Advantages of Sculpsure over Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck - Berman Cosmetic Surgery Blog

Common Non-Invasive Cosmetic Procedures: How They Work and How Long They Last

There are now some great non-invasive procedures available these days, providing long-lasting results with minimally discomfort or downtime. Below are a few of my favorites:


  1. FOR THE FACE: My favorite by far, is the Picosure laser. This laser is a true game changer. It is not super well known, because it is a very expensive laser for the doctor to purchase and therefore is not in a lot of physician offices. You are not likely to find this in a medispa either.What makes this Picosure Laser so special is that because it fires 1,000 faster than other lasers, it can do a facial resurfacing with NO DOWNTIME. This means that you can significantly improve the irregular coloration in your face, neck, chest and hands, with just 3 treatments, spaced a month apart. And again, with absolutely no downtime. .Also, because the Picosure fires so quickly, there is little inflammation – meaning it can be used in skin types 1-4 with little risk of hyper-pigmentation. It will also stimulate your own collagen and elastic production, which will help diminish fine lines and wrinkles.

    How long do results last? This will vary from person to person. The most important thing is to use a good sun block (which we offer in the office) and good skin care after your treatment (also offered in our office). Good skin care that is pharmaceutical grade and can only be found in a doctor’s office, will continue with minor exfoliation and collagen stimulation. It can last a year or several years, depending on your genetics and how well you care for your skin.

  2. FOR THE BODY: Sculpsure is the most popular (and its competitor Coolsculpt) for spot reductions of fat in a completely non-invasive way.  Both of these techniques will destroy fat cells (Sculpsure through heat and Coolsculpt from freezing, which I feel has more complications) and these fat cells are permanently destroyed. They will not come back. However, it is important to work on better dieting and exercising to decrease your overall body fat. If, on the other hand, you eat poorly and put on fat, those remaining fat cells will expand in size and you will look larger. Thus, the total number of fat cells is reduced forever, however, there is no “free lunch” and you still have to look after yourself.
  3. LASER TATTOO REMOVAL: The Picosure laser is the very best tattoo removal laser that exists. It fires 1,000 faster than other lasers to vibrate away the tattoo pigment. You will need half the number of treatments with the Picosure laser than you will need with other lasers. I have seen pure black tattoos disappear after only 3 treatments. This laser rarely causes ghosting. It is also the only laser that removes blue pigments.
  4. LASER HAIR REMOVAL: With our Cynosure Elite laser, hair removal is permanent, unlike the less expensive lasers frequently found in medispas. However, when your hormone environment changes such as with pregnancy or menopause, you can get stimulation of dormant hair follicles. Most people will need 5-9 treatments to eliminate most or all of their hair. It should be noted that no laser treatments will work on white or blond hair or very fair hair.

How Does Tattoo Removal Fit Into Your Changing Life?

flowers-sleeve-tattooThere is something exciting and movie like about acting on your sudden impulse – it is like driving down the road with the top down and the wind in your hair. The problem arises when next day or the next year or the next decade arrives and you realize that the tattoo of the love of your life across your breast (I have some great true stories on this topic!!), is now your nemesis or that cute Daffy Duck on your ankle at age 17, looks a tad immature at 35 years old. Or perhaps the tattoo down your entire arm (a sleeve) worked for you, when you were a drummer in a heavy metal band and wanted nothing to do with the establishment. However, as you apply for your government job, it does not go so well with the image. The military and the fire departments are getting stricter about tattoo and their visibility- even the coolest of tattoos can sometimes lose their coolness.

Frequently, I have patients that are interested in tattoo removal. There is good news and bad news. The bad news first. It was a lot easier to get the tattoo then to remove it, even with the best lasers, several sessions are required. The good news is that Dr. Berman Cosmetics has one of the best laser tattoo removers (Revlite SI) on the market. each session will make the tattoo less noticeable. A good laser will be able to remove the various colored inks in the tattoo without damaging your skin color itself. The less expensive lasers, that are on the market, will either not work with many colors, or will depigment the skin.

It is easiest and quickest to remove a pure black inked tattoo, rather than one with colors. I strongly recommend you do a fast track which basically means that we give you 2-3 sessions in one day. You will probably need 4-6 sessions. Also we have a wonderful cooler which blows cool air on the tattoo while we are removing it. I would also recommend that you put our numbing cream on your tattoo about 40 minutes before your session.
The laser is very fast and the treatment takes very little time. If it is a small tattoo, it can take less than a minute.

The sessions are spaced about 6 weeks apart. You also do not want to sunburn the area between sessions. In the vast majority of cases, we can remove your tattoo, easily and completely, with each session removing more and more your love-lost tattoo.