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About My Practice
What does a consultation with you entail?
We always ask our patient what bothers them—that’s the starting line. With cosmetic patients, we let them tell us what they would like to see improved. At that point, we go over all of the options, tailoring each treatment to that particular individual because not every treatment is right for everyone.
What is on the cutting edge of dermatology?
MelaFind®, the first FDA-approved, noninvasive and painless medical device to detect melanoma in its earliest stages. MelaFind® can save a patient from an unnecessary biopsy, which is especially essential when biopsying an area on the face.
How do you make patients feel comfortable in your care?
It was important to me that my office didn’t look like a medical space, but more like an oasis. It took me a year to find a location because we wanted it to feel very open with a lot of windows for natural light. Patients tell me that they feel very calm and relaxed in our office, which was my ultimate goal.
What is your approach to treating patients?
Our approach is more holistic because we focus a lot on education and prevention for total wellness. Additionally, every procedure we offer at our clinic includes next to no downtime. Most of my patients are busy professionals who don’t have a lot of time, so these procedures can make them look younger and fresher, not “done,” in very little time.
What lifestyle change could most benefit our health?
Anything that will contribute to decreasing stress, as it causes inflammation in the body, which can lead to sickness and disease, as well as an accelerated aging process.
What is your philosophy when treating patients?
My philosophy is all about starting younger with your skin-care maintenance and doing less, but more frequently, to maintain healthy, fresh-looking skin throughout the years. Many of our methods can be accomplished in a lunch hour.
Does your office offer any special services?
We have a full-service medical spa, run by our celebrity aesthetician Christina, who has more than eight years of experience in the field of aesthetics. We offer everything from a quick, “teen clean” facial to dermaplaning and photofacials. We listen to our patients’ concerns and offer them the best treatment for their needs and skin type.
How do you best educate patients and manage patient expectations?
I always explain, in an easy-to-understand fashion, the science behind any procedure. Patients do their research, and they want to be educated on how a particular treatment is going to work for them. I also lay out upfront any potential side effects. Patients appreciate my honesty and professional opinion; I would never want to compromise that relationship.
What should patients ask during their office visit?
A patient should always inquire about what they should be looking for regarding changing moles. If patients are actively on the lookout for irregular changes, it makes catching a potential skin cancer all that easier.
What makes your practice distinct?
At our clinic, our focus is not on extreme cosmetic treatments. It is on noninvasive therapies, starting younger and doing less, but more frequently to maintain healthy, fresh-looking skin through the years. We are also a comprehensive melanoma clinic. My expertise in treating melanoma is a passion of mine: Skin cancer and Mohs surgeries are performed in-clinic.
How do you ensure patient satisfaction?
We strongly believe in the importance of follow-up care. All cosmetic patients are called a few days after their treatment to see how they are doing. They are also scheduled a two-week touch-up appointment. My medical patients are given the same attention, especially high-risk melanoma patients. We automatically schedule complete skin exams every three, six or 12 months, depending on the patient’s skin cancer history.
What does your office look like?
Our office is unlike other doctors’ offices in New York City. Designed by expert interior designer Antonio Tadrissi, the space is less “doctor’s office” and more “oasis.” Boasting extra large treatment rooms and unique design elements, patients are made to feel comfortable and relaxed. As doctor visits can often be nerve-racking, our goal is to provide a calming atmosphere—a place to leave the stresses of city life behind and be able to unwind.
What beauty product should everyone have?
There is extensive research exhibiting the undeniable benefits of using vitamin A and topical antioxidant serums. In my opinion, you’d be doing your skin a disservice not to use this power duo (my personal favorite): SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic and SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.5.
What is the Skinceuticals SkinScope LED device?
The SkinScope LED, a new device incorporated into my practice, includes two light modes: Daylight and LED-UV. While some skin concerns are visible in everyday light, others are only visible under UV light, which highlights damage beneath the skin’s surface by detecting skin’s fluorescence. I think it’s important to have patients see what’s going on underneath their skin. The SkinScope LED allows me to fully treat my patients’ skin from the inside out.
What other services are available at Russak Dermatology Clinic?
