New York City patients experience beautiful results after Clear and Brilliant treatment

The Clear + Brilliant® treatment combines the best of both worlds: You get dramatic results only without the side effects, risks of complications, and downtime associated with other laser therapies.

Lasers are traditionally categorized as non-ablative or ablative.

The non-ablative option does not injure or remove the outermost layers of skin. Instead, energy from the laser affects the underlying tissue to stimulate the production of beneficial substances such as collagen.

The ablative resurfacing technique is wounding, in that it targets the underlying tissue while also removing thin layers of skin. While side effects are mild and fleeting with the non-ablative approach, you may need a series of treatments to achieve the results you desire. With the ablative approach, all it may take is one treatment to achieve dramatic improvements in the look and feel of your skin; however, your skin will be itchy, swollen, and red post-treatment.

Clear + Brilliant® is a fractional laser treatment. You are able to see a dramatic difference in your skin without the side effects of an ablative technique, as this type of laser treats a fraction of tissue at a time by creating millions of microscopic zones. This approach allows Dr. Ron Shelton to leave 80 percent of tissue untouched. These untreated areas help to promote speedy healing.

Clear + Brilliant® gets its name from the progressive results you can expect to see immediately with optimal results achieved within, on average, around 4 to 6, 20-minute sessions. If you have dull, lackluster skin, or it has a dry, leathery texture, you may be a good candidate for Clear + Brillant®:

Furthermore, Dr. Shelton offers Clear + Brilliant® Perméa. This approach evens out skin tone by addressing hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage. The Perméa name comes from permeability; this treatment is designed to enhance the effectiveness of skincare products. In fact, Clear + Brilliant® is often used as part of an ongoing skincare regimen, of which Dr. Shelton can customize treatment to your needs and goals.

The effects of sun exposure and environmental and lifestyle conditions can age you prematurely. You may look older than your years. You can prevent further damage or premature aging with Clear + Brilliant®. To experience softer, luminous, and more even skin, turn to Dr. Shelton and his team in New York City. Call 212-561-5808 to schedule an appointment.


New York patients ask, “What are Atypical Moles?”

Moles are common and most everyone has at least one mole.

A common mole can appear:

  • Brown or tan, black, reddish, pink or flesh-toned
  • Rounded
  • Flat or somewhat raised
  • Hairy

One person can have a number of moles that all look slightly different. These moles may be found anywhere on the skin, including between the fingers and toes, under the nails, and on the scalp.

Moles are caused when the cells that give skin its pigment or color, melanocytes, grow together. The clumps can appear as bumps or spots.

Atypical moles are characterized as atypical because they:

  • Are larger than a pencil eraser
  • Are not rounded
  • Contain more than 2 colors

Like common moles, atypical moles can appear anywhere on the body but are most frequently found on the trunk. They rarely show up on the face.

Atypical moles can be a cause for concern. While true atypical moles are not cancerous, they can resemble melanoma skin cancers.

Cancerous moles may have one, some or all of the features listed below:

  • Asymmetry – If you were to look at each half of the mole, one side would look different from the other side.
  • Borders – Are uneven or poorly-defined
  • Diameter  Generally, has expanded in size to more than one-fourth of an inch around
  • Evolving – Changes in size, shape, color, and depth, and may suddenly feel tender, burn, itch, ooze or bleed

Most people with common moles develop 10 to 40 of these spots over time. These moles are also more common among lighter-skinned people. However, if more than 50 moles have been acquired over time you are generally at greater risk of developing melanoma. It only takes four atypical moles to be considered at increased risk of developing melanoma.

You may also be at greater risk of developing melanoma should a blood relative have this type of cancer. While skin cancer is associated with serious sunburns, especially sun damage suffered before the age of 18, some types of atypical moles are associated with a genetic form of melanoma.

It is critical that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Ron Shelton should you have any suspicious spots. Better yet, Dr. Shelton and his team can provide regular professional skin screenings.

Don’t wait until a spot changes to schedule a screening, especially should you be at greater risk due to the number of common and atypical moles and family history. Dr. Shelton can discuss with you more about atypical moles and preventive measures from his New York office, now located in Midtown Manhattan.

NYC patients become acquainted with types of dermal filler injections

You may have heard of Juvéderm® and Botox®. These two injectables are among the most common types of injectables administered to the face for cosmetic improvement. While both Juvéderm® and Botox® are injected by way of fine needles, they are two completely different types of cosmetic procedures.

Dr. Ron Shelton offers both Botox® and Dysport®, which are neuromodulators. These types of solutions relax the muscles responsible for expression lines such as crow’s feet around the eyes and frown lines on the forehead.

Juvéderm® is one of many types of FDA-approved dermal fillers available to NYC patients through Dr. Shelton’s practice. Unlike neuromodulators that inhibit targeted muscles responsible for facial expressions and expression lines, dermal fillers combat age-related changes such as lost volume.
With more birthdays, the body produces less of the substances that give skin its youthful definition, elasticity, moisture, and contours. Substances such as hyaluronic acid (HA) may be replenished with Juvéderm® and Restylane®. HA is considered a natural moisturizer and lubricant.

Notably, many of them make up a family of fillers. For instance, Juvéderm® Ultra can treat mild folds, while the thicker and more viscous Juvéderm® Ultra Plus treats moderate folds and volume loss. Juvéderm Voluma® XC is the newest member of the family, and is specifically designed to correct age-related volume loss in the cheek area for patients aged 22 and older.

With some fillers, dramatic results may be visible instantly. With other fillers, the results may be more gradual as the respective substances stimulate the production of beneficial proteins such as collagen. Those fillers that stimulate changes to underlying tissues are generally considered long lasting.

Radiesse® is made from calcium microspheres similar to minerals found naturally in the body. Like HA-based fillers, Radiesse® is biocompatible and poses few risks of adverse allergic reactions. Since these calcium-based microspheres go to work to stimulate collagen, results can last for at least a year. The body eventually absorbs the gel that contains these minerals.

Sculptra® Aesthetic is made from poly-L-lactic acid, which is the same material that is used in dissolvable stitches. After an average of three sessions, you may see noticeable changes in smile lines and other contour deficiencies as the injectable stimulates the replacement of lost collagen. Results can last for more than two years as the body safely absorbs the filler material.

Dr. Shelton always keeps his finger on the pulse of evolving treatment options. Belotero Balance®, for instance, offers a twist on popular HA-based fillers as its unique manufacturing process results in a particularly soft, cohesive, and versatile gel to soften moderate smile lines and delicate vertical lip lines immediately.

There is no lack of options when it comes to the types of dermal filler injections in NYC. Dr. Shelton can simplify the process and guide you toward the best treatment plan.