician Assistants and Medical Aestheticians has extensive knowledge of how to best rejuvenate and revitalize dark skin tones.
Curious if a chemical peel is right for you? Schedule a complimentary consultation today.
If there’s one thing we can forecast for NYC winters, it’s that the cold weather can negatively impact your skin health. The dry winter months often require advanced, professional moisture repair to revitalize dull, flaky skin, extending beyond just the use of a medical grade moisturizer. When looking for solutions to rehydrate your skin, one of the treatment combinations we recommend is dermaplaning and HydraFacial. While both produce effective results on their own, when combined, they pack the ultimate punch of moisture.
Why Does Winter Introduce Unique Skincare Concerns?
You might notice changes in your skin once the temperatures drops — from increased dryness and flakiness to general skin dullness. Drops in humidity levels can also affect the skin in as quick as 30 minutes, decreasing skin elasticity and reducing the water content in the outermost dermis.
Research shows that prolonged exposure to low humidity, like during NYC’s chilly winter months, ultimately impacts the integrity of the skin barrier. Over time, skin becomes drier and rougher, and as the layers of the upper dermis shed, the pores can become clogged with dead skin cells.
When you consider the additional dryness of indoor heating, it’s no wonder why the winter poses unique skincare concerns that require a moisture boost. As pointed out in this study, New York City specifically experiences dry indoor air during the wintertime.
Benefits of Dermaplaning
During a dermaplaning treatment, we exfoliate your skin to gently remove the thicker, uneven outer layer of skin. Typically, dermaplaning addresses discoloration concerns, such as light scarring and sun damage, as well as clogged pores. Dermaplaning also creates a smooth foundation for cosmetics application and enhances penetration for skincare application.
Likewise, dermaplaning is a method to remove vellus hair, also known as peach fuzz, from around the cheeks and jaw. There’s a common misconception that removing peach fuzz will cause the hair to grow back thicker or more noticeable; however, that is not physiologically possible.
Dermaplaning removes 21 days’ worth of dead skin cells, so it’s best to allow the skin to complete its rejuvenation cycle (three weeks) before your next dermaplaning appointment.
Benefits of HydraFacial
A HydraFacial is a three-step medical facial that leverages medical-grade products to improve skin texture, nourish dry skin, and enhance overall radiance. At Tribeca MedSpa, we utilize SkinCeuticals skincare products to further customize the treatment based on your skincare condition and concerns.
A HydraFacial differs from other medical facials in that it uses a handheld device to cleanse the skin with just water, rather than with a chemical solution. After the skin is cleansed, it’s exfoliated with a combination of water pressure, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid.
Next, a vacuum-like tip gently suctions and removes remaining dead skin cells and debris from the pores, and then we apply a customizable chemical peel solution. To complete the HydraFacial, we use a personalized skincare serum that’s rich in moisturizing ingredients.
Similar to dermaplaning, it’s recommended to receive a HydraFacial once every three weeks or once every month for optimal results.
Combining Dermaplaning and HydraFacial for Maximum Hydration
When the temperatures outside cool down and the heater kicks on, we advise adjusting your skincare regimen to accommodate the drier environment. If your skin needs a bit of extra hydration, has become patchy or flaky, or impacted from clogged pores, we may recommend that you combine dermaplaning and HydraFacial.
When we combine the two treatments, the first step is to dermaplane your skin to remove dead skin and impurities, so the subsequent skincare products can absorb better. Following the dermaplaning is the HydraFacial. Because your skin has been prepped to better receive the products applied during a HydraFacial treatment, results are visible immediately after treatment.
Who is a Candidate for These Treatments?
Dermaplaning and HydraFacials are versatile and customizable, making them accessible to almost everyone except for those with active acne. Acne flare-ups that create raised bumps and pustules can become inflamed during dermaplaning, which is why we recommend waiting until the breakout heals to begin treatment. Those with active acne can receive a HydraFacial, though anyone with a contact allergy to shellfish should avoid this treatment due to one of the ingredients.
In addition to rehydrating dry skin, this treatment combination also addresses skin conditions such as:
- Oily skin
- Uneven texture
- Enlarged pores
- Dull complexion
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Brown spots
- Age spots
Why Tribeca MedSpa for Dermaplaning and HydraFacial?
Though dermaplaning and HydraFacial are both non-invasive and safe, you’ll want a trained and licensed skincare professional to perform the services. By engaging a reputable skincare professional, you can feel confident that they have the education required to properly analyze the skin, customize the services, and watch for any abnormal skin reactions.
