Dr. Tina Alster
About My Practice
What is unique about your practice?
We place equal emphasis on the treatment of both women and men with specially-designed facilities and treatment protocols for each.
Drs. Alster, what organizations are you a member of?
I am affiliated with the American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
Where do your dermatologic interests lie?
I take a particular interest in laser and facial rejuvenation, body contouring, scar revision, vein therapy and hair restoration.
Dr. Alster, what accomplishment are you particularly proud of?
Being recognized by my peers and students as a mentor, innovator and leader in cosmetic laser development and clinical practice.
American Board of Dermatology
Affiliation:American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society of Laser Medicine
A Minute With
- The biggest misconception about our field
A single treatment will erase 50 years of sun damage
- How i make the best first impression
By showing a genuine interest in the patient’s concerns
- The future of my field
There will be more of an integrative approach to patient health, such as innovations and treatment combinations to improve and enhance the patient’s experience and results
- What i love most about my profession
I deliver treatments that provide an immediate positive benefit to patients
- My ultimate skin-care advice
Apply a topical antioxidant
under sunscreen every day
- How my profession has evolved
Increased technological advances and public awareness of the value of noninvasive, transformative dermatologic treatments
- Three words that best describe me
Innovative, determined, compassionate
- What i can’t live without
My carefully curated collection
of lasers and other technologies
- My philosophy
It’s my passion to help people realize their full potential through a positive self-image
- What sets my practice apart
I offer a comprehensive variety of the latest devices and treatments in a world- class setting
- ARTAS® Hair Transplant
- Birthmark Removal
- Body Contouring
- Botox® Cosmetic / Fillers
- Clear + Brilliant®
- Fraxel® DUAL
- Laser Hair Removal
- Laser Tattoo Removal
- Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
- Scar Revision
- Silhouette InstaLift™
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Thermage® / Ultherapy®
- VelaShape® / UltraShape®
- Viora V30 Laser System
- When is a chemical peel the right treatment?What our experts say:
Chemical peels are really great for certain types of acne, like the type where you have superficial blocked pores. A chemical peel that’s either a combination or a salicylic acid chemical peel can open up the individual pores and help clear the acne faster. Another common use for chemical peeling is model brown discoloration like for melasma when people get the brown patches on the face and a series of chemical peels can be used to brighten the skin. And the chemical peels also brighten and smooth fine lines and build collagen as well. We typically use chemical peels for acne and hyperpigmentation. Those are common uses for chemical peeling.
- What kind of laser would you use to resurface and rejuvenate the face?What our experts say:
If you don’t have time for recovery then you want a non-ablative fractional resurfacing laser such as the PalomarLux1540 or the Fraxel re:store, also a type of erbium. Those are two really good ones for the non-ablative. If you have time for healing, meaning one week where you can stay out of work, then you can have an ablative laser resurfacing procedure and that again would be Fraxel but it would be the re:pair. You could have the Lumenis Active, DeepFX, StarLux2940 or eMatrix.
- How do you keep your lips puffy and plump?What our experts say:
For people who try to overdo lips, it looks very fake. The number one answer to this is that the over-the-counter lip plumpers like the lip glosses that give you a tingly sensation actually work. They’re temporary but they do work. They help to increase blood flow to the lips. For a night out, they’re great. For longer lasting plumping you can use a small amount of filler, and hyaluronic acid is the best. Juvéderm is the best one to use in the lips because it’s the softest. The trick about natural-looking lips is to be conservative with how much is used. Small amounts are best because if you overfill them they can be very waxy and stiff looking.
- Do injections like Botox, Dysport, Restylane and others hurt? Do you bruise when you get them? And do you have to stay home from work for a day or two after getting them?What our experts say:
We typically use a topical anesthetic in the office. Just topical lidocaine dissolved in a petrolatum ointment and we apply that just before the procedure to ease the discomfort of the injection. Some people bruise easier than others. Anytime even the smallest needle is used you can get a bruise that can last anywhere from five to 10 days depending on the individual. Whether or not to stay home from work is certainly a personal decision based on the line of work you’re in. Some people choose to stay home because they’re involved in public speaking or on camera. Others sit in a back desk and they don’t mind having a bruise for a week or so, if you get a bruise.
- Which lasers work best to tighten skin and do they give a result similar to a facelift?What our experts say:
The best noninvasive system that can tighten skin these days is Ulthera. It is a highly focused ultrasound and like other skin tighteners and lifters like Thermage, it is FDA-approved for use on the face like for lifting the brow. However it can also be used for tightening the arm, knee and thigh skin (off label). Ulthera is the closest we can get to a nonsurgical lift. It does more than just tighten the skin, which is what the Thermage units, the radiofrequency units, have done in the past.