"A good place to start is with a dermatologist," says Arielle
N.B. Kauvar, M.D., clinical associate professor of dermatology at the New York University School of Medicine.
"Dermatologists are trained in the health, function and disease state of the skin, and people could save time,
money and confusion by seeking the advice of a dermatologist rather than guessing what might work for
Kauvar says a dermatologist's recommendations can help
consumers make informed decisions. "People shouldn't hunt and peck for products," she adds. "Not knowing what type
of skin you have is why so many people try unnecessary products that can often do more harm than good."
An expert in laser procedures, Kauvar says that, in the past,
techniques for improving aging skin required invasive laser or surgical procedures, which produced open wounds and
required long recovery times. Today, she says, people can choose from a variety of non-ablative (non-wounding)
laser treatments that are designed to reverse, improve or erase the early signs of aging, take very little time to
perform, and have a minimal, if any, recovery time.