If you’ve been curious about combining dermaplaning and HydraFacial to give your skin the extra dose of hydration it needs in the dry winter months, Tribeca MedSpa is your local skin authority, serving NYC clients since 2006. Led by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Gerald D. Ginsberg and Dr. Michele Anzilotti, Board Certified Dermatologist, our team of physicians assistants and medical aestheticians are experts at customizing a skincare solution to not only hydrate the skin, but also help rejuvenate and revive its appearance all winter long.
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Holidays in New York City mean two things: first, party invitations galore, and second, the clock is ticking to look your best before your big night out. If you’re dreaming of a flawless base for makeup application or a fresh-faced, radiant glow before the ball drops, winter skincare and the following medspa services – recommended by NYC’s local skincare authority – will help you to quickly resurface, rehydrate, and rejuvenate your skin!
Before We Talk Treatments, Let’s Talk Winter Skincare
Many people don’t know that medical-grade skincare and cosmeceuticals contain higher concentrations of clinical ingredients and have been formulated for maximum absorption? “The number one thing that makes medical-grade products different is that the ingredients work at a cellular level. They’re able to go deep and change the way the skin is working,” explains Alisha Van Horen, Senior Medical Aesthetician at Tribeca MedSpa. “Luxury-brand products may feel or smell good, but they don’t do much to the deep layers of the skin.”
That’s why when you visit the medspa our providers will recommend these products vs. over the counter skincare you can purchase at other retail locations. When you combine a higher level of at-home skincare is with medspa services for improving skin tone, texture and complexion, the results are faster-acting and more evident. .
Winter Skincare for the Weeks Leading Up to an Event
Preparation is key in the weeks before a big night out. “The first thing you can do is not a cosmetic procedure, it’s eating well and having a good attitude. It’s probably more important than any lotions and potions ; it’ll reflect on your face,” says Dr. Gerald Ginsberg, one of New York Magazine’s ‘Best Doctors in New York’ and Tribeca MedSpa’s Medical Director since conception.
As far as winter skincare goes, both Dr. Ginsberg and Alisha recommend medical-grade skincare, like retinol, to resurface and revitalize the skin in a few weeks. “You want to start using retinol about eight weeks before your big event, as you might purge as the retinol starts bringing up those imperfections. You’ll want to start small, with about a pea-sized amount twice a week,” adds Alisha.
Medspa Services for the Week of the Event
With the presents wrapped and the days before your big night out dwindling, it’s time to ramp up your winter skincare with trusted medspa services the week of the event.
Two minimize downtime, maximum impact medspa services we recommend during the holiday season are LightStim and Laser Genesis. LightStim LED light therapy helps to instantly minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines, whereas Laser Genesis works to reduce redness, acne, and scarring.
“Laser Genesis is suitable for all skin types. There’s no downtime, which is why a lot of people call it the ‘Hollywood Laser,’ and a lot of celebrities get it before a red-carpet event. It gives you a really healthy glow with no downtime,” explains Alisha. “Our Signature Facial offers a few minutes of this treatment, with the option to upgrade for a full session.” Other medical-grade facials, like a Multi Mask Facial, can be combined with medspa services to brighten and tighten the skin.
A Facial on the Day of Your Big Night Out
The day of the big night out is not the time to experiment with harsh exfoliants, like retinol, for the first time. To avoid any unwanted redness, acne breakouts, or rosacea flare-ups the day of your event, opt for a gentler medspa service, like a HydraFacial. The HydraFacial exclusively uses a cocktail of SkinCeuticals medical-grade products to instantly nourish and plump tired skin.
The Best Medspa in New York for Event-Ready Skin
Beyond the holidays, there’s always another night out to plan for. Ensure that you’re not only event-ready, but also selfie-ready, flash photo-ready, and otherwise prepared to put your best face forward.
Our award-winning Medical Providers and Medical Aestheticians, including Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Gerald D. Ginsberg and Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Michele Anzilotti, have been elevating skincare in New York City since 2006. When preparing for a big night out this holiday season and beyond, be sure to consult with our team on how to make your skin look its very best.
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Men’s skin can benefit from TLC just as much as women’s; and in fact, men’s skin may be prone to more issues, making it all the more important to undergo routine aesthetic treatments. While medical facials are suitable for just about everyone — men, women, and nonbinary — concerns such as skin pigmentation, thickness, and oiliness are higher among men. Whatever the concern, a medical facial can significantly improve skin health for men of all ages.
Medical vs. Spa Facials for Men: What’s the Difference?
For many people, a facial is synonymous with a spa experience, complete with cucumbers over the eyes. While this might be true of a spa facial, a medical facial is quite different. A spa facial caters to relaxation, with no customization to address specific skin concerns and no medical-grade skincare products to properly penetrate the skin.
