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By Forest Hills Dermatology
August 27, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Microdermabrasion  

Microdermabrasion ResultsEverything from makeup and skincare products to environmental pollutants and the sun can leave skin looking and feeling dull, uneven. Or maybe you suffer from pigmentation and dark spots, acne scars, or the effects of the aging process. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment designed to deeply exfoliate your skin and improve the texture and tone. Dr. Tamara Moss, a dermatologist in Forest Hills, NY, offers microdermabrasion and other cosmetic and medical treatment options to help you achieve younger, clearer, healthier looking skin.

Rejuvenate Your Skin with Microdermabrasion in Forest Hills, NY

Because microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure, you can expect to see the results fairly quickly, without the healing and recovery period involved with some other forms of treatment. It also works for all skin tones from fair to dark. Even if you use the best anti-aging and skincare products, at some point you may notice that the product is not absorbed as deeply into your skin, or may leave behind a film or feel heavy on your skin. Microdermabrasion deeply exfoliates your skin so that your pores are clear and your products can work on your skin. It can also stimulate collagen production (which naturally slows down with aging) to improve common signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles and dry skin.

How Microdermabrasion Works

The treatment uses tiny micro-crystals to remove the surface layer of dead skin cells, without chemicals or more invasive procedures in the deeper layers of the skin. In addition to removing dead skin cells, microdermabrasion can trigger a mild healing response to the stimulation, stimulating collagen, and elastin production. Some people may experience mild swelling or redness for a short time after the procedure.

Find a Dermatologist in Forest Hills, NY

For more information about microdermabrasion and other skin care treatments to help you look and feel your best, contact Moss Dermatology today by calling (718) 268-3161 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Moss today.

By Forest Hills Dermatology
June 11, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Chemical Peels  

Chemical PeelsCould your skin’s imperfections benefit from a chemical peel?

Our skin takes a lot of abuse day in and day out. From forgetting to put on sunscreen to exposing it to harsh cold weather and dry, indoor heat. No matter whether you are dealing with acne, oily skin, enlarged pores, or visible signs of aging, our Forest Hills, NY, board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Tamara Moss, has a simple cosmetic treatment that could renew and refresh your appearance. Learn more about the benefits of getting a chemical peel.

Q. How does a chemical peel work?

A. There are a variety of different kinds of chemical peels, and the strength of the peel will really depend on how serious the issues you want to treat really are. Those with more visible sun damage or signs of aging may choose to get a deeper chemical peel than someone who just has enlarged pores and uneven skin tone.

When the special chemical solution is applied to the skin, it works by removing the outermost layer of skin to improve the texture, tone, radiance, and color of your skin. A chemical peel causes the skin to blister before peeling off to reveal healthier skin underneath.

Q. What skin problems can chemical peels address?

A. Different chemical peels address different issues. A chemical peel is able to improve texture and skin tone while reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, dry skin, blemishes, superficial scars, and age spots.

Q. Does a chemical peel hurt?

A. While you will feel a stinging sensation when the chemical is applied to the skin, most of the time this discomfort is mild and well tolerated. In some instances, a pain reliever may be taken prior to your cosmetic treatment. While you will experience some stinging you should not feel pain at any point during the peel.

Q. Is there a recovery period?

A. Yes, most chemical peels require some downtime while your skin works to heal itself. Again, the recovery period will really depend on the type of chemical peel you receive. For example, those who get a deep chemical peel may take up to 6 weeks to fully heal, while mild chemical peels may only take a couple of days. When you come in for your consultation with our Forest Hills skin doctors we will be able to provide more detailed information about your recovery time based on the chemical peel you’ve chosen.

Moss Dermatology in Forest Hills, NY, is ready to help you achieve that beautiful look you want. Enjoy glowing, radiant skin and feel the amazing confidence that comes with having an appearance you’re proud of. Call us today to find out if a chemical peel is right for you.

By Forest Hills Dermatology
May 10, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: botox  

Smoothing away lines and wrinkles can be done in a matter of minutes.botox

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all discover the one thing that would prevent our skin from prematurely aging? While everyone is still looking for that Fountain of Youth, there are other ways to reduce those early signs of aging and to take years off your skin without having to undergo serious surgeries or invasive treatments. Our Forest Hills, NY, dermatologist, Dr. Tamara Moss, can tell you about Botox.

What is Botox?

Okay, so you’ve probably heard of Botox before. Perhaps you’ve seen ads on TV or in magazines talking about this simple injectable treatment that can smooth fine lines and wrinkles of the face; however, how much do you really know about Botox and what it can do for you?

First and foremost, Botox is made up of a purified medical-grade form of botulinum toxin, which temporarily paralyzes certain muscles groups to prevent them from contracting. Since the muscles are unable to contract this instantly smooths away dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles that appear when making facial expressions like smiling or frowning).

What are the benefits of Botox?

As you might imagine, the major benefit to getting Botox from our Forest Hills skin doctor is that you will get a safe and effective cosmetic treatment. There are a lot of spas and “Botox parties” out there; however, it takes a qualified medical professional to be able to safely administer this cosmetic treatment. When you come into our office you can trust that we know how to safely perform this non-surgical procedure to minimize side effects and complications.

