Skin Care and Cosmetic Surgery

    The skin is the largest organ of the human body and clearly the most visible, which makes it doubly important to take good care of it. Its health and well-being are not only vital to maintaining an active and healthy body, but they affect the appearance of the person as well. From clogged pores to sun damage to the effects of aging, the skin is prone to a wide range of conditions. Advances in skin care and cosmetic treatments and procedures have made it possible to both protect and restore the vitality of this important organ, offering brand new options for achieving healthier, younger-looking features. Whether its sunburn or crows feet, some of the best care, and care providers, can be found in and around New Orleans.

Academic Dermatology Associates
    A personal approach is what makes Academic Dermatology Associates different. A team of top-flight doctors and surgeons includes Dr. Leonard Gately III, Dr. Lee Nesbitt Jr., Dr. Brian D. Lee and Dr. Michelle Gerdes. These board-certified dermatologists practice general dermatology in their Metairie office and treat a variety of skin issues, from chronic and acute conditions, such as poison ivy and psoriasis, to cosmetic procedures such as Botox, chemical peels and laser treatments. They offer a full range of skin care products and treatments as well, including Obagi and NeoCutis.
    Understanding that one solution doesn’t fit all, the team at Academic Dermatology Associates works with their patients to develop rapport and find individual solutions. “We tailor treatments to specific needs,” Dr. Gerdes says. She stresses the importance of patient education and sun prevention as part of her practice. “Incidental sun exposure is more detrimental than people think.” Wearing sun block every day and receiving regular skin screenings help to prevent disease and prolong skin’s health and vitality. Whatever the goal, with same-day appointments for emergencies, short waiting times and a welcoming staff, those at Academic Dermatology Associates help patients feel better about their skin.
    Academic Dermatology Associates is located at the corner of 14th Street and Causeway Boulevard in Metairie. To schedule an appointment, call (504) 832-6612.

Bamboo Apothecary
    From a relaxing afternoon at the spa to the latest in skincare product lines, Bamboo Apothecary in Uptown New Orleans offers it all. In a beautiful Magazine Street location, owner Jill Painter offers a full menu of facials and spa options, as well as makeup, fragrance, bath and body, candles, gifts and men’s products.
    Bamboo Apothecary also has become a choice destination for people seeking the rejuvenating effects of the microdermabrasion service combined with LED light therapy. 100 percent pain-free, this treatment has the potential to dramatically increase the health of skin and reduce unsightly blemishes and flaws in just three months. The microdermabrasion uses microcrystals to rub away dead cells and smooth the surface of the skin, allowing any treatments to be more effective. Then the LED light therapy stimulates new capillaries and increases blood flow, which helps produce new collagen and increase cellular activity. “These two treatments combined,” says manager Teresa Bordes, “will offer the most dramatic improvement, ultimately resulting in smoother, more youthful skin.”
    Treatments are recommended once a month, and last one hour. Blemishes, wrinkles and large pores will begin to fade after just three treatments.
    For more information about the products and services at Bamboo Apothecary or to arrange
an appointment, visit or
call (504) 895-1664.
Benson Dermatology
For world class health care in the heart of southern Louisiana, be sure and check out Benson Dermatology in Ponchatoula, where Dr. Robert Benson and Sandra Thornhill, CRNP, offer more than 50 years of combined experience in dermatology, cosmetic surgery and general medicine. Specialized services include the LipoLift breast enhancement, which uses the patient’s own fat tissue to beautify and amplify the breast safely and effectively. Pearl Fractional laser resurfacing, which utilizes pinpoint laser energy pulsed through the outer layers of the skin to remodel the collagen and elastic tissue of the dermis below, creates younger-looking skin with faster healing and far fewer complications.
    Dr. Benson was among the first physicians to perform liposuction and fat transfer procedures in the U.S., and his surgery center is one of only four “Center of Excellence” facilities chosen by Cynosure, the manufacturer of Smartlipo, to train other doctors in advanced laser lipo techniques. Dr. Benson has practiced dermatology and cosmetic surgery in both Louisiana and New Zealand, where he has refined his skills in laser lipo, laser resurfacing, laser eyelid surgery, neck lifts and skin cancer surgery. He now supervises QnA (a medical spa), a state-of-the-art facility in Ponchatoula that combines advanced laser aesthetic techniques, conventional spa services and outpatient cosmetic surgery procedures.
     For more information, visit or call 985-370-SKIN (7546).

