By Kari Molvar | June 9, 2010 | Lifestyle
"Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art,” Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote. Had the poet-philosopher been familiar with the work of the experts in our fi rst-ever wellness feature, he might have considered them artists in their own right. Read on for the best ways to feel beautiful—inside and out.
Susan Ciminelli Day Spa & Salon
Specialty: Face and body therapies using mostly natural ingredients that give you that famous “Susan Ciminelli glow” and her youth-preserving seawater elixir
Signature procedure: Aromatherapy facial, a one-hour customized facial that deep cleans pores and nourishes, hydrates and rejuvenates the face and neck
Notable clients: A “Page Six” tear sheet of celebs (Jennifer Lopez), movie producers (Nancy Meyers), models (Christy Turlington Burns, Kate Moss) and Bergdorf blondes (Pia Getty)
Fun fact: Ciminelli began learning about combining Eastern and Western health philosophies when she lived with relatives in Italy at age 15. The rest is history. 120 E. 56th St.; susanciminelli.com
DR. NICHOLAS V. PERRICONE
Specialty: Pioneered the theory that inflammation is the root of such skin evils as wrinkles, impurities (acne, rosacea) and dullness. His skincare line and diet emphasize antioxidants and essential fatty acids (especially those in salmon) as countermeasures.
Signature product: Cold Plasma cream, which addresses 10 signs of aging. (Eva Mendes is a fan, we’re told.)
Notable clients: Perricone no longer practices, but rumor has it he formerly tended to Uma Thurman and Courteney Cox Arquette.
Fun fact: Perricone holds patents for “electronic countermeasures” that allow combat aircraft to fight off enemy attacks (no joke). Visit perriconemd.com.
DR. SVETLANA KOGAN
Doctors at Trump Place
Specialty: Hightech offerings such as lasers, chemical peels, light therapy, “longevity services” and injections with a holistic touch (lifestyle, nutrition and overall psyche are discussed during visits)
Signature procedure: Krystal Orb Therapy, a treatment that involves a footbath, dry-brush massage, sauna treatment and cool wrap followed by a massage with heated Himalayancrystal orbs, which help protect the skin from bacteria and draw out toxins
Fun fact: Kogan dispenses beauty advice via Twitter (@drsvetlanakogan), like this recent hint: “One of the skincare ingredients that can penetrate the skin and reduce appearance of wrinkles is beta glucan, a soluble fiber found in oats.” 194 Riverside Blvd.; dtpdoctors.com
DR. HOWARD SOBEL, DIRECTOR
Skin & Spa Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Center
Specialty: Lunchtime fixes done with a very steady hand, e.g., administering just enough Botox to decrease muscle contractions without freezing the face
Signature procedure: “Standing” liposuction, wherein patients stand toward the end of the procedure to be re-marked, so the final results look natural in real life, away from the operating table
Notable clients: Range from the superrich to the superordinary (with seriously deep pockets, that is)
Fun fact: In 1991, Sobel created DDF, one of the fi rst dermatologist skincare lines, setting off the doctor-brand trend that’s still going strong (Sephora thanks you). 960 Park Ave; drsobel.com
DR. DAVID SHAFER
Shafer Plastic Surgery
Specialty: Next-generation cosmetic surgery with virtual consultations on Skype or iChat, after-hours Botox injections and quick-recovery procedures
Signature procedure: “Mommy Makeover,” a procedure that restores your pre-baby body with breast rejuvenation, tummy tuck and other necessary fixes
Notable clients: An international crowd of bankers, fashion designers and royalty who fly in (or fly him in) for treatments
Fun fact: Shafer developed the first iPhone app for plastic surgery—a database of more than 1,000 questions and answers about cosmetic surgery procedures. 10 E. 53rd St.; shaferplasticsurgery.com
DR. MICHELE GREEN
Specialty: Cutting-edge but practical cosmetic fixes. (Green will perform no procedure that she doesn’t consider 100 percent right for the patient.)
Signature procedure: Superprecise injections— think Botox, Restylane and other facial injections. Also, skin tightening and lasers for wrinkles, redness and brown spots
Notable clients: Ladder-climbing career execs, ladies who lunch and UES moms
Fun fact: Before launching her own skincare line, Green was a consultant to high-end beauty brands like L’Oréal, Lancôme and La Roche-Posay. 156 E. 79th St., Suite 1B; michelegreenmd.com
DR. STEPHEN GREENBERG
Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery
Specialty: Tip-to-toe plastic surgery—no body part is too challenging (even ears can be sculpted), but especially known for lipo, breast augmentation, tummy tucks and eye and face-lifts
Signature procedure: “Smart Lipo,” which dissolves fat cells with a laser, then suctions them out of the body, lessening scarring and healing time. Greenberg is one of the few plastic surgeons in the country trained to do the procedure.
