Friday, September 30, 2016

Dr. Gerald Imber

Dr. Gerald Imber: “The rule in cosmetic surgery should be: If it doesn’t look natural, it isn’t worth doing.” The plastic surgeon is credited with developing the popular limited-incision facelift technique (LIFT), a version of the short-scar facelift, which saves a patient’s hairline and leaves no telltale scar behind the ear. He is on the staff of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Assistant Clinical Professor at the Weill-Cornell Medical Center.
by Delia von Neuschatz

We have yet to find the fountain of youth, but could Dr. Gerald Imber’s
newly-launched Youth Corridor Clinic be the next best thing? Defined by the renowned plastic surgeon as that time in life when one radiates beauty, health, energy and vitality, the Youth Corridor is something Dr. Imber aims to prolong as long as possible. “I want to help you look virtually the same from 35–60. If someone approaches anti-aging properly, a person in their 30s can look essentially the same for around the next 30 years,” says Dr. Imber. “There is no reason why a 60-year-old can’t be the hottest-looking woman in the room.”

Located on the Upper East Side, the clinic offers a variety of non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments for an integrative approach aimed to prevent the acceleration of aging. “We want to be a one-stop shop for all things beauty,” says Dr. Imber who will meet with each patient, conduct a skin analysis and map out a five-year treatment plan based on his three-pronged philosophy of prevention, maintenance and correction.
One of the Youth Corridor Clinic’s treatment rooms.
Dr. Imber’s in-house operating room is fully equipped and accredited. He was the first plastic surgeon in New York to build an operating room in his office, a practice that is now de rigueur.
Prevention is the thrust of the program. “I know skin inside and out and I truly believe that taking small preventative steps earlier in life monumentally helps maintain youthful, natural beauty over the years,” says Dr. Imber who is ranked by US News and World Report in the top 1% of plastic surgeons in the United States. Indeed, the doctor counts members of the last six presidential administrations along with Oscar and Tony-award winners among his patients.

The Youth Corridor: Your Guide to Timeless Beauty is now in its second edition.
Dr. Imber’s anti-aging strategies were initially introduced in his best–selling book, The Youth Corridor, nearly 20 years ago, so why launch the clinic now? “The reality is that I have been the high priest of doing small things, doing them earlier for the last two decades.

"The rest of the world has caught up with me and now I’m trying to organize my thoughts into a really well integrated system,” he explains. “I’ve done 4,000 facelifts and I’ve invented the limited incision facelift which is the most popular facelift in the country. But, not every patient is ready for a facelift.”

Youth Corridor treatments include a signature 70% glycolic acid No Peel Peel, the latest in laser rejuvenation, microneedling with PRP (platelet rich plasma), injectables, fillers and dermaplaning.

There are also the minimally invasive procedures of fat transfer and microsuction, a refined liposuction that removes jowls and tightens the jawline. “Since I've been getting skin care treatments at the Youth Corridor Clinic, I've been getting incredible compliments about how youthful my skin looks. I'm thrilled!" enthuses former Ford model and society fixture, Nina Griscom.
Nina Griscom (with Leslie Stevens) credits Dr. Imber with the youthful appearance of her skin.
A favored procedure in Dr. Imber’s anti-aging arsenal is the minimally invasive fat transfer. "Anti-aging means you have to stop the actual process of aging," explains the surgeon. "The absolute best way to do that, no matter who or how old you are, is a fat transfer.”

In a fat transfer procedure, body fat is removed from the stomach, thighs or buttocks and injected into another area that needs filling such as the nasolabial folds, the cheeks and the frown lines. “I have performed well in excess of 10,000 fat transfers, and find myself increasingly delighted with the results," says Dr. Imber.
The procedure entails removing body fat from one area of the body (usually the stomach, thighs or buttocks) and injecting it into another area that needs filling like the nasolabial folds or frown lines.

Fat is also used to restore volume to cheeks and augment the chin. Two to three rounds may be necessary before a patient will see permanent results. The out-patient procedure is performed under local anesthesia and has minimal recovery time. An added benefit is that since it is the patient’s own fat, there is no chance of an allergic reaction.

Naturally, there is also a comprehensive Youth Corridor product range which is available online at and at Net-a-Porter, at Harrods and directly from the clinic.

Containing a cream cleanser and several moisturizers, the line’s surfactant and paraben-free products include the popular Ultimate Antioxidant C Boost Serum and the RetinUltimate Transforming Gel. Setting the Serum apart from its competitors is the presence of melatonin. Melatonin, a powerful antioxidant, helps drive Vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant and a component of collagen production, into the skin making for a potent skin rejuvenation combination.

The Transforming Gel has the benefit of containing a non-irritating form of retinol, the most effective anti-aging ingredient in skin care, rendering the gel gentle enough to use on a daily basis.
The Youth Corridor product line.
If you buy only one product from the Youth Corridor range, make it the Ultimate Antioxidant C Boost Serum for its potent combination of antioxidants: “The ability of melatonin to help drive vitamin C into the skin and its anti-inflammatory action have made it a very important ingredient in skin care products,” says Dr. Imber. “I believe the combination of vitamin C, vitamin E and melatonin [all present in the serum] represents the most truly effective way to get enough of these antioxidants into the skin to impede collagen destruction, encourage collagen production, reduce facial wrinkles and undo sun damage.” Apply the serum to the face, neck, décolletage and back of hands.
Dr. Imber’s fans are legion, so could the surgeon in fact be a modern-day Ponce de Léon? We’ll let one of his patients have the last word. “I am his poster child,” says public relations guru Peggy Siegal. “I’m turning 70 next year and people have mistaken me for a woman half my age. That’s down to him. He knows how to accentuate your best features and correct the deficiencies. He’s a wonderful doctor and he’s also an artist. He makes everyone look beautiful. He’s a miracle worker.”
Powerhouse film publicist, Peggy Siegal, has been a patient and a friend of Dr. Imber’s for over 30 years. “He just makes you beautiful. But beauty is not just skin deep with him. Gerry brings out your inner beauty too. He really cares about his patients and his positive attitude is very infectious. Plus, he’s wickedly funny.” Photo: Ryan Pfluger for The New York Times
Dr. Imber’s anti-aging tips:

“Once you stop having pimples, you have to go on the anti-aging curve. That means doing things that don’t accelerate aging like sun exposure, smoking and too much weight gain or loss. In their 20s, people need a little Botox – just a drop for the frown lines and around the eyes to prevent the formation of wrinkles. Also, start using a vitamin C serum. This stops the deterioration in skin caused by oxidation, a process not unlike metal rusting after exposure to air. In their late 30s, most people begin to think about a filler for the nasolabial area or fat transfer and then in their 40s, they start to become a little more interested in plastic surgery whether it’s for removing a little bit of skin above the eyes or dealing with the trough under the eyes or having a fat transfer. The face lift that I improvised – the short scar facelift – is basically for people in their 50s, not for people in their 70s with a roadmap of wrinkles. So, I believe in surgical intervention early and minimally.”

In addition, no matter your age, Dr. Imber is adamant about exfoliation as the shedding of old cells on the skin’s surface encourages the production of new cells.
Bonus tip: Exercise is paramount. “Recent studies show that the collagen layer in the facial skin of 65-year-old individuals increases, and becomes virtually indistinguishable from that of 20/30-year-olds after three months of 3X weekly vigorous exercise on a stationary bicycle.”

But, walk, don’t run! “The combination of excessive loss of fat padding on the face and accelerated loss of elasticity caused by running has a decidedly negative impact on one’s appearance. Also, facial exercises are idiotic. They cause wrinkles. Don’t do them!”
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