Another major benefit is that we can take years off your skin without ever needing to turn to invasive procedures or surgery. While Botox won’t be able to give you the results of a face-lift, it can be a great way to tackle those early signs of aging as well as mild-to-severe wrinkles without the post-treatment downtime or needing to undergo more aggressive and expensive treatments.

Plus, Botox can treat a variety of different wrinkles. You might be right for Botox if you are looking to reduce or even eliminate these common issues:

  • Crow’s feet (wrinkles around the eyes)
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Drooping brow
  • Laugh lines (also referred to as nasolabial folds)
  • Wrinkles on or around the chin

If you are interested in getting Botox in Forest Hills, NY, turn to our board-certified dermatologist and caring compassionate staff at Moss Dermatology for the treatment and results you want.

By Forest Hills Dermatology
February 27, 2018
Category: Skin Care

There are several cosmetic dermatology procedures that can improve the appearance of your skin. Dr. Tamara Moss, in Forest Hills, NY, cancosmetic dermatology help with any questions you may have, from botox, microdermabrasion and acne treatment.


Botox is an FDA-approved treatment. It is used to eliminate and/or reduce wrinkles and creases on your face. It does this by paralyzing the muscles that contract and the create wrinkles and creases. The muscles are contracted due to the release of a chemical called acetylcholine. When the patient is injected with Botox, the production of acetylcholine is blocked, therefore stopping the contraction of the muscles.

The most common problem areas are frown and worry lines, crow's feet and laugh lines, which are caused as a result of years of laughing, squinting and frowning. After the Botox treatment, you will start to notice smoother skin, which should last about three to six months.

Chemical Peels

Alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid and beta hydroxy acids, like salicylic acid, can improve the appearance of your skin. Chemical peels can:

  • exfoliate skin which makes it feel softer and smoother
  • improve the fine lines and wrinkles
  • improve acne
  • help fade brown patches and uneven pigmentation
  • improves dull, lifeless skin


Microdermabrasion safely exfoliates and resurfaces your skin by utilizing fine crystals. The skin turns red and is irritated, but not for extended periods time. Aggressive treatment may be necessary, so a vacuum pressure is used eased to penetrate deeper layers of skin.

Treatments help with:

  • improving skin appearance
  • reversing the aging process
  • improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and blotchiness due to sun damage.
  • helping to stimulate the layers of skin to produce more collagen
  • improves acne and acne scarring
  • fades brown patches and uneven pigmentation
  • improves dull skin

Acne Treatment

The secretion of sebum from sebaceous glands is a natural process. This oil gland is meant to provide your skin with the moisture it needs, but this isn't always the case. The sebum moves from the root of the hair follicle to the top, where the surface of the skin is located. When you're suffering from acne, the sebum doesn't reach the surface of the skin and, instead, creates a blockage, which consists of sebum and dead cells.

Treatments include:

  • Benzoyl Peroxide, which may help in reducing the blockage of the skin pores
  • Your hair follicles are susceptible to infections, which is why your Forest Hills dermatologist may give you antibiotics, either oral and topical
  • Using sources of Vitamin A, such as tretinoin, helps exfoliate your blocked pores
  • Some people may use a metal instrument which can remove and extract whiteheads and blackheads manually or by force

If you have any questions or concerns, call Dr. Moss in Forest Hills, NY.

By Forest Hills Dermatology
December 27, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: laser hair removal  

What your dermatologist in Forest Hills, NY wants you to knowlaser hair removal

If you have unwanted hair, you’ve probably thought about electrolysis, but have you ever thought about laser hair removal? The truth is lasers are used in many fields, including dermatology. There are many skin conditions that lasers can treat, and one of them is removing unwanted hair. Dr. Tamara Moss at Moss Dermatology in Forest Hills, NY wants to introduce you to this very effective, quick method to remove unwanted hair.

How Does it Work?

Dr. Moss uses the LightSheer Diode Laser which produces a focused beam of light. The light affects hair follicles, causing them to be unable to produce hair growth. There are many advantages of the LightSheer Diode Laser when compared to electrolysis. For example, the LightSheer Diode Laser system is:

  • More comfortable; the handpiece cools the skin during treatment, only damaging the hair follicle and not the skin around it.
  • More versatile; laser treatment can remove hair from your chin, lip, underarms, and other small areas, but it can also remove hair from large areas including your back, legs, and bikini area.
  • Much faster; the laser pulses for a tiny fraction of a second, and typically patients require fewer treatments to eliminate hair growth. Many patients report permanent hair loss after 3 to 5 treatments.

Laser treatments are completely safe and usually take between a few minutes to an hour, depending on the area being treated. You may experience a tingling feeling with treatment, and your skin may appear slightly red after treatment, however, these effects disappear soon after your visit. There is no downtime, so you can get back to enjoying your day.

If you are tired of plucking, shaving, and electrolysis, it’s time to experience state-of-the-art laser hair removal. Why settle for old-school methods when you can enjoy the convenience, comfort, and effectiveness of laser hair removal? For more information about laser hair removal and other dermatology treatments call Dr. Tamara Moss at Moss Dermatology in Forest Hills, NY today!