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Beauty's Best


Gary Brauner
Mount Sinai Hospital; Englewood Hospital and Medical Center; Hackensack University Medical Center
1625 Anderson Avenue, Fort Lee, N.J. (201-461-5522); 125 East 63rd Street (212-421-5080)

Gary Brauner was the first cosmetic dermatologist to introduce laser treatment to the city, back in 1981. After Harvard Medical School and three years as a dermatologist in the Army during Vietnam, he taught at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and New York Medical College before moving to Mount Sinai, where he’s now an associate clinical professor. He began mainly treating children with birthmarks but now uses lasers to treat everything from brown spots to wrinkles to hair and tattoo removal. He’s a specialist in African-American skin diseases.

Ellen Gendler
NYU Medical Center
1035 Fifth Avenue, near 84th Street (212-288-8222)

Ellen Gendler has a reputation for no-nonsense excellence; her clients tend to be well-heeled Fifth Avenue types. She prefers tried-and-tested facial-resurfacing techniques, such as chemical peels, to the trendier methods, such as nonablative lasers. She’s a pro at treating reactions to cosmetics and cosmetic procedures and has been involved in a lot of clinical trials for fillers. She’s one of the doctors approved by Allergan, the company that makes Botox, to teach other doctors how to administer it.

Marsha Gordon
Mount Sinai Hospital
5 East 98th Street (212-831-4119)

Don’t look to Marsha Gordon for lasers. She is a conservative cosmetic dermatologist who prefers more time-tested methods to improve skin quality, like light peels and topicals. She’s also a big proponent of Botox, using it around the mouth and in the neck and jawline areas as well as in the forehead and eyes. Don’t get her started on sunscreens—she says most of the ones we’ve been using are useless and insists her patients use products that block harmful tanning UVA rays, not just the burning UVB rays.

Melanie Grossman
New York—Presbyterian Hospital
161 Madison Avenue, near 32nd Street (212-725-8600)

An inventor of laser hair removal (she holds a patent), Melanie Grossman, who studied at Princeton, NYU, Yale, Columbia, and Harvard, helped develop a lot of the lasers currently used in treating sun damage and reversing facial aging. She also removes scars and tattoos. Her practice is strictly cosmetic, and she’s actively involved in developing new technology that would rid patients of light-colored body hair that lasers won’t eliminate. She doesn’t overbook and gives you personal attention for a full half-hour.

Bruce Katz
New York—Presbyterian Hospital; Mount Sinai Hospital
60 East 56th Street (212-688-5882)

The director of the Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Clinic at Mount Sinai, Bruce Katz also runs the Juva Skin and Laser Center in midtown, where he focuses on laser surgery and treatments for everything from wrinkles, stretch marks, and sun spots to broken blood vessels and tattoo removal. Another specialty is power-assisted liposuction with a motorized cannula, which he says yields a shorter recovery time. Mariah Carey, Tommy Hilfiger, and Barbara Walters are among his patients.

John F. Romano
St. Vincent’s Hospital
36 Seventh Avenue (212-242-5815)

John Romano offers his patients Botox, an array of fillers, lasers for spider veins on the face and legs as well as for brown spots, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. But half his practice is still purely medical—psoriasis, acne, the good old stock-in-trade of dermatologists. He gives skin-cancer screenings to his cosmetic patients. “I would be very embarrassed as a dermatologist if I were treating someone’s wrinkles and he wound up with a skin cancer I hadn’t noticed,’’ says Romano.

Neil Sadick
New York—Presbyterian Hospital
772 Park Avenue, at 73rd Street (212-772-7242); 833 Northern Boulevard, Great Neck, N.Y. (516-482-8040)

Neil Sadick runs not only his office but a research center with its own staff, which helps him keep up-to-date on the latest antiaging strategies. Sadick is also president of the American College of Phlebology, which means he knows veins. He’s got the newest technology in removing large leg veins, an endovascular laser, which anyone who’s facing the brutal standard vein-stripping procedure will probably want to try first. He also owns the new Shaper machine, which allegedly blasts fat via mere contact with the epidermis: no surgery necessary. Linda Gray has been spotted entering his office.

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