Are you ready for the holiday season? You have decided on the locations, packed your bags, chose some cute little dresses and finally packed the camera, but wait are you forgetting something? Have you forgotten your salon appointment? Does that mean you are left with stubbly arms and legs? Now how will you wear your favorite dress? Has the vacation been ruined?

If you have been considering laser hair removal for a long time, now is the right time. Unwanted hairs are one of the biggest regrets that women and some some have. All of us try different tricks and methods to remove the hairs, but they always pop up right back. You must have your own encounters with numerous nicks and cuts with dull razors, burning sensation with hair removal creams and ingrown hairs as a result of waxing. If you are looking for a better and permanent solution, we have come up with one.

A lot of us often think that “Will it be even worth the money spent? Will it hurt? Will I have permanent hair reduction?” As long as you are consulting a through professional and undergoing the right treatment through them, you are bound to achieve great results. Here are few benefits that you can avail by opting for laser hair removal treatment.

Laser hair removal machines work on both types of hair – dark as well as light hairs. There are newer brands of machines that claim their laser to work on any hair type. However, to achieve the best result, go in with Candela laser.

Laser hair removal works on almost any part of the body; however, the eyebrows and hairs near the eyes are an exception. You can choose to get the treatment done on your armpit, the bikini area, chest, arms, legs, and almost any other part of the body where you may experience a possible hair growth.

The laser hair removal technique usually involves a minimally uncomfortable process which is generally over within minutes. Spark Laser Center professionals have years of experience in performing laser hair removal treatment and they make sure their clients do not feel uncomfortable. While during the first session you may feel a little pain, the subsequent sessions are completely painless.

Here’s a piece of advice – If you are tanned, wait for at least four weeks before you start the treatment. Tanned areas do not go well with a laser; hence, you are advised to take a break from your sunbathing sessions to achieve great results.

Are you sick of shaving? Get in touch with us today! At Spark Laser Center we guarantee amazing results. Call us at 212-245-0940 or visit / us at to book an appointment.

Botox is a procedure in which small amounts of diluted botulinium toxin are injected into the skin to help smooth wrinkles as well as tackle a variety of health problems. Botox works by shielding a particular muscle from receiving instructions from the brain, in essence freezing it. Because Botox does not travel beyond the point of injection, it can be used to treat a series of medical issues in a localized area. Here then are some of the skin and medical problems you can be treated with using Botox.

Wrinkles
Botox has been used to treat wrinkles for a long time. Its ability to block communication between a muscle and the brain causes the muscles in the area that Botox is applied in to relax and therefore smoothen over the skin. Depending on the area of the skin and the muscle affected, Botox might need to be reapplied periodically for the smoothening effect to stay in place.
Excessive Sweating
Working on the same principle as the muscle, Botox blocks communication between glands and the brain. This means that when applied to a particular area with a concentration of sweat glands (such as the armpits); Botox can prevent the overstimulation of these glands and therefore a reduction in sweating. Application here is particularly effective as the effect of the Botox can last for a long time before you need to reapply it.
Drooping Brow
This condition can be as a result of genetics or other medical conditions. It makes the person look like they are permanently sad because of the droopy brow. Botox, applied here, causes the muscle to relax and to cease the contractions that make the brow to droop. The net effect is a lifted brow and a much more happier and pleasant look.
Migraine Relief
The effect of Botox on migraines was discovered accidentally when people under Botox treatment for wrinkles reported far fewer episodes of migraine attacks than before the treatment. Botox gives relief to migraine sufferers by reducing the effect of migraine such as nausea and light sensitivity, which in turn help the patient to manage their migraine problem better.
Eye Twitch
Twitching is often caused by muscle spasm that can become permanent and affect the sufferer’s vision as well as normal functioning. Using Botox to treat eye twitches rests on the drug’s ability to cause muscles to relax by blocking signals from the brain. By doing this, Botox is able to significantly reduce or even eliminate the eye twitch completely.

Bell’s Palsy
Bell’s palsy is a condition in which facial muscles, typically on one side of your face, suddenly relax and appear to droop. This causes one to have a one-sided smile and the eye on the affected side might have difficulty closing. For most people, Bell’s palsy is a temporary condition that lasts a few weeks and then resolves itself. In severe cases, the affected side might experience total paralysis. Botox can help relax the muscles on the affected side and reduce any facial twitching that may occur.
As you can see, Botox can be used to help you overcome a variety of medical conditions. Always remember to work with certified professionals for your Botox treatment. At Spark Laser Center, we have extensive experience in Botox treatments. Give us call today at (212) 256-9496 or fill this online request form for a free consultation.

Facial skin flaws come in all shapes and sizes. It helps to learn about various facial skin flaws so you can recognize them when they occur and be able to do something about them. You could even help a friend or family member struggling with some of these problems. Here are a few of the common facial skin flaws, their causes and what can be done about them.


Acne
This is one of the most common skin conditions and affects nearly 50 million adults in the United States annually. You probably have had to grapple with acne at some point or know someone who did. Acne is caused by the production of excess skin oil by sebaceous glands under your skin. These oils plug air follicles resulting in whiteheads or blackheads appearing on the skin. These in turn lead to pimples and cysts. Acne is common in adolescents and some people carry this condition into adulthood. While acne tends to clear off for most people, there is a tendency for the pimples and cysts to leave scars that can permanently disfigure your face unless treated through various procedures such as pixel laser treatment.
Hyperpigmentation
Hyper pigmentation is caused by excess melanin and is often manifested as large splotches of brown on your skin. Also known as sunspots, they tend to occur mostly on the face, hands and legs. While not harmful to one’s health and completely benign, most people opt to remove them for cosmetic reasons. There are various laser procedures for the removal of these patches.
Large Pores
Pores in your skin exist to secrete oils which keep your skim moisturized and smooth. Sometimes, these pores appear so enlarged in some individuals that it creates a skin problem. Enlargement of the pores could be as a result of genetics but could also be as a result of oils trapped within the pores. A dermatologist would be able to advise you on the best way to deal with them.
Rosacea
This condition is manifested by small red pus-filled bumps on your face (typically on your nose). These bumps may make your skin have a burning sensation and from afar, are manifested as a red splotch on your skin. Although the cause of rosacea is unknown, there are treatments that help reduce the effect of the symptoms.
Scars
Scars are parts of skin tissue that are different from the surrounding skin tissue. They occur after broken skin (from a variety of causes) heals and leaves scar tissue there. Although completely benign, scars can damage your look, especially if the scar appears prominently such as on the cheeks or forehead. There are a variety of options when it comes to reduction or elimination of scar tissue and your dermatologist can guide you on the best way of going about it.