Crescent City Cosmetic Surgery
    Crescent City Cosmetic Surgery is not only a top class health care facility, but a successful father-daughter partnership, as well. Dr. Elliott B. Black III and his daughter, Dr. Eileen Summer Black, have joined forces to offer patients the ultimate in safety, comfort, privacy and personalized care. Offering some of the most advanced and sought after techniques and procedures available, the majority of Crescent City Cosmetic Surgery patients are treated either on location in their medical office or on an outpatient basis. Surgery patients are able to return safely to their families within hours or less to heal in the comfort of their own homes.
    In-office, Dr. Black offers popular treatments such as Botox and Fillers, including Restylane and Perlane. Surgical procedures include facelifts, blephroplasties (eye lids), otoplasties (prominent ears), rhinoplasties, breast augmentations, lifts and reductions, Tummy tucks, body lifts, suction lipectomies, arm lifts and thigh lifts. Both father and daughter share a basic philosophy of not pushing surgery and making sure that the patient is as informed as possible so that they can make an appropriate decision. “If we do the best for the patient it will also be the best for the doctor,” says Dr. Elliott Black.
    For more information, visit or call (504) 883-8900.

    For people trying to look as young as they feel, Evolence offers a terrific new option in age-defying treatments. Evolence is an advanced collagen-based structural dermal filler that provides long-lasting treatment of moderate to deep facial wrinkles and folds. The results of treatments are clinically proven to last 12 months, which helps avoid the costly repeat treatments often associated with other fillers. “It works well,” explains Dr. Mary Lupo, a board-certified Dermatologist and Clinical Professor at Tulane University, “And this is the least likely of all the major fillers to cause swelling or bruising.”
    As one of nature’s most fundamental and abundant building blocks, collagen comprises up to 80 percent of the dermis and it helps maintain skin strength, structure and support. Collagen naturally breaks down as a person ages, leading to the appearance of wrinkles, lines and folds. Evolence, and its proprietary Glymatrix Technology, uses naturally sourced collagen to replace the body’s lost collagen, adding volume and structural support in depleted areas, for a more naturally youthful appearance. Additionally, this is a nonallergenic treatment. “Which means it requires no pre-testing,” Dr. Lupo says. “Patients can receive treatment on their very first visit.”
    Results are visible and immediate at the time of treatment, allowing physician and patient to gauge the amount of wrinkle correction with more precision.
    For more information, visit

Hertzak Laser Center
    Hertzak Laser Center offers the latest advancements in laser aesthetic medicine and gynecology. For more than 30 years, Dr. Peter Hertzak has been committed to helping patients achieve their goals by offering the newest innovations and techniques in surgical, nonsurgical and minimally invasive procedures. He is a board-certified Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. This fall, Hertzak Laser Center will move into a new, 7,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility in Slidell.
     Hertzak Laser Center specializes in aesthetic and gynecological procedures including: lazer lipo, breast augmentation through fat transfer, abdominoplasty/tummy tucks, NoveSure®, Essure®, Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation and bio-identical hormones. Specialized and advanced services include Laser Lipo with the CoolTouch CoolLipo™, which is a revolutionary and minimally invasive procedure for the removal of fat and the sculpting of body contours; Thermage® which uses radiofrequency technology to form new collagen, leaving skin younger-looking in one treatment; and Fraxel re:store™ laser, which tightens the skin and removes wrinkles with results that formerly only were seen after a facelift.
     Hertzak Laser Center’s patient care before, during and after procedures truly sets it apart from other cosmetic treatment centers. Patients are treated like family, receiving one-on-one attention and working with an experienced staff that caters to their every need.
    For more information, visit or call 504-552-4888.

R. Daniel Jacob, M.D.
    For more than 20 years, patients have trusted the skilled hands of R. Daniel Jacob, M.D. At his New Faces facial rejuvenation center, Dr. Jacob offers many of the area’s most sought-after treatments and procedures for the face and neck. Dr. Jacob received his board certification as a head and neck surgeon in 1985 and became a board certified fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1989. As a surgeon specializing exclusively in the head and neck area, his sole focus and expertise is in cosmetic procedures and treatments of those regions.
    Popular surgical procedures include rhinoplasties, otoplasties and chin and cheek implants. As the face ages, Dr. Jacob can help patients achieve a more youthful appearance with face lifts, brow lifts, neck lifts and blepharoplasty. New Faces also offers an extensive assortment of nonsurgical interventions for the aging face and for preventative maintenance. These include product lines, like Vivite, Obagi, Cellex-C, Neocutis and Revale. Also available are Botox, facial fillers, chemical peels, lipo-suction and laser skin resurfacing.
    New Faces is located at 4228 Houma Blvd. in Metairie. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, call (504) 456-9068 New Orleans Plastic Surgery

