With recent advances in technology, laser treatments are at the cutting edge of dermatologic and aesthetic care. Whether you’re looking to correct uneven texture or pigment, treat scarring, remove hair or address an unwanted tattoo, laser treatments can achieve highly effective results. At New York Laser and Skin Care we’re committed to providing you with attentive, individualized care in a warm and welcoming environment.
Located on Fifth Avenue in New York City, NY, our spacious, elegant facilities are equipped with an impressive range of some of the most advanced laser treatments available. Schedule a consultation with us, and let’s get started on a treatment plan designed uniquely for you.
Why Choose Us for Laser Treatments?
New York Laser & Skin Care’s founding director, Dr. Arielle Kauvar, has long been a leading authority and innovator in the field of laser surgery. She’s served on multiple national dermatologic advisory boards and helped develop the tools and techniques widely used today.
Under her guidance, our expert team provides an exceptional standard of care using the safest, most effective, cutting-edge laser treatments available. Here are just a few of the benefits we offer you:
- Board-certified, award-winning director with extensive experience in laser therapy
- Decades of innovation and expertise in the field of laser surgery
- Friendly, skilled staff comprised of certified physician assistants and registered nurses
- Beautiful location and comfortable, elegant, state-of-the-art facilities
- Innovative research – we developed Illuminase, a clinically proven melasma treatment
Laser Treatments for Acne and Rosacea
We use lasers to effectively treat inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. Laser heat sterilizes the bacteria in acne lesions and shrinks the dilated blood vessels that trigger the redness and irritation associated with this condition.
Laser treatments can effectively treat mild inflammatory acne (pimples), but will not have an effect on blackheads, whiteheads, cysts or nodules.
We carry two laser treatments specialized in treating acne and rosacea – the Candela VBeam and Cutera Excel V.
The Excel V is equipped with a range of customizable settings. The length of its laser pulses can be adjusted as needed, with shorter pulses treating the skin’s surface and longer pulses treating underlying blood vessels. The size of the laser’s target area is also modifiable and can be set to quickly address a wide surface area or hone in on a single point.
The VBeam is an acne and rosacea treatment designed for patient comfort with no downtime. Its dynamic cooling device delivers a cold spray to the skin prior to the laser pulse to help protect healthy tissues from damage and to minimize pain.
Laser Treatments for Sun Damage and Signs of Aging
Laser treatments are a highly effective remedy for fine lines and wrinkles, as well as skin conditions caused by long-term sun exposure. These lasers work by creating minute points of heat injury that stimulate collagen production, leading to improvements in the skin’s texture and appearance.
Lasers can treat mild-to-moderate signs of aging. However, they will not be effective on severe wrinkles or sagging skin.
Our practice offers four top-of-the-line laser treatments that treat sun damage and signs of aging: Solta’s Medical Fraxel, Candela’s PicoWay, and the Lumenis ResurFX and UltraPulse.
Fraxel minimizes downtime and discomfort by using extremely small beams of laser light and targeting only pinpoint areas of skin tissue at a time. This ensures treated skin heals quickly, and protects the surrounding skin from incurring heat damage.
PicoWay’s laser pulses are only a picosecond in length, making them shorter than almost any other commercially available laser treatment for sun damage and signs of aging. This helps to ensure maximum patient comfort and minimal downtime.
ResurFX treats fine lines, wrinkles and sun spots. It has a variety of target scope settings that can be adjusted dynamically during a session to treat multiple skin concerns with a single pass of the device. This treatment is also equipped with a dynamic cooling device that helps to ensure patient comfort.
UltraPulse features several device configurations that are each suited for treating a different set of skin concerns such as the DeepFX mode which specifically targets fine lines, wrinkles and pigmented lesions caused by sun damage.
UltraPulse penetrates the skin deeper than any other carbon dioxide laser on the market, allowing it to address signs of aging and sun damage in relatively few sessions. To help reduce downtime and discomfort, this treatment targets only a small area of skin tissue at a time, and is equipped with a cooling system.
Laser Treatment for Melasma and Discoloration
Melasma and other forms of hyperpigmentation are characterized by patches of skin that are darker than one’s natural skin tone. Laser treatments that target hyperpigmentation do so by dissolving clusters of excess pigment into tiny particles, which are later cleared away by your body’s waste system.
Developed by our founding director, Dr. Kauvar, Illuminase is a clinically proven treatment strategy for melasma and other forms of hyperpigmentation. One strong quality of this laser is its gentleness: treatment is virtually painless, requires no downtime, and is safe and effective for patients of any skin color.
An Illuminase treatment consists of three steps: a microdermabrasion procedure, laser treatment and a specially formulated skin care routine to be followed on an ongoing basis.
Studies have shown Illuminase successfully clears more than 75% of pigmented lesions after a series of two to three in-office sessions carried out 1 month apart. By carefully following the prescribed skin care routine, patients can maintain their results for up to 1 full year.
