Renowned dermatologist Dr. Debra Wattenberg is an expert in cosmetic dermatology whose New York City practice focuses on complete skin care. Dr. Wattenberg specializes in anti-aging cosmetic procedures, and the prevention and early detection of skin cancer. Here, she sits down with Viviscal to share advice on some of the most common hair and skin questions she receives from her patients and her solutions to stop hair damage and aging hair.
1. What is the most common skin or hair concern you see among your patients?
Hair loss or thinning is the number one hair-related problem I see in my practice. Both men and women can lose hair for a variety of reasons including stress, thyroid disease, medication-related hair loss as well as genetic hair loss.
2. You have patients of all ages. How do patients’ skin, hair or cosmetic concerns change as they age?
The aging process is not easy for anyone. Keeping one’s appearance youthful is important. Age shows in every aspect of your body. Specifically in the skin, most patients are worried about the development of fine lines, age spots and sagging. They feel that the aging process is making them look tired or worn. As for hair, most often the biggest complaint is the change in texture as well as the loss of volume. Most people don’t mind getting older but they want to look the best they can for their age.
3. What is the one lifestyle change you’d recommend to your patients concerned about aging hair or skin?
Leading a healthy lifestyle is important. You have to eat right, drink lots of water, sleep, avoid smoking and get exercise but you also need to stay protected from the sun. Unprotected sun exposure is the number one cause for aging skin. As for hair, in addition to the above recommendations, it’s really important to avoid over-processing. Perms, chemical straightening, and abuse of the blow dryer and curling iron can cause the hair to break and look old and damaged.
4. What is the biggest hair or skin mistake you see your patients make?
The biggest hair mistake is over-processing! The biggest skin mistake is not wearing sunscreen.
5. How do the concerns of your male patients different from those of your female patients?
Hair loss is a universal concern for men, whereas for women the issue of hair loss develops as a concern when they first notice the problem. In general, men expect to lose their hair, women do not. As a result, women’s hair loss is often associated with a more psychological, stressful component. Beautiful hair is expected by women and when they begin to lose their hair it can affect their self-esteem significantly.
About Dr. Wattenberg
Debra J. Wattenberg, M.D., the founder of NY Skin RX, is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She received her medical degree and residency training from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she was elected chief resident during her final year. Dr. Wattenberg currently teaches as an Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Mount Sinai Hospital and is the Chief Surgical Attending for the Residents.
Dr. Wattenberg specializes in cosmetic dermatology and she focuses her practice on the entire patient specializing in anti-aging cosmetic procedures, as well as the prevention and early detection of skin cancer. Her cosmetic practice focuses on complete skin care. She designs individual treatment regimens for each patient and encourages wrinkle reduction by the combination of procedures and topical therapy. She eliminates furrows and creases with Botox, fillers and a variety of chemical and non-chemical peels. She has been injecting Cosmoderm, Restylane, Perlane, Sculptra and Radiesse for many years. In addition she is also an expert in laser surgery for the removal of vascular and pigmented lesions as well as laser hair removal.
Dr. Wattenberg is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, The New York Dermatologic Society and The Independent Doctors of New York. She is also the Vice President of Scientific Affairs of the Oxalosis and Hyperoxaluria Foundation. In addition she has served as a consultant to some of the leading cosmetic companies including Proctor and Gamble’s Dove Advisory council, Medicis, Allergan and La Roche Posay.
Dr. Wattenberg’s expertise has been featured extensively in the national media with regular appearances on “The Today Show”, “CNN”, and “The Mike and Juliet Show” In addition, her magazine and newspaper credits include: Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Oprah, Cosmopolitan, Teen, Glamour, W Magazine, Woman’s Day, Allure, New Woman, Men’s Health and The Daily News.