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Dr. Vic Narurkar, Cosmetic Dermatology

Dr. Vic Narurkar: Nonsurgical Cosmetic Innovations

June 10, 2010

Vic A. Narurkar, MD is a leading board-certified cosmetic dermatologist.  Dr. Narurker received his medical training at Stanford Medical School, where he also completed his internship and residency in dermatology. Next, he undertook a two year fellowship in Mohs surgery, laser treatments, and cosmetic dermatologic surgery with Dr. Philip Bailin at the Cleveland Clinic. During his fellowship, Dr. Narurkar helped develop pulsed dye and alexandrite lasers for birthmark and tattoo removal.

After his fellowship, Dr. Narurkar entered private practice with Dr. Kathy Fields in San Francisco and later established the Bay Area Laser Institute.   He currently divides his time between his private practice and UC Davis, where he serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology.

Dr. Narurkar has authored over 100 publications and book chapters and has served on numerous committees, editorial boards, and professional societies.  Dr. Narurkar is a founding chairman of Cosmetic Boot Camp LLC, an organization that provides ongoing training to doctors, fellows, and residents.

In his clinical practice, Dr. Narurkar focuses on nonsurgical procedures and makes staying up-to-date with new techniques a priority. “I have an inquisitive love for education that inspires me to research developmental uses for a host of technologies. I enjoy pursuing the next great medical advancement,” Dr. Narurkar told New Beauty magazine. Dr. Narurkar has been among the first physicians to test several cosmetic procedures that are now used worldwide, including:

  • Starlux photorejuvenation.  Starlux is an extremely versatile pulsed light laser, which can be used for everything from eliminating stretch marks to shrinking leg veins.  Dr. Narurkar helped pioneer the use of Starlux for photorejuvenation, the use of intense pulsed light to remove wrinkles.  He is now conducting confirmatory studies with Dr. Carolyn Chang in the US on the recently cleared use of this system by the FDA for treating stretch marks and striae.

  • Fraxel Restore laser: Fraxel is a fractional laser resurfacing treatment. In fractional resurfacing, laser light is used to create tiny wounds deep in the dermis.  The body responds by producing collagen and elastin, two proteins that give the skin its firmness and elasticity.

  • Isolaz laser for acne.  Isolaz combines vacuum suction with broadband light to “purify pores from the inside out.” The procedure is quick, easy, and painless and can provide “instant gratification,” according to Dr. Narurkar.
Advice from Dr. Narurkar
Do your homework before submitting to a cosmetic procedure: 
  • Check that the person who will conduct your procedure is a licensed physician.
  • If lasers are involved, ask if the laser device being used is FDA-approved for your specific procedure.
  • If the procedure you want done involves an injection, ask what is actually being injected and how much.
  • While he puts an enormous amount of effort into research and education, Dr. Narurkar does not neglect his patients.  “Establishing a trusting relationship with patients is a vital part of my philosophy,” he says.  He carries out all of the laser and injectable procedures offered at Bay Area Laser Institute himself. 

    Dr. Narurkar aims to provide patients with the best possible outcome by combining treatments and methods. “A person might use laser therapy to smooth and perfect the canvas of the face, a filler to restore the loss of volume, and Botox® to relax the muscles that distort the face,” he says.  Dr. Narurkar’s attention to patient safety and treatment efficacy has earned him a dedicated patient base that includes other dermatologists and their families and a commendation as one of the “Best Doctors in America.”


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