Celebrity Dermatologist Dr. Neil Sadick, M.D. Shares His Insights in Dermatology

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I’m pleased to introduce to my readers Dr. Neil Sadick, M.D., FAAD, FAACS, FACP, FACPh, a renowned dermatologist and researcher.  Dr. Sadick regularly treats stars and socialites in his Manhattan-based practice, and is well-known for his professionalism.  Holding four board certifications [Dermatology, Cosmetic Surgery, Internal Medicine, and Hair Transplantation], Dr. Sadick’s prestigious list of titles range from Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College, to President of the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation, to Member of the Board of Examiners for the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, to Global Medical Advisor for Christian Dior Beauty.

We’re honored to have Dr. Sadick with us here today!

FutureDerm:  Hello, and thank you for doing this interview for FutureDerm.com!  A lot of our readers are consistently looking for skin care product reviews.  What do you tell patients to look for most in skin care – any key ingredients or formulations?

Dr. Sadick:  Retinoids, AHAs, anti-oxidants, peptides and anti-inflammatories.

FutureDerm:  What do you feel are the most valuable cosmetic procedures for men and women?  At what age or stage of life, in general, do you believe they should start?

Dr. Sadick:  It varies by gender.  From most important to least important:
WOMEN – Liposuction, Thermage, Fillers, Botox, Dysport, VelaShape, SmoothShape, Sclerotherapy and Ambulatory Phlebectomy

MEN – Hair Removal, Liposuction, Hair transplantation, Vein treatment

Should start in late 30s/early 40s, depending on the procedure.

FutureDerm:  What do you feel are the most commonly made mistakes in skin care?  (For example, mixing retinoids with AHAs, or overscrubbing the skin, etc.)  How do you feel these can best be avoided?

Dr. Sadick:  Overscrubbing skin, Not using enough sunblock, ultrapotent antioxidants, not using moisturizer, pt combining retinoids with sun exposure.  Can be avoided with patient education.

FutureDerm: There have been many developments in skin care in the last 25 years, and perhaps most pertinently in the last decade.  What do you feel have been the greatest advances in anti-aging dermatology in the past decade?

Dr. Sadick:  Ultrapotent anti-oxidants, growth factors, fractional lasers, laser assisted lipolysis, EVLT.

FutureDerm:  Other than in anti-aging, what do you feel has been the greatest advance in clinical dermatology in the past decade?

Dr. Sadick:  The biologic treatment of psoriasis.

FutureDerm: What upcoming developments are you looking forward to most in dermatology?

Dr. Sadick:  Non-invasive fat removal, Stem cell cloning , anti-inflammatory therapies for hair loss

FutureDerm:  What caused your personal interest in a career in dermatology?

Dr. Sadick:  Ability to combine medical and surgical specialties and the realization that skin is the window to overall body health.

FutureDerm: Do you enjoy your career?

Dr. Sadick:  Yes, very much so.

FutureDerm:  Many of my readers are aspiring dermatologists themselves.  Do you have any advice for them?

Dr. Sadick:  Bet at the top of your class, RESEARCH, RESEARCH and more RESEARCH.

FutureDerm:  There has been a lot of talk recently on the development of dermatological care outside of the office, via Skype, digital photographs, and the like.  What are your opinions on teledermatology?

Dr. Sadick:  Still in infancy, best utilized in areas of country to where physical access to a dermatologists office is an issue.

FutureDerm:  Thank you so much, Dr. Sadick!  For more information about Dr. Sadick, or to schedule an appointment, please visit SadickDermatology.com.

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  • @Jean – Ah! You’re absolutely right! He did mean “not to use antioxidants.”

    As far as “pt” goes, that is the medical abbreviation for “patient.” So here, he meant to say, “patient combining retinoids with sun exposure”, not “not combining retinoids with sun exposure.”

    Hope this helps! Thanks for your great input!

  • @Alice, @Kitty – I’ll try to get a follow up with Dr. Neil Sadick, thanks!

  • @Rito – I’m not sure what Dr. Sadick meant by “ultrapotent antioxidants.” Some people, including experts, believe that too many antioxidants become prooxidant within the skin. I will ask him and see what he says.

  • I think Dr. Sadick meant to say it’s a mistake “not to use ultra- antioxidants” because in his next answer he lauds the development of ultra-antioxidants.

    I have another question. What does he mean by saying one mistake is “pt combining retinoids with sun exposure”? If “pt” is a misspelling of “not”, it says we ought to use retinoids and go out in the sun! Huh?

    My understanding is to use retinoids (prescription tretinoin and OTC retinol, etc,) at night; but also be sure to use (even extra) sun protection for day.

    I wish FutureDerm would weigh is on these questions and/or clarify and correct typos in the body.

    Otherwise this is an excellent and interesting interview. Thank you, FutureDerm and Dr. Sadick.

  • kitty

    Dr. Sadick,
    I would like to know at my age (50) how can I get control of acne, the dark spots left behind leaves me self conscience about my skin. i have tried some drastic measures to no avail. most recenctly was internal Retin-A pill form which worked fine but the dryness left behind made me stop using it. What would you recommend for this long process

  • Alice Mcintosh

    DR.Neil Sadick what is your professional advice on oil of olay regenist dark eye circles reduction and wrinkle reduction

  • rito

    How is using ultrapotent antioxidants a mistake? Or does he mean abusing them?

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