Los Angeles may be the spiritual capital of plastic surgery, but New York's plastic surgeons, dermatologists, treatment centers, and cosmetic dentists are some of the world's best. We've polled cosmetic-surgery consultants, patients, and fellow physicians for names of the top docs in the business -- by no means an exhaustive list, but a compendium of the city's hottest practitioners, their specialties, and some of their best-known clients. Want to look like Julie Christie? Here's who to call.
728 Park ave., at 71st st.
Aston's specialties are face-lifts, eye-lifts, forehead work, and rhinoplasty. He's known for removing sagging skin without leaving the face looking stretched. He famously helped Pamela Harriman look younger, and is said to have done Catherine Deneuve's face. His wife is socialite Muffie Potter Aston.
65 E. 66th St.
Baker rose to prominence back in the eighties, when he used microsurgery to reattach the hand of a woman struck by a crane -- and he's one of the few top guys who still does reconstructive work. He's best-known for natural-looking lifts and rhinoplasty. He is married to socialite Nina Griscom; word is he did facial work on Sophia Loren and Meg Ryan.
Stephen Bosniak and Marian Cantisano-Zilkha
122 E. 64th St.
Both doctors trained as ophthalmic surgeons with specialties in cosmetic work, so their focus is on the eye. All surgery is done with lasers rather than knives to decrease bleeding, and they use only non-animal-derived fillers for wrinkles (i.e., no collagen), which means fewer allergic reactions.
655 Park Ave., at 68th st.
"Nobody does breasts like he does," says cosmetic-surgery consultant Wendy Lewis. Hidalgo is known for creating subtle, realistic-looking breasts, and he does equally well with reduction and augmentation. Unfortunately, he's stopped doing reconstructive work because of insurance hassles.
1009 Fifth ave., at 82nd st.
Imber's a proponent of starting young, believing it's better to begin in your late thirties with small procedures -- like microsuction along the jawline or blepharoplasty -- rather than one large drastic alteration. He has written two books, one about men's plastic surgery and The Youth Corridor, a guide to avoiding wrinkles.
Glenn W. Jelks
875 Park Ave., at 78th st.
Board-certified in both plastic surgery and ophthalmology, Jelks is the eyelid guru. His minimal-incision technique uses one cut to trim the upper lids and weaken the corrugator muscles, which make you frown (bye-bye, Botox), but he doesn't cut through the lower lid muscle, which preserves the integrity, position, and tightness of the lower lid.
994 fifth Ave., at 81st st.
Anyone who can make Paula Jones's nose look good is a real pro. Loeb's noses don't look "done," because he shapes the cartilage and almost never adds cartilage grafts to the tip. His other strong suits are face-lifts and blepharoplasty.
1009 Park Ave., at 85th st.
Best-known for faces and liposuction -- how do you think Julie Christie fit into that backless dress from Shampoo after all these years, or how Stephanie Seymour maintained that body after three children? His rhinoplasty is scarless, because all work is done from the inside, and he does the short-scar face-lift with no hairline incisions, so there's less chance of hair loss or thinning. Best of all, he has a back door so clients can escape undetected.
Steven J. Pearlman
521 Park Ave., at 60th st.
Hard to believe rock stars get plastic surgery, but some of the noses you see on MTV have been tweaked by Pearlman, who is a master at perfecting the male proboscis. He gives hot stone massages and facials to relax patients before surgery, and he's skilled at eliminating age spots from the hands and face.
Gerald H. Pitman
170 E. 73rd St.
Pitman pioneered the use of power-assisted liposuction and is considered one of the best in the world for this procedure, which uses a vibrating cannula to cut down on the amount of trauma. "Nobody ever complains about lumpiness with Pitman," says beauty consultant Denise Thomas. The Secret Service agents who frequent his office are an indication he's a favorite with politicos.