Undereye Circles
These are dark spots that appear under the eyes. The cause of these undereye circles varies greatly and can range from genetics to lack of sleep. Usually, they will go away if the root problem is resolved although there are various cosmetic treatments available to get rid of them.
Wrinkles
Wrinkles occur as a result of the natural process of ageing. When one is young, the skin creases and folds but is able to return to its natural firm position. As one ages however, the skin tends to stay with the creases and folds and these grow more pronounced over time until they become wrinkles. There are many ways to reduce or even eliminate wrinkles completely. Botox treatment, for example, is a widely used method for dealing with wrinkles.
If you have any one of these facial skin flaws, talk to one of our skin specialists at Spark Laser Center who will advise on the best way to treat the flaw. Book a free consultation today by calling us at 212-245-0940.

Do you have one or several blood veins appearing under your skin in an intricate pattern that resembles a spider web? If you do or know someone who does, they are likely to be suffering from vascular lesions. They occur when blood vessels are formed just underneath the skin and create an unsightly appearance. Even before you seek specialized help from a dermatologist, it is important to know what causes these vascular lesions and what you can do about them.

What Causes Vascular Lesions?
Vascular lesions are cause by malformations of blood capillaries. In children, this manifests itself as a condition known as hemangiomas. Typically, by the time the child is 12 to 18 months old, these hemangiomas will have faded out completely. However, the problem may persist into adult hood and these lesions will not go away unless treated through a variety of procedures that we will detail. In adulthood these lesions may appear as red splotches concentrated on one spot and are usually as a result of deformed blood vessels. The other form in which this problem manifests itself is in a spider web pattern when tiny blood capillaries are deformed and appear underneath the skin. These ‘spider web’ patterns may be spread over a larger area than the red splotches. Occurrence of these lesions in adults is exacerbated by lack of exercise, sitting in a fixed position for a long time or wearing ill-fitting shoes.
Effects of Vascular Lesions
Vascular lesions are not known to have serious health issues in children or adults. They may occasionally break and bleed but the bleeding is rarely significant and poses little health risk. However, they do cause significant aesthetic problems as they tend to create unsightly red or red-blue splotches on the skin. If they occur in a highly visible part of the body such as the face, then they can make life significantly uncomfortable for the person. Fortunately, there are several options to reduce or eliminate these lesions completely.
Treatment of Vascular Lesions
There are various options when it comes to the treatment and elimination of these lesions. The first thing your dermatologist will do is to determine what has brought them about. The doctor will then guide you on how to prevent the underlying cause from reoccurring. To remove the splotches from your skin, your doctor may follow one of two possible procedures. One is called sclerotherapy which involves injecting a saline solution into the affected area which causes the veins to collapse and eventually fade. The second approach involves laser treatment where tiny beams of laser light are directed into the affected veins. The laser causes small clots to form in the veins and the ensuring blockage ensure that the veins are reabsorbed into the body.
As part of this treatment, your dermatologist is likely to recommend certain lifestyle changes including exercises and a balanced diet to ensure that the problem does not reoccur again.
If you are suffering from vascular lesions, there are treatment options available. At Spark Laser Center, we have years of experience in treating vascular lesions in a safe and patient-centric environment. Give us a call today at 212-245-0940 and book an appointment for a free non-obligatory consultation.

Beautiful facial skin is a great asset to have. It will boost your self-confidence and at the same time make you look radiant and youthful. Did you know that you can naturally develop beautiful facial skin? Follow these simple beauty tips and your face will glow.

Remove Make-up Before Sleeping
Because your skin needs to breathe, you must make sure that you remove any make up and foundation before going to bed. On that same note, always make a point to exfoliate at least once a week to remove the outer layer of dead skin and to bring forth the healthier more radiant skin underneath.
Get Enough Sleep
Doctors recommend that you get at least 8 hours of sleep every day. Lack of sleep leads to those unsightly dark circles underneath your eyes that make you look old and tired. Ensure that you improve the quality of sleep that you get by removing irritants such as loud noises and avoiding drinks like alcohol and coffee just before bedtime.
Use Sun Screen
Make sure you never forget to apply sunscreen when you go outside, even on cloudy days. If you are going to the beach or some other location where there is heightened reflection, remember to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and above. Sun rays can harm your skin and causes ugly brown spots on exposed parts.
Eat The Right Food
What you eat has a huge effect on the health of your skin and in turn, how radiant it looks. For healthy skin, pile on your fruits and vegetables and avoid fried or overly spicy foods. Food that is especially high on vitamin C is great for your skin.
Exercise Regularly
Make sure that you stay active as increased blood circulation will keep your skin smooth and radiant. Exercises such as jogging, running or any other cardio workout will also help your body sweat and remove toxins from the body that may affect the health of your skin. Exercise also minimizes the chances of getting vascular lesions on your skin.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Drinking enough water to keep your body hydrated is a habit that is associated with good health. The health benefits of drinking water extend to the skin as well. Water helps by making your skin smooth as well as keeping it soft and radiant. Nutritionists recommend taking at least 8 glasses of water every day. Remember to boost your hydration by having bias for water-filled fruits such as watermelons and cucumbers.

Don’t Be Stressed
Stress can harm your skin by causing your body to produce hormones that lead to oily skin and thus increased susceptibility to conditions such as acne. Stress can be handled through some of the things we have suggested here such as quality sleep and exercise. Other options include taking up yoga and having an active social life.
These little tips are simple to follow and will keep your skin looking radiant and pleasant. Good skin care also involves getting the right dermatologists for you. For specialized help in getting rid of facial skin flaws and achieving good skin health, call us at Spark Laser Center on (212) 256-9496 for a free consultation.