We now offer the latest generation in mesotherapy using CosmoPen®. Mesotherapy is a technique of injecting small amounts of customized mixtures of vitamins, hyaluronic acids, Botox and peptides into the mesoderm–or middle–layer of skin. These very small, customized doses are administered using tiny needles in specific areas, depending on the condition being treated from scars, stretch marks and pore size to fine lines and wrinkles.
What makes your aesthetic approach distinctive?
At our clinic, our focus is not on extreme cosmetic treatments. It is on noninvasive therapies, starting younger and doing less but more frequently to maintain healthy, youthful skin through the years. Together we can create a personalized plan, tailoring all treatments to meet your individual needs. Not every treatment is right for everyone.
Tell us about your 3-D facial restoration method.
There are many factors that contribute to an aging face, including loss of volume, texture changes, formation of deep-set wrinkles, under-eye hollows and more. My 3-D facial restoration method, a customizable combination of neurotoxins, dermal fillers and skin-tightening and resurfacing procedures, can create a natural, lifted and refreshed look.
What's new and exciting at your practice?
Our office is excited to announce our unique hair restoration method. Backed by clinical studies, microneedling with Minoxidil, the active ingredient in treating premature hair loss, has been proven effective in stimulating hair regeneration. Microneedling allows me to deliver the Minoxidil deep within the dermis. I then prescribe an oral and topical prescription with a unique blend of hair restoration actives.
How do you put patients at ease?
We believe in an in-depth consultation, a conversation where our patients know we fully understand what their ultimate goals are. Once my patients know I fully understand their desires and concerns, they feel at ease creating a treatment plan.
Why did you become a dermatologist?
I was fascinated with melanoma research, and dermatology allowed me to incorporate a lot of different fields. Additionally, cosmetic dermatology is an art form and science in one, which gives me a lot of creative freedom.
What do you like most about your job?
Interacting with people and following my patients’ families throughout their skin journeys, including both the good and the difficult times. I enjoy building relationships with their entire families and becoming personally invested in their well-being.
What is one product you can't live without?
I am a huge fan of Revision Skincare® Intellishade SPF 45. It’s an anti-aging, antioxidant-rich moisturizer with a universal tint plus SPF 45. Three steps in one, it’s doesn’t get easier than that. I truly believe the simpler the regimen, the more likely you will follow it.
American Board of Dermatology
Affiliation:Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology
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Prevention, correction, maintenance
My happiest professional moment
Opening my practice and our new clinical spa, Russak+ Aesthetic Center in NYC
Three words that best describe me
What sets your practice apart?
Our clinical spa, the Russak+
Aesthetic Center, offers a haven for
aesthetic innovation. Patients can
enjoy cutting-edge technologies
for aging skin and the body, such
as lasers, energy devices and body
contouring. All treatments are
performed by medically licensed
aestheticians and are overseen
by top physicians at our medical
practice. This collaborative
approach has proven successful
for achieving the best aesthetic
results and maintaining them for
the long haul
What i can’t live without
Outside the office it’s SPF, but inside the office it’s my dermatoscope
My most unique personality trait
My ultimate skin-care advice
We produce 1 percent less collagen every year after age 20. Get ahead of the curve with treatments that stimulate new collagen and repair worn collagen. Use a daily SPF of 30 to protect from further breakdown
Most inspirational thing i heard this year
The quote: “I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature.”
My greatest achievements
My two beautiful boys and positively changing the quality of life of my patients
What is your favorite nonsurgical procedure?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy— by harvesting our own platelets, we can microneedle or inject this cocktail into the skin to naturally boost collagen and repair our cells, strengthening the “scaffold” of our skin
What are you doing differently today for facial rejuvenation?
I look to bring balance to the face; subtle enhancements can restore confidence and take years off. When there’s a disproportionate amount of volume loss in the midface, it creates
deep nasolabial folds, lax skin and heavy jowls. By restoring volume and building up the cheek contours with a thicker injectable, such as Juvéderm® Voluma, you essentially lift the entire lower face. I am thrilled to also offer the newest injectable, Juvéderm® Volbella, a lightweight filler for fine, superficial lines around the mouth and lip area
How i make the best first impression
An in-depth consultation and follow-up care
What new trends are you seeing in dermatology?
What we are seeing is a push
for the marriage of health and
beauty. Ahead of the trends,
we’ve integrated nutrition within
our cosmetic treatment plans.
