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Beauty's Best


Gerald Imber
New York—Presbyterian Hospital
1009 Fifth Avenue, at 82nd Street (212-472-1800)

Gerald Imber has had an active cosmetic-surgery practice for close to 30 years and has written two popular books on plastic surgery, The Youth Corridor and For Men Only. He was one of the first plastic surgeons to build an operating room in his office, a practice that’s now de rigueur. He’s credited with developing the popular limited-incision face-lift technique (LIFT), a version of the short-scar face-lift, which saves a woman’s hairline and leaves no telltale scar behind the ear. He also is known for his neck-lifts on men and is a proponent of harvesting a patient’s own fat to plump lines. He’s a former polo player, which may explain why he’s a favorite with European socialites.

Glenn Jelks
NYU Medical Center
875 Park Avenue, near 77th Street (212-988-3303)

Known as one of the best surgeons in the city for eyelid-lifts, Glenn Jelks is double board-certified in plastic surgery and ophthalmology. His signature technique involves preserving the volume of the lower lid by repositioning rather than removing fat, which prevents the sunken look so often seen in eye jobs, and he also does a brisk business in fat harvesting—what he calls “lipo-structure”—to reduce wrinkles.

Nolan Karp
NYU Medical Center
530 First Avenue, near 33rd Street (212-263-6004)

Breast- and body-con- touring surgery is the main emphasis at Nolan Karp’s practice. He’s taken part in an FDA study using silicone implants in augmentations and is known for his short-scar breast-reduction technique, which uses breast tissue to give shape instead of shaping with skin. This results in a rounder, less bottom-heavy breast than do other techniques. Furthermore, the healing period is shorter. He also specializes in tummy tucks and is known to take his sweet time during his operations; he says he believes it’s the best way to be thorough.

Alan Matarasso
Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital
1009 Park Avenue, near 84th Street (212-249-7500)

A pioneer in abdominoplasty and one of the city’s most sought-after plastic surgeons, Alan Matarasso has recently developed a new small-incision technique of muscle tightening and liposuction for flattening the tummy. He is one of the best in the city at liposuction, and he favors the short-scar face-lift, which he combines with Botox injections in the neck and eye area. He is on the board of directors of many plastic-surgery societies, and is one of the most prolific producers of medical papers on new techniques. He is a favorite among New York socialites and is rumored to have recently worked on Wayne Newton, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Kathleen Turner.

Gerald Pitman
Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital
170 East 73rd Street (212-517-2600)

Gerald Pitman literally wrote the book on liposuction; it’s called Liposuction & Aesthetic Surgery. These days, he’s combining liposuction of the love handles and facial work in one sitting. He does what he calls the “mini-maxi lift,’’ which is short for “minimal incision, maximum result.” It involves a small incision but pulls the underlying fat and muscle along with the skin as a single unit. The combined operations can be done under local anesthesia, take about three hours, and require only one recovery period.

Mauro C. Romita
Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital; St. Vincent’s Hospital
853 Fifth Avenue, near 66th Street (212-772-3220)

The man behind Ajune, Mauro Romita opened the luxe Upper East Side spa in 1999 and serves as its medical director. Trained at what is now NYU Medical Center, he performs high-lateral-tension abdominoplasty, which leaves a larger scar than the older types of this surgery, but corrects the stomach without distorting it, reduces love handles, gives a lateral lift to the front of the thigh, and establishes a waistline. For face-lifts, he uses permanent internal Gore-Tex sutures to make his lifts last longer and tissue glue made from blood platelets to secure skin to deep tissue, which reduces swelling and bruising.

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