Welcome to Union Square Laser Dermatology's Summer 2012 electronic newsletter. Please scroll down for the latest from Dr. Chapas.
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Brooke Wilensky

In May, we welcomed Brooke Wilensky as our full-time Medical Aesthetician. Brooke has 14 years of skin care experience, and before joining Union Square Laser Dermatology she worked for a leading dermatology practice in Charlotte, NC, providing aesthetic procedures and assisting in medical procedures. Brooke is knowledgeable in medical and cosmetic treatments and has a deep understanding of the various skin types and conditions. She works alongside Dr. Chapas and her medical staff to provide pre and post procedure skin care treatments, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, acne treatments and pore cleansing facials. She also specializes in corrective skin care for acne-prone skin, pigmentation abnormalities and evening out skin tone and texture, and she loves to educate her patients on how to properly care for their skin to maintain the benefits from their skin care treatments.

Brooke received a BS in Psychology and Sociology from Quinnipiac University, is a Diplomate of the Licensed Aesthetician program at the Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics, and also completed a LMT program at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy. She is a licensed aesthetician in NY and NC, a licensed massage therapist, and is certified in Microdermabrasion, Chemical peels, Lymphatic Drainage and Coolsculpting.

Dr. Jennifer MacGregor

We are very excited to announce that Jennifer MacGregor, M.D. is joining our practice!

Dr. MacGregor is a Board Certified dermatologist with fellowship training in cutaneous laser surgery and dermatologic procedures, and an Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her dermatology residency at Columbia University Medical Center, followed by a prestigious laser, cosmetic and dermatologic surgery fellowship in Boston. Dr MacGregor is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and a contributing editor for Dermatologic Surgery. Her recent publications have addressed laser treatment of scars, laser skin resurfacing, the effects of topical retinoids on the skin, topical anesthetics for dermatologic procedures, the treatment of cellulite, and body contouring.

Dr. MacGregor’s expertise covers dermatologic surgery, injectables, laser procedures (including skin resurfacing, treatment of vascular lesions, pigmented lesions, tattoos, and scars), birthmarks, chemical peels, skin tightening, sclerotherapy for leg veins, and novel treatments for body contouring and cellulite. Her philosophy regarding cosmetic procedures is that her patients should look natural and healthy, but never as if they had ‘work done’. She has a special interest in aesthetic treatments for patients with underlying medical conditions, traumatic scars, burn scars, or acne scarring.


Do I really need to wear sunscreen? 
Everyone needs to wear sunscreen, even in overcast or cloudy weather, as 80% of the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays pass through the clouds. People of all skin colors are susceptible to skin cancer, and more than 3.5 million skin cancers in more than 2 million people are diagnosed annually. Many of these skin cancers could have been prevented with protection from the sun’s rays.

What is the best type of sunscreen? 
The best type of sunscreen is the one you will use again and again. Just make sure it offers UVA and UVB protection, an SPF of 30 or greater for daily use or SPF 50 or higher when participating in outdoor activities.

How much sunscreen should I apply? 
The amount of sunscreen used should be enough to generously coat all skin that will be not be covered by clothing. Ask yourself, “Will my face, ears, arms, or hands be covered by clothing?” If not, apply sunscreen. To be sure you use enough sunscreen, 1 ounce is considered the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body. 

When should I apply sunscreen? 
Apply sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes before going outdoors. Re-apply sunscreen approximately every two hours, or after swimming or sweating heavily according to the directions on the bottle. 

Are self-tanners safe? 
Sunless tanning products, also called self-tanners, can give your skin a tanned look without exposing it to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Sunless tanning products are commonly sold as creams, gels, lotions and sprays you apply to your skin. Professional spray-on tanning also is available at many salons, spas and tanning businesses. Because questions have been raised about the safety of tanning products if inhaled, measures should be taken to avoid inhalation during their application.

The active ingredient in most sunless tanning products is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). When applied to the skin, DHA reacts with dead cells in the outermost layer of skin to temporarily darken the skin's appearance. The coloring doesn't wash off, but it gradually fades as the dead skin cells fall off — typically within a few days. DHA does not provide sun protection, so sunscreen should be worn as described above.

Sunless tanning products can provide an even, natural-looking tan if they are applied correctly and carefully. For best results, follow the package directions carefully, and read the sunless tan tips from the American Academy of Dermatology

What about sun protective clothing? 
In addition to wearing sunscreen, sun protective clothing will keep you safe from the sun in the hottest conditions. Two of our favorite lines are Coolibar and Solumbra:

clothing is made of fabrics that have a guaranteed Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 50+ for the life of the garment and it incorporates aesthetic, technical and functional attributes that help enhance the enjoyment of outdoor activities.
Solumbra’s UV protection is built into their clothing, not applied as a treatment or coating that can wear off or wash out. Solumbra’s clothing is easy to care for, soft and lightweight for summer months and comes in many varieties of clothing for men, women, and children.
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The EltaMD sun care line includes a complete spectrum of sun care products, including UV Daily, UV Clear and UV Physical.

UV Daily is SPF 40 with 9% Zinc Oxide. It is a light, sheer daily facial moisturizer with UV protection for the face, either alone or under makeup. This sunscreen glides on easily and absorbs quickly into the skin. It also includes hyaluronic acid to increase skin smoothness, softness and decrease wrinkles. The product is noncomedogenic, paraben-free, fragrance-free and sensitivity-free. 

UV Clear is a slightly lighter sunscreen, perfect for patients with acne prone skin. This sunscreen is an SPF 46 with 9% Micronized Zinc Oxide and high-purity Niacinamide (vitamin B30, which calms and protects sensitive, acne-prone skin. It is very lightweight, with oil-free formula that wont leave residue on the skin’s surface. This product is also noncomedogenic, paraben-free, fragrance-free and sensitivity-free.

ColorScience’s Sunforgettable SPF 30 is a lightweight mineral powder with a barely-there feel that provides a safe, non-irritating, instant UVA and UVB sun protection. The self-dispensing powder brush makes this sheer formula easy to apply and reapply throughout the day. Apply liberally and evenly all over your face and chest before sun exposure, and make sure to reapply every two hours throughout the day for continued protection.

Dr. Chapas

Appearances & Lectures by Dr. Chapas

The Today Show Friday, July 13
Dr. Chapas will be a guest on The Today Show at the 9am segment on Friday, July 13th. She will share her tips to help protect your skin from sun damage this summer with Natalie Morales.

Specials: Bring a friend and save 10%

Due to popular demand we extended our Bring-a-Friend special through the summer! Bring a friend (or family member) in for an office treatment and you'll both receive 10% off your cosmetic treatments that day. In addition to moral support, the experience provides a great way to spend time together out and about in Union Square.

Restrictions: This promotion is subject to availability, the appointments for both patients must be scheduled at the same time to qualify, the promotion expires on August 31, 2012. It cannot be combined with any other discounts, and can only be used for cosmetic procedures. It can be used only once per patient, and it may require a deposit to hold the appointment time.

Copyright © 2012 by Anne Chapas, M.D., All rights reserved.

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Union Square Laser Dermatology
19 Union Square West, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10003
Tel. (212) 366-5400