New York City dermatologist Lisa Airan, MD, is so good at what she does that when TV talk show icon Oprah Winfrey thought her make-up artist needed a lift, she called on Airan who performed her signature non-surgical lower eyelid lift procedure on the Oprah show.
Airan also brings her healthy living philosophy to the table, providing a holistic approach to beauty and life. She advocates balance through diet, exercise, spirituality, stress reduction, and cosmetic dermatology, making her extremely popular among her clients.
She received her medical degree at Northwestern University in Chicago, and was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholarship at the National Institutes of Health. After completing her internship at the University of Chicago and a dermatology residency at University of California-Los Angeles, Airan went on to do a fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis.
And she loves what she does. “I love to help women look as good as they feel!”
Airan spoke with BeautyintheBag about her practice and her passions.
How do you define beauty?
For me beauty is something that takes my breath away-something great…anything from a Schiele painting to a Giambologna bronze to the coins the Roman empire made with the head of Julius Caesar to a great young actress,Adele Exarchopoulos, who is in On Blue Is the Warmest Colour, the winner of the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or.
What is your signature procedure?
The Non-Surgical Lower Eyelid Lift, about which I published a paper in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2005. Also, I was featured on Oprah, treating her makeup artist Reggie Wells with the technique. The advantage is that with well-placed injections of Restylane in the lower eyelid area I can re-contour the lower eyelid to make patients appear less tired and more well rested.
How did you get started in the beauty business?
I always wanted to do something creative in medicine and fortuitously I entered the field of cosmetic dermatology at a time when many new developments were happening.
What sets you apart from others in your space?
I am known for doing natural work…patient’s look like themselves all the time! We strive to have patients look natural, not overdone. I try to enhance natural features as well as turn back or prevent signs of aging through the use of Botox, many different types of fillers, i.e. Sculptra, Restylane, Juvederm, and newly-approved Belotero, which is a great addition for seamlessly correcting wrinkles. Also, I am a big fan of platelet rich plasma, which enormously helps skin texture without anyone being aware that an intervention has taken place.
Who is your beauty inspiration?
My husband, Trevor Born, MD. He has an amazing eye.
What is your beauty mantra?
Early intervention prevents lines and wrinkles—through the judicious use of Botox and sunscreen! Prevention is better than the cure.
What is the procedure you find most challenging?
The biggest challenge in my field is creating a comprehensive customized treatment plan on a schedule and in budget for each patient I see on an individual basis. I am an expert at what I do, so I am an expert at the execution of techniques, but blending my skills in combination with a patient’s goals is the challenge.
What charities do you support?
Share Our Strength with the goal of eradicating childhood hunger in America, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum, Central Park Conservancy, and the Alzheimer’s Foundation.