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Heidi A. Waldorf

Dermatologist
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57 North Middletown Road, Nanuet, NY, 10954
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Philosophy

Patients travel from near and far to Waldorf Dermatology Aesthetics because of Dr. Heidi A. Waldorf ’s reputation for listening to patients’ concerns, formulating a realistic treatment plan and delivering natural-looking results. Her goal is to achieve the “Benjamin Button Effect,” based on the story of a man who ages backwards. “I want my patients to hear, ‘You look younger every time I see you,’ not, ‘What did you have done?’” Her definition of “younger” is the same for her patients as it is for herself: feeling confident and looking healthy, well-rested and effortlessly youthful. As a 55-year-old breast cancer survivor, Dr. Waldorf understands that life is not always easy, and that knowing you look good can go a long way to making you feel good. She combines this empathy with an Ivy League education and status as a global opinion leader to provide each of her patients the very best treatment options.

Education

Degree:
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency:
Dermatology, Harvard University Combined Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship:
, Mohs, Laser & Cosmetic Dermatology Fellowship, Laser & Skin Surgery Center of NY

Credentials

Board Certification:

American Board of Dermatology

Affiliation:

American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Women’s Dermatologic Society

A Minute With

  1. Why do you employ a less-is-more philosophy?

    My goal is for you to look like you:
    the well-rested, energized, healthy,
    just-came-back-from-vacation
    version of you. No one should see
    the “work” that was done, just the
    naturally youthful results. My
    goal is to achieve what I call the
    “Benjamin Button effect”

  2. For what are you best known?

    My patients say they trust me
    to keep them looking naturally
    radiant, youthful and healthy—not
    “done.” I believe people should see
    you, not my work. To paraphrase
    Genesis, I have “an invisible touch.”
    I am also known for being very
    honest and direct. Patients know
    I will keep them from doing too
    much and will refer them out to
    another physician if I think they
    will get to their goals faster with
    a procedure I don’t do.

  3. Career-defining procedure

    Long-lasting fillers have been
    a game changer in cosmetic
    dermatology. I have the ability
    to provide true three-dimensional
    improvement for a healthy,
    vibrant appearance

  4. The most common medical myth i’ve heard

    Patients frequently think one
    procedure will do everything.
    I explain that when it comes to
    noninvasive rejuvenation, it’s like
    asking if you should buy the shirt
    or the skirt or the earrings. It takes
    a combination to make an outfit

  5. What i love most about my profession

    I am incredibly lucky to be in a field
    where I get to establish long-term
    relationships with patients. We all
    go through the same things in life
    and I have the privilege of sharing
    those with my patients. As a bonus,
    cosmetic dermatology taps into my
    personal strengths. I’m outgoing,
    visual and great with my hands

  6. What is your favorite laser procedure?

    It isn’t new or sexy, but the Fraxel
    DUAL performs and patients love
    the results. It really was made for my
    patients who did more damage than
    they should have in their teens and
    20s and learned to take care of
    their faces before their neck, chest
    and arms. With the Fraxel DUAL,
    I can safely and effectively improve
    the color and texture of the skin
    on your face and body with little
    downtime. Patients who never liked
    their skin before tell me they get
    compliments on their “peaches and
    cream” complexion

  7. What are your most requested procedures?

    Friends tend to tell friends about
    Thermage and CoolSculpting so
    people frequently come in requesting
    those procedures. Otherwise, most
    of my patients come in just wanting to
    look better. They are “tired of looking
    tired” and want my recommendations
    for a plan

  8. What is the most exciting thing going on in your field right now?

    In the last year we’ve seen the launch
    of exciting new fillers. Restylane
    Refyne and Defyne are very pliable,
    making them ideal for areas of
    movement. Juvéderm Vollure and
    Volbella have the same Vycross
    technology as Voluma that reduces
    swelling and improves longevity

  9. How do you provide the best patient experience?

    My patients have so many pressing
    responsibilities at home and work
    and in their communities. From the
    moment they enter my office, I want
    them to have a sense of calm and
    know they are our first priority

  10. What is the most rewarding part of your profession?

    I enjoy getting to know my patients
    and sharing our life experiences.
    I get to do that while also using my
    mind and hands to achieve tangible
    results. We all get to grow old while
    looking young together!

