Fewer patients are electing to undergo major cosmetic procedures these days, but the plastic surgery field has hardly been dormant. Scientists and doctors have been busy coming up with cutting-edge advances that focus on specific problem areas, from a simple solution that can be brushed on brows, to a small fiber that lifts the lower face, to thin laminates that transform a smile without grinding down natural teeth. Here are some of the latest techniques — body part by body part — and the doctors who are leading the way.
Cost: $120 for a two-month supply
Done by: Dr. Bob Bernstein, 110 E. 55th St., 212-826-2400
Latisse transforms over-plucked, spindly arches into thick, sexy brows worthy of Brooke Shields. “It stimulates the anagen phase of hair follicles, which thickens and prolongs the hair’s growth,” Bernstein explains. “We would use it on the scalp, but because of the amount we would need, it would be extremely expensive.“
Procedure: Augmentation with “gummy bear” implants
Done by: Dr. Nina Naidu, 160 E. 72nd St., 212-452-1230
The latest “gummy bears” are more like natural breast tissue than past generations of implants; Naidu says they feel a lot like Jell-o. And because they are not as liquid there is less chance of leakage. “After the FDA re-approved silicone gel implants in 2006,
Procedure: Microdermabrasion, laser and glycolic peel
Done by: Dr. David Colbert, 119 Fifth Ave., 212-533-8888
Colbert has devised a triad of treatments to restore skin that appears mottled and uneven after a summer of sun exposure. He gives patients micro-dermabrasion, 12 minutes of a Cutera laser — he swears “it feels like warm raindrops on the skin” — and a glycolic peel. The result is soft, smooth skin devoid of dark brown spots. “We’ve had a lot of celebrities come in to get their faces done, and they forget the chest,“ says Colbert. “It’s important to keep things uniform.”
Procedure: Scorz; Cost: $750
Done by: Dr. Neil Sadick, 911 Park Ave., 212-772-7242
To treat tenacious cellulite, Scorz uses sound waves to improve dimpled skin. “Cellulite is fat which makes its way into the dermis instead of staying in the subcutaneous layer,” explains Sadick. “The fat cells are also oriented in such a way to allow the fat to pouch out. Sonic waves produce heat, which softens them like silly putty and pushes them back where they belong.” While there is still no miracle cure, patients report significant improvement.
Procedure: Acid peel; Cost: $100
Done by: Dr. Suzanne Levine, 885 Park Ave., 212-535-0229
Never mind vigorously scraping away at calluses. Levine uses a 70-percent medical grade acid peel to eviscerate them. “Your feet will tingle, but you will have no pain and it gets rid of all those cracks you have from wearing mules,“ she swears. After the peel, she zaps unattractive spider veins with the EPAT ultrasound machine and injects fat-busting phosphatidylcholine around the ankles.
Procedure: Open rhinoplasty
Done by: Dr. Bob Cattani, 159 E. 74th St., 212-772-0505
“Rhinoplasty is a surgery of millimeters, not centimeters,“ says Cattani. Traditionally, a small incision is made between the nostrils to allow access to cartilage and bone. Cattani’s open rhinoplasty lifts the skin to offer the surgeon a full view. The scar is minimal and, to perfect details, he injects Juviderm and Restylane.
Procedure: Laminates and “Gumoflage“
Cost: $1,800 per tooth for thin veneers, $2,200 per tooth for super-strong veneers and $1,500-$2,500 for gumoflage
Done by: Dr. Lana Rozenberg, 45 W. 54th St., 212-265-7724; Dr. Steven Butensky, 16 E. 52nd St., 212-486-6622
New thinner laminates not only create a more natural look than traditional porcelain veneers, they don’t require shaving your teeth down to nubs. Previously, thin veneers didn’t work for those with deep stains, but new color blockers can be painted on natural teeth. “Even teeth severely stained by coffee and wine can now look white and pearly,” says Rozenberg, who tends to the mouths of Scarlett Johansson and Kim Cattrall.
Butensky, who brightens the smiles of Molly Sims and Tinsley Mortimer, uses a new stronger laminate. “The material holds up better, especially for people who are grinders,“ he explains. Rozenberg also now has a procedure she refers to as “gumoflage,“ which corrects a smile that shows too much gum by lowering the lip slightly, without bone grafting as in the past.
Cost: $3,500 to $5,000
Done by: Dr. Jon Turk, 800-A Fifth Ave., 212-421-4845
Previously, droopy jowls were firmed with a classic facelift — cutting and tightening skin and muscles. Now, Aculift, a thin laser fiber, removes fat from the area and tightens skin. “It’s less traumatic and safer than liposuction, with a much shorter downtime, “ says Turk. “I suggest people consider this at the early signs of aging, in your 40s.”
Procedure: Short-scar arm lift
Done by: Dr. Larry Reed, 45 E. 85th St., 212-772-8300
The fix for loose, jiggly arms used to come with a huge scar from the chest to the elbow. Reed has introduced a short-scar arm lift with a smaller incision that’s tucked under the armpit. It not only tightens the skin, it gets rid of the fat pocket on the side of the chest and fullness in back of the arm. Bonus: it eliminates hair and some sweat glands in the armpit! Drawback: recovery takes longer — you can’t raise your elbows above the shoulders for three weeks.
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