Age: 48. Lives in: Gold Coast. Claim-to-fame: Board-certified plastic surgeon at The Few Institute for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (875 N. Michigan; Fewinstitute.com), best known for cosmetic eye work. From overseas: Silhouette Instalift — a non-invasive, non-surgical facelift — was introduced in Europe eight years ago, but became FDA-approved last year. The European-based company picked eight cosmetic specialists in the U.S. — among them Dr. Few — to become early adopters of the treatment. The procedure: “We’re taking little, absorbable stitches that have small cones on them and [we] pass them under the skin to help re-suspend or re-lift the skin where it’s sagging with aging,” Dr. Few says. “I’ve had people describe it as less uncomfortable than getting their teeth cleaned.” The best candidate: A “sweet spot” patient is typically in their 30s to late 50s. The procedure works best on those who have thicker skin and who don’t have an advanced degree of drooping or sagging.
The advantages: Besides avoiding going under the knife, Instalift only takes 30 minutes, requires little to no recovery time, and starts at $3,000 (whereas a traditional facelift starts around $10,000). The disadvantages: The results last a year and a half to two years, and there is a small risk of temporary bruising or infection. Stay proactive: Dr. Few believes in prevention to avoid premature signs of aging. He advises using sunscreen and a retinol serum to stimulate collagen — try the R•nol 20 Serum™ ($99; Fewinstitute.com) — which makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. Staying fit: “I do yoga every morning, and I’ll do a cardio or gym-based workout at least two or three times a week,” Dr. Few says. “I’m a healthy eater — I cut most dairy out of my diet and I tend to stay away from tomato-based foods.” Words to live by: “To me, wellness is the combination of having a healthy physical, healthy mental and healthy social existence.”
Shot on location at The Few Institute; Photos by Ramzi Dreessen