The goop Guide to Cosmetic Surgeons

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Lara Devgan, MD, MPH

The goop Guide to Cosmetic Surgeons

We get a lot of questions about cosmetic plastic surgery and surgeons here at goop, so we’ve put together this
small, by no means exhaustive guide based on specialty. As with all things aesthetic and subjective, there are
“looks” within the field, and the one we favor is really no look at all: more radiant, refreshed, at ease, and above
all, natural. The doctors here are known for beautifully natural results, and all of them are beloved by happy
goop-friend customers, as well as other top surgeons in the field, top dermatologists, hairstylists, and makeup
artists.

With any kind of surgery, consultations are critical, as is getting a sense of how often your doctor performs the
particular procedure you’re interested in, looking at before-and-afters, and even meeting a given surgeon’s
postsurgery patients to assess movement, shape, and any visible scarring in person. While some of the doctors on
this list specialize in particular treatments, most are skilled in a range of procedures and all are board-certified
(never get surgery from someone who is not board-certified). Exactly what a surgeon is board-certified in makes a
difference, too: Surgeons trained in otolaryngology (also known as ENT, for ear, nose, and throat) who do procedures
on the face are called facial plastic surgeons. They do plastic surgery only above the collarbone, whereas
traditional plastic surgeons operate from head to toe. But other specialists—like some oral surgeons and ob-gyns—can
also be called plastic surgeons, so it’s critical to know whom you’re talking to and what they’re best at.

BEST FOR: EYES

Chicago
Julius Few, MD

Julius Few, MD

Known for incredibly natural eye, face, breast, and nasal cosmetic surgery, Julius Few, MD, a
board-certified plastic surgeon, is famous for developing no-scar strategies and stacking
combinations of surgical treatments with nonsurgical treatments, like the thread-lift (a no-downtime procedure
he helped pioneer that lifts the face with
hyaluronic acid threads).

The Few Institute for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

875 N. Michigan Ave. #3850

Chicago, IL 60611

312.380.0430

fewinstitute.com

Dr. Few also performs select treatments in Los Angeles.

Brooklyn
Chaneve Jeanniton, MD

Chaneve Jeanniton, MD

If you’re looking to treat hooded eyelids, dark circles, undereye bags, or puffiness without extensive downtime
or major scars, Chaneve Jeanniton, MD, a board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon, specializes in
blepharoplasties that leave you looking like yourself, simply refreshed. She combines these targeted surgeries
with nonsurgical services to restore the eye area holistically and maintain facial harmony.

Brooklyn Face & Eye

115 Prospect Park West

Brooklyn, NY 11215

718.965.1150

brooklynfaceandeye.com

Beverly Hills
Michael J. Groth, MD

With a practice dedicated exclusively to cosmetic eyelid and eyebrow surgery, Michael J. Groth, MD, is famous
for natural-looking upper and lower blepharoplasties and eyebrow lifts. Having successfully performed more than
10,000 eyelid and eyebrow procedures in more than twenty-five years (he’s board-certified in ophthalmology with
a specialty in oculoplastics), Groth is about as experienced as it gets with this very delicate part of the
face, which is one of the first to show aging. (He often asks patients to bring in old photos of themselves when
they were between eighteen and thirty years of age.) Groth also performs cosmetic and laser surgery on the
surrounding structures of the upper face.

9675 Brighton Way #410

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

310.274.2525

drmichaelgroth.com

BEST FOR:
FACE AND LIPS

New York
Andrew Jacono, MD

Andrew Jacono, MD, board-certified in both facial plastic surgery and head and neck surgery, is known for his
advanced deep-plane face-lifting technique, which he developed to create more-natural results while reducing the
need for recurring fillers or fat grafting. He lifts the deep structures of the face while also releasing facial
ligaments, resulting in a naturally volumized heart-shaped face. The procedure generally lasts between ten and
twelve years. Jacono is also highly sought-after for lip augmentation.

New York Center for Facial Plastic Surgery

630 Park Ave.

New York, NY 10065

212.570.2500

440 Northern Blvd.

Great Neck, NY 11021

516.773.4646

newyorkfacialplasticsurgery.com

Kansas City
Hannah Vargas, MD

Hannah Vargas, MD

With a specialty in facial cosmetic surgery, Hannah Vargas, MD, reports a major increase in neck and jawline
consults during this time of Zoom-calling and mask-wearing. The board-certified otolaryngologist’s treatments
for the lower face and neck range from a surgical lift to sculpted liposuction, as well as nonsurgical options
like threads, Kybella, and Vivace, a microneedling and radiofrequency laser device. The best natural results,
Vargas says, come from a little of everything—lift, volume, and skin treatments—as opposed to a single
procedure.

Vargas Face and Skin Center

5200 W 95th St.

Prairie Village, KS 66207

913.381.4900

vargasfaceandskin.com

New York
Lara Devgan, MD, MPH

Lara Devgan, MD, MPH

A major focus of Lara Devgan’s practice is a face-lift she devised for people in their forties: There’s a
shorter scar, a deeper tissue lift, and a more natural result. The board-certified plastic and reconstructive
surgeon performs something she calls facial optimization, involving both surgical and nonsurgical techniques,
including injectables and suture suspension lifting. For eyelid surgery, Devgan is known for her signature
zip-stitch technique, which creates a seamless closure.