On the other hand, a medical facial uses high-quality, medical-grade equipment and skincare products that are tailored to each client’s skincare goals. A spa facial can be performed by a technician, but a medical facial requires a board-certified dermatologist or a licensed aesthetician who works under the supervision of a physician.
Aside from expert providers and professional-grade equipment, medical facials also provide comprehensive skincare recommendations, including at-home treatments. During a medical facial for men, a provider conducts a thorough skin analysis to identify the next best steps. To maintain optimal results after treatment, men should follow the at-home skincare recommendations and schedule a medical facial every four to six weeks
Recommended Medical Facials for Men
Though anyone can benefit from a medical facial, certain biophysical properties of the skin make medical facials for men particularly helpful. Men tend to have a higher sebum content, which can lead to oily, acne-prone skin and large pores. Men’s skin is also about 20% thicker than women’s skin, which means it requires deeper-penetrating products for maximum efficacy.
From blackheads and pimples to fine lines and wrinkles, here are our top recommended medical facials for men.
If you want to reveal smoother, brighter skin in under an hour, try the HydraFacial. The HydraFacial is a highly customized, three-step medical facial for both men and women that uses a blend of medical-grade products to cleanse and extract debris from the skin, provide a hefty dose of hydration, and improve skin texture.
In preparing for a HydraFacial, expect your provider to use a small, handheld device to gently exfoliate and extract dead skill cells. A combination of alpha and beta hydroxy acids and customized chemical peel solution is followed by a targeted skincare serum rich in hydrating ingredients, such as peptides and antioxidants.
The HydraFacial is a great medical facial geared toward individuals with dry skin, enlarged pores, acne and congested skin. It’s ideal for those with sensitive skin, as water is the primary exfoliant. Skin will feel noticeably more hydrated and smoother immediately after your appointment and the results will last for several weeks.
- Laser Facial Treatments
Tribeca Medspa offers a variety of laser facials to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and overall skin health. A patient favorite is the Laser Genesis treatment, a rejuvenating treatment that targets lines, redness and hyperpigmentation, sun damage and acne scarring. The heat from the laser encourages collagen production and kills acne-causing bacteria. It’s a quick procedure with minimal pain and little to no downtime, making it easy to incorporate into a busy schedule.
This treatment can be done on its own or as an add-on to many other treatments to combine and maximize results. Unlike some other laser treatments, every skin type and tone is eligible for the treatment and can benefit from Laser Genesis.
IPL photo facials are one of the most popular medical facials in New York (and for good reason). Short for intense pulsed light, IPL photo facials use light energy to heat and disperse pigment-producing cells and hemoglobin that cause dark spots on the skin. The light energy also helps to stimulate collagen production, which enhances skin tightness and elasticity.
For men on the go, the IPL photo facial is one of the quicker medical facials, and you can anticipate that treatment will only take 20 minutes to an hour. However, if you’re looking to improve the appearance of visible damage from sun exposure, age spots, rosacea, or acne scars, you may require two to three follow up treatments.
- Anti-Acne Facial
With 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24 suffering from acne, and over 12% of men in their 40s reporting having acne, it’s clear that pimples are far from just a puberty problem. This could explain why anti-acne facials are a leading medspa treatment for men of all ages to thoroughly cleanse and calm the skin, and curb periodic or ongoing breakouts.
An anti-acne facial at Tribeca MedSpa begins with a deep cleanse followed by an exfoliation and extractions to remove dead skin cells and debris that are trapped inside the pores. Next, a medical-grade antimicrobial laser and high-quality detoxifying mask are applied to further draw out impurities and minimize the formation of future pimples.
At Tribeca MedSpa, we understand that not all acne is the same. Some cases of acne are caused by high bacteria levels and hormonal changes, whereas other cases are caused by high stress levels. We customize your anti-acne facial to combat your specific acne and promote better skin health.
How to Select from the Many Medical Facials in New York City
Medical-grade equipment and skincare products set medical facials apart from spa facials; and at Tribeca MedSpa, our experience and expertise set us apart from other providers in New York. Led by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Gerald D. Ginsberg with Dr. Michele Anzilotti, Board Certified Dermatologist, premium medical facials at Tribeca MedSpa are highly customizable and provide superior results.
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If you want to slow down the hands of time and reduce visible signs of aging, Sculptra for face may produce the effective, natural looking results you desire. Sculptra is an FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment to combat the aging process through the regeneration of natural collagen production. What does that mean? Sculptra addresses the underlying causes of facial aging, not just the visual signs, for skin that’s truly rejuvenated.
