What are chemical peels and what can they achieve?

Patients of the Williamsville, NY area who are dealing with tired, dull, and discolored facial skin may be seeking ways to rejuvenate their appearance. If you are seeking younger, healthier-looking skin, Dr. Jack Bertolino of Smooth Solutions Medical Aesthetics may suggest the benefits of chemical peels.

What is a chemical peel?

Many patients hear “chemical peel” and think of a painful and maybe harmful procedure. However, chemical peels have been safely used for decades in achieving healthier skin cells by exfoliating away old, dead skin cells and stimulating the replacement of new skin cells. This not only clears away dull skin, but also allows the body to create new collagen that plumps and volumizes the skin. This can also smooth away fine lines and wrinkles that contribute to an aged appearance.

What happens during the process of a chemical peel?

Chemical peels are done right in our office under the care and expertise of our doctor. A special blend of chemical agents are hand-selected by our provider to give the patient the correct strength and boost they need based on their unique skin conditions. More superficial chemical peels apply chemicals onto the skin and leave them for the remainder of the day, while others require the chemical peels to be removed after just a few minutes as the ingredients are activated. Superficial chemical peels are more comfortable, but take several treatments to provide the same results as a more aggressive, deeper peel may. During a consultation appointment, our doctor will consult with a patient to determine the best type of peel for their needs, and explain any downtime or recovery expectations.

Discuss chemical peels and other skin treatments available with our team

At Smooth Solutions Medical Aesthetics, we understand how difficult it can be to deal with several imperfections on the facial skin. If you are concerned about which treatment is right for you, schedule your initial evaluation and consultation appointment with Dr. Jack Bertolino and discuss your choices. Our team understands the importance of services that work, and we design treatments based on one’s unique needs. Call (716) 633-6100 to request a visit at 5839 Main Street, Suite #102 in Williamsville, NY.

Three ways to rejuvenate the face

At Smooth Solutions Medical Aesthetics, we see many adult men and women who want to rejuvenate their facial skin. The skin is the largest organ on the body and is the most exposed to the elements, making it difficult to keep beautiful, clean, and healthy. When patients are ready to enhance their appearance by considering dermatological methods for skin rejuvenation, our team may suggest one of three common solutions:

  • Microneedling – microneedling is a specialized treatment during which the skin is pricked with a device that administers hundreds of small needles that puncture the upper layer of the skin. These pin pricks will stimulate the skin’s natural healing process with increased production of collagen and elastin. Most patients will find that they notice results after one treatment, though many patients have microneedling sessions done regularly to achieve optimum improvements.
  • Cosmetic injectables – another option for patients to consider is that of cosmetic injectables. Cosmetic injectables are used in addressing the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Injectables may include Botox, a neuromodulator that is injected into facial muscles and reduces the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, or dermal fillers, which are gels made with hyaluronic acid. HA plumps the skin by adding volume, resulting in smooth skin when injected directly into the wrinkles and folds of the face. These cosmetic injectables can also be combined for a more dramatic enhancement.
  • Laser and light therapies – laser light is used in many areas of medicine, and is also utilized by doctor to improve the skin’s overall appearance. Laser energy penetrates deep into the layers of the skin to revitalize it. Treatments can be as mild or aggressive as patients prefer, and can be done quickly and easily in our dermatology practice as an outpatient procedure.

Schedule your visit today

At Smooth Solutions Medical Aesthetics in Williamsville, NY, Dr. Jack Bertolino provides his patients with solutions for enhancing the skin’s appearance, including overall texture and tone. If you are interested in skin rejuvenation services, we welcome you to book an appointment by calling (716) 633-6100 and visiting our practice in Suite 102 at 5839 Main Street.

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Why You Don’t Have to Deal With Dull Skin

Everyone wants to have tan and glowy skin in the summer, but because sun tanning dries your skin out and makes it look dull, it can be hard to achieve. So,  how can you get the best of both worlds? Let’s take a closer look at some tips from Dr. Bertolino on how you can get rid of your dull skin this summer.

