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A Bride

Dermal Fillers: A Bride’s Best Friend

A BrideIt’s spring — the perfect time for weddings. Apart from picking out the bridesmaids’ dresses, choosing the food and beverage selections, and deciding on the motif, brides have another thing to add on to their to-do lists: Botox and dermal fillers.

Dermal Fillers: Plumping Up Puckers

Juvéderm is an injectable hyaluronic acid dermal filler used to correct severe facial wrinkle and folds. If you want lips like Kylie Jenner for your big day or something close to it, then this is the perfect option. With this dermal filler, you don’t have to go under the knife for fuller, suppler lips.

Popular Non-Invasive Treatments for Brides-to-Be

Recently, RealSelf released a survey about the top cosmetic treatments brides undergo before their wedding. Botox took the top spot, with 15%, as the most popular non-invasive treatment for future brides. Next to that is CoolSculpting, which is a non-surgical way to trim fat. Number three on the list is Invisalign, which is perfect for those wanting a picture perfect smile to commemorate their big day.

Hyaluronic acid fillers, like Juvéderm, are also popular for those wanting to plump their lips, reduce fine lines around their mouths, and restore lost volume to their faces. Brides usually get this a month or two before their wedding.

“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” Diamonds are beautiful and all, but will the stones make you look and feel young for your wedding? When it comes to defying age, cosmetic procedures do become a bride’s best ally.

Seeking Juvederm in New York? Look no further than Dr. Leslie Gerstman’s medical spa. Our team understands that aging is not just a physical process, but an emotional one, as well. Through cosmetic and laser procedures, our head aesthetician upholds the reputation of being one of NYC’s leaders in the field.

To know more about our procedures, visit our office today and let’s discuss your options to achieve younger, healthier-looking skin.

Youthful Women

What’s the Secret to Eternally Youthful Beauty?

Youthful WomenCelebrities and beauty junkies are so used to using needles as part of their beauty routine. Now the world of facial treatment is taking it a step further with the Vampire Facial, or platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment.

The treatment is perhaps one of the most popular beauty procedures, which started back in 2013 when Kim Kardashian posted on her Instagram account a photo with blood on her face.

But what exactly is a Vampire Facial? Is the “blood facial” worth it?

Defining the Vampire Facial

The Vampire Facial is not an invasive treatment and does not involve surgery. It’s a type of facial that uses the body’s own natural healing and growth factors. The active ingredient is human blood – your own, hence, the name Vampire Facial.

You may start looking like a poster child for a gothic movie, but this treatment will leave you with smooth, youthful, and rejuvenated skin.

How the Vampire Facelift Works

The treatment isn’t as simple as drawing blood from your arm and shooting it into your face.

The process works by agitating the blood with sterile beads, and then using a centrifuge to separate the blood. We then extract the bits that are not red or white cells or clotting factors, called blood serum, then we filter and freeze it. Dr. Leslie Gerstman then mixes the blood with hyaluronic acid dermal filler, like Juvederm or Restylane.

Combined with the benefits of microneedling, she then administers the mixture into strategic areas of the face.

Growth Factors for Collagen Stimulation

The idea behind the Vampire Facial is that it infuses platelets into the skin. Platelets contain growth factors, which help heal wounds. The growth factors also stimulate new collagen production – a protein that keeps faces firm and taut.

Better Than Other Facial Treatments?

Unlike other facial treatments, the Vampire Facial does not paralyze facial muscles like Botox, as it uses hyaluronic acid fillers. It adds volume without inhibiting facial expression and movement.

The Vampire Facial is headline-making, what with its intriguing name and its celebrity following. You’ll find our Vampire Facials definitely worth the trip to NY.

Are you ready to reverse the signs of aging? Book an appointment with Dr. Leslie Gerstman today.

An A-Lister

Want Perfect Skin? Turn to this A-List-Approved Treatment

How celebrities manage to transform tired skin to a radiant one just in time for awards season has always been a mystery. When asked, however, stars are almost always hesitant to credit nothing else but “sleep and plenty of water” for their ethereal glow. For those of you who have tried downing eight glasses (or more!) of water to achieve supple skin, know that water alone doesn’t exactly result in flawless skin.

The truth is, stars achieve that gleaming complexion with microdermabrasion. For those who are looking to achieve that red-carpet glow, here are some things you need to know about this top skincare treatment A-listers swear by:

The Magic Microdermabrasion Wand

Microdermabrasion involves the use of a wand with tips made of microscopic diamonds to help the skin exfoliate. The aesthetician will drag this wand across your face, as its vacuum suction rids the skin of dead skin cells and excess oil.

