There are a number of ways to do facial resurfacing and the technique we use depends on your individual issues. You can do laser resurfacing with Fraxel and Profractional Lasers, and other devices like Intense Pulse Light (IPL), microdermabrasion, and microneedling. And chemical peels are another approach. All of these treatments give you sustained results by building your collagen and hyaluronic acid back up, which reduces wrinkles by restoring the volume lost in your face. They can also improve the texture of your skin and firm it. Besides just reducing lines and wrinkles, resurfacing makes the skin smooth, which drives brightness, radiance, and younger-looking skin. Most facial resurfacing even helps with discoloration! Like the title of Dr. Schultz’s book: It’s not just about wrinkles! Dr. Schultz says, “When I think of resurfacing, I think you’ve got to address all three problems: color, textures, and contour, like lines/wrinkles.” If you choose a treatment like Botox or Fillers, you will most definitely improve your lines and relax your facial muscles, but resurfacing will deal with everything else. It will cause an evening of the surface and the color of the skin to make it smooth, even-toned and smaller-pored, restoring bright, glowing, younger-looking skin. Dr. Schultz gives this example, “If a 50 to 55-year old woman comes in and says: give me all the botox and filler to take away my all lines and wrinkles, after I do, she won’t look like a 35-year old woman, she looks like a 55-year old woman without lines and wrinkles because she hasn’t dealt with the color and texture issues of her skin.” Resurfacing addresses everything you need to make your skin appear healthier and younger.

Of course you can do resurfacing on your face, but you can also do procedures like Fraxel, IPL and peels on your neck, chest, and hands to resurface them. All places that definitely show your age! You can do superficial peels on those areas as well. You can even do Profractional Lasers very superficially on some of those areas.

In our office, it all starts with Dr. Schultz’s award-winning, renowned professional glycolic peels and at-home products which are a critical part restoring an even color and smooth texture to the skin. It’s completely non-invasive, low cost, and very effective, so many patients get a lot of mileage out of them without moving on to other procedures. When you’re ready to move on to other facial resurfacing procedures, there’s no competition in the amount of experience we have with all of them. Dr. Schultz says, “I’ve been injecting fillers since they were first created in the early 1980s. It takes a good five to ten years to become an expert filler, and I’ve been doing it for 35 years.” And Dr. Schultz has more experience than most with lasers as well. He says, “I had one of the first resurfacing lasers that was used in the early 90s called the CO2 laser.” His extensive experience in ablative laser resurfacing goes back 25 years! This experience helps us succeed in making the results look so natural that it looks like you didn’t have any work done. That’s the sign of superb cosmetic work.

For Fraxel: When you come in for your appointment, you will start by having a numbing cream applied for about an hour and you’ll be given ibuprofen to prevent discomfort during the procedure. As the laser works, it also blows very cold air to cool the skin. The procedure only takes about 20 minutes. There’s very little downtime for this treatment which consists of just one to two days of medium sunburn and some flaking on the third, fourth, and fifth day. But none of this will prevent you from pursuing your usual work and leisure life. For Profractional Lasers: your appointment will last 10 to 60 minutes depending on the area you’d like to treat. You’ll heal with compresses of milk and water plus the topical application of Aquaphor. Most people take five to six days before they’re ready to apply makeup. While some of your results from these treatments are immediately noticeable after you heal, they will continue to improve over the next 3-6 months and can last for several years depending on the treatment. For Chemical Peels: There is no need to prepare for your Glycolic “No Downtime” Peel appointment. When you come in, you’ll discuss with our team what areas you’d like to treat and we’ll cleanse those areas for you. Your glycolic treatment will be applied and left on for two minutes. You may feel a tiny tolerable tingle during the treatment itself, but that will fade during the two minutes, or when you wash the treatment off your face and/or body. After rinsing off the treatment, you apply your moisturizer and you’re all set! You can go about your day as usual, apply makeup if you’d like, or show off your fresh, new glow to the world without it. For Microneedling: Avoid self-tanning lotions or sprays for about two days before your procedure. The day before your procedure, you should avoid sun exposure and stop using any products that have vitamin A or retinol in them. During your appointment, a numbing cream will be administered and the microneedling will begin. After you appointment, avoid sun exposure and exercise that would cause heavy sweating for about 72 hours. You may have slight redness akin to a sunburn, but that will go away shortly.

Your appointment will last 10 to 60 minutes depending on the area you’d like to treat. You’ll heal with compresses of milk and water plus the topical application of Aquaphor. Most people take five to six days before they’re ready to apply makeup. While some of your results from these treatments are immediately noticeable after you heal, they will continue to improve over the next 3-6 months and can last for several years depending on the treatment.

There is no need to prepare for your Glycolic “No Downtime” Peel appointment. When you come in, you’ll discuss with our team what areas you’d like to treat and we’ll cleanse those areas for you. Your glycolic treatment will be applied and left on for two minutes. You may feel a tiny tolerable tingle during the treatment itself, but that will fade during the two minutes, or when you wash the treatment off your face and/or body. After rinsing off the treatment, you apply your moisturizer and you’re all set! You can go about your day as usual, apply makeup if you’d like, or show off your fresh, new glow to the world without it.

Avoid self-tanning lotions or sprays for about two days before your procedure. The day before your procedure, you should avoid sun exposure and stop using any products that have vitamin A or retinol in them. During your appointment, a numbing cream will be administered and the microneedling will begin. After you appointment, avoid sun exposure and exercise that would cause heavy sweating for about 72 hours. You may have slight redness akin to a sunburn, but that will go away shortly.

