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Man Taking Care of His Skin

Guys, Get the Good Grooming Habit – You Need it!

Man Taking Care of His Skin“Effeminate.”

It’s funny how one word can ruin self-care for many men. Throw that word to any guy who dares to take care of himself, and he will likely question his grooming habits. True, stereotypes have changed, and thankfully so – but it is undeniable that many men still balk at the thought of being seen as “less manly.”

While a man’s skin is less prone to major changes, it’s no sin to go for treatments or to use a couple of grooming products. If you want to look better and take better care of yourself, don’t let one word and a misguided pronouncement stop you from doing so.

This is why men look to other male figures who aren’t ashamed about their care routines as grooming heroes. These heroes of self-care open the avenues for other guys to venture out into the world of good grooming; so much so that they create a culture around it. Think of Korea’s “pretty boys” (or, more accurately, “flower boys”), for instance, as evidence of this thriving culture of men who are neither ashamed nor afraid of the “grooming” word.

The best starting point, in our opinion, is your skin. Let’s start with microdermabrasion, a procedure that Dr. Leslie Gerstman can provide for you.

For the Sake of Better Skin

All of us have a few gripes about our skin – even men. The best thing about microdermabrasion is it’s applicable to several areas of your body. Thanks to its gentle efficiency, we can use it on your elbows, shoulders, chest, and knees. So, if scars or uneven skin tone in these areas bother you, microdermabrasion could be the answer.

We assure you that you’ll discover that you’ve been missing out on a life of a healthier skin. Facials and skin treatments even surprise some women. So, you can imagine how much of an eye-opener it will be for men! Once you get to know your skin, it will be easier to find the best routine for you. Plus, the experts at our medical spa can guide you in establishing one.

Come to the medical spa of Dr. Leslie Gerstman for microdermabrasion in NYC. Call us today to book your appointment!


Keeping Skin Youthful: Food that Keeps Wrinkles at Bay

BerriesWrinkles are a fact of life. Despite the inevitability, however, there are ways to reduce the number of wrinkles on your skin. One way is to eat food that contains antioxidants and natural oils that can help beat wrinkles and other signs of aging. Load up on them so you can keep wrinkles from forming on your skin!


This fruit contains lycopene, a fantastic antioxidant that protects the skin against sun damage. It also fights off destructive bacteria in the body and slows down the breakdown of collagen in the skin. In addition to lycopene, tomatoes are packed with Vitamin C, which helps keep the skin firm.


As a person gets older, the amount of natural moisturizer their skin generates goes down. Thus, the skin gets drier and eventually loses its elasticity, which leads to fine lines. The natural oils found in avocados help fight the aging process by inducing a healthy plumping effect on the skin.


Blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, blueberries — you name it! Berries are good for your skin. They are filled with antioxidants that inhibit the formation of free radicals on your skin. Thanks to the berries’ high Vitamin C content, the body can create more collagen, which evens out skin tone and firms up the skin. If you want to munch on this awesome fruit, go for the darker ones like blue and blackberries. They have the highest concentration of antioxidants.

Green Tea

Although Green tea is popular for burning extra calories, it can also help you attain younger-looking skin. It helps the skin maintain a healthy cycle of repair and renewal. Have yourself a nice, steaming cup of green tea every day to reduce wrinkles and skin sagging.

Besides eating right, another way to minimize wrinkles on your skin is to undergo our radiofrequency facial treatment called Elixis Ultra. Our non-invasive treatment sends radio and ultrasound waves to shape and tighten the face, buttocks, legs, and arms. It can drive away wrinkles and rejuvenate the facial skin without surgery or downtime.

Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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.

Exilis Elite Double Chin Treatment Provides a Slim, Toned Appearance for the Jawline and Upper Neck Area

imageDo you cringe when you look in the mirror and see an extra chin? It used to be that the only way to get rid of a double chin was to lose a lot of weight and hope that the extra fat left that area of the body. Unfortunately, this method is far from effective. Either the chin fat obstinately refuses to budge, or an even worse thing happens: It goes away, and leaves the skin hanging as turkey wattles. Who wants to look in the mirror and see a turkey looking back? With a possibility like this, it’s no wonder if you’ve felt hopeless about a double chin. Luckily, there is now a good cosmetic treatment that will not only eliminate that extra fat, but ensure that your skin will remain tight and youthful-looking after it’s gone.

A good double chin treatment doesn’t just remove fat and leave your skin hanging. It also firms the skin, so you can go out on the town with confidence! We prefer to use the Exilis Elite device for this procedure because it will do both things without the need for invasive surgery. It works by heating the fat cells until the fat melts away. Collagen production is stimulated at the same time, so the skin pulls up tight. Now isn’t that the best way to “melt away fat” you’ve ever heard of?

Even better, Exilis Elite is painless and there is no downtime. This makes it great for anyone who has shied away from cosmetic treatments in the past due to fears that they would hurt or cause too much missed work time. Getting a treatment is as easy as getting a facial at the spa, only with much more lasting results.

Non-invasive treatments using devices like the Exilis Elite produce excellent results, but it is important to remember that no cosmetic procedure is magic. Double chin treatment is great for getting rid of fat that is reluctant to leave even with a proper diet, but alas, it can’t answer your third wish on that lamp you rubbed: It won’t replace the need for dieting. This just means that you need to come in after you’re done with your diet. That way, the results will stick and you’ll have the look you’ve always dreamed of.

