Norman Pastorek, MD, PC, FACS

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Should You Choose Belotero or VOLBELLA to rejuvenate your lips?

March 16, 2017 by

Dermal fillers are among the most popular facial rejuvenation treatments nationwide; patients love fillers for their quick, convenient treatment time, as well as their ability to quickly smooth wrinkles and restore youthful volume for many months.

In keeping with demand, pharmaceutical companies are developing new and more specialized fillers all the time, and today there are dozens of products to choose from. While having options is a good thing, understanding the differences between each product, much less knowing which filler is right for your needs, can easily become a challenge.


4 Skin Resolutions You’ll Want to Keep

The making (and breaking) of resolutions is a New Year’s tradition; many of us set too-lofty goals which often result in simply giving up.

However, if what you want most out of 2017 is beautiful, healthy, and youthful skin, we have a few “resolutions” that should be easy to keep.


Is There Such a Thing as a Non-Surgical Nose Job?

December 19, 2016 by

The idea that you may be able to get a new nose without surgery has been circulating in beauty blogs and magazine features lately. Sometimes called a “liquid nose job” by the media, non-surgical nose reshaping involves strategic use of injectable fillers to improve nasal contours.

For several years now, I have successfully used dermal fillers to improve nasal shape for many of my own patients; in the appropriate situation, fillers can be a great way to camouflage minor flaws, improve symmetry, or fill small depressions in the nose following rhinoplasty. As with most cosmetic procedures, however, achieving aesthetically pleasing results in a safe, consistent manner requires considerable expertise.


Underrated Holiday Activities in NYC

December 7, 2016 by

The Macy’s Day Parade, Rockefeller tree lighting, and Radio City Christmas Spectacular are all iconic New York City holiday festivities worth experiencing at least once. However, this bustling city boasts an infinite number of ways to enjoy the holidays and a little extra merry-making. Here are a few of our favorites for locals and visitors alike.

Find a quiet spot and bundle up for a winter picnic

During the winter months, an outdoor picnic may be one of the last activities to strike your fancy, but it can be a great way to see the city in a different light.


One Year Update: How is the Patient Who Received the Most Extensive Face Transplant Ever?

October 26, 2016 by

Last year, Patrick Hardison made headlines after he had the most extensive face transplant ever performed. The 42-year-old Mississippi resident underwent the 26-hour procedure to improve the severe facial and head disfigurement he sustained in a 2001 firefighting incident.

The surgery, which involved more than 100 staff members, even included eyelid and blink mechanism transplants—and it was deemed successful early on. But how is Hardison doing a year later? NYU Langone Medical Center recently released an update.


Celebrating Our Children’s Successes

September 13, 2016 by

There is nothing quite like watching your children work toward their dreams and succeed in their passions. Our daughters have been busy creating and exploring all summer, and we’re proud to share their latest accomplishments with you.

New York City-based artist featured on Brixton

Our daughter, Kelly Pastorek, has always had a profound passion for the arts. While clay is most often her medium of choice, she also takes joy in paper, pattern, and color. Her beautiful and unique work has a soulful appeal, and her fans include the clothing design team at Brixton, who recently featured Kelly’s work on their blog.


How Many of These Anti-Aging Myths Do You Believe?

When it comes to anti-aging advice, there is no shortage of tips, tricks, and “secrets” to keeping a youthful appearance. Unfortunately, many commonly held beliefs about aging are exaggerated or inaccurate.

We’d like to help separate fact from fiction. Following are five popular yet misguided notions that consistently crop up.

Myth #1: Wrinkles are the most important sign of aging to treat

Wrinkles may come to mind first when defining the aging face, but in fact a number of characteristics factor into how old or young a person looks. Pigmentation (i.e., age spots, discoloration, etc.), skin texture, and tissue volume also play a considerable role in a person’s apparent age.


Can You Get a Non-Surgical Neck Lift?

June 27, 2016 by

As baby boomers move into their 50’s and 60’s, it is no surprise that demand for non-surgical facial rejuvenation has increased accordingly. Our success in addressing many signs of facial aging without surgery has triggered a related demand in cosmetic medicine—patients are clamoring for non-surgical neck rejuvenation options.

A recent essay in Cosmetic Surgery Times covers the range of current options for achieving a youthful, smooth neckline without surgery, highlighting a few of the newer treatments that promise to help rejuvenate and reshape the neck.


Fall Back in Love with New York This Spring

May 11, 2016 by

As the harshness of winter gives way to the beauty of spring, it’s easy to fall in love with New York all over again. Spring also gives us motivation to stretch our wings and see something new. Whether you are looking for a day trip to a rural setting or simply want to find an afternoon adventure right here in NYC, New York has it all.

Getting Out of The City

Thrillist recently put together a list of the most beautiful places in Upstate New York. If you’re up for one of the best day trips in New York, here are some options to consider:


Meet Our Newest Tool for Hand Rejuvenation: The Phoenix Laser

When it comes to signs of aging, many of us focus on our faces. After all, your face is the first thing others notice about you. Unfortunately, aging is not a localized occurrence, and there are other areas of your body that are also prone to changes over the years.

Hands and arms can also reveal our age, sometimes more so than our faces because these areas often go ignored or unprotected. Over time, age spots, wrinkles, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and liver spots can appear on these areas—and, unfortunately, these concerns are difficult to improve with over-the-counter products.