Get Spray Tans

The sun is basically your worst enemy when you want to have glowing, dewy skin. By drying your skin out, the sun is the number one way for you to lose all of the hydration in your skin. Rather than spending hours out in the sun and exposing yourself to damaging and aging rays, ditch the sun altogether and consider getting a spray tan instead. Spray tans are a better way to bronze your skin without drying it out as badly. To help restore the moisture to your skin after every spray tan session, try applying a thick moisturizing cream.

You Can Exfoliate

Another thing that a lot of people don’t remember to do is to exfoliate. When dead skin builds up, it can lead to this uneven skin tone and that overall dry feeling. However, when you exfoliate either at home with an exfoliating scrub or when you come into our office for microdermabrasion, you can get rid of the top layer of dead, dull, dry skin and reveal healthier, dewier skin in the process.

You Can Come In for a Consultation

Sometimes patients don’t know how to get rid of dull skin because they don’t’ know what it’s caused by. Come into our office for a consultation and Dr. Bertolino will look at your skin, help determine what is causing it to become dull, and then put you on a skin care plan that will give you the best results.

Don’t put up with your dull skin and use these tips. Contact our Williamsville office today to schedule your skin care consultation.

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How to Make Healthy Skin Your New Normal During the Winter

If there’s one thing that we are known for in Western New York it’s our nasty snowstorms. Even though snow may be pretty to look at, it can dry out your skin and make it feel rough in texture. To help you get a smoother more moisturized complexion during these harsh winter months, Dr. Bertolino has created a list of things for you to focus on.


Both exfoliating at home and in our office are two things that Dr. Bertolino recommends. Every time you exfoliate properly, you help to get rid of dry, chapped skin which helps to encourage the growth of healthier skin in its place. Even though weekly at-home exfoliating scrubs can get rid of a little bit of dry skin, you may also want to consider microdermabrasion as an option. Microdermabrasion is a tool that uses crystals to exfoliate the skin; leaving you with smoother, healthier skin in the process.


After you have properly exfoliated your skin, it’s time to moisturize. When choosing a moisturizing cream for cold months like January, make sure that you use a moisturizing cream that is thick in texture; that way you know that your skin is really getting the moisture that it needs. If you feel like you aren’t getting the most out of your moisturizer, then we may recommend microneedling. Microneedling is not just collagen induction therapy, but it is also a treatment that helps your skin retain skin products as well.


You may forget about sunscreen when there’s so much snow outside that you can swim in it, but it’s just as important to wear sunscreen in the winter as it is in the summer. Why? You are equally as prone to getting sun damage.

Having rough, dry skin during these cold winter months is normal, but it doesn’t have to be your normal. Find a new normal and use the tips listed in this article. To learn more, contact us at our Williamsville office and call us at (716) 633-6100.

3 Things to Ask Santa For This Year

Are you in the process of making your list and checking it twice? If you want to make sure that you get exactly what you want for Christmas, then we have a few suggestions for you. Based on some skin care concerns, Dr. Jack Bertolino has created a list of a few different procedures that you may want to ask for for Christmas.

Acne Scars

If you thought that you’d be done with your acne in your teens but you still have acne scars in your adult years, then Dr. Bertolino may recommend a treatment like microneedling. Microneedling is ideal at treating a variety of skin care issues including acne scars. By targeting the top few layers of your skin, microneedling encourages the natural production of newer, healthier skin in its place; leaving you with fewer signs of acne scars in the process.


If you loathe your cellulite, then you’re not alone. Cellulite is one of those genetic things that even the fittest of people can get; making it that much more frustrating. To help treat your cellulite, Dr. Bertolino may recommend a treatment called Vaser Smooth which works to actually break up the dimpling to leave you with smoother skin.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Depending on the severity of your fine lines and wrinkles and where they are located, you may want to ask Mr. Clause for either dermal fillers or Botox. Botox is typically used around the eyes and across the forehead whereas fillers are used around the nose and mouth.