In 2016, we created our in-house
Comprehensive Wellness Analysis
and Testing program led by our
resident nutritionist, Jennifer
Hanway. The objective is to help
identify inflammatory culprits
that have been linked to directly
impact overall well-being, skin
health and breakdown of collagen
and elastin. Doing so helps
preserve our cosmetic results
My favorite summer skin-care regimen
I use my daytime antioxidant, followed by SkinCeuticals® C E Ferulic, EltaMD® UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 and RevitaLash® Volumizing Mascara. In the summer when I want to wear the least amount of makeup, a tinted SPF and thick lashes is all I need
What is your aesthetic approach?
There are many factors that contribute to an aging face. Our customized “Firm, Fill, Finish” technique includes collagen-stimulating and repair procedures to improve overall skin firmness; and injectable and resurfacing treatments, as well as professional skin care. This combination results in a naturally refreshed look
How do you help men feel comfortable at your practice?
It’s important that we treat the
needs of our male patients in a timeefficient
manner, while catering to
their specific facial anatomy. Men
are now more comfortable undergoing
treatments and inquiring about how
they can look and feel their best
Which treatment is most requested by your male patients?
The subtle use of neuromodulators,
such as Botox Cosmetic or Dysport,
to treat excessive sweating or help
soften forehead wrinkles. Many
of my male patients say they sweat
excessively before a stressful meeting
What is your go-to anti-aging treatment?
Microneedling with platelet-rich
plasma (PRP) is a treatment that
both men and women can benefit
from and it targets so many different
concerns. Microneedling ensures
that your platelet-rich plasma is
penetrated deep into the dermis to
brighten sun-damaged skin, build
collagen, smooth skin texture and
even boost hair regrowth on the scalp
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and the
multifaceted ways I have been able
to incorporate it into treatments.
From wound healing and collagen
production to hair restoration, PRP
is one of my favorite treatments. By
harvesting your own platelets, we
can address numerous concerns
How has your profession evolved?
The way we analyze the face is very
different. In the past, physicians saw
a line and filled it. We understand
the face is very dynamic, with many
factors that contribute to aging such
as loss of volume, texture changes,
formation of deep wrinkles, undereye
hollows and more
The procedure i perform most often
Layering multiple syringes of
injectables to add harmony to the
face. I like to step back and analyze
the face before I determine which
injectable should be placed where
to provide the most natural-looking
and impactful result
What additions to your practice are you most excited about?
We are thrilled to have Jennifer
Hanway, a holistic nutritionist, join
our practice. Our Comprehensive
Wellness Analysis tests patients for
a range of food sensitivities, vitamin
and mineral deficiencies, and the
levels of cortisol and heavy metals
in their system. We now include oneon-
one health coaching with one of
the leading experts in the field
How do you ensure patient comfort?
We are thrilled to have added
PRO-NOX™ to our practice, a
patient-controlled sedative that
takes effect in seconds. It’s designed
to deliver a 50 percent oxygen and
50 percent nitrous oxide mixture
to relieve pain and anxiety during
an entire procedure
What new services are you most excited about?
We’re excited to be at the forefront
of the platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
innovation. We continue to add platelet-
rich plasma injections into many
of our treatments. We’ve found it to
be especially groundbreaking
in treating advanced hair loss
What is the biggest breakthrough in your field?
The multifaceted ways my practice
incorporates platelet-rich plasma
into our treatments. By harvesting
a patient’s platelets, we can address a
wide range of concerns, from wound
healing and collagen production to
hair restoration. I am proud to offer
this innovative treatment option
to my patients
What procedures are best for reversing sun damage?
Post-summer skin care is vital and
time-sensitive for reversing any sun
damage. In the fall, laser treatments
are the most popular for this reason
as they stimulate the damaged skin
for a natural reset and tighten the
pores so that new skin emerges
glowing and plump just in time for
back-to-school activities and busy
Why is a combination approach important?
Patients can achieve the most
dramatic, yet natural-looking
results when one treatment builds
on another. I like NovaThreads PDO
absorbable sutures to reposition fat
pads, followed by fillers to lift and
define. A custom approach is much
more effective in restoring a youthful
look, as every patient is unique
What is your best patient advice?
Start a good skin-care routine early.