Notable clients: Meticulously maintained actors, models and health professionals
Fun fact: Greenberg hosts the only Long Island cosmetic surgery radio show, Nip/Tuck Saturday Night, every Saturday evening from 10 PM to midnight on KJOY (98.3 and 96.1 FM). 461 Park Ave. S.; greenbergcosmeticsurgery.com
DR. ANDREW JACONO
New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery
Specialty: Minimally invasive nips and tucks such as the “mini” facelift, which reduces jowls, lifts the eyes and smooths folds with minimal telltale scars
Signature procedure: “French Lips,” a patented technique that plumps the lips with hyaluronic acid, targeting 15 different zones of the mouth to accentuate its curvature so the lips roll out ever so slightly, à la Brigitte Bardot
Notable clients: High-rolling media personalities, models, actors and those with keys to the weekend McMansion
Fun facts: In 2006, Jacono wrote the book Face the Facts: The Truth About Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures That Do and Don’t Work, a handy guide to demystifying surgical and nonsurgical treatments. 990 Fifth Ave.; newyorkfacialplasticsurgery.com
MARISSA LIPPERT, RD
Founder of Nourish Nutrition Counseling and author of The Cheater’s Diet
Specialty: Shaping up your diet without beating the drum of no carbs, no sugar, no alcohol. Customized daily and weekly menus help clients shed stubborn pounds, boost energy levels, address allergies or just commit to greener eating habits.
Signature service: A complete kitchen makeover wherein Lippert will restock your fridge with healthy picks from the city’s gourmet grocers and farmers’ markets, show you how to set a stylish table (including helping you shop for dinner party-worthy flatware and serving pieces) and teach you (or your staff) how to cook up wholesome meals.
Fun fact: Lippert writes her own blog, “Diet Is a Four Letter Word,” that chronicles her adventures in scouting fresh food and new restaurants around town, testing recipes and dishing on how to fit an indulgent brunch into a healthy, balanced diet (potatoes and sausage pass the test). 16 W. 23rd St.; nourish-nyc.com
DR. RICHARD FIRSHEIN
of the Firshein Center for Comprehensive Medicine
Specialty: Alternative and integrative beauty therapies to improve your immune system, complexion, hair texture and energy levels and stimulate weight loss. Eastern medicine and nutraceuticals are the cornerstones of the practice.
Signature procedure: A comprehensive health evaluation that provides a detailed nutritional profi le of blood levels and also takes into account genetic history to offer specifi c recommendations for diet, supplements and treatments (such as vitamin injections to improve energy and acupuncture to stimulate collagen and reduce skin sagging).
Notable clients: Fashion designers, real estate moguls, advertising execs, bankers, royalty and out-of-towners who fl y in from California, the Middle East, South Africa and Europe
Fun fact: Firshein’s own childhood experience with asthma led him to natural medicine and spurred him to develop nationally recognized asthma treatment programs. 1226 Park Ave.; drfirshein.com
NICOLE CONTOS LIAKEAS
Smooth Synergy Day Spa
Specialty: Cosmedical services with a pampering touch, the most popular of which include endermologie (a French advancement that breaks up fat deposits to battle cellulite), fanny facials (microcurrents and scrubs tone the tush) and laser hair removal
Signature procedure: The Integral Triple Play, a full-body service of endermologie, lipomassage and endermolift to banish cellulite, even out skin and make you bikini-ready
Notable Clients: Ex-Beatrice Inn crowd of models and even some rock stars
Fun fact: Liakeas was once a jilted bride after being stood up at the altar in front of 250 guests at her black-tie Manhattan wedding. Media outlets caught wind of the story (which was featured on the front page of the Daily News as well as on Oprah, 20/20 and Good Morning America) and she later used that publicity to launch her spa with her current husband of eight and a half years. Revenge is sweet! 686 Lexington Ave.; smoothsynergy.com
DR. LEWIS GROSS
Specialty: Holistic dentistry services such as an alternative to root canals that medicates the tooth with natural herbs, mercury and BPA-free fillings and the option to use acupuncture instead of anesthesia for pain management
Signature procedure: Lumineers: ultrathin veneers that are bonded to existing teeth to perfect your smile. (Patients can request a cranial massage while in the chair.)
Notable Clients: New-age spiritualists with great teeth, eco-warriors wary of mercury and urban environmentalists
Fun fact: Gross just wrote a novel called Montauk Tango. Look for it this summer—after your teeth cleaning, of course. 17 Park Pl.; holistic-dentists.com
DR. IRWIN SMIGEL
Specialty: Cosmetic dentistry, including crowns, implants, dentures, veneers, teeth whitening and bonding (which Smigel invented about 30 years ago)
Signature procedure: Nonsurgical face-lift in which Smigel carefully builds out the teeth, thus lifting the muscles, creating cheekbones, softening nasolabial folds and filling out lips
Notable Clients: Kelly Ripa, Jimmy Fallon, Calvin Klein and Justin Timberlake
Fun fact: Smigel was recently honored as the “Father of Aesthetic Dentistry” by the Smithsonian. 635 Madison Ave.; smigel.com
BERENICE S. ROTHENBERG
Specialty: Rothenberg has been a licensed cosmetologist and board-certified electrologist for more than 25 years.
Signature procedure: Laser permanent hair reduction for women and men, a quick and comfortable procedure particularly effective on large areas such as legs, back, bikini lines and underarms
Notable Clients: Movie stars, show hosts, supermodels, television actors, successful athletes, politicians, national television reporters, executive directors, chart-topping musicians, film and theater directors, producers, fashion designers and journalists
Fun fact: Rothenberg once got a call from her husband telling her that firefighters were at her house because “the kitchen was on fire.” Rothenberg replied, “Take care of it—I have a client on my table,” then continued working. 29 East 61st St., 2nd fl .; bereniceelectrolysis.com
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