Dr. Julie Russak
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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
A Minute With
My mottoPrevention, correction, maintenance
My happiest professional momentOpening my practice and our new clinical spa, Russak+ Aesthetic Center in NYC
Three words that best describe meInnovative, engaged, passionate
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 withoutOutside the office it’s SPF, but inside the office it’s my dermatoscope
My most unique personality traitCompassion
My ultimate skin-care adviceWe 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 yearThe quote: “I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature.”
My greatest achievementsMy 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 impressionAn 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 regimenI 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 or presentation
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
Career-defining proceduresPlatelet-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 oftenLayering 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 family functions
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 over correction
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 dayWith my two amazing sons and husband
My beauty secretInvesting in quality self care
What is your approach to anti-aging?My “3D Restoration” and “3D LiFT” combine advanced injectable techniques with cutting-edge energy based treatments for long-lasting results.
- 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.