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January 23 2014


Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing

Considered by many to be an expert in the area of cosmetic medicine, Leon Turovsky, MD, performs the latest treatments in his Brooklyn, New York, practice. Among the procedures Leon Turovsky, MD, performs are fractional laser skin-resurfacing treatments.

Skin resurfacing is of particular interest to individuals who wish to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and skin imperfections. CO2 ablative laser resurfacing treatments have been used since 1995 to reduce visible signs of aging. However, this type of laser treatment has some disadvantages. It has a relatively long recovery period, and individuals who undergo this treatment might experience persistent skin redness after treatment and even certain treatment complications, such as infections.

A more recent development, fractional laser resurfacing, provides the positive effects of more traditional CO2 laser resurfacing but with fewer negative aftereffects. Complications are less likely with this new treatment, and recovery time is considerably shorter. This is because the fractional laser-beam treatment leaves small areas of skin intact, thus making the procedure less risky. However, it still encourages collagen production, which gives the skin a more youthful appearance.

January 02 2014


How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

A veteran New York laser specialist, Leon Turovsky, MD, performs the full spectrum of noninvasive cosmetic procedures at Sheepshead Bay Laser Center. One procedure that Leon Turovsky, MD, and his highly trained staff members frequently perform is laser hair removal.

Many people who have grown tired of shaving and waxing are turning to laser treatments to remove their unwanted hair. One of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the United States, laser hair removal can be used on the legs, armpits, bikini area, and any other area of the body except around the eyes.

The treatment uses pulses of light to cause damage to hair follicles, inhibiting future hair growth. Prior to laser hair removal, patients may be asked to stay out of the sun and avoid tweezing or waxing, which may interfere with treatment. Patients may also be asked to shave the treatment area at home, or the hair may be trimmed at the physician’s office prior to starting the procedure. The physician may apply a topical anesthetic or cooling gel to the skin before starting to lessen any discomfort.

Treatment involves pressing a hand-held device against the skin and sending a pulse of light through the skin and into the hair follicles. Each pulse can cover an area roughly the size of a quarter. After observing the skin for reactions and making sure the settings are appropriate, the physician moves on to the next area until treatment is complete. Treatment can take just minutes for small areas such as the face or armpits and up to an hour for the legs. Minor discomfort and redness may occur for a short time after the procedure. The hair starts to fall out over the following weeks, but results vary from patient to patient. Many patients require multiple sessions to inhibit all hair growth in the treated area.

January 22 2013


An Overview of Rosacea, by Leon Turovsky, MD

January 16 2012

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