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Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Levine‘s core philosophy is simple; everyone has the right to natural, believable results that enhance their appearance, not to create a new face. Double-board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, she is an expert in the latest invasive and non-invasive anti-aging treatments and prides herself on helping patients achieve and maintain the look they have always wanted.
Dr. Levine graduated with honors from Columbia University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Biology and received her Medical Doctorate from Cornell University Medical College. Her post-doctoral training included a General Surgery residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, a residency in Otolaryngology at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, and completed her residency in Otolaryngology at New York University, where she was Chief Resident. She then served as a fellow in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at New York University Hospital, where she trained with many of the top surgeons in her field.
BITB had the pleasure to catch up with Dr. Levine to learn about the treatments Manhattanites can’t live without.
As a facial plastic surgeon what are the most popular procedures you recommend to your clients and why?
I feel that most of my patients benefit from a combination of procedures and that there is a synergistic result when we do more than one thing. I am a big fan of Ultherapy, as laxity and skin tightening are concerns for many of my patients. I also have a laser that I love from Denmark, the Ellipse Nordlys. It is a multiplatform device that has a non-ablative fractionated laser, which is great for treating fine lines and wrinkles without downtime. It also has a broadband light component that is great for treating reds and browns in the skin. Injectables are a big part of my practice; lips and cheeks are huge. I love Voluma for the cheeks and Juvederm for the lips. I treat almost every patients neck. I love Dysport for neck lines and bands; treating the neck with a neuromodulator is also preventative as it decreases the descent of the lower face. I think Botox for the upper face is really important not only for lines and wrinkles, but for a prettier eyebrow position. There is also a clear improvement to the skin with Botox so I think it is important to start early. I think the shape of the face is critically important. A youthful face is oval or heart shaped. I like to use Radiesse to the temples and jawline to help create the right contour. I use Belotero for the under eye area.
What are some of the trends and treatments you are most excited about in aesthetics and why?
The facelift is making a comeback. I have a wide variety of nonsurgical procedures to treat the lower face and neck but, sometimes it’s just not enough. A facelift often gives a more natural and effective result. PRP (platelet rich plasma) is another key trend. We use PRP for hair growth, after microneedling aka “vampire facial” or as a facial filler for people who either want to enhance other procedures or as a replacement for the fillers currently on the market. Body contouring is a big focus not only on removing fat but improving the skin and muscle tone. Obviously if your face looks one way and your body looks another, it is a dead giveaway of your age. We offer CoolSculpting and Sculpsure to treat unwanted fat, Emsculpt to build muscle, Ultherapy, plus Sculptra or dilute Radiesse to treat skin laxity on the body. Millennials have really transformed the market. The good news is millennials are open to discussing and sharing their procedures so they are helping to get rid of some of the guilt, shame and judgement involved in these procedures. Millennials are likely to post their results on social media and look to social media first for recommendations and trends. Rhinoplasty is very popular in this age group. Many of these patients are used to manipulating their photos on social media and want to have those same types of changes in real life.
What’s in your cosmetic bag and on your bathroom vanity?
My favorite eye brow pencil is Kevyn Aucoin. It’s the only brand that I have found to match my dark brown hair color without looking over penciled in. My favorite foundation is by Ellis Faas. It also is the best match for my skin tone, is light on my sensitive skin and doesn’t cause breakouts or look cakey in photos. I never leave home without Fenty Beauty Glow Gloss Bomb! It looks great every skin tone and can be easily layered over your favorite lipstick for extra shine. At home I use Eve Lom cleanser to take off my makeup at night. I use the TNS Essential Serum twice a day followed by Lumivive, Lytera 2.0 all by Skinmedica. I either use Tizo sunscreen in the morning or Skinmedica Total Defense and Repair. I use Neocutis Microfirm Serum and Microfirm Neck and Decollete on my neck and chest twice a day. I take Nutrifol vitamins for hair and skin health daily and use Revitalash.