While the process may sound intimidating, there’s no need to fear, as most users reported that the procedure didn’t feel as scratchy or rough as it seems. Some people experience some slight reddening of the skin, but a calming moisturizer and sunscreen should help reduce that reaction.

Renew Tired Skin, the Celebrity Way

Celebrity skin often takes a beating from sleepless nights and frequent heavy makeup. Stars look to regular exfoliation to renew tired skin and combat dull skin. Microdermabrasion also cleans old skin layers better than any regular exfoliating routine, creating a better, more active surface for makeup, anti-aging serums, and creams.

Celebrities usually book their procedure a week before a major event, but fortunately for those who wish to own flawless skin, microdermabrasion in NYC is not anymore reserved for celebrities but a procedure that’s readily available for anyone who wants to own healthy-looking, glowing skin. Dr. Leslie Gerstman can help you find out if a microdermabrasion treatment is your best choice.

Banish summer breakouts

FullSizeRender (1)Summer is in full swing and so is the blazing sun that we all love so much! Boat rides and barbecues demand we protect our skin – here’s our foolproof way to maintain your radiant youthful complexion while enjoying all that the summer has to offer whether at home or in the office!

Prevent icky summer breakouts by following these easy steps:

At Home:

Step 1: Cleanse your skin! Reboot with Revision Brightening Wash ( which helps exfoliate dead skin cells, brightens the skin with Vitamin C and has antioxidant benefits that will get your skin glowing!

Step 2: Mask Time! Sit back and Relax with May Lindstrom’s ( amazing Problem Solver Correcting Masque! Antioxidant rich in raw cacao and healing bamboo charcoal, your tired skin cells will get back to circulating! This mask helps detoxify and open up your pores – it also smells delicious enough to eat!

Step 3: Protection! Now that we’ve cleansed and purified we have to protect ourselves from the sun’s glares! A non-comedogenic sunscreen like Revision Intellishade (SPF 45) ( shields and moisturizes your skin while also giving coverage – this revitalizing sunscreen comes tinted with a mineral base that helps blend and minimize pores!

At Spa:

Depending on your skin needs there are a variety of solutions to keep your skin safe. Our favorite summer time services are below!


Cleaning the skin is of utmost importance! Extractions and steaming help unclog your pores and allow your skin to breathe! Combined with a salicylic peel (which helps slough off all dead skin, leaving behind a smooth beautiful complexion) your skin is ready for the next step! MAX 7 LED Light (link to my site) therapy helps your skin to purify, reduces any redness left behind and relaxes you as pores and sun damage begin to minimize.

Most importantly…

You must remember to take care of yourself both inside and out! Negative dietary habits can have an unpleasant reaction with your skin. Keeping an eye on intake of alcohol along with dairy, wheat and sugar is incredibly important! Both dairy and sugar cause spikes in certain pimple producing hormones. Awaken your diet with antioxidant rich greens like spinach and kale while replenishing with water and green tea!

Enjoy summer & take back your health!

Best Beauty Tip for that Summer Glow

Best Beauty Tip for that Summer Glow

Best Beauty Tip for that Summer GlowWith every beauty article churned out, we know a million and one ways to keep your skin poreless and clean. Oils, masks, serums, moisturizers – the list never ends!

But how do you get that radiant glow?

As time ticks by and we age, the process of cell regeneration starts to slow down. When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of your skin, it can leave skin looking rough, dull and dry. To restore that youthful glow you must exfoliate! Read more…

Why Your Acne Is Worse In The Winter and What Treatments May Help

acne treatmentYou’re an adult woman. You shouldn’t have to deal with acne breakouts anymore. You take good care of your complexion. Why is it that whenever the cold air starts moving in and the holidays are just around the corner, your skin decides it’s time for a massive breakout?

Winter Dryness Causes the Skin to Produce More Oil

As the temperature drops and cold weather grips the nation, there is actually less moisture in the air. Your skin starts to dry out from the lack of moisture which causes your sebaceous oil glands to kick into overdrive. The oil is meant to help moisturize the skin and restore its natural balance. However, sometimes as the sebaceous oils move from the glands to the surface, they collect dead skins cells which become trapped in the follicular ducts. The result is the formation of pimples and the inevitable acne breakout.