Acne scars are a bane for many people across this county. There are estimates by the American Association of Dermatologists that put the number of people affected by acne in the United States at close to 50 million. This means that there are just as many people around the United States who have to live with the ugly scars that are left behind by severe acne. But it doesn’t have to be so. Thanks to pixel laser resurfacing treatment, you can banish the scars completely and live a better life with radiant and beautiful skin. Let us tell you how pixel laser resurfacing can help you put acne scars behind you.

What is Pixel Laser Resurfacing Treatment?
Pixel laser resurfacing treatment is a process where laser beams are used to make tiny holes in your skin, the effect of which is to stimulate it to produce more collagen which in turn leads to a smoother and tighter skin. In case you are wondering, collagen is a structural protein found in the skin that holds skin tissue together. The more collagen you have, the tighter and firmer your skin will be. The other effect of this treatment is to remove the outer layer of the skin (with its associated scar tissue) so as to reveal a smoother and healthier skin underneath. This entire process is safe and approved by the FDA.
How Pixel Laser Resurfacing Works
When you book an appointment at our clinic, our dermatologists will assess your skin and recommend what procedure would be best for you to undertake. They may also recommend that you don’t have a tan a few weeks before the procedure as a tan might affect your skin’s ability to absorb the laser light. Once you get the green light, you will start treatment and you should begin to notice some change as soon as the first session is done.
Results and Duration
Depending on the level of scaring, results may vary in duration. The tightening of the skin begins immediately after the treatment and the results become more pronounced as you continue the treatment. Typically, patients need about 5 treatments (running 4 weeks apart) to see scar tissue fade. One of the advantages of this process is that there is no down time and you can schedule treatment sessions in between your normal working day without any interruptions. The other advantage of this process is that it is not painful and the worst you can get is a slight burning sensation at the end of the treatment session.
Book an Appointment Today
At Spark Laser Center, we treat our clients with professionalism. Our skin specialists will share with you all options that are available as well as benefits and possible risks. This way, you can make an informed decision whether pixel laser resurfacing is the best way to deal with your acne scars. With years of experience and state of the art laser technology, we offer you the best laser skin resurfacing procedures possible. What are you waiting for? Call us at 212-245-0940 and book a free consultation with us today.

If you are a man or woman experiencing problems with skin pigmentation, today’s advanced laser technology can work wonders. Let’s explore some useful information where skin pigmentation is concerned, as well as offer a viable option for those who would like to seek treatment.

Identifying Your Pigmentation

To safely and effectively treat pigmentation, the type of pigmentation must be identified. There are three basic classifications:

  • Dermis
  • Epidermis
  • A mix of both

 Will My Skin Be Thinned by Lasers?

The lasers used to treat skin pigmentation do not thin the skin because they are non-ablative. Quite the contrary, in fact. Your skin may be strengthened and thickened by the use of the lasers used in pigmentation treatment.

I Wear Sunscreen – Why Do I Still Get Pigmentation?

Though pigmentation can be a result of overexposure to the sun’s damaging UV rays, sunscreen doesn’t necessarily mean that you will never experience pigmentation if you spend a lot of time in the sun. Hormonal changes can also cause pigmentation. That is one of the reasons why, compared to men, pigmentation is more common in women (by three times). And when a woman is undergoing menopause or pregnant, the chance increases.

Additionally, pigmentation can be caused by specific genes (it runs in your family).

What Should I Expect From Reputable Laser Treatment?

You will likely attend a session every 3 to 4 weeks, each session lasting approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Some clinics may do shorter treatments of 3 to 7 per week lasting 1 to 2 minutes each.

But, if the clinic you are dealing with dose more treatments per week at shorter treatment times, check with your doctor about possible side effects.

How Many Appointments Will Be Needed to Treat My Pigmentation?

Generally speaking, 6 to 8 sessions may be needed to properly treat dermal pigmentation. But 4 to 5 sessions may suffice where epidermal pigmentation is concerned. More sessions may be needed for those suffering from a mix of dermal and epidermal pigmentation.

What About Facials and Topical Creams?

Though when executed by a doctor, laser remedies are safe, effective, and efficient, it is possible to use topical creams or be treated and facial salons for certain types of pigmentation. For example, some facial creams (usually containing chemicals or acids) may slightly reduce epidermal pigmentation (superficial pigments). Unfortunately, the result is likely temporary.

Where dermal pigmentation is concerned, topical creams are even less effective. It would be like using a topical cream to try and remove a tattoo. When the dermal layer of the skin is involved in pigmentation, lasers are the only viable solution.

Once Treated, Will Pigmentation Return?

After treatment, there should be no reappearance of pigmentation. However, due to reasons such as sun damage or hormonal changes, over time, new pigmentation can form. Proper skin care products and maintenance laser treatments are a good regime through which to prevent new pigmentation from occurring.

At Spark Laser Center, we deal with skin pigmentation and many other skin related problems and treatments. Please feel free to contact us today at (212) 256-9496. Don’t want to talk on the phone? No problem. You can conveniently fill this online request form for a free consultation.

Healthier skin is something that most of us would enjoy. Unfortunately, most of us do very little to encourage healthy skin. Goodness knows, there are more creams, lotions, and potions on the market today than ever before where skincare is concerned. But those all treat your skin from the outside in. What about starting skincare from the inside out?

Let’s look at the proper foods that those concerned with skincare should be consuming. You’ll be able to have a healthier body, and healthier skin, by including the following foods in your new nutritious diet.

Why Eat Healthy?

Good health is dependent upon good nutrition. Your liver and heart can be damaged, weight gain can affect organs negatively, and your metabolism can be damaged by an unhealthy diet. Did you know that your skin is actually an organ? So, if you’re eating foods that are unhealthy for your organs, your skin is going to suffer.