Sculptra’s use of unique product ingredients is revolutionizing the dermal space and becoming a popular anti-aging treatment option to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for men and women. Additionally, this anti-aging injectable can also serve as an ideal treatment for younger patients who have experienced volume loss in the face.
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is a collagen stimulator that addresses the underlying structure of the skin to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and gently lift the face. As a type of anti-aging injectable, Sculptra contains a synthetic poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) stimulator that activates collagen production wherever it is injected into the dermis, the middle layer of tissue under the surface of the skin.
Dr. Gerald D. Ginsberg, Tribeca MedSpa’s Medical Director since conception, explains, “There’s a whole new classification of filler. There’s filler which occupies space (hylauronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane), but there’s also filler which stimulates a biological reaction, like Sculptra. The basis for many skin therapies is inflicting small, controlled injury to the patient. Then, the body’s response is to heal and make new proteins. Sculptra is a chemical irritant to the skin, which induces the bottom of the skin and the top of the subcutaneous tissue to elaborate more structural proteins and you can overall rejuvenate a face with these biostimulants.”
Sculptra is FDA approved for use in the temples, cheeks, jowls, under eyes, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds. Once injected, Sculptra for the face helps repair the skin’s structure and enhance facial volume through collagen production. The results are natural and gradual, with maximum results developing two years post-treatment and lasting for an additional two years.
Because Sculptra contains a biodegradable PLLA, it is easily broken down and absorbed by the body for minimal downtime. In fact, this non-invasive approach to anti-aging and facial hollowing allows clients to return to normal activity immediately post-treatment. Though the exact number of sessions varies, most clients require three sessions over a period of a few months.
Why is Collagen Key for Anti-Aging?
Sculptra is classified as a collagen-stimulating anti-aging injectable, but what does that mean in layman’s terms? Put more simply, Sculptra enhances collagen production, and collagen production is the key to anti-aging. To understand why collagen is important for smooth, vibrant skin, it’s important to first understand the role collagen plays in the body.
Collagen is what gives the body structural support. Its main responsibility is to help new cells grow, replace injured or dead skin cells, and give strength and elasticity to the skin. Collagen production naturally decreases with age, which contributes to the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and facial hollowing over time. Increasing collagen production combats the natural aging process.
How Does Sculptra Differ from Other Anti-Aging Injectables?
Unlike other dermal fillers, Sculptra is a collagen stimulator, not a filler or neurotoxin. A dermal filler, such as Juvéderm, contains gel-like hyaluronic acid to add volume to the face. A neurotoxin, such as Botox, contains Botulinum toxin type A to relax the muscles that cause fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Sculptra contains neither of these ingredients.
A Sculptra injection contains active ingredients that are meant to prompt the body’s natural collagen production to add volume slowly over time and in a way that looks the most natural. Sculptra gradually improves structural support from the inside out for optimal anti-aging effects.
Why Choose Sculptra for the Face?
With an entire suite of anti-aging injectables to pick from, you might be curious why some Tribeca MedSpa clients select Sculptra over dermal fillers or neurotoxins. One major consideration when choosing Sculptra over other anti-aging injectables is the timeframe for results. Sculptra works over an extended period, whereas an alternative treatment like Botox can be visible within a week.
Other considerations for choosing Sculptra for face include:
- Age. Most patients who are ideal candidates for Sculptra are aged 40 years and older; however, it can benefit younger patients with volume loss in the face.
- Results. Sculptra addresses the underlying structure of the skin to smooth and lift the face, but it cannot dramatically add volume the way a dermal filler can.
- Treatment Areas.Sculptra is best suited for the temples, cheeks, jowls, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds, whereas dermal fillers are geared toward the lips, smokers’ lines, crow’s feet, and glabellar lines.
How to Best Maintain Sculptra Results?
Like any anti-aging injectable, Sculptra for face tightening requires upkeep to prolong collagen production. The best way to preserve Sculptra results over time is to receive maintenance sessions — most clients receive three sessions over a period of a few months. Between treatments and everyday thereafter, we recommend following an anti-aging skincare routine at home and use proper, medical grade sun protection on a daily basis.
During a complimentary consultation, your provider will recommend an at-home skincare regimen that is tailored to your skin type, concerns and desired results.
Choose a Sculptra Specialist You Can Trust
If you want to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or enhance facial volume, Sculptra anti-aging injectables might be right for you. Before settling on the first provider you find or one that offers the lowest price, seek a consultation from an experienced Sculptra provider in New York City.
