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Beauty Expert 2020

Dr. Heidi A. Waldorf

57 North Middletown Road, Nanuet, NY, 10954
A cookie-cutter approach won’t work; it is important to individualize aesthetic treatments.


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.


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


Board Certification:

American Board of Dermatology


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


  • 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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