Dermatologist Sue Ann Wee, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City, doesn’t just see crow’s feet, deflated lips or dull skin tone when she meets with a new or returning patient. Instead she hones in on the big picture.
Rather than filling this, plumping that or smoothing this, Dr. Wee may do all or some of the above to achieve a natural, subtle result. Her holistic or global approach to facial rejuvenation typically involves combining a multitude of different techniques and technologies to refresh, rejuvenate and recharge aging skin.
Dr. Wee earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her medical degree from Stanford Medical School in Stanford, Calif. She completed her dermatology residency at New York University followed by a one-year cosmetic surgery and laser fellowship at SkinCare Physicians in Massachusetts
She took some time out of her day to chat with Beauty in the Bag about her unique approach to rejuvenation, and bonus! we also scored some Fall skin care tips!
1. What is your signature procedure?
“Global facial rejuvenation in patients of all skin tones is my signature procedure. Depending on the individual, I will use or combine the most appropriate laser, light, peels, and/or devices to repair, rebuild, firm, and brighten the skin. I also combine an artistic eye with precise filler techniques using microcannulas to restore youthful contours and basic foundation to the face.”
2. What are your 20- and 30-year-old patients looking for when it comes to rejuvenation?
“They are interested in treating subtle signs of sun damage like coarser and dull skin texture, prominent pores, fine lines, and blotchy skin. They want to be proactive about treating early sun damage and are eager to learn about anti-aging strategies. This is smart because how the skin is treated at every decade strongly influences how the next decade will look. We work together to develop an anti-aging treatment plan that focuses on repairing, regenerating, and maintaining healthy skin.
Lip plumping with fillers is another popular request in this age group which has a strong influence from social media. In my practice, I perform lip enhancement techniques in the context of an individual’s unique anatomy and facial structure so that they don’t look done or overfilled.”
3. What is the best thing we can do to our skin to get ready for Fall?
“First, continue to keep your skin sun protected with a high SPF 30+, zinc-based sunscreen. Remember that even if you’re no longer poolside or at the beach, skin is still vulnerable to the harmful effects of ultraviolet light radiation. Increased brown spots are a common complaint after summer, and Clear and Brilliant Permea laser, Lumecca IPL light device, and Fraxel Thulium laser can help peel away brown discoloration from the sun. Your dermatologist can help choose the best treatment for you.”
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