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Dr. Ulysses H. Scarpidis offers a range of body contouring and cosmetic procedures that enhance the face and body. He has dedicated his practice to mastering the latest and most effective facial and body rejuvenation treatments available – ensuring his patients have access to the procedures they need to look and feel their absolute best. Dr. Scarpidis is recognized for his contributions to the scientific community. As a clinical investigator in laser liposuction, he has presented guidelines for the safe and efficacious use of this technology at numerous national plastic surgery conferences. He has also been invited to share his research on the changes the face experiences due to the natural aging process, as well as his surgical techniques for facial rejuvenation, at a variety of local and national industry conferences.
BITB sat down with Dr. Scarpidis to discuss the most requested procedures and his top tips and suggestions on how to turn back the clock.
1. What are women and men in New York City asking for most right now? (talk about what you do, adding lasers, fillers, etc)
“Natural results that maintain a youthful look” characterizes my aesthetic practice philosophy and diverges from the long-held perception that plastic surgery should make you look ten years younger. My patients want to look great for their age, feel attractive and sexy while aging gracefully with minimal intervention, negligible downtime, and maximal results. These characteristics have allowed me to predominantly promote preventative care and maintenance over invasive transformations and surgery.
As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, I specialize in both the face and body. Over the recent years, significant advances in laser, radio frequency, and ultrasound devices have introduced new non-invasive procedures with impressive results and little to no downtime. Coupled with Botox and fillers, these procedures have seamlessly merged with my patient care strategy. Whether the objective is to rejuvenate the face, improve breast or butt shape and size, or contour the body, a combination of the right technological tools can help achieve this goal and delay or obviate the need for a surgical or more invasive procedure. Having over 20 different lasers and devices in my practice allows us to offer bespoke treatments that surpass my patients’ expectations, shorten their recovery time, and match their price point.
Skin Cleansing and Priming:
When addressing the face, most of our patients begin their treatment plan with a medical grade facial and a selection of skin care products specifically chosen for their skin type and their skin goals. We recommend Hydrafacial MD that utilizes water jets and light glycolic acid to exfoliate dead skin cells, clear pores and provide intense hydration. For more sensitive skin types, our gentler Oxygen Facial is less exfoliating and less abrasive to the skin.
For those patients seeking a last-minute sparkle before an event, we combine our facials with other technologies that provide an instant glow that lasts up to 72 hours. Our Red Carpet Facial, combines a Hydrafacial treatment with Laser Genesis and is designed to give our patients an immediate facial plumpness and glow to look impressive during those special moments. Our HydraTite treatment merges the benefits of a Hydrafacial MD and a Thermi Smooth Face treatment to clean the skin and promote the production of collagen and elastin to tighten the skin of the face and neck, improve the jawline, and even reduce excess under-chin fat. Facials can also be combined with chemical peels that address acne, scarring, and skin irregularities.
A closer evaluation of our patients’ skin tone and texture allows us to determine the extent of skin damage and aging. By assessing the degree of brown spots caused by sun damage, the degree of red blood vessels and blemishes often times made worse with age, and the degree of fine lines, wrinkles, and crepe paper skin texture, we can select the best laser treatment or combination of treatments to address all of our patients’ skin needs. At Scarpidis Aesthetics, we have invested in some of the leading technologies to address each of these concerns. While most lasers may treat multiple conditions, their maximum effect usually addresses one of these issues. Having multiple devices at our disposal allows us to best match complementary treatments to address many combinations of skin conditions, individual time frames to completion, number of treatments desired, allowable downtime, and price point.
2. In your view, what the most effective tools you have to turn back the clock? (surgical or non-surgical)
The Halo is an exceptional resurfacing laser that uses hybrid technology to combine a deep penetrating laser with a more superficial non-ablative laser. This unique fusion of lasers allows a more aggressive treatment to tighten the skin, remove sunspots, improve fine lines and wrinkles while requiring minimal downtime typical of less aggressive treatments. Patients should expect to have a sun burnt look for approximately 5 days. We recommend 2 treatments on average spaced 1 month apart.
Our Excel V laser is ideal for patients with rosacea, small capillaries, and under eye dark veins in addition to treating larger leg veins. This device effortlessly switches between two lasers, each mastering different types of blood vessel sizes, depths, and degree of blemishes. This is a powerful tool in the hands of a knowledgeable physician. There is minimal to no downtime associated with many of the treatments that this device offers; however, multiple treatments are sometimes required to reach each patients’ goals.
Some of my favorite laser combinations address both the red blemishes and brown sun spots of the face. One such treatment we developed is called the MaxFraxO2. MaxFraxO2 combines an Intense Pulsed Light Photofacial with a Fractionated CO2 non-ablative laser, followed by an Oxygen Facial all in one sitting. This combination provides a safe, minimal downtime procedure with exceptional results that address the red and brown spots, and the fine lines and wrinkles, while providing smoother, brighter and more refreshed skin. We recommend a package of three procedures performed one month apart for ideal results.
Ultherapy, an innovative, non-invasive, micro-focused ultrasound device provides a minimal lift, improves jawline contour and helps tighten the skin with no downtime and no recovery. Its unique application provides a modest mini facelift and pairs well with other treatments and injectables to rejuvenate the face and tighten the neck.
3. As a young plastic surgeon, what do you use or do yourself to stay looking so good?
I am among those fortunate to love my profession and perhaps this is what has allowed me to excel in plastic surgery and skin care. In truth, I prescribe to the same philosophy and treatments that I recommend to my patients.
Beauty and youthfulness begin with good care of your skin. It makes no sense to undergo treatments without investing the time to use a sunscreen and appropriate moisturizer on a daily basis. Ulysses Skincare is a medical grade cosmeceutical line focused on quality ingredients, supported by scientific research and proven over time to make the biggest impact on antiaging. These products are devoid of carcinogens, parabens, fragrances, and dyes.
I start my day by cleaning my face with Purifying Foam, a sensitive face wash before applying my Antioxidant Complex Serum packed with high concentrations of bioavailable Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Ferulic Acid, Green Tea and an alpha hydroxy acid. In the mornings, I apply a physical sunblock, the Perfect Shade, which elegantly combines micronized zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for complete UVA and UVB protection. At night, I use an anti-aging moisturizer, NiaNourish to hydrate my skin and provide Vitamin B to repair skin cells and promote skin rejuvenation.
With my skin care routine well established, I enhance my results with well-timed Hydrafacial medical grade facials. Once in a while, I combine my Hydrafacial treatments with a Thermi Smooth skin tightening procedure, or Laser Genesis Red Carpet Facial to achieve that black tie ready glow. I find that diligent skin care with the occasional no-downtime intervention keeps your skin always looking healthy and refreshed.