Thomas Romo III
135 E. 74th St.
An ear-nose-and-throat doctor, Romo is director of facial plastic surgery at Lenox Hill and Manhattan Eye and Ear. He did Sydney Biddle Barrows's face (the procedure was shown in Harper's Bazaar). He specializes in rhinoplasty and the endoscopic forehead-lift, which elevates the brow without having to remove skin and preserves sensation in the forehead.
521 Park Ave., at 60th st.
Known for noses, Tabbal does the maximum without going to extremes; in fact, you generally can't tell that his patients have gone under the knife. He's also one of the top choices for revision surgery on noses done by doctors who did go too far.
317 E. 34th St., sixth Fl.
Dubbed the Baron of Botox, Brandt made his name in Miami, but he now spends one week a month at his Manhattan office. Although Botox can sometimes lower the forehead while erasing wrinkles, Brandt's method actually raises the brow. He also injects collagen, and is one of Madonna's beauty gurus.
317 E. 34th St.
Thought to be one of the best at MOHS micrographic surgery (the removal of skin cancer) and dermatological surgery, Geronemus has been working with lasers since 1982. His practice is now 75 percent cosmetic, with a focus on laser surgery.
909 fifth Ave., at 72nd st.
Orentreich is considered the father of hair transplants, and is the longtime dermatologist of Elizabeth Taylor. He now works with his son, David, and daughter Catherine, and theirs is one of the few offices where you get a full-body scan when you stop in for a Botox shot. They specialize in lasabrasion, dermabrasion, and laser hair removal.
62 Crosby St.
The glamorous Mezzanine spa is part of Polis's office complex, but her work is not all beauty-related. In addition to hair removal, Botox, and collagen treatments, she uses MoleMax technology, which can image moles and pigmented lesions by computer, so that they don't necessarily haveto be biopsied.
960A Park Ave., at 82nd st.
Sobel formulated the DDF product line, and his luxe Skin and Spa center offers facials and seaweed wraps in addition to laser resurfacing and liposuction. He also uses the CoolTouch II laser -- it may be a bit painful, but don't worry: He provides Valium along with it.
30 E. 76th St.
Sheikhs and Fergie travel across the seas to Victor, who offers everything short of surgery -- laser facials, non-ablative lasers, and an array of injections, from vitamin shots to the more standard collagen, Botox, and silicone. His followers are devoted: Plum Sykes wrote apiece for Vogue about her crush on him.
145 E. 32nd St., seventh Fl.
Wexler performs liposuction with her patients standing up to see how the skin drapes -- plus, she saves your fat and uses it to plump up your wrinkles. She's also got the full gamut of injections and lasers, and her husband does the vein work. Candace Bushnell is a patient.
30 Central Park So.
His offices have a million-dollar view of the park to go with your new smile. Braverman is not slick or a hipster, but he is a past president of the New York chapter of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and his fees are substantially less than the top-priced guys'.
128 E. 71st St.
An approachable dentist, Golub-Evans is always happy to explain things in detail and work out a plan of action with his patients. Plus, he offers aromatherapy with his cleanings. Melissa Joan Hart and Kim Cattrall are patients.
Marc Lowenberg and Gregg Lituchy
230 Central Park So.;
Cosmetic work like porcelain-laminate veneers, bleaching, bonding, massage -- anything but filling teeth -- is available at this office by the park. Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Chris Rock are among the pair's patients.
30 E. 76th St., Suite 5B
Patients include Bruce Springsteen and Natasha Richardson, and Rosenthal's a bit of a showman himself. He charges top dollar, but smiles are natural and beautiful, and you can watch films orlisten to music while he works.
45 W. 54th ST.
At Rozenberg's "Dental Day Spa," she not only does laminates and fills cavities (with porcelain rather than amalgam) but will also give you an herbal neck wrap. Her touch is gentle and so are her prices.
635 Madison Ave., at 60th st.
Credited with developing cosmetic bonding, Smigel does more then just improve your smile. He builds out the teeth with laminates for a nonsurgical face-lift effect. Calvin Klein and Johnny Depp are patients, and NYU gives out a "Smigel award" each year for excellence in cosmetic dentistry.