807 Park Ave.

New York, NY 10021

212.452.2400

laradevganmd.com

Beverly Hills
Ben Talei, MD

Lips and face-lifts are Ben Talei’s signature. Board-certified in facial plastic surgery and head and neck
surgery, his specialties include face-lifts, brow lifts, and eyelid surgeries, as well as revision
rhinoplasties. About six years ago, Talei developed a technique called the modified or deep-plane lip lift. The
scar is virtually undetectable, because it is hidden in the curves of your nose, and the procedure can also
elevate the central lip or corners of the lip, while making any filler added look more natural, Talei says.

Beverly Hills Center for Plastic Surgery

465 N Roxbury Dr. #750

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

310.288.0641

beverlyhillscenter.com

BEST FOR: NOSES

Beverly Hills
Andrew Frankel, MD

Whether it’s someone’s first nose job or they’re looking to fix a prior procedure, Andrew Frankel’s aesthetic
is always natural. His patients range from people with a subtle irregularity or asymmetry to those who have
large humps and imbalances, and he emphasizes that nose jobs are not just about looks: The board-certified
facial plastic surgeon is also board-certified in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery and has a deep
understanding of nasal function. For face-lift patients, many of whom want to tighten lax tissue in the neck and
lower face, his techniques use deeper planes of dissection for the most natural look.

The Lasky Clinic

201 South Lasky Dr.

Beverly Hills, CA 90212

310.552.2173

rhinoplastyrevisions.com

New York
Anthony N. LaBruna, MD

Patients come to Anthony LaBruna, MD, for what he calls “special cases.” The two main categories are people who
have had nose cancer or melanoma excised and need reconstruction, and people who have had surgeries that didn’t
go well or came out overdone. Board-certified in general plastic surgery and otolaryngology–head and neck
surgery, he focuses much of his expertise on rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, and rhytidectomy (face-lifts and neck
lifts) and is known for his conservative approach and natural look. LaBruna says he often works in conjunction
with dermatologists for optimal results: “I make sure the patient can breathe well and that their nose looks
good, and the dermatologist can do laser treatments to take away redness and help scars heal faster,” he says.

45 E. 85th St.

New York, NY 10028

212.584.7001

labrunamd.com

BEST FOR: BREASTS

New York
David A. Hidalgo, MD

In order to keep breast augmentations looking natural, size limits are guided by individual anatomy, says David
Hidalgo, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon. By performing one of his specialties—a “scarless” breast
augmentation on suitable candidates—he hides a small scar in the armpit, away from the breast. Hidalgo, a
trained and practicing artist (his medium is large-scale charcoal drawings), is also well-known for his
blepharoplasty. He’s a longtime advocate of fat preservation in eyelid surgery, which he says maintains a
youthful fullness while eliminating bags and circles. Instead of brow lifts, he focuses on maximizing upper
eyelid rejuvenation to provide a clean, rested look.

655 Park Ave.

New York, NY 10065

212.517.9777

drdavidhidalgo.com

Philadelphia
Louis P. Bucky, MD

Louis Bucky, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon, is known for creating natural-looking custom breast
augmentations using a patient’s own fat. The ideal candidates, Bucky says, are women who want to be only a half
to one cup size bigger and don’t want implants, those who need both an implant and fat to improve underlying
asymmetries, patients with previous breast augmentation who want their implants removed, and individuals with
little breast tissue who want a large implant. By removing excess fat from various locations on the body—hips,
abdomen, inner thighs, knees—Bucky says the patient also gets the added benefit of unwanted fat removal and body
shaping. The fat is harvested via liposuction, processed, purified, and then carefully injected into the breast.
Each patient’s fat donor site is treated as a liposuction procedure to avoid indentations or contour
irregularities.

230 W. Washington Sq. #101

Philadelphia, PA 19106

215.829.6320

drbucky.com

Beverly Hills
Garth Fisher, MD

Board-certified plastic surgeon Garth Fisher, MD, is known as one of the top general plastic surgeons in
LA—though it’s his natural-looking breast work, specifically for post-nursing women experiencing volume loss
after pregnancy, that we’ve heard incredible things about. He also performs breast augmentation revision work,
which can be more complicated and difficult than primary surgery. His other specialties include breast lifts,
reductions, and nipple procedures. His work on other parts of the body includes face lifts, rhinoplasty, and
abdominoplasty.

120 S. Spalding Dr., Ste. #222

Beverly Hills, CA 90212

310.273.5995

garthfisher.com

BEST FOR: BODY

New York
Alan Matarasso, MD

When a person comes to Alan Matarasso, MD, for a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, Matarasso starts by asking them
to come in wearing their favorite style of undergarments or bathing suit to inform where he conceals incisions.
The board-certified plastic surgeon specializes in breast surgery, including lifts, augmentations, reductions,
and reconstructions, as well as facial plastic surgery, including primary and secondary rhinoplasties and eye
treatments like endoscopic brow lifts, which elevate the brow tissue. He says he performs roughly equal amounts
of face, eye, nose, breast, and liposuction procedures; we have heard particular raves about his breast work.
He’s also developed what he calls a rapid recovery system, which begins weeks ahead of the procedure and reduces
downtime and healing in a safe way that has patients back to their real lives in less time.

1009 Park Ave.

New York, NY 10028

212.249.7500

alanmatarassomd.com


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