Insurance

Our practice accepts most major insurance plans for evaluation and treatment of medical conditions.  Please note that we DO NOT accept any insurance plans obtained through the New York Health Exchange.

For your convenience, we accept the following insurances…
Aetna, Cigna, GHI, Emblem Health, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, Oxford, United Healthcare, MultiPlan, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), and 1199.

 

Your Visit

Once you’ve made an appointment for a procedure, and submitted the necessary personal information, there are some steps to take, both before and after, for a smooth experience and successful results.

Please bring your insurance card and Photo ID with you to your first visit.

The Consultation

There are so many wonderful, effective cosmetic procedures available now, each with specific applications and benefits. In order to determine which is best for you, we start with a consultation, which is your opportunity to ask questions and learn more, and our opportunity to help you decide the right way to proceed.

To get the most out of your consultation, ask yourself a few questions beforehand:

What are my goals?

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When you look in the mirror, what would you most like to change? It’s difficult to see yourself objectively, so that can be a difficult question, but it’s one that you need to be ready to answer when you’re speaking with your dermatologist. Bring a flattering photograph of yourself from five or ten years ago, if you like — this can be a great tool for conveying your goals.

What is my budget?

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Figure out the amount you’re prepared to spend, and do your homework on the current costs of various procedures. (Remember that many, such as peels and laser treatments, require a series of appointments.) Once you decide on a potential course of action, ask your doctor if it’s realistic to accomplish it on your budget.

What are my expectations?

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It’s important to understand the limitations of what these procedures can do. We can’t achieve total transformation, nor do we want to. Our goal is to capture your own individual beauty and enhance it in subtle ways, to make you look fresher and more youthful — not to completely change your face.

What are my fears?

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Your fears probably fall into one (or both) of two categories. The first can be summed up as “duck lips and a frozen face” — many people are terrified that they’re going to end up looking like an alien or a plastic mask. That is not where we’re going to take you! Part of our role as dermatologists is to act as a voice of reason, advising patients when to back off and do less in order to achieve natural-looking results. The second common concern is the fear of pain, and the consultation is the perfect time to bring this up. When we understand your fears, we can reassure you and help prepare you, all so that we can provide the best possible care.

Preparing For Your Procedure

Before any procedure, stop using chemicals on your skin three days ahead of time; that means retinoids, acids, scrubs, benzoyl peroxide, cosmeceuticals, and chemical sunscreens (switch to mineral ones). Take off any makeup before the procedure. If you are prone to herpes, fever blisters, or any kind of infection on your face (even acne), treat it with the proper medication before and after your procedure, since any treatment can cause stress to the skin that may trigger a flare-up.

Injectables, Botox, and lasers

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To help decrease bruising and bleeding, discontinue all medically unnecessary blood-thinning medications and supplements one week beforehand, including aspirin, ibuprofen, St. John’s wort, vitamin E, fish oils, and omega-3 supplements. You can continue all prescription medications, including aspirin and warfarin; just know that you may have more bruising.

Lasers

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Lasers zone in on darker pigment in your skin, so a tan (even from a self-tanner) can affect the outcome of the procedure and perhaps cause side effects such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. So you should not have a tan, and stop using self-tanner at least two weeks beforehand.

Post-Procedure Information

Lasers zone in on darker pigment in your skin, so a tan (even from a self-tanner) can affect the outcome of the procedure and perhaps cause side effects such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. So you should not have a tan, and stop using self-tanner at least two weeks beforehand.

Chemical peels

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A super-thick emollient ointment forms a protective barrier that allows the skin to heal faster. Do not pick at peeling skin; this dead surface layer is retained by the body as long as it’s needed, and pulling it off can cause damage and leave a scar. You can use a soft, soapy, wet washcloth to gently massage the dead skin off. Stay out of the sun completely for at least seven days.

Laser treatments

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Keep the skin moist with an emollient wound-healing ointment. When the skin begins to flake, use a wet washcloth with lotion to massage it off. No fancy creams, and no sun exposure for one week. See the lasers section for additional information on post-procedure care.

Neurotoxins (Botox and Dysport)

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To minimize bruising and decrease trauma to the skin, apply topical creams and tinctures with the herbal remedy Arnica montana and take homeopathic arnica tablets before and after the treatment. Eating foods containing vitamin K, such as spinach and broccoli, may also reduce bruising by helping blood coagulate. Don’t take a nap or press on the area for the first eight hours; pressure can push the neurotoxin to a different muscle.

Injectable fillers

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Again, topical or systemic Arnica montana can be helpful to diminish bruising. A cold ice pack will reduce any swelling, and you can also elevate your head on a couple of extra pillows when you sleep.

Photodynamic therapy (PDT)

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For one to five days after the treatment, the affected areas may be pink like a sun burn and dry. Moisturizer and sun protection are essential after treatment. For 48 hours after the treatment you will be sensitive to the sun and should avoid extensive sun exposure by wearing a hat and protecting your skin.

Contact Us

 

12 East 87th Street
Suite 1A
New York, NY 10128
212-996-6900
info@marmurmedical.com