Before you land on one of these procedures, Dr. Bertolino will want you to come in to our office for a consultation. During your consultation, he will be able to determine which procedure is going to give you the best results. Are you ready to learn more? Schedule your consultation today and call us at our Williamsville office at (716) 633-6100.

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Can Your Thanksgiving Feast Give You Healthier Skin?

Having healthy skin starts with doing small things like washing your face twice a day, wearing a sunscreen on a daily basis, coming in to see Dr. Jack Bertolino for regular treatments, and watching what you eat. To help you make wise food choices this Thanksgiving, Dr. Bertolino has created a list of foods that are good for your skin.


If there’s one staple (other than Turkey) that’s on everyone’s table during Thanksgiving, it’s pumpkin. Pumpkin is full of beta-carotene which eventually converts itself to Vitamin A which is good for preventing fine lines and wrinkles. And one of the great things about pumpkin is that you can either eat it as a savory side dish with some butter and salt, or you can eat it as a pumpkin pie dessert.

Sweet Potato

Just in case, you didn’t realize how good Vitamin A was for your skin by reading the pumpkin section, then let’s talk about sweet potato. Sweet potato is also full of Vitamin A; in fact, one serving of sweet potato contains 200% of your daily Vitamin A intake. And when you have enough Vitamin A in your diet it helps encourage the growth of healthier skin.


It’s no secret that kale is good for your body but did you know that it’s good for your skin as well? Kale is full of antioxidants which help with skin cell turnover; leaving you with smoother, younger, healthier looking skin in the process. Rather than serving up a traditional green salad on Thanksgiving, try a kale salad instead.

If you are what you eat then you may as well eat some vitamin-rich food this Thanksgiving. If you are interested in learning more about other ways that you can take care of your skin, contact Dr. Bertolino at our Williamsville office and call us today at (716) 633-6100.


Scrub-a-Dub: Why Exfoliating Is Important

PearlYou know that one of the biggest no-no’s in the skincare industry is going to bed with makeup on your face because it causes breakouts. And although you may be aware of some basic skin care tips and recommendations, make sure that you don’t forget to exfoliate. Whether you choose to use an exfoliating face scrub, mask, or get a skin care treatment done by Dr. Jack Bertolino at Smooth Solutions, there’s one thing that’s worth talking about: the benefits.

It Can Breathe

Even though your heart, lungs, and the lady at church are likely the first things that come to mind when you hear the term “organ,” your skin is actually the largest organ on your body. As such, it’s important that you ensure that it can breathe properly. As dead skin builds up and dry patches form, however, it can make it harder for your skin to breathe— which is where properly exfoliating comes into play. By helping you get rid of dry, chapped skin, exfoliating is one of the best ways to improve oxygen flow and help your skin breathe.

It’s Clearer

Everyone is prone to getting a pimple or two at least every so often— if not more. One of the best ways to fight blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples? With an exfoliator. By getting rid of trapped dirt, germs, and bacteria on your skin, exfoliating can helps stabilize the oil production on your skin and get rid of that acne.

It Helps Moisturize

If you are spending hundreds of dollars on skincare products, but you aren’t properly exfoliating, your moisturizer isn’t going to be able to penetrate your skin. By getting rid of dry, chapped skin, exfoliating helps your moisturizer reach into the layers of your skin and hydrate it from the inside out.

Here at our office, we offer a variety of exfoliating skincare solutions including exfoliators and treatments. To schedule your consultation, call 716) 633-6100.

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Skincare Treatments to do in Your 20’s

Skin Care Services Williamsville, NYWhen it comes to things like Botox and chemical peels, you may think that they are only to be done in your 50’s and 60’s— or at least when you start getting more fine lines and wrinkles. However, one thing that Jack Bertolino insists on is that it’s never too early to start practicing good skin care habits. If you are in your 20’s and want to have the youthful skin for even longer, then consider getting some of these treatments done. Read on to learn more.

Chemical Peels

You may think that chemical peels are only done when you’ve hit your midlife and are in crisis mode— however, that’s simply not the case. In fact, we encourage many of our patients who are in their twenties to get a chemical peel because they help to get rid of things like acne, acne scars, freckles, and yes, fine lines and wrinkles.


