By Adam Kluger
Dr. Walden, you describe yourself as a Texan and a New Yorker. Besides being able to rock a cowboy hat with the best of them, how did you develop this dual identity?
Yes, I am a proud Texan and New Yorker! Since completing my residency at the University of Texas and training at the world-renowned Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, I am glad to be able to call both places my ‘home’. I live in my hometown of Austin, Texas with my twin boys, Houston and Rex and our manny. The boys were born in NYC and love to spend time with me here when I am at my NYC practice. As the saying goes, once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker!
So then this is a return to NYC for you with Skintology Medspa on East 57th between 3rd/ Lexington?
It sure is, I knew the day would come that I would return to NYC in some capacity, and with my boys growing older, the opportunity came at the perfect time. I own and operate my fully accredited operating suite in Austin where I do all my major plastic surgery operative cases. My team and I are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of patient safety. I also have 2 fully equipped Medical Spas in Austin and a team of outstanding aestheticians and nurse practitioners that allow me to grow the nonsurgical aspects of my practice. Owning Skintology Medspa in Midtown Manhattan allows me to provide state-of-the-art services for my patients in NYC as well as Texas, with procedures performed by my amazing providers here such as Botox and dermal fillers, noninvasive vaginal rejuvenation, body contouring such as CoolSculpting, laser and light- based anti-aging facial treatments, Ultherapy and more. I also personally do local anesthesia based cosmetic surgical procedures like thread lifts and blepharoplasty (eyelid lifts) when I am here in New York.
That’s amazing. Can you tell us about your vision for Skintology MedSpa? What sets it apart from competitors
My vision for Skintology is to expand on some of the newer beauty and sexual wellness services and to educate my patients on what can help them achieve their goals. Nowadays people are very much interested in noninvasive procedures with minimal downtime, and I like to offer the newest and best technology to help them get where they’d like to be. Having such a functional facility allows me to build my team of talented and skilled physicians, nurses, medical aestheticians, and beauty therapists. I have a fantastic local medical director and restorative health expert, Dr. Mary-Laura Klesaris who can advise patients on internal and hormonal health, as well as the staff who can provide elite cosmetic services.
Dr. Jennifer, as you just mentioned, the on- going trend in plastic surgery has been an increase in minimally invasive/noninvasive aesthetic medicine and surgery. Why is that? What are some of the more popular procedures requested?
Exactly, with surgery, there is considerable downtime, so I have noticed a surge in patients interested in procedures with minimal downtime such as radiofrequency skin tightening with NuEra Tight or Big D Wave to effectively treat our male patients for Erectile Dysfunction or Peyronie’s Disease. Another workhorse of my practice is our noninvasive Body Sculpting equipment. With CoolSculpting we are able to freeze unwanted stubborn fat for male and female patients and have witnessed amazing results from as little as two treatments. The nonsurgical aspect makes achieving cosmetic goals easier for patients who are nervous or unable to undergo surgery for medical reasons. SculpSure also helps destroy local areas of fat pockets and we use that often as well. Every day we see patients who would like to tweak their appearance and my wonderful team of injectors in both Austin and NYC administer neurotoxins such as Botox and Dysport, and Hyaluronic Acid Fillers such as Restlyane, Vollure, Volbella, and Juvederm.
That’s really a full suite of services. For prospective Skintology MedSpa patients, can you speak a little bit more on the latest innovations in injectables, body sculpting, IV hydration therapy, and some of the other surgical procedures you offer your clientele?
The medspa industry is in a constant stage of innovation, with an amazing variety of injectables available to treat a multitude of concerns. From Botox or Jeuveau to smooth facial lines and wrinkles, to Sculptra Buttock Augmentation to build volume and reduce cellulite or even Penile Enlargement with hyaluronic acid fillers by our board-certified urologist, we can address issues that prospective patients might dream of, but not have ever heard of or had the information available to them. As I mentioned with Coolsculpting, we are able to apply an applicator to the targeted area and freeze the fat cells to reveal a more sculpted and smooth shape. Sometimes that is all it takes to help someone build their confidence and I love that we can help the patients in that way. IV hydration therapy or simply B12 injections can help you feel better from the inside out, while infusing your body with vitamins to optimize hormones and feel better overall. We have a broad variety of medical-grade supplements available which can be prescribed by our bioidentical hormonal expert to patients who are feeling lethargic or lacking libido or feeling anxious. I am most comfortable in the operating room. I enjoy helping my patients’ achieve their cosmetic goals whether that be a mommy makeover after childbirth, a facelift to turn back the years and lift and tighten the face, as well as life-changing genital aesthetic surgeries such as labiaplasty which reduces the labia minora in women.
These sexual wellness solutions you offer are really amazing. Not a lot of other plastic surgeons seem to be able to address this important area of patient health and well- being.
Sexual wellness is an important aspect of a patients’ overall health and we can help with concerns such as urinary incontinence with our Votiva RF Vaginal Rejuvenation device to target and tighten both the internal and external changes that occur with the vagina and vulva after childbirth and menopause. This treatment can improve a woman’s libido and her confidence. We offer both the O-Shot and P-Shot, which are platelet-rich plasma procedures. The O-Shot helps with vaginal dryness and tightness in women and the P-Shot for men rejuvenates the penis and increases sensation. I like to think outside of the box and stay on the cutting edge of the latest studies and trends. Last year, I was the first physician’s office in NYC to offer the “Big D Wave” noninvasive ED treatment to our male patients in Manhattan. We also are happy to have Dr. Mary- Laura Klesaris who performs bioidentical hormone replacement therapy by both implanted pellets and by pills which go hand in hand with sexual wellness. We also have Dr. Lanna Cheuck on board with the Skintology MedSpa team on Mondays! Dr. Cheuck is a board-certified urologist who can help with hormonal evaluation, assessing and treating ED and other sexual wellness issues. She also offers injectable treatments to both women and men.