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Posted by 04.21.14

The Ainsworth Park in the heart of Gramercy Park was buzzing for the 25th anniversary celebration of a team of rockstar cosmetic dentists known as Lowenberg, Lituchy and Kantor, or LLK.

The guests as well as hosts were five star. Uber dermatologist Fredric Brandt attracted a crowd of fans. Facial plastic surgeon Norman Pastorek and his wife Janice Pastorek, rhinoplasty specialist Richard Westreich, and oral surgeon Harrison Chen, also joined the group. Celebrity guests included Martha Stewart, Rocco Dispirito, and Marina Abramović—all on hand to celebrate this special milestone. LLK’s loyal fans came from the upper east side, the Hamptons, and across the country to share the moment with them.

Many of the guests were seen taking pictures in an onsite photobooth, surrounded by a photo wall of dazzling LLK smiles. I tried to find my own mouth on the wall of smiles, but didn’t spot it, although I did partake in the LLK veneer experience about a decade ago. Today, I am very proud to call them my family dentists.

When not taking photos, guests indulged in the beverage of the evening, a signature cocktail created just for the night called “The Temperance,” made with Peach Ciroc Moet, cranberry juice, and lime. They also enjoyed delish hors d’oeuvres including tuna tartar, short rib sliders, and lobster spring rolls.

Lowenberg, Lituchy and Kantor are indisputably among the best in their field.  Just as plastic surgeons mold soft tissues and alter the bone structure to rejuvenate the face, they have the ability to give you the smile you once had, or the one you wish you were born with. The work that these guys do every day in their chairs is transformational. From an aesthetic perspective, a beautiful smile can be achieved with the advances of modern technology that were not available when Marc Lowenberg and Gregg Lituchy started their private practice in the 1970s with one little room on New York’s Central Park South. Brian Kantor, the newest member of the LLK team, joined them in 2002. Fast forward to 2014 and cosmetic dentistry has certainly come a long way.

LLK’s image-conscious patients demand the best, and they are perfectionists at what they do. The beauties who grace the covers of magazines and saunter down the red carpet may have had a little help from this talented cosmetic dental trio. Don’t be surprised to sit in their waiting room and rub elbows with A-list actors, supermodels, and Oscar winners.

If your goal is a true smile makeover, the most effective long-term method is with expertly-shaped porcelain veneers or porcelain laminates, which are their specialty. Thin layers of fine porcelain are fitted to improve the color, shape, and alignment of your teeth in as little as two office visits. The main advantages of porcelain veneers are the strength and beauty of porcelain, which due to its translucent qualities, gives a life-like natural appearance.  People seek them out from all over the world for the natural look they are known for. As Lowenberg says, “Porcelain veneers are the Rolls Royce of cosmetic dentistry.”

In 25 years, they have been named “Beauty’s Best Dentists” by New York Magazine, and listed as America’s top cosmetic dentists by More, Town and Country, and Allure.  They have also been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers in the US and UK, including Allure, London Evening Standard, InStyle, W, Town and Country, Glamour, Self, Hamptons Magazine, GQ, Us Weekly, Bazaar, Teen People, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Time Out, the Daily News, the New York Times, The Observer, Tatler, Time Out, More, Departures, and more. They have been regular guests on The View, Live with Regis and Kelly, Good Morning America, E Fashion Emergency, CBS News, and ABC’s Extreme Makeover.

So what’s next for these Sultans of Smiles? Despite all of their fame, family still comes first. Lowenberg is enjoying his beautiful grandchildren, Lituchy’s oldest son is currently in dental school and will soon be the next addition to LLK, and Kantor has two growing kids of his own.


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Posted by 04.14.14

April has been designated Rosacea Awareness Month for good reason. The common but poorly understood skin condition affects more than 16 million Americans, yet most of them don’t know it. That doesn’t keep them from suffering from the condition, especially the emotional pain of a chronically red and/or sometimes broken out face.

In a recent survey of 1,675 rosacea patients conducted by the National Rosacea Society, 90% said that the condition’s effect on their appearance has lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem. Eighty-eight percent reported suffering embarrassment, not to mention a whole range of other negative feelings, including, frustration, anxiety, helplessness, depression, anger, and isolation. In fact, 52 percent of the respondents reported that they had avoided face-to-face contact because of the disorder.

Although the cause of rosacea is unknown, a vast array of lifestyle and environmental factors can trigger flare-ups, including sun exposure, hot or cold weather, wind, alcohol, and spicy foods.

“There are different versions of rosacea so each treatment is tailored to that patient’s needs,” said New York City dermatologist Lori Brightman. “But for all rosacea sufferers, you want to avoid triggers such as sun, alcohol ,extreme hot or cold weather, stress, spicy foods, fragrance or menthol, and hot beverages.”

In addition to trigger control, medical treatments range from topical creams and ointments to in-office light or laser treatments, depending on the severity of the condition. The different types of rosacea encompass subtype 1 (moderate to severe redness on the face), subtype 2 (pumps or pimples on the face), subtype 3 (thickening of the skin), and subtype 4 (watery or irritated eyes).

“Obviously, the redness is from ‘leaky, abnormal’ blood vessels so the best treatment would be to get rid of those faulty vessels,” said New York dermatologist Cheryl Karcher. She recommends treatment with Intense Pulsed Light or a KTP or Cutera Excel V Laser. “We also use BOTOX to decrease flushing by relaxing the muscles that dilate the vessels in both the face and chest,” she added.

For topical, temporary control of redness, many doctors recommend the newly popular prescription Mirvaso Gel from Galderma. “The new topical Mirvaso Gel is amazing for redness. Use it in the morning and it will keep redness away for twelve hours,” said New York City dermatologist Lisa Airan.

