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January 19, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

What’s in a Wrinkle?


Dr. Jessica Krant, a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon in private practice in Manhattan and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center joined the show on eHealth Radio.

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Jessica J. Krant, M.D., M.P.H. is a board-certified dermatologist in NYC specializing in medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology, with fellowship training in Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery. She is the founder of Art of Dermatology LLC, a private practice in Manhattan, and as Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, she helps train future dermatologists.

Dr. Krant serves on several professional committees including the Professional Conduct Committee and Legislative Advocacy Committees of the ASDS and the State Policy Committee of the AAD. She is a member of the Medical Council of the Skin Cancer Foundation, and was chosen to attend the American Academy of Dermatology's Leadership Forum, a venue for supporting the development of leaders in the specialty. Dr. Krant has given many local community presentations on skin cancer, sunscreens, and skin health, and has authored textbook chapters as well as journal articles for publication, consulted for industry, and presented at medical conferences. Her opinions are quoted in the press and she has been a regular beauty columnist for Consumer's Union ShopSmart Magazine as well as a contributor to their OnHealth Newsletter. She is the sole dermatology expert for the well-known healthcare website and a frequent contributor to the health and beauty information website

Dr. Krant is skilled in medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology, including Mohs surgery. She prides herself on being a comprehensive and caring dermatologist that can care for the whole you. Find out more about her at or call 212-488-5599 for more information.


Abbreviated Transcript of Interview with Dr. Jessica Krant

Eric Michaels: There's so much talk these days about wrinkles and skin aging. What's in a wrinkle?

Dr. Krant: Wrinkles form as a combination of a few factors. On the face, there are two type of wrinkles - dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles form over areas that are creased by the use of facial muscles of expression like the crows feet on the side of the eyes or the horizontal lines of the forehead. Static wrinkles form over areas that don't have specific underlying muscle movement like the middle of the cheek or on the lower eye lids - we don't start out with either one of these kinds of wrinkles but as we get older all three layers of our skin age...

Eric Michaels: How can we avoid creating wrinkles?

Dr. Krant: Of course the best way to minimize wrinkles is to prevent them. The wrinkles you see now are a result of when you went out in the sun when you were a kid so mom's, find a sun screen that you are most comfortable with and put it in your kids and teach them to wear sun protective clothing and to avoid sunburns. Grown ups, it's not true that all the damage is done in your teens which I hear all the time again and skin cancer are caused by accumulative damage over time - so all additional sun exposure does increase your risk...

Eric Michaels: But if someone wants to be tan, isn't it true that indoor tanning is much safer?

Dr. Krant: No! Indoor tanning beds are not safe - period! In fact the indoor tanning industry was recently chastised for false safety claims and Congress and the FDA are requiring stronger and more definitive warning labels posted more on all tanning machines. In many states it has been made illegal for minors to tan without written consent signed and in person by the parents...


Want the entire audio version of this eHealth Radio Episode? Dr. Krant discusses & answers:

  • But skin cancer is no big deal, right? They can just scrape it off?
  • If we've already done the damage, is there any way to reverse the wrinkles?
  • Don't Miss Special Conclusion Tip...

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