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A visit to the New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery in Great Neck, would not be complete without spending some time at the lush and pampering J SPA Medical Day Spa. Under the direction of Andrew Jacono, M.D., F.A.C.S, J SPA features a wide range of the most sought after age-reversing skin and body treatments.
An internationally recognized expert in the field of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with a flourishing practice on Long Island’s Gold Coast and in New York City, Jacono is a Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is considered a leading expert in his field, which is why television news personalities, socialites, editors, models, actors, and everyday men and women who are eager for some rejuvenating therapies seek out his unique expertise.
“My overriding goal as a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon is to deliver natural-looking results with minimal downtime, scarring, and risk. My practice caters to patients looking for a younger version of themselves. I dedicate 80% of my practice to invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures, including minimally invasive endoscopic facelifts, blepharoplasty, and rhinoplasty. The other 20% consists of reconstructive and revision surgery patients,” he said.
He continues, “Early in my career, I repaired the broken nose of a woman who said she had been injured in a car accident. Several months later, the woman returned a second time, claiming she had broken her nose in yet another car accident. I later learned that the woman had been living in an abusive relationship and her broken noses were the result of domestic violence. Since then, I have volunteered my time and resources to erase the facial scars of victims of domestic violence through the AAFPRS’ FACE TO FACE program, and I now serve as Senior Advisor.”
As a father of four, he is also passionate about helping children across the globe, and has been the plastic surgery team leader for Healing the Children for the past 8 years. “On these missions, we focus on repairing cleft lip and palate deformities on babies born with facial disfigurement. In 2013, I joined the HUGS Foundation to treat children with microtia (a condition where children are born without an ear) in Ecuador with my mentor Vito C. Quatela, M.D., F.A.C.S. The HUGS Foundation is a non-profit organization that delivers medical care to developing countries. On average, I spend approximately four weeks a year performing pro-bono surgery. My medical practice allows me to give back to those in need, which is one of my passions,” said Jacono.
“I am continuously evaluating my results, then innovating and creating new techniques to improve the outcomes and experiences I can offer. I regularly publish my findings in leading plastic surgery journals and then share findings at national and international conferences on facial plastic surgery. I am also always looking to gain knowledge from others, and exchanging ideas and innovations with leaders in plastic surgery all over the world. This allows me to incorporate the most state-of-the-art techniques available today into my practice. When you think you have nothing left to learn is when you lose your edge.”
His predictions for the next big thing in medical aesthetics? “Increasingly refined face lifting techniques and rapid recovery will continue to be focuses. As for those seeking non-surgical rejuvenation, expect to see advances in both injectables and injectable techniques, as well as expanded approvals for usage in other areas. As facial rejuvenation becomes more mainstream, you will see the median age of patients drop and the number of patients increase. There will also be a shift from rejuvenation to prevention as a leading reason for seeking treatment.”
New Yorkers are looking for understated, natural results which often times call for multiple smaller procedures and the preservation of facial tissue, rather than simply pulling and removing drooping areas of the eyes and face. New Yorkers are also trending away from simply filling their faces with injections, which with more significant aging makes the face look fuller, but not necessarily more rejuvenated. With the use of minimally invasive face and eyelid lift techniques, fat and muscles are repositioned for natural volume and identity preserving results. In other cities, such as LA, there is demand for a more defined plastic surgery “look.”
Jacono doesn’t have a signature approach, because as he says, each face requires something different. “I believe in a customized multi-layered approach to restoring youth to the face. I perform many different types of facelifts and choose the one that best suits a patient’s goals, facial structure, and degree of aging. I’ve also developed minimally invasive facelifts that lift drooping cheeks and laxity in the neck with minimal incisions by using endoscopes. This technique lifts the face underneath the muscles, not under the skin, so the face appears soft and natural, not tight and stretched. In some patients, the face will lose volume, so I perform micro-fat transfers to restore the heart-shaped face of youth.
For those not ready for surgery, Jacono and his medical team offer non-surgical face lifting with a combination of Ultherapy, injectables and fractional laser resurfacing. One of his favorite new products is Voluma, which helps provide support to the cheek region which droops and deflates with age. The FDA studies show it lasts longer than most other injectables, which is an added bonus.
At J SPA, the go-to skincare ranges include PREVAGE and VIVITÉ, among others. Depending on a patient’s age, skin type, sun exposure, and goals, Jacono develops a custom skincare regimen. He believes also that drugstore brands can often be as effective as prestige brands, just make sure to wear a moisturizer with a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher. His signature J PAK Systems™ are convenient homeopathic remedies for use before and after aesthetic injectable and surgical procedures to help minimize swelling and bruising. Scientific studies indicate that homeopathic remedies like Arnica Montana and dietary supplements like Bromelain and Hyaluronic Acid can help minimize swelling and bruising and speed healing after surgery.