Laser Treatments for Scarring
We use laser treatments to address minor-to-moderate scarring that primarily affects the skin’s superficial layers. Some types of scars that can be successfully treated include acne scars, as well as scars resulting from surgery, burns and injuries. Raised scars and scarring that reaches deep below the skin’s surface will respond better to more intensive forms of treatment, such as surgical excision.
Anyone in good health can safely undergo laser scar removal. However, darker skinned patients are slightly more likely to develop hyperpigmentation as a side effect, and therefore must be treated at a lower energy setting.
Our clinic carries a multitude of laser scar removal treatments. ResurFX and VBeam are both specialized for treating acne scars, while Fraxel and UltraPulse can target any type of scarring.
Fraxel’s microscopic pulses and miniscule target scope make it one of the least invasive laser scar treatments available, allowing for a quick recovery. This treatment is suitable for treating small or faint scars.
ResurFX works to eliminate acne scars by stimulating collagen production beneath the skin’s surface. This leads to increased cell turnover and encourages the growth of healthy new skin with improved texture and appearance.
UltraPulse’s SCAAR FX mode treats mild to moderate scarring of any shape and size. It uses powerful, microscopic laser pulses that can penetrate the skin at a depth of up to 3.5 mm, allowing it to successfully treat scar tissue in the skin’s deeper layers.
The VBeam targets the red pigment and damaged blood vessels that typically accompany acne scarring. It eliminates pigmented lesions and shrinks broken blood vessels, resulting in acne scars that appear lighter in color and less noticeable.
Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser treatments address tattoo ink in much the same way as they do pigmented lesions, however completely eliminating a tattoo usually requires many sessions.
Different wavelengths of light target specific colors of ink. The laser’s heat works to break the ink into very small particles that are then purged through the body’s waste system. Laser treatments can either completely remove a tattoo or significantly reduce its appearance.
Anyone can safely undergo laser tattoo removal as long as they are in good health and have had their tattoo for at least three months.
We offer two highly effective laser tattoo removal treatments at our practice: the Candela PicoWay and Lumenis PiQo4.
PicoWay’s ultra-short laser pulses avoid heating the skin, making it a comfortable, tattoo removal option with no downtime. This laser can target a range of ink colors and is best suited for tattoos with low ink density.
PiQo4 features adjustable laser pulse duration and four different wavelengths of light to successfully treat tattoos containing heavy amounts of ink with many different colors. Longer laser pulses are used to quickly break up tattoo ink into tiny particles which the shorter pulses work to dissolve further.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a procedure in which laser light is used to heat up hair follicles, placing them in a state of dormancy and preventing new hair from forming. This procedure tends to be most effective on patients with light skin and dark hair.
Results can last for many years. While new hair will eventually grow back, they will be lighter in color and sparsely distributed.
We offer two highly advanced laser hair removal treatments at our clinic: the Candela Gentle Pro Series, and the Lumenis LightSheer.
Gentle Pro Series
These devices are equipped with a dynamic system that administers a burst of cooling spray immediately before each laser pulse. This is even more effective than contact or air cooling, and helps to ensure maximum patient comfort.
LightSheer devices use several wavelengths of laser light, which allows them to more effectively treat patients with lighter hair or darker skin.
Book a Consultation
Whatever skin concerns you are looking to address, we are committed to providing you with compassionate, attentive care, advice you can trust, and the most effective laser treatments available.
Book a consultation with us today. Our team is eager to receive you, answer all your questions and provide you with the top-tier aesthetic care you deserve.
What are the risks of laser treatments?
Common adverse effects of laser treatment include discomfort, redness, swelling, bleeding, scabbing, blistering and temporary changes in pigmentation. All of these effects occur as a normal part of the body’s healing process, and normally resolve within a few weeks.
More serious side effects can sometimes develop including infection, scarring and permanent pigment changes. However, these effects will only occur as a result of poor treatment technique or improper aftercare.
Patients will be highly susceptible to sun damage following a laser treatment. As such, they are recommended to avoid direct sun exposure whenever possible. They should also keep their treated skin covered with clothing when outdoors during the day.
Aggressive laser treatments are typically carried out under anesthesia. This presents its own set of risks, including potentially fatal allergic reactions. One of our specialists will carry out a thorough consultation with you to assess your risk in this area to determine your eligibility and discuss alternative treatments.
What do laser treatments feel like?
The sensation of laser pulses on the skin is often compared to a zap of static electricity or the snap of an elastic band. The pain is typically minor and short lived. Many laser devices include a cooling system that works to dull the pain, and we can also provide numbing cream or ice as needed to further ensure patient comfort.
How can I prepare for a laser treatment session?
You will need to avoid sun exposure for several weeks prior to any laser treatment, as any sun damage can greatly increase your risk of side effects. Avoid direct sunlight and wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher when outside during the day.
You will also need to avoid blood thinners such as ibuprofen and naproxen leading up to your appointment. Quit smoking at least 2 weeks before your appointment, as smoking suppresses your immune system and will hinder your recovery.
Can multiple laser treatments be carried out in the same session?
Yes, different lasers may be used during the same session as part of your personalized treatment plan. Many laser devices are also designed to be versatile and can target several different skin conditions with a single pass of a handpiece.