The expertise of the provider administering your Sculptra injections matters as placement, amount of product used, and product type all play a factor in achieving optimal results. Because collagen production is stimulated at the injection site, a master injector and trusted Sculptra specialist is an absolute must.
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BOTOX®, Dysport®, Xeomin®… when new wrinkles and fine lines develop, you might not care which anti-aging injectable you receive, as long as it gets the job done. However, while Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are all similar types of neurotoxin injectables that address fine lines and wrinkles, these three products significantly differ in terms of formulation, dosage and results.
What is a Neurotoxin Injectable?
A neurotoxin injectable is a type of cosmetic-safe product that is injected into the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and creases. These neurotoxins are typically used in areas of concern, such as between the eyes, the forehead, around the eyes and neck. The ‘neuro’ in neurotoxin relates to nerve function. When a neurotoxin injectable penetrates the skin, it essentially temporarily turns off the nerves where individual facial muscles meet.
As a result, a neurotoxin injectable temporarily and safely relaxes facial muscles — particularly the muscles responsible for creating the fine lines and wrinkles that appear when your face is at rest — for a more youthful appearance. Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin all contain the leading injectable neurotoxin, Botulinum toxin type A, as the active ingredient.
Which Neurotoxin Injectable is Right for You?
Botulinum type A has rapidly become the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S. Both men and women seek this neurotoxin injectable to alleviate signs of aging as well as smooth dynamic facial wrinkles, or lines caused by repeated muscle movements like frowning, squinting, smiling and other repetitive facial expressions we make every day.
Here are important factors that you and your injector will consider when deciding which neurotoxin injectable is right for you.
As the most recognizable brand of neurotoxin injectable, Botox is often selected to target crow’s feet, lip lines, frown lines and other fine lines across the face. The formulation of Botox is more concentrated than other neurotoxin injectable solutions and is also slow-moving once injected, making it ideal for longer-lasting results on smaller areas of the face.
- Results appear in 5 to 7
- Results last for 3 to 4
You may opt for Botox if you’d prefer to target a specific area, such as around the eyes or frown lines, rather than the entire forehead. At your appointment, the injector decides the number of units needed for optimal results. Aside from wrinkles, Botox is also used in a Botox lip flip to temporarily give a more plump appearance and can also reduce the appearance of a gummy smile.
Dysport was FDA-approved for cosmetic use in the U.S. in 2009, three years after Botox launched in the American market. Dysport tends to have a faster onset than Botox. Its unique formula makes it ideal to gradually spread across larger surface areas with just a few injections. Dysport considerations:
- Results appear in 2 to 4 days
- Results last for 4
Dysport is best-suited to soften muscles in larger areas of the face, like the forehead and ‘11 lines’ that form between the eyebrows. Beyond fine lines and wrinkles, Dysport is also FDA-approved to treat cervical dystonia (spasmodic torticollis) or involuntary muscle contractions in the neck.
Last but certainly not least is Xeomin, also known as “naked Botox.” Unlike Botox and Dysport, which are formulated with an accompanying protein, Xeomin is formulated with a double-filtered formula to remove unnecessary proteins and leave only the active ingredient, Botulinum type A. This formulation may enable Xeomin to have faster-acting results.
- Results appear in 3 to 4
- Results last for 3 to 4
Xeomin is designed to treat fine lines like crow’s feet and dynamic wrinkles like 11 lines. Because it’s not formulated with an accompanying protein that the body will trigger the production of antibodies for, Xeomin is an effective alternative for those who have built up a natural resistance to Botox injections over the course of several years. Xeomin is the top choice of neurotoxin for patients under 30 years of age, as it often provides a softer and less “frozen” look. It can also prevent new wrinkles and lines from forming with preventative use.
Injectables Are Not One-Size-Fits-All
Though neurotoxin injectables are a non-surgical treatment, they are still considered a medical procedure that requires specific training, knowledge, and skill to administer safely and effectively. Injectables are far from a one-size-fits-all aesthetic solution, and the type of injectable, number of units and injection placement should be customized to meet your individual goals.
Whether you aim to reduce the appearance of fine lines or slow the formation of dynamic wrinkles across the face, neurotoxin injectables can help. It may be a matter of combining multiple injectables or dermal fillers to achieve your treatment goals. Contact Tribeca MedSpa today to work with a Master Injector who can customize a treatment plan for you.
Spring is a time for renewal and rejuvenation, not just for nature, but also your personal health and wellness. With all of the awakening from the cold winter months happening around us, it’s a great time for you to consider how you can reveal a younger, more radiant looking you heading into summer with facial contouring and skin tightening services. (more…)