Steps You Can Take At Home to Help

There are some simple steps at home you can take to help improve your skin in the winter. First, always use a moisturizer on your skin. In addition, change your pillowcase every 2-3 days. As you sleep, oils from your hair and face are transferred to your pillowcase, which in turn transfer back to your skin. Finally, take an oral vitamin everyday such as Omega-3 Fatty Acids or Flax Seed Oil to help level out your skin’s oil production. These vitamins help give your complexion positive oils.  

Seek Professional Help

For many women, the dry stale air of winter simply proves too much for their skin. Despite following a daily moisturizing regimen and carefully caring for their skin, they still find themselves suffering from breakouts. Many women tend to isolate themselves and become extremely unhappy with their appearance during a breakout. There is no reason to needlessly suffer. A doctor or dermatologist can offer many acne treatments to help restore your smooth, radiant skin.

Dr. Leslie Gerstman, is a highly trained professional whose affiliations include the American Holistic Medical Association, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the International Medical Spa Association, the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology, and the MedSpa Society. Dr. Gerstman recommends such services as a SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, a chemical peel, or microdermabrasion.

To view some of her proven results, visit her before and after page which features pictures of actual women who have undergone treatment. Her caring and compassionate approach to skin care will have you out and about ready to enjoy the holiday season in not time.

The Only 2 Anti-Aging Products You Need

The markets are flooded with thousands of anti-aging  products claiming to be the next great fountain of youth.  Lotions and options with exotic ingredients and  savvy packaging are constantly fighting for our attention.  As tempting as they all are, your anti-aging products should be science based.

1. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!!

More than 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by the sun. People who use sunscreen daily show 24% less skin aging then those who do not use daily sunscreen.

 I am continually shocked when my new clients tell me they don’t use sunscreen.  It’s not fancy, it’s not expensive yet it works!

Get yourself a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 45+ and use it daily. You can thank me later:)  My current sunscreen of choice is Intellishade by Revision. It has an SPF of 45 yet feels and smells like a lovely tinted moisturizer.

2. Retinol

Retinol or Vitamin A  is the most powerful and well researched anti-aging ingredient on the market.  It  restores normal cell turnover and builds collagen. The end result is a more even complexion, restoration of dull dehydrated skin,  diminished acne breakouts, wrinkle reduction and gorgeous skin.

The key to using retinol is to slowly build up to an optimal percentage of  0.5-1.0%. (Equivalent to .05-0.1 % Retin-A)  Initial flaking and dryness are normal. Just stay hydrated and go slowly. Your skin will eventually build up a tolerance.

I love the retinols from Cosmedix  . They are encapsulated to minimize irritation and range from  .01-.1%

dangerous ingredients in skin care

Top 5 Dangerous Skin Care Ingredients To Stay Away From

As the body’s biggest organ, the skin constitutes the most important defense against everything nature throws at you. However, sometimes it’s not nature that’s trying to get you, but rather the personal hygiene, beauty and skin care products that you apply on your skin that are responsible for the damage. While you might think they are safe, the truth is that ever since the FDA granted the self-regulatory right to the cosmetic industry, the market has been flooded with products that contain ingredients harmful for your skin and your health. Following is a list of the dangerous chemical ingredients to avoid when shopping for your cosmetic or skin care products.

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Vitamin A information

Retinol And Your Skin – How Does This Miracle Nutrient Help Improve Your Epidermis?

As skin ages, it looses its inherent Vitamin A (retinol). Vitamin A’s primary role is to normalize a multitude of skin functions and correct the potential skin conditions that develop as a result of aging. One of Vitamin A’s tasks involves thickening and stimulating the dermis, namely the area where collagen and elastin are secreted. It also helps normalize the topmost layer if skin, the epidermis.  A smooth epidermis allows light to bounce off without scattering. Put simply, Vitamin A creates glowing skin!

Vitamin A treats many conditions

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Tired Of Waking Up With Puffy Eyes? Try Ultherapy, Botox, and Belotero

Irrespective of the fact that some people get plenty of sleep and even stick to the recommended sleeping program, they wake up with puffy and tired looking eyes. Simply put, even though they got their night’s rest, the massively puffed bags under their eyes along with the dreary dark circles scream they’re tired and sleep deprived.


If you’re sick and tired of looking sick and tired you have options. Let’s summarize three of the most efficient non-surgical procedures you can try today, Ultherapy, Botox, Belotero

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