Scientists have discovered that the aging and health of your skin can be significantly affected by what you eat. And though there are many foods that you can promote healthy skin, we’re going to take a look at the top 12.

Red Wine

Possibly the absolute favorite and most popular healthy food for good skin, red wine contains the skin of red grapes which have a compound called resveratrol. This compound can help reduce the effects of aging and a slew of other health benefits.

Green Tea

Protect your skin against aging and damage with green tea’s powerful compounds. In numerous ways, catechins found in green tea promote healthier skin and help protect against sun damage.

Dark Chocolate

Another favorite, some incredible skin effects can be achieved by eating cocoa. More hydrated, thicker skin was experienced by participants that took place in an experiment containing a diet rich in cocoa powder, due to the antioxidants contained within.

Soy

Your skin can be benefited by the isoflavones found in soy. Isoflavones are plant compounds that can block or mimic your body’s estrogen. Soy can help improve skin elasticity and reduce fine wrinkles.

Tomatoes

Major carotenoids and vitamin C are found in tomatoes. Consuming tomatoes may help prevent wrinkles and damage from the sun.

Broccoli

Vitamin C, vitamin A, zinc, and other minerals and vitamins essential for healthy skin can be found in broccoli. Oxidative damage can be lessened by consuming more broccoli.

Yellow or Red Bell Peppers

Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A. And beta-carotene is found in Bell peppers. Additionally, they are a great source of vitamin C to help keep skin stay strong and firm.

Sweet Potatoes

Just like bell peppers, these are a great source of beta-carotene, which can help protect your skin against some damage as a natural sunblock.

Sunflower Seeds

Important antioxidants for the skin, vitamin D and other essential nutrients can be found in sunflower seeds. In general, skin boosting nutrients can be found in most seeds and nuts.

Walnuts

Though most nuts are good for you, to keep your skin healthy, the nutrients found in walnuts are important. Protein, selenium, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, and essential fats are examples.

Avocados

Very important for your skin’s health and to protect it against sun damage, avocados contain the vitamin C, vitamin E, and beneficial fats necessary.

Fatty Types of Fish

A perfect example of fatty types of fish is salmon. Help keep skin moisturized and reduce inflammation with the omega-3 fatty acids contained within fatty fish. Additionally, they are an excellent source of zinc, vitamin D, and high-quality protein.

Doing your part to promote healthier skin through healthy eating is a great start. You can continue superior skincare by treating your skin right. One of the best ways to do that is through the Spark Laser Center. Start by selecting the type of procedure you want by clicking here. Or call us today to schedule a free consultation at 212-245-0940. It’s time to be good to your skin! We can help.

From influencers to celebrities, it’s all the rage. Dermaplaning facial treatments are being done everywhere you look, and on more people than you thought you knew. This trend, used by more and more people every day, is the perfect way to achieve exfoliation on a deeper level. But what is this dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning – What Is It?

To slough off dead skin cells, granules are used by “physical exfoliates”.

Also, to remove dead skin cells, naturally occurring acids and enzymes are used in a “chemical exfoliant”.

Dermaplaning is the prior – physical exfoliation. But to shave the skin’s surface gently, a sterile surgical scalpel is used rather than using granules. This technique removes, along with fine peach fuzz (or vellus hair), the very top layer of dead skin. Skin is left in a silkier, smoother condition than with any other technique of exfoliation. This is due, in part, to the process of hair removal.

Dermaplaning Has Its Benefits

Once the technique of dermaplaning is complete, the entire process actually helps skin absorb applied products more deeply. This helps to hydrate dry skin as well as healing and soothing. Skin is left naturally radiant, clear, and smooth.

The following are additional benefits of a dermaplane facial:

  • Works on most any skin type
  • The look of fine lines is diminished
  • The appearance of acne scars is reduced
  • Smoother skin is promoted
  • Soft facial hair that usually traps oils and dirt are eliminated
  • For removing dead skin cells, it is a safe, preferable procedure

Is a Dermaplane Facial Perfect for Everyone?

As suggested above, this treatment works on pretty much any skin type. However, if you have exceedingly sensitive skin or deep cystic acne, this treatment may not be for you. If you can wait until your breakouts are clear, in the case of acne sufferers, you may be able to undergo the treatment at that time. Because of the removal of over 20 days-worth of dead skin cells, for sensitive skin, post treatment sensitivity may be too much to bear.

This is a treatment that should never be tried on your own or at home. It must be done with a sterile surgical blade and improper execution can result in skin infections and micro tears in your skin. Only in a professional setting should this treatment be done, and by a licensed esthetician.

What to Expect

There is some pre-and post-skincare that is involved in dermaplaning. The entire dermaplane facial could, because of these pre-and post-care procedures, last as much as 60 minutes. It only takes about 45 minutes for the actual dermaplane procedure, however. Check with the location at which you are having a procedure done for specific times and treatments.

How Should I Care for My Skin after Treatment?

Environmental factors like the sun will affect your skin on a greater level because of the increased sensitivity experienced post dermaplane facial. This is nothing new if you are used to facials or peels, but it is on a higher, increased level. To keep your skin healthy and radiant, apply and reapply, post procedure, adequate SPF protection.

If you would like to book a dermaplane facial, or have a free consultation, contact us today by calling 212-245-0940.

Sagging facial skin is cute as the dickens on some breeds of dogs, but on human beings, it’s not something that anyone will ever have on their wish list. Hanging cheeks and jangly jowls, as we age, are a constant source of annoyance and embarrassment for many of us. And as with many things in life, there are both facts myths surrounding sagging facial skin.

Let’s take a look at some of the statements you may have heard about sagging skin and determine whether or not they are fact or fiction.

There Are Treatments and Products That Can Combat Sagging Skin

This is a fact.

From the outside, sagging skin can be slowed down with over-the-counter, topical retinols. Containing vitamin C serums and collagen production boosters, prescription retinoids are available from a doctor.

But if you want more youthful looking skin, high-technology weighs in with laser skin rejuvenation treatments. Not only can sagging, aging skin be rejuvenated through this process, this highly effective, convenient, and safe procedure can also remove facial skin imperfections and effects from the sun.

