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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.
If you live in the New York-tri state area, you might have noticed an unusual movie set trailer parked in your neighborhood earlier this month. No, we’re not talking about filming of the latest Law & Order: SVU episode, but rather the launch of a new beauty focused magazine called Discover Beauty Within.
You may be thinking: does the world really need another beauty magazine? Well, yes it does, particularly this one. Beauty Within’s exclusive focus is on products sold at drugstores and mass retailers. As such, Beauty Within is sold only at Walgreens’ 8,000+ stores and Duane Reade drugstores. The price is $1.99.
The magazine’s editor is Andrea Nagel, a well-known byline in the beauty sphere, and Wendy Lewis, Beauty in the Bag’s own editor in chief, is a contributor. Check out her article in the premiere issue on anti-aging treatments that work. Sofia Vergara is featured on the cover and inside is an exclusive interview with professional volleyballer Gabrielle Reece.
The launch of the new mag was two fold. First there was a grand bash in New York City with editors, writers, and brand reps at the uber chic Botequim restaurant. At the same time, the consumer trailer—called “Suite on the Street”—debuted down the street, complete with five beauty stations to create mini salon experience for shoppers. Next stop for the trailer is Los Angeles to correspond with the launch of the second quarterly issue in June. Chicago and Miami are upcoming destinations.
Not planning a trip to Walgreens or Duane Reade, you can still visit www.DiscoverBeautyWithin.
New York dermatologist, Dr. Dina Strachan of Aglow Dermatology, graciously opened her Union Square office to the press on April 2 to highlight the benefits of Pellevé® and PelleFirm from Ellman International. Editors from Shape, The Oprah Magazine, and Prevention, among others, were there to learn about the enhanced Pellevé® System, including PelleFirm, the new body firming treatment.
Dr. Strachan outlined the benefits of Pellevé as a wrinkle reducing and skin-tightening system. “First of all, it is customizable, comfortable, cost effective, and there is no downtime,” she said. “It’s great for someone who wants something non-invasive.”
The Pellevé system is FDA cleared for the treatment of mild to moderate skin wrinkles and skin tightening. The ideal candidate is between 30 to 60 years old with moderate skin laxity. It is not a replacement for a surgical facelift, said Dr. Strachan, athough it can help delay the necessity of one. If you have lost a lot of volume in your face and have a great deal of sagging, surgery may be a better alternative.
Pellevé results are often immediate, and continue to develop over six months. Dr. Strachan reported a pre-date Pellevé phenomenon, where patients schedule a treatment just before a date to get an immediate lift and skin refresher. The treatment is virtually painless and leaves no visible signs, except for an occasional slight redness that resolves quickly.
“Pellevé works by basically stimulating your body to do what it used to do,” said Dr. Strachan. “It causes a little micro injury that stimulates collagen and elastin production and changes the elastin fibers, causing a contraction of the skin.” Voila, your skin is lifted and wrinkles are diminished, especially around the delicate eye area.
PelleFirm uses the same device, but with a different handle. Both treatments use radiofrequency to target and heat the deep layers of the skin, bypassing the outer layer, which is why treatment leaves no exterior mark. Technically, Pellevé is FDA cleared to heat deep tissue—AKA skin tightening, explained Dr. Strachan.
She showed before and after photos of PelleFirm treatments, which were amazing. As with other body firming devices, it is not a weight loss system, but it does work wonders on getting rid of the jiggle and firming up a post-baby tummy. It also can visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite without invasive surgery or laser treatments.
A series of three treatments is generally recommended for both body and facial tightening, though as Dr. Strachan pointed out, many people see an immediate lifting effect after just one visit. Cost per treatment ranges from $500 to $1000, depending upon the location of the practitioner and the extent of the area to be treatment. Results last six months or longer, and often require nothing more than one refresher treatment once or twice a year to maintain the benefits. A small price to pay for a body lift!!!
Visit pelleve.com to find a Pelleve physician or medspa near you.