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By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
March 30, 2020
Category: Dermatology

Tired of having to pluck, wax, and shave every few days? Dealing with thick, dark and unsightly hair in visible areas such as the chin or shoulders? If so, a dermatologist can provide you with a more effective solution for getting rid of unwanted body hair faster and easier. The answer lies in laser hair removal.

Plucking and waxing can be painful and shaving can leave you with ingrown hairs and irritation. None of these methods are fun. Plus, you have to keep doing it every few days or every week if you want smooth skin. Why go through the hassle when a dermatologist can help you get rid of hair without ever having to lift a finger?

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. This procedure makes it easy to get smoother skin without having to deal with tweezing, shaving, or waxing. This non-invasive laser treatment can treat just about any part of the body; however, it’s most often used to treat the,

  • Chest
  • Upper lip and chin
  • Back
  • Bikini line
  • Underarm
  • Legs
  • Shoulder

Thanks to advanced laser technology, our dermatologist can provide patients with a safe, effective, and comfortable laser treatment to help them target and remove unwanted hair for the long term. Most laser systems offer a built-in cooling system to make treatment as comfortable as possible. Depending on the size of the treatment area, laser hair removal can take as little as 10 minutes for regions such as the upper lip or chin and as long as one hour (for a full back).

Since hair grows in cycles, you will need to get several laser hair removal sessions to ensure that our dermatologist removes as much of the hair as possible. The average person will get anywhere from 4-6 sessions. During laser hair removal, the handheld device will be directed over the skin to target and heat up the hair follicles to destroy them, preventing them from growing back. While laser hair removal will not permanently get rid of the hair, it will help the hair grow back fewer, finer, and lighter so they are far less visible.

If you think laser hair removal could help you feel more confident in your appearance, then your cosmetic dermatologist can give you the smoother results you want before summer hits.


By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
March 27, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Laser Surgery  

Are you disappointed with variations in your skin texture or color? Are acne scars or that old tattoo major embarrassments? At the dermatology office of Dr. Patricia McCormack in Staten Island, NY, laser surgery treats many of these issues and more. Read on to learn why lasers are today's innovative way to achieve the skin aesthetics that you desire.

What role does laser surgery play in modern dermatology?

For both doctors and patients, lasers are truly life-changing. They treat a wide variety of skin conditions in a minimally invasive way. There's no pain, no hospital stays, and little-to-no downtime.

Once cleared with a skin exam and review of medical history, many of Dr. McCormack's Staten Island dermatology patients qualify for laser surgery. People see appreciable results right away and many times need just one treatment for the optimal outcome.

Procedures are quick and comfortable, and typically, patients return to their daily routines the same or next day. Depending on the details of the case, patients may require multiple treatments to achieve the desired outcomes.

What dermatology conditions can laser surgery treat?

Lasers improve skin color, texture, and overall appearance. The Yale School of Medicine says that laser treatment of the skin also restores a brightness and elasticity often lost to aging. Laser light stimulates youthful collagen, an important skin protein.

Laser treatments Dr. McCormack offers to healthy teens and adults address these common problems:

  • Acne scarring
  • Hyperpigmentation related to aging
  • Sunspots
  • Tattoo removal
  • Spider veins
  • Unwanted hair
  • Rosacea
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Birthmarks
  • Stretch marks from pregnancy and weight loss
  • Toenail fungus

Rest assured, you'll receive a care plan customized to your skin goals and preferences.

Love your skin

Laser surgery from Dr. Patricia McCormack makes it a sure thing. To learn more, schedule a dermatology consultation at one of her three offices. In Staten Island, phone (718) 698-1616. For the Linden office, call (908) 925-8877. In Point Pleasant Beach, contact us at (732) 295-1331.


By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
March 11, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Dermatitis  

If you’ve suddenly noticed your skin breaking out in a red, itchy rash, you could be dealing with dermatitis, a common skin condition that often leads to a red, swollen rash, or dry and intensely itchy skin. Sometimes dermatitis can even cause oozing or scaling blisters to form. This condition may be embarrassing but don’t worry—it isn’t contagious.

The most common types of dermatitis include:

  • Contact dermatitis: occurs when an allergen comes in contact with your skin
  • Eczema or atopic dermatitis: most commonly inherited
  • Dyshidrotic dermatitis: often appears on the hands and feet
  • Seborrheic dermatitis: a type of dermatitis that often affects the scalp (dandruff)

The causes really depend on the type of dermatitis you have. For example, contact dermatitis occurs when you come in contact with an allergen such as certain detergents, poison ivy, or nickel. Eczema most often runs in families and occurs more frequently in those with allergies or asthma.

With dermatitis, it is common to experience flare-ups with bouts of remission. Common symptom triggers include environmental or hormonal changes, stress, or certain irritants (e.g. new detergents; perfumes).

Since the symptoms of dermatitis are similar to other skin conditions, it is important to see a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. Some types of dermatitis can be diagnosed through a simple physical exam; however, if your dermatologist believes that your symptoms are due to an allergic reaction, then allergy testing may be necessary to determine what’s causing your dermatitis.

Those with mild symptoms may find relief through over-the-counter antihistamines and topical creams to stop itching and redness; however, a dermatologist can create a customized treatment plan based on the type of dermatitis you are dealing with and your symptoms. Along with home care (e.g. oatmeal baths; cold compresses) and over-the-counter medications, a dermatologist may also prescribe stronger antihistamines, topical steroids, or oral medication to ease more serious flare-ups.

Your dermatologist can also discuss ways to prevent flare-ups including treating and preventing dry skin, using a proper moisturizer, and implementing necessary dietary changes. Some patients also find that alternative therapies such as acupuncture or massage therapy help reduce the number and severity of flare-ups.

If you are experiencing symptoms of dermatitis, it is important that you see your dermatologist right away for care. The sooner you seek treatment the sooner you will experience relief.