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Good Plastic Surgeons In NYC?

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Can anyone recommend me a plastic surgeon in NYC that is qualified and afforable? I have been damaged emotionally by a scar on the right side of my face.

The scar is about an inch wide and very noticeable; it has gotten so bad that I think of hurting myself every day. As a guy, I've never opened up my heart to another soul. When things got bad, I locked myself in the bathroom and let all the tears flow down my cheeks--god, those have been the loneliness and most depressing times of my life.

But Ive always saw myself as a fighter and I'm not about to give up. Hopefully, dermabrasion will help reduce the uglyiness and redness of my scar. The effect of scarring has been a very personal matter to me, and so I do not want to ask anyone whom I personally know for advice. Any advice from you will be very helpful and could save me from doing something stupid to myself. Thank you.

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John, May I ask what type of scar you have and how you got it? Here's a list of some of NYC's renowned plastic surgeons. As an added bonus, it includes a list of dermatologists and dentists in case anyone want's a complete makeover.. A link to the source is indicated at the very bottom of this list.

Doctor Lookgood

A Who's Who of the city's most sought-after plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and cosmetic dentists.

By Beth Landman

Sure shot: Dermatologist Steven Victor, wielding a Botox needle. (Photo credit: Patrik Andersson)

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.

Plastic Surgeons

Sherrell Aston

728 Park ave., at 71st st.

212-249-6000

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.

Daniel Baker

65 E. 66th St.

212-734-9695

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.

212-769-0740

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.

David Hidalgo

655 Park Ave., at 68th st.

212-517-9777

"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.

Gerald Imber

1009 Fifth ave., at 82nd st.

212-472-1800

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.

212-988-3303

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.

Thomas Loeb

994 fifth Ave., at 81st st.

212-327-3700

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.

Alan Matarasso

1009 Park Ave., at 85th st.

212-249-7500

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.

212-223-8300

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.

212-517-2600

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.

212-288-1500

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.

Nicolas Tabbal

521 Park Ave., at 60th st.

212-644-5800

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.

Dermatologists

Frederic Brandt

317 E. 34th St., sixth Fl.

212-889-7096

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.

Roy Geronemus

317 E. 34th St.

212-686-7306

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.

Norman Orentreich

909 fifth Ave., at 72nd st.

212-794-0800

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.

Laurie Polis

62 Crosby St.

212-431-1600

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.

Howard Sobel

960A Park Ave., at 82nd st.

212-288-0060

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.

Steven Victor

30 E. 76th St.

212-249-3050

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.

Patricia Wexler

145 E. 32nd St., seventh Fl.

212-684-2626

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.

Dentists

Mal Braverman

30 Central Park So.

212-688-3838

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'.

Jeffrey Golub-Evans

128 E. 71st St.

212-288-4455

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.;

212-586-2890

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.

Larry Rosenthal

30 E. 76th St., Suite 5B

212-794-9600

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.

Lana Rozenberg

45 W. 54th ST.

212-265-7724

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.

Irwin Smigel

635 Madison Ave., at 60th st.

212-371-4575

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.

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Falnhart, my scar was caused by an incision for a cyst I had on the later right side of my face. I have gone to a plastic surgeon who had told me that it wasn't treatable because I have Asian skin, had taken accutane and its at a bad position, but I dont want to give up.

Thank you for the roster but most of them specialize in nose or forehead surgeries. Are there any good ones that specialize in treating scars?

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Good List FALNHART. Get rid of a few there: WEXLER, ORENTREICH,

VICTOR, JELKS, and BAKER. My reasons are varied but you can live

without them. And John431... why didn't you say you were Asian in the

first place? And also, the comment that Falnhart's list is mostly about

nose & forhead surgeries is *removed by OursFan*. Your most important concern would

be your ASIAN skin -- which might have to be treated differently. But

surely Brandt should be your first DERM to see since he's been around.

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