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  1. You will experience a burning sensation on the skin that will last between 30 minutes and 3 hours on up to the first day.
  2. After your Laser surgery, please apply ice compresses for 48 hours to reduce swelling and enhance your comfort level.
  3. If you have discomfort following the treatment, take Tylenol or ask for a pain medicine prescribed by the doctor. Take with food.
  4. Treatment to the Facial Area will result in an appearance similar to a darker tan/ sunburn for the first day. A fine scab will be formed by the skin do not be concerned, this promotes the healing process.
  5. Redness may persist up to 2 days. At this point, makeup can be applied. 3-4 Days you face will get darker, and then near the 5th day peel. More intense treatments can take up to 7 days for recovery.
  6. Wash using a mild soap purpose like Neutrogena or a soap-free cleanser like Cetaphil.
  7. Wash the treatment area everyday and apply Aquaphor Ointment to the treated sites and lips 4 times a day. Avoid Hot Water for up to 3 days after your procedure.
  8. Eye Area: Treatment to the upper Eye lids may result in swelling and create a slight squint. Redness may persist up to 3 days. Cleanse your eyes with cool water and dab or pat lightly with towel. Avoid Hot Water. Lubricating eye drops (i.e. artificial tears) will help to decrease dryness of your eyes.
  9. If the skin around the mouth is tight, minimize facial expressions.
  10. Rest. Avoid strenuous exercise, bending, straining, stooping or lifting heavy objects for 3 days after procedure. These activities may cause swelling and pain on your face and slow down your recovery.
  11. Sleep with your face elevated above your heart for the first day after the procedure.
  12. Avoid sun exposure for at least six months. A sunscreen SPF 50 or higher should be applied every day. Use hat and sunglasses. Your skin is extremely vulnerable to the sun after having laser treatment. Protecting your skin and limiting sun exposure ensures the best cosmetic results.
  13. At the time of scheduling the laser procedure, please schedule your follow up appointment for 1 week after the procedure.
  14. An Anti-Viral Medicine (i.e. Valtrex) may be prescribed to avoid a herpetic breakout following the procedure.


C02 is a Carbon Dioxide laser that has been used for more than 25 years in the Aesthetic Industry for treatment of skin conditions such as fine and coarse wrinkles, scars of various origin, uneven pigmentation and dilated pores. When a CO2 beam of light comes in contact with the epidermis it heats and vaporizes the skin tissue, instantly removing the superficial layers of the skin, scars and wrinkles while smoothing out the surface of the skin. This skin remodeling occurs with new skin and collagen growth.

Fractional Skin Resurfacing is a Revolutionary Delivery System that increases the possibilities for busy people who want healthy, younger looking skin with minimal pain in short period of time. The Mixto combines the benefits of a CO2 laser with a micro spot size of 300 microns that can treat 20-100% of the scanned area. Using a computerized pattern generator and a new scanning algorithm, thermal heat is dispersed within the epidermis while evenly treating damaged areas. This particular algorithm dramatically reduces pain, the need for anesthesia, and recovery time. Single treatments can show a significant improvement in skin texture and color.

The Benefits of the Cortex Laser

As you age, your collagen production begins to decrease3, which leads to the breakdown of the skin’s underlying supportive tissues. Exposure to UV rays4, smoking, and other daily environmental assaults can cause your skin to become pigmented and prematurely wrinkled.

To combat sun damage, shallow acne scars, creases, and wrinkles, Dr. Rizk uses the innovative Cortex laser system that has been shown to enhance the skin’s strength and elasticity. After a single treatment, you will achieve smoother skin, better texture, and reduced pigmentation and irregularities.


Erythema (redness of skin); the laser-treated areas have a distinctive redness representing increased blood flow due to the growth of the superficial tissue and collagen. It will gradually fade during the first two days.

Inflammation (swelling); Treatment with Mixto System presents a minimal amount of swelling that can last up to 24 hours.

Hyperpigmentation (tanning); this is presented after the third day of the procedure but then begins to shed and reveal younger healthy looking skin.

A personal interview and clinical examination will be conducted to obtain relevant facts about our medical and dermatologic history, and any medications you are currently taking or have taken in the recent past. If you are prone to cold sores, you need to ask your doctor for an antivirus prescription before the treatment.

Fractional Treatment with the Mixto SX has been proven safe for the face, neck, chest and hands.

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Dr. Rizk and his staff were absolutely incredible! They made me feel so comfortable throughout this entire process and I am so grateful for everyone (especially Dr. Rizk) for helping me look the best version of myself. My nose looks natural and perfect and I am in love with the results!!! If you are on the fence, I definitely encourage you to come to this office because Dr. Rizk gave me the confidence and grace to present myself to the world!

-Leah Abramson

Words cannot express how tremendously grateful and impressed I am for his services. The process was painless and he produced beautiful results that I’m so happy with. Dr. Rizk is extremely precise, patient and detail orientated. He narrowed my nose 1mm at a time! I’m already looking forward to my next small tweek with him.

-Allison S

Fixed my nose that was extremely crooked from a car accident. Also did my brother’s nose which case out beautifully

-Katie M

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By Dr. Sam S. Rizk, M.D., FACS.

Dr. Rizk is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty surgery and a recognized expert on the latest advances in facial plastic surgery techniques. He performs a range of facial plastic surgeries at his New York practice.

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