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H E A LT H & B E AU T Y

DR . ARASH AKHAVAN AN APPROACH ABOVE REPROACH By Jacob Puck

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nown for diligent attention to detail and exceptional client relationships, Dr. Arash Akhavan is the founder of Manhattan’s famed Dermatology & Laser Group and in short time has become a legend of cosmetic medicine in the New York City area. As summer winds down, and people head back to the city, back to real life, and back to (ugh) reality, Social Life Magazine wanted the skinny on what separates the good from the great in the area of cosmetic surgery. One thing we hear often is that patients who want realistic and lasting results really should consider a cornucopia of possible treatments. It’s true. Too often the practitioner takes a singular approach to treatment — over-reliance on one cosmetic procedure modality, whether injectables, surgery, lasers, or something else. This mistake can be due to the physician’s inexperience, or the physician’s and/or patient’s poor sense of aesthetics. Also, in many cases, due to the high cost of many devices and products used in cosmetic procedures, some practitioners may not have the devices and products necessary for providing a complete, natural-appearing aesthetic solution for their patients. Tell us about your solution. The solution to this problem is our trademarked STL Method, which stresses the importance of approaching every cosmetic concern with an effort to smooth and tighten the skin and underlying structures, and lift treated areas against gravity. To smooth-tightenlift the face, neck, or body we use a variety of techniques depending on a patient’s individual needs and the area being treated. For example, in one area, we may use a combination of lasers, injections, and creams; in another area, we may use ultrasound and radio frequency-based devices, threads, and growth factor injections. We have set recommendations that over a decade of experience have proven effective in specific cases, and we would love to discuss them with you. Let’s focus on the face — when summer’s over that’s where a lot of people want to make some improvement. Our goal for the face and neck is to smooth away fine lines, tighten the skin to make deep folds less apparent, and to lift the skin to

reveal the beauty of the normal contours of the jaw bone, chin, and cheeks. We do this by: • erasing sun damage and building collagen and elastic tissue in the superficial skin; • building collagen in a deeper layer of connective tissue called the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system), producing a skin-tightening effect; • restoring volume to areas where it has been lost; and • lifting the skin against the muscles and bones beneath. What does this involve? First of all, everyone is different, but it’s possible that some combo may include a combination of fractional resurfacing lasers with or without microneedling, PRP injections, and Botox for muscleinduced wrinkles; generating broad swaths of new collagen across both the superficial skin layer and deeper collagen layers; and lifting the sagging tissue back into place. Social Life

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Social Life - August 2019 - Sasha Pieterse  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Sasha Pieterse.

Social Life - August 2019 - Sasha Pieterse  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Sasha Pieterse.