Dr. David Jansen
    Dr. David Jansen is a nationally recognized double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in surgery of the face, breast and body. Aside from his numerous professional awards and recognition, he has been a pioneer in innovative techniques and procedures that have helped his patients achieve remarkable results under his safe and caring direction for more than 15 years. Dr. Jansen is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and he received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed surgical training at University of Illinois Cook County Hospital Medical Center, and his Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Medical Center.
    Dr. Jansen specializes in breast augmentation, abdominal body contouring and shaping, permanent lip enhancement, and correction of wrinkles and facial deformities. His full range of services also includes liposuction, breast lifting and reductions, face lifting, breast reconstruction, eyelid surgery, browlifting through an eyelid incision, abdominal surgery and tummy tucks, body lifts after massive weight loss, and gluteal and calf implants.
    A beautiful office and full-service medi-spa with a full-time licensed aesthetician offers facials, medical grade peels and dermabrasion. He also offers Cutera Laser for treatment of hair removal, vein therapy, skin rejuvenation and tightening, and sun damage repair.
    Dr. Jansen’s offices are located at 3900 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie. For more information, visit or call (504) 455-1000.

Dr. Deborah E. Lesem
    Dr. Deborah E. Lesem provides personalized family dental care in a professional yet relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Her family dental practice is conveniently located in Lakeview in a Seaside-cottage inspired office.
    Many of her patients appreciate her eye for cosmetic procedures and her artful hand in providing cosmetic bonding procedures that can quickly, easily and affordably correct misaligned, chipped, discolored or broken front teeth while sparing healthy tooth structure. “Changing a patient’s smile is one of the most satisfying things I do. It feels good to know something so easy can make such a difference in a person’s confidence and appearance.”
    In addition to services like cosmetic bonding, bleaching or whitening, Dr. Lesem also performs “gum lifts” to correct gummy smiles and cosmetic contouring to even out crooked or chipped teeth. Additional procedures, such as implant restoration, bridges, partial dentures or flipper partials to replace missing teeth, and even full dentures have the ability to transform an otherwise “hopeless” mouth into a beautiful smile.
    Dr. Lesem is a graduate of LSU in Baton Rouge and LSU Dental School. She is a current member of the American Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association and New Orleans Dental Association.
    To schedule your appointment with Dr. Lesem, call (504) 286-3880.

Dr. Ruth Owens
    Dr. Ruth Owens specializes in facial plastic surgery. She performs face, forehead, eye and neck lifts, along with rhinoplasty, as the bulk of her practice. The facilities feature state-of-the-art treatment and operating rooms. A licensed medi-spa with a licensed aesthetician and laser facility is also on the premises. All age groups are drawn to Dr. Owens’s practice. Younger patients request rhinoplasty and/or chin augmentation, whereas more mature patients seek out eye, face and neck lifts. Dr. Owens performs botox and filler material injections in accordance with the latest trends in noninvasive facial rejuvenation.
    Dr. Owens’s practice is set apart from others by offering specialized care and experience in facial plastic surgery and botox and filler materials. Specialized training and years of experience in only facial rejuvenation sets Dr. Owens apart from her peers, as well as her meticulous attention to detail and personalized attention for her patients. She is double board certified and provides the most definitive care for her facial surgery patients.
    The medi-spa is offering drastically reduced rates on the laser “Titan” procedure, which functions to give a mini-facelift. Those patients who are looking for a facial “pick-me-up” without the downtime and expense of a full facelift would benefit from the laser “Titan.”
    Dr. Owens’s offices are located at 3900 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie. For more information, visit or call (504) 455-1000.

Tulane Aesthetic Center
    Dr. Abigail E. Chaffin and the Tulane University Medical Center’s Division of Plastic Surgery have recently opened the Tulane Aesthetic Center, where they offer a complete range of cosmetic procedures. Dr. Chaffin’s dedication to excellence runs deep. After a rigorous fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Tulane, she was rewarded with a Tulane Department of Surgery faculty appointment, where she is now an Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She and her team strive for excellence in patient satisfaction, safety and overall well being.
    Dr. Chaffin designs an aesthetic plan tailored to patients’ individual needs while responding to any questions and concerns patients may have. Dr. Chaffin carefully reviews each step of the procedure and explains how she can help patients achieve the desired results.
    The Tulane Aesthetic Center offers the full spectrum of skin care and cosmetic procedures, including Botox; wrinkle reduction with Restylane and Perlane; lip augmentation; skin care, including the full Obagi skin care line and Retin-A; liposculpture; body contouring, including neck, arm, thigh and lower body lifts; mommy makeovers; eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty); ear surgery (otoplasty); nose surgery (rhinoplasty); breast surgery, including augmentation, reduction, lift and cancer reconstruction; male breast reduction (gynecomastia); tummy tuck (abdominoplasty); and scar revision.
    To schedule a consultation with Dr. Chaffin and her team of experts, call (504) 988-4167. n

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