  11. Most memorable patient experience

    One of my first injectable patients
    came to me with deep furrows
    between her brows and the ends
    of her mouth turned down into a
    permanent frown. After a year of
    Botox Cosmetic and Restylane
    treatments, she got a long-delayed
    promotion at work—her boss said
    her attitude had finally improved

  12. My ultimate skin-care advice

    I can’t overestimate the value of
    avoiding sun exposure and cigarette
    smoking. It is never too late to make
    those changes. You’ll look better, feel
    better and get more bang for your
    buck with any procedure

  13. What upcoming trends are you excited about?

    I’m most excited about combining
    noninvasive procedures to maximize
    results. For example, I can combine
    Ultherapy with Silhouette InstaLift
    to reduce a sagging neck and jowls
    or combine it with an injectable to
    improve the look of cellulite

  14. Three words that best describe me

    Compassionate, artistic,
    perfectionist

  15. My motto

    Less is definitely
    more

  16. What i can’t live without

    Sunscreen—it’s cliché
    but true, I feel naked
    without it!

  17. What unique services are you offering patients?

    Our “Rapid Recovery Fraxel”
    (RRF) is very popular. Two RRF
    treatments can equal the results of
    one regular Fraxel DUAL treatment,
    but with just two days of downtime
    after each session. We’ve also just
    launched our new “HeidiFacial”
    which combines the best of
    HydraFacial and Clear + Brilliant
    for an immediate glow and long
    term improvement of pores,
    discoloration and fine lines

  18. What nonsurgical trends are you seeing at your practice?

    Think “Prejuvenation.” I’m a member
    of several international groups that
    develop recommendations for when
    and how to start early noninvasive
    intervention. From microdroplet
    botulinum toxin to “maintenance
    Thermage” and “baby Fraxel” (Clear
    + Brilliant), it’s about preventing
    signs of aging rather than waiting
    to correct them

  19. How do you provide the best patient experience?

    We’ve created a calm, welcoming
    environment where patients can relax
    and trust that they are our sole focus

  20. What is your approach toward aesthetics?

    To paraphrase Coco Chanel: “Get
    all dressed, then take off one piece of
    jewelry.” That’s my approach to
    cosmetic dermatology: less-is-more.
    The corollary comes from my late
    mother: “The dress shouldn’t wear
    the girl.” In other words, the work
    should be invisible. I want my
    patients to appear effortlessly
    vibrant and naturally beautiful

  21. Career-defining patient

    A 30-year-old woman with cystic
    acne and facial hair fought me and
    my staff about everything—from
    removing her makeup during
    examinations to starting medications
    and procedures. Then one day, she
    returned smiling and showed us a
    beautiful professional headshot she’d
    taken as a gift for her mom—after
    years of refusing to be photographed.
    We all teared up! Her anger had
    been fear she’d always be defined by
    her skin. We empowered her to see
    herself differently!

  22. What innovations are you most excited about right now?

    I’m excited about noninvasive body
    sculpting. We’ve been successfully
    slimming down fat bulges with
    CoolSculpting plus ZWave for years.
    But now we’ve added EMSCULPT to
    firm and tone the muscle layer of the
    abdomen and buttocks for even better
    results, without downtime or breaking
    a sweat! These advancements don’t
    take the place of the gym, but they do
    what a workout can’t

  23. Most memorable patient response

    “My husband loves my results, and
    he’s negative about everything!”

