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Where New Yorkers Are Lining Up to Save Face

Long beloved by ladies looking to freshen up without going under the knife, lasers are growing ever more popular for their power to beautify without downtime

Clear + Brilliant at Dr. Stafford Broumand

Clear + Brilliant uses a gentle fractional laser to target millions of microscopic areas of the skin, promoting cellular turnover to replace damaged cells. The treatment only takes twenty to forty minutes and has so little downtime that patients often return to work afterward. Dr. Stafford Broumand, also an Associate Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital, says, “Patients love the way it transforms their skin. It gives smaller pore size, glowing skin, even skin tone and promotes collagen formation.”

740 Park Avenue

UltraShape at Dr. Dennis Gross

With the UltraShape Body Shaping System Dr. Dennis Gross is harnessing the power of sound waves to destroy fat cells. His is the first and only FDA-cleared non-surgical procedure that uses ultrasound pulses for fat destruction. His handheld Ultrashape wand targets stubborn problem areas, shooting ultrasound waves at discrete clusters of fat cells. The ultrasound waves actually shake cellular membranes until they dissolve, allowing them to be reabsorbed and digested through the liver like any other fat. A series of the noninvasive treatments can permanently remove up to three inches of unwanted “bulge.”  Dr. Gross says, “It’s the closest thing to liposuction to date, but completely nonsurgical.”

900 Fifth Avenue

Candela GentleMax at Dr. Amy Wechsler

The Candela GentleMax uses two simultaneous lasers, permanently removing unwanted hair while soothing and cooling skin as it works. The treatment is good for all hair types and colors, and makes use of high-tech alexandrite and yag lasers. The system has the largest spot size available for hair lasers, which Dr. Amy Wechsler says enables it to “do large areas quickly, so patients can come during lunch and be on their way!”

3 East 69th Street

Oxylight Facial at Dr. Dendy Engelman

The Oxylight facial, offered by Dr. Dendy Engelman at Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, combines micro-current, oxygen and vitamin-based exfoliation with red, blue, yellow and green light waves to increase collagen production and blast away harmful bacteria. Dr. Engelman says that “the light emitting diodes therapy allows for a customizable treatment according to skin needs.” Meaning that by adjusting the wavelength of the colored lights, she’s able to address skin woes from acne to fine lines and wrinkles.

820 Second Avenue