Skin Sagging Can Be Caused by Weight Loss

This is true. Along with your extra padding, your facial skin stretches as you gain weight. Actually, it stretches everywhere. You may notice a slack jaw or bags under your eyes if you lose a lot of weight. Particularly as we age, elasticity is lost and, unlike it did when we were young, the skin doesn’t bounce back.

In Order to Reduce Skin Sagging, Facial Exercises Can Be Done

Though there is a caveat, this is basically true. Facial muscles can be increased through facial exercises which, in theory, would lessen skin slackening. Unfortunately, they can also cause expression lines. So, crow’s feet may be worsened but your basset hound eyes might improve. This is likely not the effect most people are looking for.

Stomach Sleepers Are More Likely to Have Sagging Skin

No. Whereas sleep wrinkles may be caused by a particular sleep position, sagging skin will not. You’ll notice sleep wrinkles when you look in your bathroom mirror after you get up in the morning. As suggested earlier, when you’re younger, your skin bounces back thanks to its elasticity. As we get older, however, since we lose elasticity, you may consider trying to sleep on your back more often, to lessen those wrinkles.

Facial Sagging Can Be Caused by Running

No again. There are two basic reasons for sagging skin, related to age:

  • Skin droops because of an absence of facial fat.
  • Skin loses its elasticity because of collagen loss.

Nowhere in there is running mentioned. And though, while you’re jogging, your entire body does tend to bounce down and up, the likelihood of collagen damage from that kind of jostling is incredibly unlikely (according to plastic surgeons). On the other hand, the UV exposure and wind that runners frequently expose their skin to can have a definite effect on your skin and collagen.

Don’t Put Up With Sagging Skin

Any number of skin conditions, sagging facial skin included, can not only make you look and feel older, but have a direct effect on your self-confidence. Why suffer with unwanted skin conditions when, through the services of Spark Laser Center, youthful looking skin can be refreshed, revived, and rejuvenated through the latest high-tech treatments and techniques.

If you would to have firm, clear, beautiful, youthful looking skin, do not hesitate to contact us today by phone at 212-245-0940. If you’d rather set up a consultation conveniently online, click here to get started.

Lately you’ve noticed that, on the inside of your thigh, there is a sort of blue bulge. Or perhaps you’ve seen, running up and down your calf, tiny blue lines. You are likely looking at either varicose veins or spider veins. And though they aren’t exactly identical, their treatment, symptoms, and causes are relatively similar.

We are going to take a closer look at both of these so that you can be more familiar with what they are and what you can do about them.

First Things First – Identifying These Types of Veins

Spider veins are closer to the surface of your skin and smaller than varicose veins. In color, they are usually blue or red and can have the appearance of short jagged lines like spiderwebs (ergo their name) or tree branches. And though they can occasionally appear on one’s face, most frequently, they are found somewhere on the legs. Upon your skin, they can be patchy and show up in small or large areas all at one time.

Varicose veins are big veins that may be flesh/nude, blue, or red in appearance. They may look as if they are bulging or twisted cords. They may raise above the surface of the skin and can appear swollen. The most frequent locations for varicose veins are inside the leg, on the back of the calves, or on the thighs. During pregnancy, a woman may find these types of veins around her buttocks and vagina.

Why Do People Get These Types of Veins?

When blood backs up, spider veins can occur. Other reasons for spider veins occurring are as follows:

  • Heredity and increased age
  • Prolong standing or sitting
  • Leg injuries
  • Prolonged sun exposure
  • Hormone changes as in during pregnancy

When within the veins, there are damaged or weak valves, varicose veins can occur. Against the flow of gravity, from your lower body, blood is pushed back to your heart by the squeezing of leg muscles. As the blood moves up your legs, to prevent it from flowing backwards, there are one-way flaps (or valves) in the veins. Blood can flow back into and collect in veins if the valves weaken. Veins become varicose when the blood backs up making the veins larger.

Is There a Cure For Varicose or Spider Veins?

There are treatments through which you may receive partial or complete relief from these types of veins. Lifestyle changes are a long-term treatment, but there are other ways to deal with varicose and spider veins. Some of the more modern techniques include the following

  • Surgeries that are minimally invasive
  • Surface laser treatments
  • Chemical injection or sclerotherapy
  • The wearing of compression stockings

Do I Have To Worry About These Types of Veins?

Though they can sometimes cause some leg discomfort, spider veins aren’t usually serious. Occasionally, they may present the same problems that varicose veins can cause.

Though they can cause discomfort, painful throbbing, or aching, varicose veins may not cause any problems at all. Some serious health problems, however, can present as a result of varicose veins. These are as follows:

  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis
  • Bleeding
  • Ulcers or sores

Spark Laser Center, one of New York’s premier places for high-tech skincare and so much more, makes handling varicose veins and spider veins easier than ever. You can conveniently set up an initial consultation by filling out the form located here. Or if you’d like to talk to someone in person, please give us a call at212-245-0940. Why hesitate when clear, beautiful, younger looking skin is just a phone call away?

Cellulite is a common problem for people especially within a certain age range. We wish we didn’t have it, we want to be rid of it, but we sometimes don’t really understand it. So many people tell us things about cellulite which make us worry about getting treatment for it, but not all of them are true. Read on as we debunk some of the myths of cellulite treatment.

Cellulite Is In Your Genes And Cannot Be Removed

While it is true that genetics do affect cellulite development, but you can also do something to prevent it from happening to you. By maintaining a healthy weight, cutting down on stress, caring for your skin to promote collagen production, and maintaining a regular exercise routine to build up muscle, you can minimize your risk of getting visible cellulite regardless of what your other family members have.

Cellulite Is Just Excess Fat

Our body does contain fats, but cellulite happens to show it in a different way. This is not about excess fat, this is usually due to abnormalities in the dermis and weakened connective tissue between fat and muscles. The layer of tissue between your muscle and skin which usually keeps fat cells in place and your skin looking smooth, is no longer doing the work as it is weakened, so fat cells start to show through. Most of the time, cellulite is actually caused by changes in hormones, age, weight change or lack of muscle toning, poor circulation, and stress.

