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Beauty's Best

Howard Sobel
Lenox Hill Hospital
960A Park Avenue, at 82nd Street (212-288-0060)

Howard Sobel, whose elegant office incorporates a spa, specializes in micro-liposuction—liposuction of small areas of fat with a small cannula. He believes in standing the patient up periodically during the liposuction procedure to see how gravity affects the skin’s draping. He also uses the full array of fillers (he’s one of the best at injecting them). He administers Botox and silicone, and he possesses the latest antiaging lasers, including Cool Touch and Aurora. Sobel’s work is said to explain how Carol Alt, Edie Falco, and Sam Champion come to look so good.

Patricia Wexler
Beth Israel Medical Center
145 East 32nd Street (212-684-2626)

Stephanie Seymour, Candace Bushnell, and half of young Hollywood head to Pat Wexler’s office to keep their skin looking luminous. She specializes in transferring fat from the tummy or butt to flesh out sagging faces (between a quarter and a third of the fat injected should last indefinitely); filling wrinkles; and treatments such as the LED to stimulate new collagen and reverse the evidence of sun damage, with no down time. While you’re getting your fat harvested, you can opt for full-on liposuction.

Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists

Minas Constantinides
NYU Medical Center
530 First Avenue, near 30th Street, Suite 7U (212-263-5882)

Now in his tenth year of practice, Minas Constantinides is the director of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology at NYU. He spends three quarters of his time on nose jobs and the rest on face-lifts or delivering the newest injectables (Radiance is one). Deep-plane face-lifting, which involves cutting into the deepest layers of the face to improve nasal labial folds and other problem areas, is a specialty, as are endoscopic mid-face-lifts, which improve the upper cheek and eye area with minimal incisions in the hairline.

Robert Guida
New York—Presbyterian Hospital; Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital
8 East 75th Street (212-871-0900)

Robert Guida’s rhinoplasties and revision rhinoplasties draw the cognoscenti because he’s an ENT guy—you can expect to breathe well, too. His lower-eyelid surgery involves an incision on the inside to eliminate external scars and the possibility of the drooping effect known as the “hound-dog look,” and he tightens the skin with a laser. For facial rejuvenation, he uses both the old-fashioned CO2 laser and the trendy Cool Touch II nonablative laser. Guida also does reconstructive work on faces that have been ravaged by disease or accident.

Steven J. Pearlman
St. Luke’s—Roosevelt Medical Center; Lenox Hill Hospital
512 Park Avenue, at 60th Street (212-223-8300)

Rhinoplasties and redoing other surgeons’ rhinoplasties are the mainstays of Steven Pearlman’s purely facial practice. He favors the deep-plane face-lift even though it has the longest recovery time—three weeks, a week longer than other face-lifts—because he thinks the results are the most enduring. He also performs a full array of nonsurgical procedures, including applying intense pulsed light to reduce brown and red spots and radio-frequency treatments for skin tightening. Pearlman also does pro bono work on victims of domestic violence.

Geoffrey Tobias
Mount Sinai Hospital
815 Park Avenue, at 75th Street (212-245-0202)

Geoffrey Tobias’s practice is exclusively rhinoplasties. He uses microscopic sutures to resculpt and refine the nose instead of removing tissue, because he feels this preserves the nose’s long-term shape and function. He also specializes in improving noses that were done in the sixties and seventies, when a lot of tissue was routinely removed. He is currently doing research in the frontier of tissue engineering, in which cells can be grown to rebuild and restructure faces and noses. Tobias keeps interesting research company: The lab in which he works was the one that produced a mouse with a human ear on its back, in October 1995.