Patient Reviews

I've been seeing Dr. Schultz for the last 8 years and during that time, I've recommended him to countless friends for both cosmetic and medical dermatologic help. I trust him completely both diagnostically and aesthetically. When I had shingles, he was wonderful, incredibly supportive and kind. And when I eased into doing more cosmetic dermatology, he was– and continues to be– patient, careful and cautious. He listens to concerns and really hears what your goal outcome is and works with you to make it happen. I wanted to maintain a natural look while keeping my skin looking fresh and that's just what he's done for me. I always leave his office feeling prettier and well-cared for! If you have a medical concern or something about your skin you want to upgrade, you can't do better than Dr. Schultz and his wonderful team. And the products are amazing as well!

- Laura B.

Dr. Schultz is the most thorough and good natured dermatologist I have ever seen. I have been a patient of his for more than 20 years. He has taught me everything I know about the value of taking care of my skin, a gift that keeps on giving. He also takes the time to listen to me, to see me as an individual and doesn't treat my needs as a one size fits all doctor. I really appreciate his kindness, patience and expertise. I absolutely love his product line and have definitely reaped the rewards from using it, especially his glycolic peel pads and moisturizer, which I can't live without. My skin feels softer, smoother, appears more translucent and actually looks younger! Dr. Schultz helped me to see beyond the lines and wrinkles, although he so good at helping to keep those at bay while maintaining a very natural appearance. His staff is outstanding. They make you feel welcome, like family, from the moment you walk through the door. Angela, Monika, Deborah and all of the support staff are extraordinary at what they do. Thank you Dr. Schultz and everyone at Park Ave Skincare. You're the best!

- Laura M.

Dr. Schultz has truly transformed my skin, so much so that I can confidently leave the house without wearing makeup now. During my first meeting with Dr. Schultz, he intently listened to my skin concerns, we discussed what my goals were, and he explained pragmatically what treatments and products he recommended for me. I truly appreciate his fantastic bedside manner and conservative approach. I am a perfectionist in every aspect of my life, including my skin, and Dr. Schultz understood this and was committed to helping me achieve every skin goal I had. The entire staff is just so fantastic and friendly, from reception to the PAs. They make you feel welcome and extremely comfortable, which to me is very important when visiting any doctor’s office. As someone who works too much and never gets enough sleep, my skin was looking very dull and lifeless. My skin is now full of life again and has an incredible glow to it which I have never had before. And I owe it all to the incredible Dr. Schultz.

- Kelly D.

My partnership with Dr Schultz began more than 30 years ago. As a generous friend, advisor, skilled surgeon, and superb cosmetic diagnostician, he has enabled me to look my best. He has kept me abreast of the most sophisticated procedures and in so doing, has maximized my appearance, always guided by what will be most beneficial for me. He is someone I go to for advice and care and his staff is another manifestation of this care. I don’t know many patients who can say this, and I feel fortunate to be among them.

- Ellen R.

In the four years that I've been a patient of Dr. Schultz, my acne-prone skin has gone from constant breakouts to smooth and clear. These days, I feel confident and comfortable enough in my skin to wear minimal makeup, if any—which I never would have done in years past. Dr. Schultz and his warm, friendly staff always go above and beyond; he takes the time to listen, talk with me, and create the best plan for my skin. It's clear he has my best interests in mind, and I trust him wholeheartedly. I would highly recommend him to friends, family, and frankly, anyone who asks.

- Deanna P.

Each session with Dr. Schultz is a mini education in skin care. He approaches each patient as a unique individual with different needs. I’m Asian and he’s explained to me how that impacts treatment in a clear manner that a layperson can understand. At each examination, Dr. Schultz recites detailed notes to his staff which he then refers back to at each future appointment, adjusting and tweaking treatment plans when necessary. Over the past two years I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in my blemishes and overall complexion and wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Schultz to anyone looking to enhance their appearance.

- Sherry G.

I have been a patient of Dr. Schultz for many years, and I continue to be amazed at his medical approach, patience, and professionalism. He takes the time to listen to my health concerns, explains how and why he would like to issue a treatment in a way that I understand , answers all of my questions, and all of his procedures and painless and thorough. Dr. Schultz is very attentive, results-oriented, and extremely knowledgeable. He follows up and is committed to my health and satisfaction. The Park Avenue Skincare is a calm environment and the staff are all very friendly, warm, and respectful. It's easy to get appointments at a time that works for me and they are always on time and considerate. I think so highly of Dr. Schultz and his practice that I sent my mom to him, and continue to go to his office even though my life is based in midtown west! I have great confidence in the care that Dr. Schultz gives.

- Katrina A.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are some different methods of facial resurfacing?

    Fraxel® and ProFractional™ lasers, Intense Pulse Light (IPL), microdermabrasion, microneedling, and chemical Read More

  • Is microneedling uncomfortable or painful?

    There is minimal discomfort associated with microneedling.

  • What will I look like after a microneedling appointment?

    Patients might leave the office with a slight “wind-burn” effect. There’s typically Read More

  • Can I wear makeup after getting microneedling done?

    After microneedling, we give patients a serum, which should be the only Read More

  • Is microdermabrasion still popular?

    Microdermabrasion is less popular nowadays, but for patients with certain skin types, Read More

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