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Best of New York Beauty 2004

Best Antiaging Treatment

  • Neil Sadick

    772 Park Avenue, 212-772-7242

    Howard Sobel Skin & Spa

    960A Park Avenue, 212-288-0060

    Laser-based beauty treatments have been booming for the past couple of years. In late 2003, the first machine using radio frequencies to eradicate wrinkles appeared—the Thermage—but it was bearable only under sedation. Now an improved variation on the treatment, the Polaris WR, has surfaced, and doctors Neil Sadick and Howard Sobel are the first to offer it in New York. It combines a collagen-stimulating laser with skin-tightening radio frequencies, and while it’s not relaxing, it’s tolerable and really effective. It isn’t cheap—$500 to $1,000 per treatment, depending on the size of the area, with at least three sessions recommended—but it is quick, lasting only fifteen minutes. And the result—clearer, more youthful-looking skin—comes remarkably fast, too.

From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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