Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton is a New York City board-certified dermatologist, who specializes in general and cosmetic dermatology and is a noted authority in treating ethnic skin, adult acne, and dermatologic surgery. She founded Ingleton Dermatology in 1996 and relocated her offices to the trendy Noho section of Manhattan in 2001. She prides herself on creating a relaxed and spa-like environment that encourages patients to openly communicate their concerns, which ultimately leads to successful diagnosis and treatment of skin, hair, and nail disorders.
With all the deals for aesthetic treatments that we see in print and online media, what should a patient ask to make sure the provider is qualified and the product is authentic?
I strongly advise all of my patients to treat a cosmetic treatment like they would any other medical procedure, only more so, because these treatments are elective. You should only seek treatment from a qualified medical specialist and do not skip on doing the research on their credentials. Confirm that the physician is listed on the product manufacturer’s website for the product or procedure you are considering, since it is always a good indication that the physician is purchasing the product directly from the manufacturer. Additionally, do not be afraid to ask about the treatment and confirm what brand of product the physician is going to use on you. You should ask for the brand by name because not all products are the same and should not be used interchangeably. For example, when it comes to treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic, you might see a deal for “botox,” yet you may end up getting something different when it comes time for you to redeem your treatment. BOTOX® Cosmetic is the brand name and there are no substitutes or generics. It is the only product that has been on the market for 10 years in the United States and as a result, physicians have a great deal of experience with this product. Also, make sure to ask to see the vial of the product to see if it is the real thing—for example, BOTOX® Cosmetic vials will have an Allergan hologram directly on the bottle.
What are some of your favorite devices and how do you use them?
In my dermatology practice, I am very excited about the great results I have seen on my patients derived from using the Fraxel® 1927 laser to remove both skin discoloration and sun damage. It is a fractional laser treatment, which means that there is much less down time than with previous devices that do the same thing. My patients who receive this treatment are back to looking good after only 5 days. Also, I have been impressed by the results of the Lyra 1064 laser for removing excessive hair and razor bumps/ingrown hairs in my patients of all skin colors. Most recently, I have added the Liposonix® device to my practice. This device uses high intensity ultrasound energy to destroy fat cells. It delivers awesome results in patients who just have pockets of fat that will not go away despite regular exercise. We also have the Pelleve Wrinkle Reduction system for skin tightening and fine lines.
What’s the best way to minimize or eliminate acne scars?
The best way to minimize or eliminate acne scars depends on the type of acne scars you have. Very superficial scars can be adequately “polished” down with either medical grade microdermabrasion or with medical-grade chemical peels. Deeper scars need to be examined by a dermatologist to assess whether a laser resurfacing procedure, or a dermal skin filler (like JUVÉDERM®) ,or punch grafting (a surgical procedure) would give you the best results.
What are the most common cosmetic treatments that your patients request?
The most common cosmetic procedures requested in my practice by my patients are BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, chemical peels, and skin fillers. Laser hair removal remains a very popular request from my patients, as well.
Do you have basic recommendations for first time dermatology patients?
All of my first time dermatology patients are especially encouraged to be vocal with me about their own skincare concerns and why they are coming to see me. I approach each of my patients with a customized, easy-to-follow skincare plan. I would tell any first time dermatology patient to never hesitate to ask their physician what products they use on themselves. While everyone’s skin is different and has different needs, you will be able to take an up-close and personal look at the physician and find out what works and be sure to ask why they recommend those specific products or procedures.