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Beauty's Best

Craig A. Foster
Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital
850 Park Avenue, at 77th Street (212-744-5746)

Best known for saving the face of the Central Park jogger, Craig Foster is double board-certified in plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat surgery) and holds a degree in dentistry. He specializes in facial work and is now doing the Endotine brow-lift, which uses biodegradable material instead of the traditional screws or staples. He is also known for fixing botched nose work (he corrected a patient who had had five prior operations), and his injectables of choice are collagen and Radiance.

Norman V. Godfrey
New York—Presbyterian Hospital; St. Vincent’s Hospital; The New York Hospital of Queens
9 East 93rd Street (212-628-6600); 163-03 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows (718-961-6200)

In practice with his younger brother in Manhattan and Queens, Norman Godfrey specializes in nose jobs, both “closed,” in which work is done from internal incisions, and “open,” in which the nose cartilage is flipped open like the hood of a car. He also does face work, from lifts to laser resurfacing to transconjunctival eyelid-lifts, in which the incisions are made inconspicuously on the inside of the lid. Occasionally, he’ll operate alongside his brother, a tummy-tuck expert, on the same patient.

Philip M. Godfrey
New York—Presbyterian Hospital; St. Vincent’s Hospital; The New York Hospital of Queens
9 East 93rd Street (212-628-6600); 163-03 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows (718-961-6200)

Philip Godfrey, a specialist in cosmetic surgery of the abdomen and breast, began his career doing post-mastectomy breast reconstructions on the patients of famed surgeon Kenneth Rifkin. Although his work is now exclusively cosmetic, Godfrey and his brother still do pro bono operations for the Foundation for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery’s Hope Program, including a highly publicized case a few years back in which they reconstructed a young boy’s ear using cartilage from his rib. He’s known to turn prospective patients away if he believes they’re asking for the impossible.

Alan Gold
North Shore University Hospital
833 Northern Boulevard, Suite 240, Great Neck, N.Y. (516-498-2800)

Most of Alan Gold’s time is taken up with face, eye, and nose work, both cosmetic and anti-aging in nature. Clients are mostly locals from the tri-state area who come back for repeat visits. Skin-lifts following massive weight loss from gastric-bypass surgeries are becoming a significant part of his practice, as is “revisionary surgery”—i.e., fixing the work of other surgeons, from smoothing out tummy tucks, to revamping face-lifts for a more natural look, to secondary rhinoplasties. As an educational spokesman for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, he’s the go-to guy for medical reporters and has made appearances on CNN, ABC’s Good Morning America, and NBC’s Today show.

David Hidalgo
New York—Presbyterian Hospital; Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital
655 Park Avenue, near 67th Street (212-517-9777)

As chief of Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s plastic-surgery department, David Hidalgo held the most important reconstructive position in the city, and it was there that he developed a reputation as one of the best surgeons for breast work. He left the hospital to open a purely aesthetic practice in 2000. He is concentrating on face-lifts, and he favors the SMAS technique (SMAS being the acronym for the soft tissue that sits between the skin and the muscle and stretches from the cheekbone through the neck), with an emphasis on the jawline. There’s nothing he doesn’t know about the various breast options, and he has refined the “lollipop-pattern reduction,” which leaves no scar under the crease of the breast. Hidalgo, who started in art school as a painter, has expanded his practice to include facial-rejuvenation work as well.

Lloyd Hoffman
New York—Presbyterian Hospital
50 East 69th Street (212-452-5125)

In 1987, at the tender age of 35, Lloyd Hoffman was appointed chief of plastic surgery at New York Hospital, and when that hospital merged with Columbia Presbyterian five years ago to form New York–Presbyterian, he was appointed chief of the combined divisions. He is one of the few plastic surgeons who prefer to stand patients up during liposuction to see the effects of gravity. He uses both the tumescent technique, in which anesthetic fluid and saline injected prior to the operation ease the removal of fat, and ultrasound-assisted liposuction. His approach is conservative, and his practice is half reconstructive, so he still treats skin-cancer patients and does breast reconstruction. Hoffman is one of the few Orthodox Jewish plastic surgeons in the city.