My philosophy is always prevention
What latest technologies are you utilizing?
I like combining thread lifts with
other treatments. Dissolvable
thread barbs “grasp” the skin
and reposition fat pads for a
lifted canvas. I then inject dermal
fillers where volume loss is most
apparent for an instantly restored
and contoured look. Where the
threads dissolve months later,
new collagen is stimulated
What is your signature approach?
Our approach is always, “less with
more.” We achieve the most natural
and long-lasting aesthetic results
by combining quality modalities
with advanced techniques. We
often layer platelet-rich plasma
(PRP) microneedling with almost
any of our treatments. We kick
collagen production into overdrive
by delivering PRP’s natural growth
stimulants deeper into the skin to
enhance the results achieved by
other modalities. This optimizes
the rejuvenation of the skin while
minimizing healing time
How i would spend extra time in a day
With my two amazing
sons and husband
My beauty secret
Investing in quality
What is your approach to anti-aging?
My “3D Restoration”
and “3D LiFT” combine
based treatments for
- Botox® Cosmetic / Dysport®
- Xeomin® / Jeuveau®
- Juvéderm® / Restylane®
- CoolSculpting® / Cellfina®
- Noninvasive Skin Cancer Testing
- Laser Skin Resurfacing
- Clear + Brilliant®
- IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
- Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial
- Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
- Removal (Moles / Birthmarks Skin Tags / Lesions)
- “3D Facial Restoration”
- “3D LiFT”
- Hair Restoration
- IV Nutritional Therapy
- Wellness Analysis / Testing
- Health Coaching for Brides
- Vivace™ RF Microneedling
- Laser Hair Removal
- PDT Rejuvenation
- Deoxycholic Acid
- Specialty Facials: Dermaplaning, Hydrafacial and Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial
- Chemical Peels
- LightStim LED Light Therapy
- Deoxycholic Acid
- IV Therapy / Health Coaching
- Skin Cancer Testing
Why do you think nonsurgical facial enhancement is on the rise?What our experts say:
Certain concerns are best addressed with surgery, such as severe hooding of the eyelids or extreme laxity in the jowl area. Other concerns, such as defining the chin or minimizing a slight bump on the bridge of the nose, can be greatly enhanced using dermal fillers. The field of dermal fillers has grown significantly within the last year, allowing us to do things that could only be done with surgery in the past.
What's new and exciting in cosmetic dermatology?What our experts say:
It’s exciting that we can now use safe ultrasound technology such as Ultherapy, off-label, to tighten, lift and firm the skin on areas of the body that were once untouchable, such as the knees and elbows. Additionally, we can also give noticeable lift to the buttocks using the ultrasound technique, off-label.
What's all the buzz about Neotensil™?What our experts say:
NeoTensil is an innovative new treatment known as an invisible shapewear™ film that gives a tighter, smoother and more lifted appearance to the skin. It addresses under-eye bulges without surgery by noninvasively recontouring the area.
What's new and exciting in cosmetic dermatology?What our experts say:
We have just introduced DualSculpting to our practice, the process of using two CoolSculpting machines at the same time on one patient. CoolSculpting results have been incredible with our patients, which has warranted a high demand. I am happy to say we can now offer our patients their treatment plans in half the time, conducting two sessions in one. Their time is often limited and I am happy to accommodate their busy schedules.
What were the reactions of your patients when you introduced the new CoolSculpting paddle?What our experts say:
A resounding “YES!” Until the CoolSmooth applicator was developed, there wasn’t an option to treat saddlebags or unpinchable fat. The CoolSmooth design is great for areas that have smaller areas of fat that wouldn’t fit into vacuum-based applicators. Everyone’s body is different, so it only makes sense that there be different applicators to target specific areas on the body.
What is the best anti-aging treatment for the summer months?What our experts say:
Taking care of the delicate eye area is crucial in maintaining a youthful appearance, especially in the summer months with higher UV exposure. Squinting, smiling and sun damage can contribute to the breakdown of collagen around the eyes. It’s important to wear an SPF eye cream; I recommend SkinCeuticals Physical Eye Defense SPF 50. Additionally, Botox administered in the crow’s-feet will help relax the surrounding muscles, preventing the formation of etched-in lines from squinting in the sun.