To learn more about Exilis Elite and other options for getting rid of that double chin, just contact us. We’ll be glad to discuss treatment methods that will send reluctant fat cells packing!

Tis the Season For Parties, But Your Rosacea Is Ruining the Fun

imageThe first snowflakes of the season are falling, Santa has made his appearance at the local mall, and Christmas lights are starting to light up the night. The holidays are just around the corner. That means holiday work functions, ugly Christmas sweater parties with friends, and family get-togethers. You’ve always loved the holidays, but this year it just isn’t the same. Lately, you’ve been avoiding pictures and dreading crowds. Red might be the color of the season, but you’re sure it’s not supposed to be on your face. The veiny red lines on your nose and rough red bumps on your cheeks are embarrassing, but nothing you do seems to help.

Don’t let your rosacea spoil your holiday spirit. PhotoFacial rosacea treatments can ease your symptoms and have you looking picture perfect in no time.

PhotoFacial is a revolutionary treatment procedure that uses gently pulses of light to create youthfully toned, colored, and textured skin. The procedure helps to smooth fine wrinkles, lessens pore size, and fades pink and brown spots. It has been shown to successfully treat dilated blood vessels and redness caused by rosacea without damaging the healthy surrounding skin. In addition, it helps to reduce episodes of flushing with long term effectiveness.

The entire process is performed as an outpatient procedure. There is no downtime or recovery involved and the treatment may last as little as 15-30 minutes. You can return to work or your holiday shopping as soon as the appointment is over. You can even reapply your makeup immediately. On rare occasions, some patients have reported additional redness that can last up to 24 hours before clearer skin begins to emerge.

Depending on the look you wish to achieve, you may choose to have the procedure performed multiple times. For maximum benefit, it’s recommended to have three to five treatments performed over a several week period. One treatment should be performed every three weeks.

Reclaim your youthful appearance and look your best this holiday season. For more information about treating your rosacea with PhotoFacial, contact us today.

Diminish Fine Lines and Wrinkles Before The Holidays With Juvederm

dermal fillersAs the holidays approach and you prepare for the annual family gatherings, office parties and other festive engagements, you want to look your best. You shopped until you found the perfect holiday wardrobe and you’ve bought some amazing jewelry and accessories. When you try on the entire ensemble at home and look in the mirror, everything looks perfect. Except for the fine lines and wrinkles on your face that are glaring back at you. Your holiday cheer has just vanished in the blink of an eye.

Don’t let your facial lines and wrinkles turn you into the Grinch. You still have plenty of time before you attend your holiday parties to diminish your wrinkles with Juvederm.

What Is Juvederm?

Juvederm is a dermal filler that softens fine lines and wrinkles so they’re less noticeable. This product is approved by the FDA, so you don’t have to worry about its safety. Juvederm is made from hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance that’s found in the skin. When it’s injected into your skin, it spreads evenly and looks natural due to its special texture.

What Is The Juvederm Treatment Process?

Before the treatment, a topical anesthetic is applied to your skin and a tiny amount of lidocaine is added to the Juvederm. This ensures that the treatment is as pain free and comfortable for you as possible.

The entire treatment process takes less than one hour and it can be done in as little as 15 minutes, depending on your specific treatment. Since this is a non-surgical procedure, you’ll be able to proceed with your normal activities in less than one day. If you have extremely sensitive skin, you may experience mild side effects, such as redness or swelling, for a couple of days after the treatment.

The results of Juvederm are immediate and you may not need another treatment until your holiday party next year, depending on the outcome you wish to achieve.

For more information about Juvederm and how you can reduce fine lines and wrinkles contact us.

Achieving Natural Looking Results with Ultherapy

We’ve all seen pictures of celebrities who’ve gone a little too far with a face lift and are now unrecognizable, even to their most devoted fans! Having lost their “brand recognition”, their careers falter and they become fodder for the gossip magazines!

Fortunately, with Ultherapy it is possible to achieve natural looking results that will turn back the clock while maintaining the beauty that is uniquely yours! Performed by an expert, Ultherapy is safe and effective, economical, in comparison to more invasive procedures and requires little to no “down time”. Perhaps most importantly, if you don’t tell, no one will know!

Ultherapy, uses safe and effective ultrasound technology to firm and tighten the skin, and is particularly potent on the areas under the brow, chin, jowls, and neck, giving the face and neck a more youthful appearance.

Ultherapy makes it possible to achieve excellent results which look so natural that no one will ever guess you had “work done”. The satisfaction of a more youthful reflection while maintaining your identity will increase your confidence and reflect your inner beauty, and that is a winning combination!

For more information or better yet, a consultation for Ultherapy, contact us.

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%

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Top 10 Active Ingredients in Skin Care Products

Whether you are the average consumer, a physician or a skin care professional, everyone likes to believe that the cosmetic industry has finally found that magic ingredient that makes skin flawless. However, considering that no two people have the same skin, you can easily understand why this is an impossible feat. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for the next miracle set of skin care products, the best thing you can do is examine its label and determine if it contains any of the following active ingredients.

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