Weight Loss Means Losing Cellulite Too

If you have tried this, you would know – weight loss doesn’t necessarily remove your cellulite. It could be a good thing if you have excess weight for sure, but cellulite requires other kinds of efforts. Rather than going on a diet, you could instead build up your muscles with strength training exercises to better tone your body.

Cellulite Is A Women’s Problem

While perhaps 90 percent of women develop cellulite at some stage of life, men are not completely spared. About 10 percent of men will develop cellulite as well. There are two reasons why women are so much more likely to develop cellulite, though. One reason is the fat cells in women tend to end up on the thighs and hips, where cellulite is most common, while for men fat cells gather around the abdomen. The other reason is that the connective tissue that prevents cellulite is generally weaker in women, and as women age, less estrogen is produced to help support circulation, hence less collagen production and connective tissue strength.

Creams Will Solve Your Cellulite Problem

Many creams do help reducing the appearance of cellulite. But there is a much more effective solution – non-surgical body shaping treatments, using lasers for skin rejuvenation. Laser based treatments can remove or reduce blemishes, wrinkles and other types of skin irregularities, without significant downtime and disruption of schedule. Where creams don’t work, this would be a more effective option.

To find out more about laser resurfacing and other laser-based skincare treatments, contact Spark Laser Center for a free consultation today!

Most of the time, we associate wrinkles with aging, as the skin loses elasticity and starts to show wrinkles and fine lines. But did you know that signs of aging sometimes are not caused by aging? Sometimes these signs appear due to our environment, or our lifestyles, which take a toll on our physical appearance. What are these factors, you ask? Let’s find out.

Sun Exposure

Most of us spend at least some time every day in the sun, be it walking to work, going to the shop, heading to the car, or just sitting in the yard. But sun exposure is the biggest culprit in causing wrinkles on our skin. Both UVA rays, which penetrate the skin’s deepest layers, and UVB rays, which cause sunburn, are major causes of premature aging. This includes tanning beds, so be wary of your choices – you may look great now, but your skin would not thank you for it later on.

Air Pollution

For those of us living in big cities like New York, air pollution is a real situation we face every day. Polluted air contributes to free radical damage in our skin, causing the skin to look old and haggard. A 2010 study found that women who lived in urban settings over a 24-year period had more wrinkles and age spots compared to those in rural areas. Be sure to wash your face every night to remove the pollution from the day.

Sugar Intake

You don’t want to hear it, but it’s true. Aside from its contribution to weight gain, sugar is also a big player in aging your skin. In your body, sugar binds to different proteins in a process called glycation, and some of these proteins may be collagen and elastin, which your body needs to keep the skin firm and supple. This leads to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your skin. Glycation also produces toxins which can increase the problem.

Lack Of Sleep

Getting enough sleep is important for so many reasons, and one of them is due to the big hand it plays in anti-aging. Overnight, your skin cells retain hydration and the pH level of your skin balances too. Toxins are also flushed from the body, thus removing one big cause of aging skin. So be sure to get your 6-8 hours recommended sleep nightly.

Stress

We may not be able to see the effects of stress on our skin, but it takes a heavy toll. When we are stressed, our cortisol levels increase, which reduces the skin’s ability to hold moisture. It also damages the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, which are the support systems keeping skin from sagging or creating wrinkles. Incorporate some de-stressing activities into your day, or cut out the drama if you aren’t thriving by it.

If you suffer from severe wrinkles or other signs of aging, perhaps a visit to a skin treatment center will help you. Spark Laser Center offers laser resurfacing to eliminate those wrinkles and lines on your face, as well as chemical peels to treat signs of aging. Contact us to reverse your aging process today!

Chemical peeling used to be the go-to skin treatment for ladies of leisure. Highly popular in the 90s, chemical peels unfortunately had to move over when new technologies like skin-resurfacing lasers came into play in the early 2000s. But these days, they’re better than before and certainly making a comeback, as they are now the treatment of choice to be recommended by dermatologists, many of whom find that chemical peels are more effective at delivering certain benefits than laser treatments, such as reversing melasma and breakouts. High-tech devices aren’t everything, it seems, even if they are costlier! Price points aside, we look at some of the advantages chemical peeling has over its more modern alternatives.

Low Risk And Customizable

There is a chemical peel out there that’s suitable for every skin type and color, without risk of hyperpigmentation which is sometimes a concern for people with darker complexions. Using multiple acids in low percentages gives a better outcome with less irritation than using one acid at a higher strength, and so chemical peels tend to be a cocktail mix of acids designed to boost your skin’s rejuvenation process. Some chemical peels contain vitamin C to brighten brown spots, while for sensitive skin they may include soothing polyphenols.

Improve Efficacy Of Skincare Products

Removing the top layer of your skin is a quick process that triggers a whole host of lovely reactions: your cells beneath are signaled to multiply and move up to the skin’s surface, collagen production is triggered, and your skin looks and feels younger. Skin is both radiant and more receptive to skincare products, as dead skin cells no longer block their absorption.

No More Acne And Soften Pimple Scars

To combat acne and scars, salicylic acid peels are the best. They dive deep into the skin to unclog pores, but also attack blackheads on the surface, and help to soften marks on the face caused by pimple scarring. Also, salicylic acid lingers in the pores and continues to work even if you don’t apply any the next day. There are also no risks of a flare-up after a salicylic acid peel or a similar Jessner’s peel, compared to when using laser treatments such as Fraxnel, which has a reportedly 30 percent chance of an acne eruption afterwards.

Lighten Dark Circles

Some chemical peels can even lighten your dark undereye circles, if you’re not squeamish about getting acid near your eyeballs. For those of us who may have hereditary dark circles caused by pigmentation, this might be a lifesaver though. Look for peels which contain lactic acid and trichloroacetic acid (TCA), such as the Enerpeel Technology Brightening Peel System by Glytone, which drives the acid deep inside the skin and bypasses the epidermis to lessen irritation.

