Protect Yourself with the 3 P’s of Sun Protection: SPF, IPL, and Chemical Peels!

sunscreen, skin cancer, spf, chemical peel for sun damageSummer is almost over, and it’s time to exchange the tanning oil for a sunless tanner!

It’s also time to get rid of all that sun damage that your skin accumulated over the past several months… and not just to look better. Sun spots of any color (brown, red, black or blue) can be, or can become, dangerous if they turn into something more than just a little extra pigment. Don’t forget, the sun is a giant ball of radiation that not only burns the skin’s surface, but also damages it’s DNA, which is how skin cancers begin.

Keep Reading to learn more about the 3 P’s of Sun Protection so that your skin looks fabulous, and so that you keep the number of damaged cells to a bare minimum…


Fall Peel Party at MAS! Reserve your spot today!

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Three levels of chemical peels to choose from, all at 30% off regular price!

Bring a friend and each of you will receive 50% off!

November 3rd, 2012
11:00am – 2:00pm

60 E 56th Street, 7th Floor
(b/w Park & Madison)

RSVP 917-703-7069 or click here

 All are welcome to attend, but all peels are first-come-first-serve so make sure you RSVP by phone to reserve a time if you want a treatment!

How to Treat Melasma

melasma treatments, hyperpigmentation treatmentsIf you have stubborn dark patches on your skin that appear across your cheeks, nose, and upper lip, you may have a skin condition called melasma.

Best Moisturizing Night Cream for Wintertime

You don’t always have to spend top dollar to get the best product. Eucerin’s Redness Relief line is excellent, and although it’s a little tough to find sometimes, you can get it at just about any higher end drugstore.

Winter weather will dry your skin faster than just about anything, and wind exposure will leave your skin with a red, inflamed look that most of us could do without. A moisturizing night cream can prevent this altogether by giving your skin the moisture it needs to repair itself after being exposed to the elements.

I have very sensitive skin and have found it difficult to find a night cream that does what it is supposed to do without being too heavy or clogging my pores, but Eucerin fixed those issues with this product. Highly recommend it!

Tweet me your winter skin care questions @DrVnyc, or stop in for a consultation! 917-703-7069

Nicholas Vendemia, M.D.
Plastic Surgeon New York

IPL for Freckles and Sun Damage

IPL treatments for summer sun damage and freckles

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is a fantastic way to reduce the number of freckles and sun damage on your skin, so now that fall is officially here, and winter is right around the corner, consider a series of 3-4 treatments to get your skin ready for the next sunshine season.

The woman in the above photo series had two fairly aggressive treatments with the MaxG IPL/OPL system from Palomar, and you can see the amazing difference in the uniformity of her skin tone. The treatments were spaced about 4 weeks apart, and she did elect for a macrodermabrasion treatment in between her IPL sessions to speed up the process of the freckles flaking off. She had several freckles and flat moles that got extremely dark in the summer sun, and that is what prompted her to seek treatment.

The treatments themselves are fairly painless with numbing cream applied to the skin beforehand, and the treated areas will be bright pink for a few hours. The freckles themselves will turn even darker almost instantly after the treatment, and will continue to darken over the following 24-48 hours. This is a sign that the treatment was effective… the light was effectively absorbed by the pigment, and the pigment has changed in response to the light. If you don’t see this darkening, chances are that your treatment was either too weak, that the machine isn’t the best technology, or that your laser specialist didn’t customize the settings properly to your particular skin type.

The dark spots will begin to flake off about 3-4 days after the treatment, and most of the smaller and lighter spots may be completely gone after a week or so. The largest and darkest spots may take a few weeks to fade completely, and the most stubborn of those may need a few separate treatments.

If you have any questions about using IPL for treating freckles and sun damage, please feel free to give us a call or text message at 917-703-7069 or send us a message by clicking here.

Nicholas Vendemia, M.D.
Plastic Surgeon New York

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The Top 5 Easiest Ways to Stay Young

how hormone replacement therapy can keep you youngStaying young and healthy is easier than you think… no, seriously, it is.

You don’t have to eat raw broccoli and kale for every meal, and you don’t have to spend hours at the gym every day. You don’t have to make millions of dollars, or take tons of herbal supplements. You don’t have to starve yourself or waste time on fad diets.

A little common sense goes a very long way to staying young and healthy all throughout your lifetime, and here’s what I mean by that… consider our Top 5 Easiest Ways to stay young:


The Best Clinical Sunscreens

the best clinical sunscreensThe American Melanoma Foundation is sponsoring an initiative to find more innovative and more effective sun protection products to help decrease the incidence of skin cancer.

It’s nice to see an initiative like this because there hasn’t been much thought in the world of SPF in recent years, and with our ozone depleting, and more of the damaging rays making it to our skin, it’s more important than ever to know how to protect it. The shelves of any Duane Read are lined with so many product choices that it can make your head spin, so anything that can narrow down those choices for us and give us some direction when it comes to sun protection, is a very good thing. If you want to nominate a new product, or if you know someone who is working on such a product, click here for the entry form. The deadline is April 1st, 2015.

And if you want to read more about my favorite SPF products on the market now, please click the Read more link and enjoy…