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Stop shaving and get smooth skin and stubble-free 365/year. Enter Beam Laser Spa, the chic boutique laser hair removal spa in Columbus Circle. Founded by the lovely Brazilian sister duo Andréa and Liza Young, Beam Laser Spa is the ultimate laser hair removal destination for cutting edge technology, laser expertise, and superb friendly service.
Admittedly a few minutes late (Thank you NYC gridlock traffic), I walked into the serene Beam Laser Spa waiting room with ambient lighting and views of Central Park. I was cheerfully greeted and offered a cold beverage as I filled in my paperwork and mentally prepared myself for the bikini line-laser session I fretted about all day.
Feeling quite vulnerable in my knickers with a seemingly 1000-wattage light shining on my lady bits, my aesthetician Amanda prepped for my treatment by thoroughly cleaning the area with witch hazel. She carefully outlined — yes, literally outlined with a white pencil — exactly where she was going to laser by using the edge of an index card to make precise measurements and straight edges. Yeah, I’m pretty sure Kim K. would be jealous at how up close and personal Amanda got down there.
The prep for the procedure was actually much longer than the procedure itself. Within a few minutes, the entire area had been painlessly lasered and was minimally pink. There was no need for aloe or a cooling gel, which meant I could go shopping after my appointment without cold goop slathered all over my undies (#winning!).
You can expect to feel a hot sensation immediately followed by a very cool sensation. Most people tend to describe laser hair removal as feeling like a rubber band being snapped against the skin. However, Beam exclusively uses only the top of the line Syneron Candela’s Gentle Max Lasers, which are known as state-of-the-art devices that reduce pain, increase efficacy, and are safe for your skin. The Gentle Max Laser shoots a cold blast of cryogen gas that immediately cools the laser site — so it’s a less painful and virtually mess-free experience compared to other hair removal lasers that require gel to cool the skin first.
A few things to remember:
- Permanent results take time. After just one treatment, I’ve already noticed a difference in the rate that my hair grows back. However, permanent results require at least 4-6 treatments, spaced 4-8 weeks apart. You may need touch up sessions every year or so, too. I would trade the inconvenience of shaving, ingrown hairs, razor burn, and lifelong purchases of razors and shaving cream for permanent results any day!
- Stop using self tanner for at least 2-3 weeks in advance. My aesthetician needed to clean (and by clean, I mean scrub) the to-be-lasered area multiple times to remove all traces of self tanner. The laser targets melanin in the hair shaft and then damages the follicle — the laser could mistakenly target the pigment from self tanner and potentially cause damage to the surrounding skin.
- Most importantly, relax! No one is judging you for what you have or what you want down there, and no one is going to critique you after you leave (Come on, I’m not the only one who swears that my dentist made fun of my bad breath, or that my dermatologist made a crack about my monster zit). Your Beam aesthetician has zapped hair follicles in places you didn’t even know hair could grow! And, as Amanda put it, “It’s just hair!”
So ladies, book yourself into Beam Laser Spa for your Gentle Laser treatments, and look forward to smooth, stubble-free underarms, legs, bikini line, and anywhere else you don’t want hair.
The Erno Laszlo Institute‘s Pure Pulsation and Pure Oxygen are two oxygen-rich treatments developed by Pure Flow founder and owner Andrew Barile, and each one accomplishes different things. Pure Pulsation offers synchronized compression of your blood vessels through an intense 40-minute treatment to increase circulation and pump oxygen into your body for detoxification, creation of new blood cells, and to strengthen the cardiovascular system. Pure Oxygen involves a hyperbaric oxygen tank.
“Pure Flow is a compression therapy,” says Barile. “What we’re doing is to monitor your heart rate, similar to a Polaris heart monitor. So we know when your heart is resting. It is mechanical and super precise, and massaging doesn’t give you that same increased pressure as this does,” he adds. Bottom line: you want the blood flow to go back to your heart. The idea here is to reduce your heart rate to promote efficiency. For example, many athletes, after years of conditioning their body, have a heart rate of 40 or 50 beats per minute. However, most people’s efficiencies are far lower, which is why this treatment would be most beneficial to them.
I received the Pure Pulsation treatment and it involved my slipping into a quilted garment and having cuffs around my arms and legs. My aesthetician hooked up a machine to the garment to enable it to pump oxygen into my legs. I’m not going to lie, this wasn’t a bed of roses: you feel the pressure. But after the 40-minute treatment, I felt noticeably more rested, as though I had taken some Concorde trip to St. Barths and back.
Now, what does this all have to do with beauty? Plenty. If we start at the source, good skin starts with a good heartbeat, since healthy heart function helps with practically everything — from cell turnover to stem-cell creation. These treatments also help with improving sleep, lessen jet lag, draining the lymphatic system, which helps remove waste and toxins from the body.
For a limited time, Pure Oxygen and Pure Pulsation are available as a single session for $100, or a pack of six for $480.