Bye Bye Pigmentation

Pigmentation can be so hard to remove, and painfully obvious on the skin, and it’s frustrating that there is no permanent solution. But chemical peels may just do the trick better than lasers, where pigmentation often reappears weeks later. Of course, this must be paired with a strict routine of sunscreen and sun avoidance.

Keen to get a chemical peel? Contact Spark Laser Center for a chemical peel treatment to treat a whole host of skin related issues. Our experts can advise you on the best treatment that you need. Get a free consultation!

A good night’s sleep can do wonders for your body, which needs the downtime to repair and grow cells that make you look younger. But how does it really work? What is the reason for people looking fresher and more rested with more sleep?

When you are sleep-deprived, your body produces more of the stress hormone cortisol. High levels of cortisol can lead to increased stress, as well as inflammation in the body, which reduces the quality of your skin. For individuals with inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne or psoriasis, lack of sleep can make their conditions more severe. Getting a good night’s sleep is the first step to maintaining good skin health. Here are some of the benefits that a good night’s sleep does for your skin:

Maintains The Collagen In Your Skin

We all know that collagen is the secret to supple, bouncy, glowing skin. Sometimes we try to get collagen from external sources, but we can also try our best to maintain the collagen that already exists in our skin – by giving ourselves enough sleep every night. Lack of sleep causes inflammation within the body which breaks down the collagen and hyaluronic acid in our skin, which give the skin its glowy, bouncy and translucent qualities.

Allows Your Body To Recover Moisture And Hydration

Your body’s hydration rebalances while you sleep. Your skin recovers moisture, and excess water in the body is processed and prepared to be removed. Without an adequate amount of sleep, you may end up with puffy eye bags and dark circles under the eyes, and also dryness and wrinkles on the skin. So remember to sleep enough to avoid losing body moisture.

Keeps You Looking Younger For Longer

There is a period called deep sleep when your body enters repair mode: it starts to fix all the damaged cells in your body, without you having to do anything about it. Your own growth hormones will take care of the job, but to do this you have to be asleep in the deeper phases, also known as REM sleep. Without these repairs, your body will accumulate the damages over time and eventually show obvious signs of aging.

Helps To Minimize Skin Conditions

If you have skin conditions like acne problems or sensitive skin, as well as allergies, going to sleep can reduce the inflammation. To control such skin conditions you not only have to use creams and products, but complement that routine with a good night’s sleep.

Necessary For Immune-Related Skin Problems

More serious skin problems such as psoriasis or eczema can flare up if you don’t have enough sleep, due to the increased inflammation in the body, which affects the body’s ability to regulate the immune system.

In order to maintain your beautiful, healthy glow, be sure to always get in a good night’s sleep, on top of other skincare routines. If you feel you need more serious help with your skin, consult Spark Laser Center to learn about our laser skin rejuvenation procedure, or try a chemical face peel for an instant glow.

Temperatures are getting warmer and that means more time outside with the possibility of sunburn. Isn’t that just your skin’s normal reaction to the sun?

Not really. One of the best prevention measures to take against skin damage and cancer is to make sure you don’t get sunburned. If you’re outside without sunscreen, research has found that anyone can get burned. And for people of color, sunburns can be especially dangerous. Experts report there is no natural shield from skin cancer, even for those with dark skin.

Dark Skin and Sunburn

A recent study of more than 400 people cited several things that lead to sunburns. First, those who are most likely to get burned are between the ages of 18-29. They spend more time outdoors, love the look of a tan, and are less likely to use sunscreen.

However, research discovered that people who identify as “non-white” get sunburned just as often as those with lighter skin. Previously, it was believed that the pigment in darker skin protected against sun damage, but new evidence reports the contrary.

The component in skin that determines pigment, called melanin, plays a small role in protection from UV rays of the sun. The more melanin, the darker one’s skin. While darker skin has a slight protection – an SPF range of 4 to 13 – it’s still not enough to avoid sunburn altogether. And the consequences of a bad sunburn are the same no matter the color of skin.

Attitudes About the Sun

If people don’t believe they will get skin cancer or don’t care if they get a sunburn, they are more likely to take risks, such as staying out too long or not using sun screen. This attitude increases the possibility of sun damage or skin cancer.

In addition, it is easier to see when fair skinned people are sunburned. The skin turns pink or red and others will often notify them of the burn. But what about medium- or dark-toned skin? Do you recognize when it starts to burn? It may not look the same as ultra-pale skin, but the same damage happens.

It’s Serious Stuff

A bad sunburn is a serious matter. Because of the damage experienced, your body is killing skin cells and they begin to peel off your body. The skin cell’s DNA has been injured by UV radiation and this is called apoptosis.

Between 2002 and 2011, skin cancer rates significantly increased. It is now the most common form of cancer in the United States. The most dangerous form is melanoma. For those who consistently get sunburned, the risk of melanoma doubles. Exposure to UV radiation can be attributed to 86 percent of melanomas.

The Perfect Storm

High blood pressure and diabetes are also sunburn factors. The medication used to treat those ailments increases sun sensitivity. These two conditions have higher incidences among African-Americans and, combined with the belief they don’t need skin protection, increases the chances for skin cancer. It’s the perfect storm for deadly melanoma.

Are you seeing dark spots, fine lines, and other issues from too much sun? Contact Spark Laser Center today for assistance!

Oh, you thought the days of acne were long gone? Just because you’re past high school and out of college, it doesn’t mean that your skin is going to cooperate. In fact, many of us develop acne later on, suddenly finding ourselves with cystic acne that arrives when we’re in our late twenties and even into our thirties. Before you start worrying about those big, red tender spots underneath the skin around your chin and jawline, take a minute to read about the HydraFacial and what it can do for you.

The HydraFacial isn’t your average facial, it’s so much more. This wonder treatment combines cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, hydration and antioxidant protection all in one short appointment (about a half hour long). It’s really more of a heavy lifting treatment than a relaxing facial (though it’s still very pampering). This powerhouse treatment is especially effective at helping patients battle acne and cystic acne (the more stubborn kind of acne). What is cystic acne? And how does a HydraFacial work to fight it? Keep reading.

