About My Practice
How does your staff enhance the care you offer?
My Associate Rachna Bhandari, MD, Ph.D., is a board-certified dermatologist and diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology.
Dr. Bhandari completed her Bachelor's in Science in both Biochemistry and Chemistry at the Honors College at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island in 2003.
Dr. Bhandari provides personalized care to our patients and licensed medical aesthetician Susan Lujan at our North San Antonio location and licensed medical aesthetician Melissa Valdez at our downtown San Antonio location, add a wealth of skill and truly enhance the patient experience.
How do you educate patients?
I take time with each patient and build relationships. One-on-one consultations establish a trusting rapport, where patients can put their confidence in me. I also keep patients up to date on dermatology news and my practice via my Facebook page. (To learn more, find Dr. Bucay on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.)
What anti-aging advice do you think is important for patients to know?
Enjoy life because stress can definitely show on your face. Appreciate the skin that you're in and be comfortable with yourself.
What alternative career would you choose?
I'd own an art gallery or be an interior designer.
How long have you been a dermatologist?
I've been practicing since 1991.
How do you reach out to the public?
I go out of my way to pamper and educate my patients and their friends by hosting quarterly informational events. In addition to providing details on the latest technologies, skin care and injectable products, we have fun with lite bites, beauty raffles and trunk shows.
American Board of Dermatology
Affiliation:Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology
A Minute With
The best skin in hollywood
Cate Blanchett’s skin always looks beautiful
My exam room room playlist
Shakira, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Adele, Mana, R.E.M
Three words that best describe me
Dynamic, committed, genuine
I used to feel guilty that cosmetic dermatology was not “real medicine,”
until a patient once told me, “Never underestimate the way you make us feel, you give us more self- confidence and greater self-esteem.”
The most outrageous medical myth i’ve heard
The biggest myth is that sunscreen causes cancer
My dream innovation
I would love to invent an implantable pellet that offers protection from UV rays, visible light and infrared rays,
all of which age skin
Aesthetics is about restoration, not alteration
What i love most about my profession
Dermatology affords me the opportunity to combine science, medicine and artistic skill into a profession that has the power to enhance a person’s self-esteem
My most unique personality trait
My willingness to share my professional secrets
What i can’t live without
My family, chocolate, art and shoes
- “Liquid Facelift”
- Botox® Cosmetic
- Juvéderm® Fillers
- Sculptra®/ Revanesse® Versa™
- Restylane® Fillers
- Restylane® Silk / Lyft
- Radiesse® / Belotero®
- Noninvasive Skin Tightening
- Facial Rejuvenation
- Cutera Excel V
- Vectus™ Laser Hair Removal
- Chemical Peels
- Hand Rejuvenation
- Customized Skin Care
- Treatment of Acne, Scars, Rosacea, Brown Spots and Stretch Marks
- Body Treatments
- CoolSculpting® / CoolMini™
- Exilis® / Vanquish™
- Silhouette InstaLift™
- UltraShape® Power
- BTL Vanquish ME™
- BTL Exilis® Ultra
- BTL Cellutone™ / ZWave
- BTL Emsculpt®/ BTL Emsella™
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Lumenis® IPL / ResurFX
- Q-Switched Laser
- AcuPulse™ / Laser Genesis™
- Fraxel DUAL Laser
- Eclipse MicroPen®
- FemTouch™ Vaginal Rejuvenation
- Vanquish ME™
- Cellutone™ / ZWave
- UltraShape® Power
- Lutronic GeniusTM
Where does Radiesse belong?What our experts say:
Folds and wrinkles on the face.
How do you keep your lips puffy and plump?What our experts say:
To date collagen has disappeared so there is no FDA-approved filler for the lips right now. Which is not to say that a doctor can't make the decision to use something like Juvederm or Restylane for lip enhancement because they are FDA-approved products but they were not studied in the lip. Restylane is close it should have already been approved for the lips. That's the one that's about to be approved at any moment for the lips. I think that the thing to make sure with the lips is to maintain facial proportions. The ideal lip, typically the upper lip should be about one-third of the volume of the total lip.
Is a chemical peel good for acne?What our experts say:
Chemical peels are growing again. I like chemical peels in several situations, definitely for acne. There's no age restriction on that. There's the right chemical peel for each skin type and it definitely helps with acne, with the discoloration and also with active lesions. The reason I like peels is because they're very affordable and it gets people interested in their skin care. It's a good starting point for other procedures. I personally think that while lasers are very good, I'll always try a chemical peel first.
Which laser treatment can get rid of broken blood vessels on my face? There are some tiny vessels near my eyes and some bigger ones on my cheeks. Are these removable with the same laser or do I need multiple appointments?What our experts say:
Treating the capillaries can be done with a laser or with intense pulse light, IPL, but the advantage of a laser is that it specifically targets the red pigmented blood, so it seeks out the blood vessels specifically. There are several lasers that are out there. I use the one by Iridex, called the Gemini laser, it's actually a long pulsed ND:Yag. I think it works beautifully, and depending on the amount of capillaries, or blood vessels that somebody has, it can be treated in one treatment. It's important to realize that although the vessels will appear to disappear, the body has to break them down and absorb the pigments and that's why you need at least four to six weeks to see whether or not a laser has been effective in removing those.
Do lips seem natural if they're filled?What our experts say:
Yes, they feel natural and you can't tell when you have had improper material put in, For example, Radiesse is one that should never be put in the lips. But people request it because it lasts longer. The lips will feel rock hard. People who have had silicone might in the beginning feel soft but then they start to feel hard.