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Most popular skin care treatments in NYC

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If you live in New York then you know that beauty and self-care are a top priority for many.

Most local NYC residents live with the stressors of a demanding job, high rent, little sleep, and late nights partying which can take a huge toll on the quality of their skin. While this doesn’t only apply to New Yorkers, there are a ton of options in New York for skincare treatments from basic facials to minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that will work wonders on your skin. Because New York is such a big city, it is no surprise that medical spas in NYC aren’t hard to come by, making them a go-to for the skincare lovers in the area.

Here is a list of the most popular and effective medical grade skin care treatments in New York.


Microneedling is a collagen stimulating treatment that has blown up over the course of the past few years. You may have even heard of at-home microneedling rollers, that are supposed to give you an amazing glow with regular use. While at-home skin care treatments are great and convenient, the microneedling treatments available at medical spas are a little more intense and far more effective than your roller at home.

How it works: Microneedling involves the use of an automatic mechanical hand held tool that has multiple tiny needles attached to it. Administered by a trained medical professional, the needles are carefully punctured through your skin, resulting in controlled damage to the skin, which in turn causes your body to produce collagen and elastin to repair itself. This produces a tightening effect and can minimize the size of your pores as well as treat fine lines, wrinkles, and scarring on your face.

There are several forms of microneedling including mesotherapy, Aquagold, and Secret RF. Mesotherapy is similar to microneedling, except the needles are hollow, allowing for the passage of a mesotherapy solution into the skin. In other words, mesotherapy is microneedling along with an injection of a solution made up of vitamins and peptides to enhance your complexion, hydrate your skin, leaving you with an even better result than microneedling alone. Similarly, the Aquagold facial is microneedling along with the injection of a custom solution made up of vitamins, peptides, hyaluronic acid, and neurotoxin (Botox). It is designed to hydrate and refresh your skin as well as minimize the size of your pores and give you the glow you wish your at home facial gave you. Both mesotherapy and the Aquagold facial are incredibly popular and give you long lasting results with regular treatments.

Secret RF is another form of microneedling that is designed for the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, and loose skin. It exceeds the results you would get from regular microneedling as it delivers added heat through radiofrequency waves that reach deep layers of the skin, causing extreme collagen and elastin production. You can see amazing results after just one session of this treatment. Because of its intensity, it is especially ideal for people who have acne scars and fine lines and wrinkles to improve the overall quality and texture of the skin.

Fraxel laser

If you are someone who has spent a lot of time in the sun without protection, Fraxel may be the perfect skin treatment for you. Fraxel is a laser treatment that targets more superficial layers of the skin through heat damage. This controlled damage to the skin causes collagen and elastin production leaving you with tighter and firmer skin, as well as a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, and pigmentation. One thing to keep in mind is that the treatment can not be administered unless you distance yourself from sun exposure two weeks prior to and two weeks after the treatment. Fraxel is often combined with Secret RF to treat scarring on the skin, and can also be used on people without any skin issues as a general treatment to keep your skin healthy and rejuvenated.

Other treatments

The above mentioned treatments are specifically designed to treat your skin. There are a few other treatments that can be used for overall skincare and other skin-related aspects such as fine lines, wrinkles, and general signs of aging. Two of the most common treatments at medical spas in NYC include neurotoxins such as Botox and Dysport, and dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane.

Botox is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles in the face and can also be used as a preventative measure to avoid the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. It works by paralyzing the muscle in which it is injected, which restricts the facial contractions that would typically cause the formation of wrinkles over time. This is why it is also used preventatively, so the facial contractions are reduced, preventing the formation of lines while making facial expressions.

Dermal fillers are used to fill in already existing deep lines, folds, and facial fat and volume loss. Common treatment areas for dermal fillers include the under eyes and nasolabial folds, both of which are often developed with age.

Most of us have a general skincare routine that is great for daily use, including serums, creams, and facials. The treatments mentioned above are not meant for daily use and should only be administered by board certified medical professionals under controlled conditions and after approval by your doctor. These treatments can be used on anyone, whether you have severe acne scarring, or simply want to improve the quality of your skin or prevent it from developing common signs of aging. Be sure to explore all your options and consult with your doctor to find out which treatment is best for you to establish your perfect skincare routine.

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