Q&A Topic: Beauty Without Boundaries
James R. Gordon, MD, PC, FACS, FAAO
Q: What features are considered “universally beautiful” features, and why?
A: As beauty trends change each year, “big eyes” remain to be a universally appealing feature as the eyes are the first facial features that most people are drawn to. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can rejuvenate the eyes by removing excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids. It can be combined with laser skin resurfacing to soften wrinkles, crow’s feet and dark circles to reveal a more youthful and energetic appearance. My other most requested combination treatment to achieve a “bright eye look” is Botox shots to smooth out movement wrinkles around the eyes and filler injections to the temples and brows to give underlying support and lift.
Q: What can be done to highlight and accentuate “ethnically beautiful” skin, and why?
A: Darker skin tones have the advantage of greater protection against the sun’s damaging rays and discoloration. Erbium resurfacing is a safe and effective option to improve and give highlights to ethnic skin types. By causing temporary damage below the skin’s surface, the face is stimulated to replace the damaged tissue with new, healthier tissue. This laser treatment also minimizes the chances of hyper and/or hypo-pigmentation that can result from most ablative lasers. The variety of skin concerns that lasers can treat are very broad, including improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, tightening of loose or sagging skin and softening of textural irregularities like acne scars or large pores. Many of my patients who choose this procedure are happy to note that their skin looks refreshed and takes on a new “glow”.
Q: Why don’t more people take advantage of medical solutions to reach their aesthetic goals?
A: The biggest concern patients have about cosmetic procedures is that they will get a result that looks unnatural. As an oculoplastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid procedures, I have had numerous patients referred to my office for whom it was apparent they had work done. Many times, this happens because of over-correction or trying to get a look that is too “perfect.” My philosophy is that by being conservative, we can avoid these unwanted results and yield a far more subtle, natural look.
Q: Some research suggests that plastic surgery can actually make a person happier. In your practice, do you see evidence of that?
A: I get as excited as my patients do by how good they look following cosmetic treatments. They often tell me their friends will comment on how well-rested they appear, how much younger and how “so good” they look. The joy they express is truly what makes my job fulfilling.
Q: What recent advances in technology and medicine have made beauty procedures easier for your patients?
A: Most patients are looking for great results with minimal downtime at affordable prices. Microdroplet-technique injections of Botox and layering of fillers are cost effective options to slow down and erase the signs of aging. Energy based devices such as lasers can further reverse 10 years of sun damage and improve texture of the skin. Thread lifting is another non-invasive way to suspend the cheeks, lips, jowls and neck, which provides a mini-facelift effect with no noticeable bruising or swelling. Patient can go right back to work after these procedures without any noticeable difference other than looking and feeling better. A combination of these different innovative modalities helps patients achieve the most customized treatment plan to look their best self.
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Dr. Gordon is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon with over 18 years of experience. He has performed thousands of procedures from common eyelid enhancements to major reconstructive surgeries. Recognized as one of the best cosmetic surgeons in New York, Dr. Gordon has earned many prestigious honors and distinctions, including being consistently named to Castle Connolly Top Doctors, Westchester Magazine’s Top Docs, RealSelf Top Doctors, and U.S. News & World Report Best Doctors. He is also awarded Most Compassionate Doctor, Patients' Choice, Top Beauty Doctor and Expert Injector for cosmetic facial fillers and injectables. Dr. Gordon appears frequently in major media outlets, including CBS, OK! Magazine, NewBeauty, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, Redbook and The New York Times.
James R. Gordon, MD, FACS, FAAO
450 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 402
Harrison, NY 10528
115 East 57th Street, Ste 1450
New York, NY 10022