Skin Care Series: I’m Giving Laser Treatments a Go

Thank you to Union Square Laser Dermatology for sponsoring this post.

Over the years, I’ve racked up my share of sunspots, and have also become increasingly cognizant of the fine lines that look like they’d like to take permanent residence on my face. With a 30’s close-out party soon approaching in the New Year – it’s time to prioritize things that make me feel good, nearly ten years into motherhood.  I’ve been curious about improving my skin with lasers, especially the ones with minimal downtime.  I was lucky enough to recently undergo treatments with Dr. Jennifer MacGregor, a highly sought after and respected New York City dermatologist, practicing at Union Square Laser Dermatology.


During our initial consultation, I took to Dr. MacGregor and her minimally invasive approach immediately.  While, I pointed out sunspots, small red veins, dullness, and freckles, she said “We’re not trying to erase what makes you-you” while advising on the optimal approach to treat my skin. Her first step?  A session with Cutera’s excel V laser to tackle the small facial blood vessels below my nose.  I also got quite the education on the proper at-home care. While I thought that I was the winning the sun-damage game with my everyday use of sunblock and a hat – it turns out that my system was ALL wrong since my block didn’t contain physical blockers (or mineral sunscreen) like zinc oxide.  I left her office with the proper products to keep me on track.

I hightailed it to Dr. MacGregor’s beautiful office, perched above Union Square on a Friday afternoon – excited to begin.  After going over the process with Dr. MacGregor and her helpful team, I soon had on protective eyewear, while she worked wonders with the excel V.  After a few super quick zaps, the area around my nose was done.  I didn’t find the treatment to be very painful although my head twitched a tiny bit with each pass of the laser. Dr. MacGregor continually checked on my comfort level – and before I knew it, I had soothing ice packs applied to calm any post-procedure irritation.

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Dr. MacGregor giving a patient a laser treatment.  Image via Union Square Laser Dermatology.

When I got home, I examined my face under our bright bathroom lights.  Although those tiny red blood vessels didn’t bother me terribly, to begin with, I couldn’t believe the overall improvement once they were gone (yes GONE!).  One excel V laser session with my favorite new doctor provided instant gratification.  I no longer have the urge to dab concealer under my nose, and continue to be pleased with the overall self-esteem-boost that zapping away a few red squiggly lines provides.  Follow along on my skin-care series (the Clear + Brilliant laser is next!), where I’ll soon be revealing close-up before and after images to highlight my results.



  1. Interesting…Was it only one session or you need follow up sessions? I’m curious if laser can treat spider veins on my legs… I need to set up appt. asap… thanks for sharing this

    • Hi Irina,
      I’ve just done one session with the excel V laser to treat the small broken blood vessels around my nose. I noticed immediate improvement but sometimes multiple sessions are needed. My next story will share details on a series of treatments with the Clear + Brilliant laser for overall brightening, sun spot removal, and better complexion. They also specialize in vein removal for legs (and just about everything else!) at Union Derm – the first step is to set up a consult to arrange a treatment plan:

  2. Annemarie LeBlanc says

    I am happy that you found a treatment that worked for you and best of all, it is non-invasive. I have not gone that route yet because I have a very low threshold for pain. Well, I guess it did not hurt, did it? I understand all of us will eventually grow old and wrinkled, but I just don’t want all of that to happen earlier than it should be.

    • This wasn’t painful! And I’m ok with having some wrinkles and loving the stories they tell. Removing some redness really made me feel good. It’s sort of like I didn’t really notice it until it was gone!

  3. Sometimes i want to undergo laser treatment. But afraid because I’m thinking if it’s gonna hurt me or something, Isn’t it? 😂 but after reading this I think I’m gonna try it.

    • This was so quick and non-invasive. That said, I wouldn’t trust just anyone with any sort of laser on my face! Board certified and reputable is a must.

  4. You lucky! I am dying to have laser treatments to help fade my dark spots from sun damage. I have tried vitamin C and retinol, but they’re as faded as they’ll ever be without some stronger action

    • Adding the right products is part of the process. Dr. MacGregor really educated me on that as well. I’ll be sharing details on the Clear + Brilliant laser next which has been great for overall brightening.

  5. Gladys parker says

    I honestly so know so little about laser treatments, although it is very interesting that one treatment could actually remove one of your problem areas. My face and body have many spots, wrinkles and scars. If I were to have any work done though it would be a breast reduction. After I lose atleast some of the excess weight.

    • Gladys – I had that surgery many moons ago and believe me – they are totally opposite ends of the spectrum! Cutera’s excel v was a quick in-and-out appointment – and if you’ve ever had waxing, I find that to be even more painful than this laser. That said, BR surgery was life-changing for me but I don’t think that I’d be brave enough to do it now –
      although I wasn’t at all scared at age 19!

  6. I would enjoy not having to mess with concealer on a daily basis. I’m tagging along to see the highlights of your results.

  7. I have some laser treatments myself and I love the results I have gotten. I’m so glad you are happy with your results as well.

  8. I’ve done laser therapy too and I loved the results. Glad you’re happy with yours too!

  9. I appreciate that there are options for services that aren’t invasive and don’t require weeks of recovery. I think we all would like to look our best, but I don’t want to be sidelined.

  10. I am all about the non invasive procedures! I’ve never tried laser treatments before but I’m really curious! I’m sure it looks amazing after!

  11. I’m interested to see how it all goes. I’ve considered laser treatments before, perhaps as the years progress I would do a bit more than just consider. Will definitely be following along on this.

  12. This looks like a great thing to do. Laser treatments are expensive though and I have heard that they hurt a lot but the benefits sound good.

  13. I have a lot of dark pigment and have been curious about this too! Thanks for all those Instagram stories!

  14. I tried carbon dioxide laser to treat my acne scars and was completely delighted. After the second procedure almost all scars have gone and the skin became better in general.


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