AND New Skin Enhancers... for 2013
Union Square Laser Dermatology
19 Union Square West, NYC
Z. Paul Lorenc M.D. F.A.C.S
983 Park Ave., NYC
Recently a crowd of media beauty types gathered for an AM introduction to the spacious and beautifully designed brand new laser/treatment focused, loft like office of Dr. Anne Chapas and Dr. Jennifer MacGregor.
Besides featuring 20 state of the art laser and energy devices that both doctors are well trained to use---this medical practice is made for the 21st century in other ways-as in wifi for patients, online scheduling, and a waiting room we wish we could move into. That stylish and comfy.
The presentation we all gathered for was highlighted by the new VelaShape II laser device-that, over a series of sessions-temporarily diminishes the appearance of certain types cellulite (Grades One and Two)--we asked---meaning cellulite that is visible when standing up but not lying down...and also
results in circumferential reduction in the treated areas...via a combo of light (infrared) and bi-polar radio frequency (RF) energies-as well as mechanical rollers (massaging) and a vacuum to manipulate the treated area-as well as (comfortably) heat it up.
A series of treatments-a week apart are recommended--and as it is "temporary" (maybe lasts up to six months)- so upkeep-with a session- every few months--- is suggested. What is the benefit---is a reduction in the appearance of dimpled skin that plagues many an upper thigh-even on athletic types...combined with a decrease in thigh width (about 2 inches /thigh seemed typical).
Though costs of this treatment-that is popular for gals prior to going on a warm beachy vacation---is around $1500 for a package of four sessions...at Union Square Laser Dermatology...the price will probably vary depending on locale of the practice.
Other areas of the body-like love handles around the stomach area for guys, stomach area...and the upper arms are suitable for treatment too---though it should be noted that Velashape is for smoothing via shrinking subcutaneous fat ---and won't help those who have lax/stretched skin...
We thought this was interesting technology (Syneron's unique elòs technology).
A few weeks later ---we had a wide-ranging chat with Dr. Z Paul Lorenc...about the aforementioned-which he has not used in his practice as of yet...but commented on the recently approved by the FDA-dermal filler, Belotero® Balance (Merz Aesthetics) that is superficially injected to treat fine/smile lines of the face...(versus diluting other hyaluronic acid based products)...for that über smooth, even (and immediate) result that instantly looks great--- basically downtime free.
Another popular treatment for those wanting aesthetic-anti-aging benefits toute de suite is Merz Aesthetics Xeomin®, a botulinum toxin product Type A (similar to Botox, Dysport)...that 'freezes' (temporarily-typically lasting 4-6 months) the frown lines in the forehead (glabellar lines), and corners of the eyes-to cite two areas that seem most in demand. Xeomin has FDA approval for medical conditions too...
We are no legal experts ---but we did find an informative FT.com reprint of a biopharminsight.com clip online that explains Allegan's (maker of Botox®) vs Merz bit in the courts (Link)...which may explain why both aforementioned products aren't widely available-or written about in the beauty biz- as of yet. Though it seems one can request it at a medical practice that has it...maybe.
However, we can definitely say that who ever is wielding the needle-meaning the practitioner one employs for any dermal filler treatment-is key to any outcome and customer satisfaction. Buyer beware. This is not something to go bargain hunting for...and results vary widely because of a practitioner's skill level. Personally, we think Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc -who also is a plastic surgeon-is top notch for and dermal filler applications...especially for those who want a natural look.
WHAT ELSE----Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc's office offers meaningful facials (SkinFit Medical Spa)...and one of the most popular new skin treatments will be-according to the amazing skin practitioner Clarissa (read our prior review of other available treatments)...is ZO (Obagi) Medical Peels.
We-as well as many others---are HUGE fans of this Dermatologist's line of skin care products...the line-up is results oriented and "hard core."