Paraphrasing Coco Chanel, my mother always said ‘get all dressed and take off one piece of jewelry’. In other words, never be over-done. Mom also said ‘don’t let the dress wear you.’ Those are my philosophies when doing cosmetic procedures.
My goal is for you to look like you: the well-rested, un-stressed, energized, healthy, just-came-back-from-vacation version of you … even if you aren’t any of those things on a given day. And ultimately no one should see ‘the work’ that was done, just the naturally youthful results.
"Less is More"
Maintaining or re-creating that look is a process that can be done over days or years. Understanding how the changes seen with age are created can help you prepare and plan with us.
Because I am aging too.
It is important to share the aesthetic of your cosmetic dermatologist. I try to stay true to my aesthetic whether coming to work in scrubs and clogs or lecturing around the world dressed like an ‘International Diva of Dermatology.’ As a second generation dermatologist, I’ve had a head start on good skin: vigilant sun protection since birth and never smoking kept me relatively spotless and wrinkle free. But having been through breast cancer treatment, chemotherapy and menopause and passing my fiftieth birthday, I’ve taken advantage of the technologies at my finger tips. In the last two decades, I’ve availed myself of multiple botulinum toxins, buckets of fillers, tissue tightening and fat freezing devices and all that cosmeceuticals have to offer. I’m not high maintenance, but I plan to continue this self-maintenance. Please take a look at my photographic journey and decide if it fits your idea of aging gracefully.
Heidi A Waldorf, MD is a nationally and internationally respected expert and sought after lecturer in the field of Dermatology and Cosmetic Medicine, including skin rejuvenation, soft tissue augmentation, cosmetic use of botulinum toxin, noninvasive fat reduction, laser and other energy based device technology and cosmeceuticals.
Dr. Waldorf completed her undergraduate and medical education and training at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, after which she completed a fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Laser Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery.
Dr. Waldorf serves as an investigator, speaker, consultant, advisory board member and trainer for major industry producers of drugs, devices and cosmeceuticals, allowing her to participate in the development of treatment protocols and to offer her patients the latest therapies. Her research has included clinical investigations involving the use of lasers and other energy based devices, botulinum toxins, filling agents, lipolytic agents and cosmeceuticals for rejuvenation.
“It is not the paint or the paintbrush, but the painter who creates a masterpiece”
Dr. Waldorf has been published extensively in professional journals and books, serves as Co-Chief Medical Editor of Modern Aesthetics and of Dermatology Focus and is on the editorial board of Aesthetic Surgery Journal and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. She regularly speaks at major aesthetic surgery meetings in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as the United States. She has served as Director of various symposiums on aesthetic dermatology and dermatologic surgery at the annual American Academy of Dermatology and American Society for Dermatologic Surgery meetings. In 2016, Dr. Waldorf was named Honorary President of Aesthetic Dermatology for the 14th Annual Aesthetic & Anti-aging World Congress in Monaco and she remains a member of that meeting’s scientific committee.
Dr. Waldorf is listed in the Castle Connolly Guide to Top Doctors New York Metro Area 2008-2020 and The Best Doctors® in America 2003-2020. She was chosen as one of New York Moves’ 2006 Power Women and was selected by the Rockland Economic Development Corporation and the Rockland Business Associates as one of Rockland County’s Best Forty Under Forty in 2003. Quoted in magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Allure, Harper’s BAZAAR, Elle, O: The Oprah Magazine, InStyle, People Stylewatch, Good Housekeeping and Real Simple, among others, she has also appeared on various morning shows and evening news programs, including “The TODAY Show” and “The Dr. Oz Show.” Additionally, Dr. Waldorf has been named one of New Beauty “Top Doctors” 2017 - 2020 and is a member of that magazine’s advisory council.
Dr. Waldorf is an elected member of the prestigious American Dermatological Association and the Association of Surgical Faculty of the American Academy of Dermatology. Her extensive professional accreditations also include Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, Fellow of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, Member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and member of the World Society of Interdisciplinary Anti-aging Medicine (WOSIAM) on their scientific advisory board in Aesthetic Dermatology. Dr. Waldorf is a former Board Member of the Women’s Dermatologic Society and was a Founding Board Member of the Dermatologic & Aesthetic Surgery International League.
Dr. Waldorf was Director of Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York for over 20 years. She is now full time at her private practice, Waldorf Dermatology Aesthetics, located in Nanuet, NY, just 20 miles North of Manhattan, where she focuses exclusively on Cosmetic Dermatology.
Dr. Waldorf has travelled extensively since childhood and continues to be inspired by people, cultures, cities and nature. She has done many ‘active’ vacations, hiking or cycling in various locals in North and South America, Asia and Europe. Since 2014, she has combined her particular love of French culture, her penchant for arts and crafts and her desire to be active, by participating in the annual Marathon du Medoc held in Bordeaux France, a 26.2 mile marathon where participants dressed in costume run between chateaux wine tastings. Dr. Waldorf brings the beauty, adventure and peace of her travels home through her photographs of nature which decorate the walls of her Nanuet office.
Most of all, she is enjoying growing older while looking younger along with her patients.