Ever since moving to New York City, Dr. Hadley King has been ruling the cosmetic and medical dermatology fields. From fillers to lasers, this Ivy League graduate is leading the way with new technologies, including the truSculpt iD, a truly revolutionizing procedure.
Dr. King, who is now growing her own practice, grew up in Pensacola, Florida, before heading to Harvard to study biochemistry and eventually enrolling in medical school at Columbia. After doing different rotations and checking out various specialties in medical school, Dr. King, who was interested in molecular biology since middle school, seemed destined to go into dermatology.
“Dermatology seemed like a good fit for me because I am very visual, and dermatology can tell us so much about what’s going on inside the body by what’s going on in the skin. And I love working with people, and getting to work with people on an everyday basis is something that’s unique about dermatology among the visual fields in medicine.I also like that I get to work with my hands without being super invasive like open heart surgery. I can do lasers and injectables and small surgical procedures, and I really like that combination.And I love the diagnostic challenges in dermatology, and the science – there is a lot of interesting science in medical dermatology, particularly immunology.”
After finishing her residency, Dr. King started her first job at Sloan Kettering, where she was focused on procedures relating to cancer and skin cancer. This passionate doctor, who went into private practice with Dr. Doris Day on the Upper East Side about twelve years ago, opened up her own small practice about a year ago. Her new studio space, located in the Nomad area on Madison between 32nd and 33rd, offers the truSculpt iD, as well as cosmetic injectables.
“TruSculpt iD is a device from Cutera that uses radio frequency to kill fat cells – it is a unique technology that uses monopolar radio frequency to penetrate through the entire fat layer, raising temperatures to a degree that will kill the fat cells permanently, and then your body disposes of them. You will lose on average 24 percent of your fat and will see the full results after 12 weeks. Each session lasts 15 minutes. You’ll feel warm but remain comfortable, there’s no burning and no downtime. This is meant for people who are fairly fit but have problem areas, most commonly the belly, love handles, upper arms, thighs, above the knee area, bra fat area and submental double chin. The competitor of truSculpt iD is CoolSculpting, but truSculpt iD has two big advantages, including the fact that radiofrequency tightens the skin so there is no loosening and you can use individual handpieces, up to six at a time. This makes it very individualized and easy to treat exact areas.The handpieces stick on top of the skin, so there is no clamp involved as in CoolSculpting, which can create an unnatural looking contour which we call a shark bite deformity. You don’t get that with truSculpt.”
While her own studio is entirely cosmetic, Dr. King practices both cosmetic and medical dermatology at Dr. Day’s office, where she routinely works with acne, skin cancer and eczema, as well as cosmetic injectables, lasers and other devices for resurfacing and tightening the skin, and PRP, which she described as being very “popular” right now.
“Over the past several years, people have steered towards more non-invasive, or minimally invasive options. Surgical procedures are still being done, but it’s become more popular for people to consider non-surgical options first.”
According to Dr. King, opening her own practice last November has “felt like an exciting accomplishment. I’m thankful for the experiences leading up to it and I am honored to feel the support from my patients. I have also worked with device companies, including MelaFind and DermTech, which offer cutting edge technologies that help dermatologists evaluate moles and decide whether or not a biopsy is needed. There are also skincare brands I’m involved with, including an acne line named AcneFree. Bringing awareness of these products and technologies to a larger audience is another fun aspect of being a dermatologist.”
In addition to working in both her Uptown and Midtown locations, this dedicated doctor is also a Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at Cornell where she teaches residents, and even works a few days a month in a town called Presque Isle, in Northern Maine. “It’s hard to imagine as a Manhattanite, but this area, with a population of 70,000, has no dermatologists. I have a colleague who has been going up there and treating patients for the past several years, and I just started joining him this past year. It’s really busy when I go, there’s always a waiting list. There are many potato farmers who get a lot of sun exposure and skin cancers, but then it also gets cold and dark for most of the year, which exacerbates conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. It’s rewarding to feel needed.”
When she’s not working, Dr. King tries to find time to stay both mentally and physically fit by regularly going to the gym and staying active. This cutting-edge cosmetic and medical dermatologist lives in Midtown East and loves exploring the city and different boroughs. “I love to walk around with my dog and see what’s happening in Brooklyn and check out new restaurants and bars and shops. I’m mostly vegan and Iove that there is such a vibrant food scene. The city really caters to vegetarians and vegans. I also love the art world and going to museums and galleries. I’m involved in the Park Avenue Armory and enjoy performances there. I’m also excited about the Shed, the city’s big new performance space. I really love to travel whenever I get a chance. This year I made it to Israel, Greece and Denmark.”
If you want to look and feel good, Dr. Hadley King has just the painless procedure for you!