  24. What are your most popular procedures?

    Our “Rapid Recovery Fraxel,” which
    has half the downtime of our standard
    Fraxel DUAL treatments. Another
    crowd pleaser is HydraFacial which
    combines cleansing, hydrating,
    extracting, exfoliating and infusing
    potent boosters for smooth, supple,
    glowing skin

  25. What sets your practice apart?

    I take being a dermatologist very
    seriously. That means the health
    and safety of my patients is foremost
    in my office. Cosmetic procedures
    should not be thought of like a
    blowout or makeup application,
    but as true medical procedures
    that happen to be done for aesthetic
    improvement. That also means never
    resting on my laurels. I spend much of
    my time outside the office lecturing,
    participating in conferences and
    consulting around the world in order
    to remain at the forefront of the field

  26. How close can you get to surgical results with noninvasive procedures?

    Although noninvasive rejuvenation
    can’t produce surgical results,
    we are closer than ever before,
    especially for patients who start
    early. For the face and neck, I
    use neurotoxins to shift muscle
    push and pull, injectable fillers to
    replenish lost volume and energybased
    devices to tighten skin.
    Adding Kybella to slim heavy jowls
    and Silhouette InstaLift to restore
    proportion has taken results to
    another level. The key is bringing
    together treatments that work
    synergistically and understanding
    that results are built over time

  27. What procedures do you do for yourself?

    I’ve been using botulinum toxin
    since my mid-30s to prevent
    developing my dad’s forehead
    wrinkles. Now I also use it for
    my neck and scalp (protects my
    blowout from sweat). Menopause
    from chemo at 43 meant less fat
    in my face and more elsewhere.
    The combination of fillers and
    Thermage for my face and
    Coolsculpting and Emsculpt
    for my body restored and
    maintains my natural contour
    and proportions. In fact, everyone
    says I look even younger now than
    before my cancer! And I’m still
    undoubtedly me. I want that for
    my patients

  28. What are your “signature” treatments?

    Our “Rapid Recovery Fraxel”
    (RRF) is very popular. Two RRF
    treatments can equal the results
    of one regular Fraxel DUAL
    treatment, but with just two days
    of downtime after each session.
    Patients love our “HeidiFacial”
    which combines the best of
    HydraFacial and Clear + Brilliant
    for an immediate glow and longterm
    improvement of pores,
    discoloration and fine lines.
    Truly, everything we do has our
    “signature” personalization to the
    patient and attention to detail

  29. Which procedures do you recommend for the winter months?

    Because it’s easier to avoid sun
    exposure, winter is ideal for
    treatment of excess hair, wrinkles
    and brown spots. Cold-weather
    turtlenecks can cover swelling
    after a Kybella treatment of a
    double chin. Get CoolSculpting
    and Emsculpt now to have a leaner
    body for bathing suit season. Also,
    it’s the right time for spring and
    summer brides to start their
    pre-wedding treatment plan!

  30. What is the most common misconception about injectables?

    New patients often worry that
    fillers and botulinum toxin will
    look obvious and unnatural. I
    explain that it’s like a painting:
    the result depends on the painter,
    not the paint. Injectables are
    not meant to be pillow stuffing.
    I use them to adjust where light
    and shadows fall on the face, like
    real-life Photoshop. I blur, reduce,
    accentuate and frame to subtly
    highlight my patients’ features for
    a natural result. That’s why it’s so
    important to find a physician who
    combines expertise and skill with
    an aesthetic that fits yours

  31. What do you love most about your profession?

    I am incredibly lucky to be in a
    field where I get to establish longterm
    relationships with patients.
    We all go through the same things
    in life and I have the privilege of
    sharing those with my patients.
    As a bonus, cosmetic dermatology
    taps into my personal strengths.
    I’m outgoing, visual and great
    with my hands

Services

  • Botox® Cosmetic
  • Dysport® / Xeomin®
  • Juvéderm® Voluma
  • Juvéderm® Vollure
  • Juvéderm® Volbella
  • Restylane® Refyne / Defyne
  • Restylane®-L / Lyft
  • Radiesse® / Belotero®
  • Sculptra®
  • Kybella®
  • Injectables / Fillers
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Laser Resurfacing
  • Fraxel® / Clear + Brilliant®
  • Thermage®
  • Ultherapy®
  • CoolSculpting® / ZWave
  • Silhouette InstaLift™
  • Skin Care / Skin Peels
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Scar Revision
  • Vbeam Perfecta
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Microdermabrasion
  • HydraFacial®
  • Emtone®
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Hair

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