Botox is popular amongst women of all ages— as long as they are over the age of 18— and can be used as a preventative treatment for fine lines and wrinkles. Although there isn’t much scientific evidence to back up the fact that Botox is preventative, it certainly doesn’t hurt to start getting some injections around your forehead and eyes.

Dermal Fillers

If you have always wanted a sexier, fuller pout, then you may want to consider getting some dermal fillers like Juvederm or Restylane. Although these fillers can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth, they are equally as good at adding volume to lips and cheeks— giving you a more contoured looking appearance.

Taking good care of your skin in your twenties is just as important— and fun— as it is in your fifties. If you would like to consider getting a chemical peel, Botox, or dermal fillers, contact Dr. Jack Bertolino’s office today and schedule a consultation appointment!

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Skin Alert: Understanding Collagen

Microdermabrasion Williamsville, NY As you age, your skin starts to lose collagen in it— contributing to fine lines and wrinkles and a loss of volume across your face. And although aging can be a beautiful thing, it can also wreak havoc on your self-esteem as you see your skin go through these changes. Luckily, Dr. Jack Bertolino can perform a variety of different treatments to help encourage your skin’s natural production of collagen including microdermabrasion, micro-needling, and photofacials. To help you better understand the aging process, we have created an article discussing what collagen is at a scientific level and what it is good for. Read on to learn more.

What Is Collagen?

At the surface level, collagen is a substance that helps add volume to your skin, but what about under the skin? Under the skin, your collagen is a structural protein that helps aid in the strength and production of connective tissues and elasticity.

What Does It Do?

Yes, collagen is a substance that can help give your skin more volume but did you know that it also has other health benefits? In fact, collagen isn’t just necessary for skin health but it also helps with your bones, tendons, muscles, blood vessels, digestive system, and it can diminish the appearance of cellulite and skin dimpling.

  • Bones: Collagen allows our bones to glide over each other without any pain or discomfort.
  • Tendons: Your tendons are comprised of collagen— making them work properly.
  • Muscles: Collagen is in your muscle tissue and helps with connective tissues.
  • Blood Vessels: When collagen is present in your blood vessels, it increases the circulation and flow of blood throughout the body.
  • Digestive System: Collagen breaks down proteins in your digestive system, soothes your guts lining, and heals any damaged cell walls in your stomach.

Collagen is an important component of your overall health. If you would like to learn more about the importance of collagen for your skin, contact Dr. Jack Bertolino’s office today!

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The Truth Behind Charcoal Masks

Skin Care & Cosmetics products Buffalo, NYYou’ve likely seen videos circling YouTube lately with people using popular peel-off charcoal masks only to end up screaming in agony because of the pain. Although these clips are beyond hysterical— and may be worth spending your lunch break watching on repeat— they have everyone posing the question, “Are they worth it?” To help you decide if investing in a charcoal mask will either help your skin or turn you into the next YouTube star, we have created a brief article. Read on to learn more.

Understanding Charcoal

Charcoal, in general, is really good for your skin— especially if you have acne. As an all-natural component, charcoal helps to draw out dirt, bacteria, chemicals, and other harmful particles from the skin— leaving you with cleaner, and smoother looking skin. If you are experiencing breakouts or more blemishes than normal, consider getting a charcoal face mask or charcoal induced face soap.

Are Masks Good for You?

Not all face masks are created equal. The charcoal face masks that are gaining popularity on the internet, in particular, are peel off face masks which means that once they dry to your skin, you can peel them off in one piece. Even though these masks are good at removing toxins, they can be more painful than beneficial. In fact, you can get the same positive benefits from a regular, charcoal cream mask.

The truth is that charcoal is a great ingredient to use on your skin to help combat bacteria and germs. However, it doesn’t have to be a painful experience. Before you buy any face product online, make sure to see what ingredients it has. If you would like to learn more about skin care or skin care products, contact Dr. Jack Bertolino’s office today!