Oral and or topical antibiotics can be prescribed for the anti-inflammatory benefits—not their anti-bacterial action. In addition, topical sulfur based, azeleic acid, or antifungal-based medicines can help control the redness and pustules. “For some with severe cases of flushing/burning, oral cardiovascular medicine can help reduce the blood vessels from dilating,” Dr. Brightman said.

Many physician-dispensed skin care or cosmeceutical lines feature products specifically formulated to target rosacea. “Rosaliac AR Intense by La Roche-Posay is a light serum that is great for patients with oily-normal skin and wears well under makeup,” said Maryland dermatologist Valerie Callender, who is also president of the Women’s Dermatologic Society. For dry/sensitive skin, she recommends CalmPlex by SkinMedica, an emollient cream that can be used at night.

The ZO Medical® rosacea protocol involves products to control oiliness and breakouts. Cebatrol™ Oil Control Pads feature 2% salicylic acid and anti-inflammatory agents. Beverly Hills dermatologist Zein Obagi also recommends using ZO Medical’s Glycogent™ for rosacea prone skin, which is an exfoliation accelerator engineered to reduce inflammation.

Another popular choice is PCA Skin Anti-Redness Serum which contains aldavine, capparenols, and bisabolol to reduce inflammation, redness, and hypersensitivity. It also works wonder for relieving sunburn. Clinical results show a 50 percent reduction in redness over an eight-week period.

Exuviance by NeoStrata has just launched a new serum as well. Exuviance AntiRedness Calming Serum contains Canadian willow herb, tripeptide, and brown and red algae extracts to help calm redness-prone skin. Follow with Exuviance Ultra Restorative Crème, which relies on gentle polyhdroxy acids to soothe dry and easily irritated skin.

Even cleansing rosacea-prone skin must be handled with a lot of TLC. The gentle CLn Skin Care Facial Cleanser is formulated with glycerin and skin conditioners to wipe away dirt while soothing and helping skin retain moisture.

For covering up, mineral makeup, such as the Jane Iredale brand, treats red and inflamed skin gently and with titanium dioxide for UV protection. Omaha dermatologist Joel Schlessinger also recommends Phytomer CC Crème Skin Perfecting Cream, a blend of skin care and makeup that offers coverage plus broad-spectrum sun protection.

Although it can’t be cured, rosacea can be controlled. If you are dealing with mild redness, try over-the-counter treatments that contain green tea, licorice/licorice root extract, chamomile, feverfew, and mushroom extract for relief. And remember to stay out of the sun to minimize future UV exposure which also causes flare ups.

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Posted by 04.08.14

Elizabeth Arden unveiled its newest skincare range—Elizabeth Arden Rx—at the AAD in Denver in March 2014, effectively entering into the race for professional skincare domination. The range is based on an innovative topical skin protection product, Triple Protection Factor Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50+, or TPF 50, that is the hero formula featured in the comprehensive skincare line designed for exclusive distribution in physicians’ offices.

Uber cosmetic chemist Joe Lewis is the brains behind the new skincare range. Lewis first partnered with Elizabeth Arden, Inc. in 2005 to launch Prevage®, which has gone on to win more than 160 international beauty awards. He is well known for discovering mega cosmeceutical ingredients including alpha-hydroxy acid in 1983, idebenone in 2004 (found in Prevage®) and CoffeeBerry® (found in Revaleskin®)  in 2007. This new collaboration marks another win for Lewis’ unique formulations.

TPF 50 contains a triple cocktail of key skin saving ingredients—broad spectrum SPF 50, an Antioxidant Complex, and a DNA Enzyme Complex- in a lightly textured, silky moisturizing base. In a recent study in March 2014 in Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, the DNA Enzyme Complex was proven to be more effective in reducing the risks associated with premature signs of aging and skin cancer than other commonly used products in head to head comparisons. The authors concluded that, “Taken together, our results indicate that TPF50 improves the genomic and proteomic integrity of skin cells after repeated exposure to UV radiation, ultimately reducing the risk of skin aging and non melanoma skin cancers.”

According to study author, James M. Spencer, MD, Professor of Clinical Dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, “Sunscreens prevent DNA damage but they do not have the ability to repair DNA damage. In the first study done in St. Petersburg, FL, subjects were applying this product topically for eight weeks and doing skin biopsies before and after and stained for pyridime dimers—a signature mutation—which is only caused by UV light. We also looked at P53, a tumor suppressor gene. After  eight weeks, there was a significant decrease in pyridime dimers, and mutated P53. If you already have sun damage, TPF50 can repair the skin. It has SPF in it so it combines prevention with repair enzymes. You can’t take back damage that was done twenty years ago. This is actually repairing the skin. We also compared it to other products on the market that contain DNA repair enzymes in them, but TPF50 was superior.”

The line is categorized into four regimens—Anti-Aging, Brightening, Clarifying, and Hydrating—each includes a pre-treatment cleanser and Triple Protection Factor Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50+ (TPF 50). There are seven products in all; two cleansers, Anti-aging Serum, Brightening Serum, Clarifying Serum, Hydrating Cream, and the signature TPF50. The addition of Elizabeth Arden Rx Mineral Skincare, a loose sheer mineral powder in five wearable shades with SPF27, plus one Finishing Touch, completes the collection.

For physician use only, there are also four peeling systems that complete the treatment selection, for Clarifying, Hydrating, Anti-Aging, and Brightening skin. The peels are designed as an in-office treatment to be administered by a trained medical professional, and the selected products are to be used at home, as well, for maintenance.

Look for the Elizabeth Arden Rx Skin Optimizing Platform™ coming next,  a clever little handheld device with  interchangeable treatment heads for cleansing, skin smoothing, and the infusion of topical agents all in one.

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