Meet the MD with the Artistic Touch
Named by New York magazine as one of the best doctors in New York, Dr. Bruce Katz is Clinical Professor of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Director of the Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Clinic at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Director of the Juva Skin & Laser Center in New York. He received his medical training at McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Montreal, Canada, and completed his post-graduate training at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was Chief Resident in Dermatology.
A frequent guest on national and international news shows including The View, 20/20, Good Morning America, and CNN, Dr. Katz is a leading innovator of advanced laser technology, smart and power liposuction, and skin rejuvenation techniques. He has published extensively in leading medical and scientific journals and lectures regularly at medical symposia in the United States and abroad.
What is your specialty?
I specialize in cosmetic and laser surgery, smart and power liposuction, and skin rejuvenation techniques. At JUVA, we are committed to using the latest cosmetic technology to bring you the most artistic results. We specialize in creating a natural appearance and avoiding an artificial ‘done’ look.
I use the latest generation of laser systems to treat skin and cosmetic problems safely, quickly and precisely. Among the many conditions we successfully address are wrinkles, age spots, stretch marks, acne scars, spider veins, keloids, port wine stains, tattoos, cellulite, and pre-cancerous sun damage. Our advanced laser technologies are now able to treat a broader range of medical conditions and insure a more rapid recovery time.
What sorts of procedures are popular in these recessionary times?
Less invasive procedures are more popular as they are less expensive and require little to no down time so patients can return to work quickly. Injectables such as botulinum toxins and fillers, fractional resurfacing, and laser lipolysis are very popular. In addition, as more women and men want to look and feel better about themselves, body contouring and lipo-sculpture continue to grow in popularity, making liposuction the most popular cosmetic surgery performed today.
What’s new in the world of fillers?
There has been quite a high demand in cheek enhancement and filling tear troughs under the eyes as well as using them for a non-surgical rhinoplasty.
Fillers can be used to plump up flat cheeks that have hollowed due to age or weight loss. Radiesse or Perlane can restore volume and the gentle contours associated with youth. Radiesse is a long-lasting injectable filler. The results are immediate and last about 18 to 24 months, at which time a touch-up may be necessary. Sculptra, another injectable, stimulates your body to produce new collagen. Three treatments are necessary, spaced four to six weeks apart. The results can last up to two years.
Dark circles and sunken eyes, or puffiness can also be treated with one of the hyaluronic acid fillers. By eliminating the hollows and blending the eyelid with the cheek you’ll look less tired, more youthful and the dark circle will appear lightened. Botox or Dysport can make the results last longer and soften or eliminate those crow’s feet.
If you have a low bridge, your nasal tip is pinched or you simply want to try out a new nose shape without permanent results then a non-surgical rhinoplasty could be the solution. By using injectables such as Restylane, Juvaderm and Radiesse, depending on each patient’s nasal flaws, you can fill divots and defects in the nose quickly. Botox can also be injected to relax a muscle that pulls the nose tip downward to create a more upturned appearance, or to soften the “bunny lines” near the top of the nose.
What’s new in the world of lasers?
Fractional CO2 resurfacing of eyelids, which I have named “The Madonna Lift,” has been one of this past year’s most popular laser procedures. The innovative fractional CO2 laser creates tiny microscopic channels in the tissue so that new collagen can grow in to rejuvenate the skin. With fractional laser resurfacing, the laser beam is broken into microscopic columns of laser light. When the beams strike, they leave normal surrounding skin areas intact so the outcome is very quick healing.
The other incredibly popular new laser is the Alma Soprano Xli Laser, which painlessly removes unwanted hair on the body year round with the versatility of treating all skin types, including tanned skin and all pigmented hair.
What procedures for age reversal are you particularly keen on right now?
For those patients looking for maximum results with the least amount of downtime I would have to recommend “The Madonna Lift.” It takes away dark rings and wrinkles, tightens upper and lower eyelid skin and helps to elevate drooping eyebrows. It has a good number of the benefits of a surgical eyelift without the risks and downtime.
What three questions should a patient ask her/his dermatologist before beginning a cosmetic treatment?
1. Do you specialize in cosmetic dermatology?
If your doctor does not specialize in cosmetic dermatology they may lack some of the skill and expertise necessary to perform procedures effectively and flawlessly leaving you with lackluster results
2. How much experience do you have with this procedure?
The more experience a doctor has in a certain procedure the more effective he/she can be in perfecting it, pinpointing flaws and risks and adapting it to individual patient’s needs.
3. Can I see before and after photos of YOUR patients?
Seeing a doctor’s work first hand is key to understanding his/her level of skill in a particular procedure. You don’t want to see work that the practice has done, as it may have come from another doctor in the office.