Cystic Acne

Cystic acne is not what what most people think of when they hear the word, “acne.” They think red spots, or whiteheads that come and go willy nilly. Cystic acne is usually larger and more tender than that. It also tends to stay deeper underneath the skin, where it is harder to fight. Most common surface-level acne treatments don’t work on cystic acne. These deep infections can be painful or even itchy, and damaging to your self-esteem.

How can I treat it?

One of the best things we can recommend is a good deep clean to help clean those pores. HydraFacials are renowned as an excellent facial option to restore brightness to the skin, and they help patients fight the cystic acne battle, too.

Because the HydraFacial combines microdermabrasion, chemical peel and a deep-cleansing facial all together in one masterful treatment, you have a lot of power in one short appointment. This amazing treatment also improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, and hyperpigmentation.

If you’re interested in the HydraFacial to help you combat cystic acne, call us today at 212-245-0940 to schedule a consultation.

We all have preferences when it comes to our favorite treatments and the results we’re working for. Some of us love facials and will choose to get a relaxing facial any chance we can. Others want more powerful results for our time spent. Botox and fillers can provide dramatic results like few other treatments can, and we understand how people will stick to their Botox appointments religiously. Then, there are the patients who want to see the glowing skin that results from a great chemical peel, and don’t mind that they need a little downtime to make that happen. Keep reading to learn why beauty-obsessed patients love chemical peels.

For Everyone

Okay, almost anyone can have a chemical peel, regardless of your skin type or color. While some beautifying treatments can only be used to great result on certain skin tones, chemical peels are amazing for almost any skin type. Granted, your skin color or type may lead us to recommend certain peels to give you the best results.

Great Results

Chemical peels are known for helping to reverse the signs of sun damage, aging, and other skin conditions like discoloration. Peels can improve the appearance of skin by removing dead skin cells and revealing healthy new skin. Peels can be used on various parts of the body. The face, the neck, the chest, and even the back can be treated with a peel to scrub away fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, scarring from breakouts, and hyperpigmentation. You may want to come in for a series of peels, depending on the skin concerns you have and the results you’re looking for.

Acids

There are many acids that can be used in a chemical peel, including but not limited to, alphahydroxy acids (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol. This ensures that we’re tailoring the peel to what results you want. After the peel is applied, you may experience a slight burning sensation. That’s totally normal and means that the peel is working its magic. The stinging will be neutralized and then it’s just a matter of time for your results to show!

Give us a call at 212-245-0940 to learn more about chemical peels or other treatments to help you get the skin you want.

When it comes to our skin, some people focus and other people ignore. Maybe you were blessed with great skin when you were younger, so you never had those difficult acne years or times of annoying, itchy eczema. But, as we age, many of us start to look at our skin differently. Our skin begins show a little more about how well we took care of ourselves when we were younger. If you haven’t taken the best care of your skin, you may be trying to make up for lost time. Keep reading for some of our recommendations to have great skin, starting this year!

Skincare

Finding the right skincare products for you and your skin type is key, as these products will help support your skin’s health every day. Throw away products that are expired, and give away makeup or products that you don’t love. If it’s taking up space in your cupboard, ditch it. Commit to finding good, high quality products that hydrate your skin and make it feel good. If you have questions about what products you should use, we can help. We offer numerous products right in our office from Skinceuticals that can be tailored to your specific needs.

Injectables

If you’re interested in Botox or other injectables, understanding how they work and how you can benefit from them is important info. You should plan ahead for regular Botox injections )around every three to four months). If you’re looking to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin could be great for you. These treatments can help give you amazing results with little downtime.

Resurfacing Treatments

Our laser resurfacing treatments are perfect for fighting sun spots or texture issues that affect how good your skin looks. We have a few options to choose from, and we can help you find the best laser for you and what you want your skin to look like. Laser resurfacing treatments can help revitalize areas of skin that have hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles.

We can help you have the best skin of your life. Call us today at 212-245-0940 to schedule an appointment.

Enhancing the skin’s appearance and health can be achieved in a number of different ways at Spark Laser Center in New York, NY. One highly recommended treatment for patients who want a spa-like experience at our practice while improving texture and tone are encouraged to ask about the Hydrafacial MD treatment.

What is Hydrafacial MD?

For patients who want to enjoy the benefits of a variety of skin solutions, the Hydrafacial is a wonderful way to address poor skin texture and tone. This noninvasive treatment can combine various treatments into one, including hydradermabrasion, extractions, chemical peels, and the penetration of serums including Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid, and Antioxidants. With just one treatment, patients can reveal hydrated, youthful skin!

What are the benefits of the Hydrafacial MD?

There are many benefits to undergoing the Hydrafacial MD treatment. Why choose this solution?

  • Patients who undergo Hydrafacial MD can address a wide range of skin concerns with a treatment that combines several solutions into one.
  • Patients will experience absolutely no discomfort during their Hydrafacial MD treatment.
  • Patients do not need to arrange for downtime or recovery from a Hydrafacial MD treatment.
  • Patients can have their treatment performed in less than thirty minutes, allowing them to stop by during their lunch hour to undergo treatment and get back to their daily activities without interruption.
  • Patients can see immediate, visible results in the improvement of their skin’s texture and tone.
  • Patients of all skin types and ethnicities can enjoy the benefits of this treatment without having to worry about lasting side effects or the risk of pigmentation issues as noted with other treatments.
  • Patients who undergo the Hydrafacial MD treatment can have their procedure performed by an experienced skin care expert in our state-of-the-art practice.

Call Spark Laser Center today to discuss Hydrafacial MD and other state-of-the-art skin solutions

New York, NY area men and women interested in enhancing their skin and body are welcome to speak to the providers at Spark Laser Center. Our skin care experts can make recommendations to improve the appearance and health of the skin, including a recommendation for the Hydrafacial MD. Call us today at (212) 245-0940 to schedule an appointment and discuss your skin care needs with our professional staff.