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Facing the Facts: Everything You Should Know About Facelifts

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One-tenth of a second – not long is it? It may surprise you to know that studies have shown this infinitesimal amount of time is all it takes for a person to make indelible judgements of you. This split second is crucial in creating a positive lasting impression; whether you are searching for a job, a mate or a sale.

It is no wonder then, with so much riding on our appearance, many people are turning to plastic surgery to restore what time insists on taking away.

Facial aging

The way our face ages and how fast it ages depends on a number of elements including genetics, lifestyle choices such as diet, smoking habits, and sun exposure as well as your overall health. These contributing factors mean every individual face is unique but eventually, most often from somewhere between your early forties to fifties, a number of common aging processes begin to occur.

  • Crows feet and fine lines appear
  • Muscle and fat diminish causing the overlying skin to sag resulting in jowls, turkey neck and a ‘squaring’ of the lower face.
  • The face begins to lose its uniform appearance resulting in more shadows such as dark hollows under the eyes.
  • The brow lowers and loses its fullness resulting in a more stern expression.
  • As the underlying connective tissue degrades, the upper cheeks deflate causing nasolabial folds to become more pronounced.

Is surgery the answer?

In an effort to cater to individuals seeking a solution to their facial aging without surgery, many cosmetic clinics recommend plumping agents such as fat or synthetic fillers to bolster the areas which have been left diminished due to muscle and fat loss. The unfortunate results of this so-called liquid facelift can be seen in many Hollywood stars sporting the instantly recognisable ‘pillow face’.

Once a face ages and the underlying basis has lost its integrity, there are no fillers, lasers or creams which will put that tissue back in its place. The only substantial, lasting solution for facial aging, where skin, muscle and fat have been compromised, is through the skills of a qualified Plastic Surgeon.

What to expect

The ‘lunchtime lift’ is a fallacy. A facelift is a major surgery involving considerable manipulation of the face’s underlying structure. The procedure can take around three to four hours to perform.

The first week after surgery is likely to be the most uncomfortable but you will have painkillers to ease any discomfort. Swelling and bruising should be expected. At the end of this week, stitches will be removed. By the second week, tightness and numbness may persist but you should be feeling a lot better and can resume light activity.

It may be three to four weeks before you feel comfortable enough with your appearance to go out socially. Residual swelling may persist for some time and final results may take up to a year after surgery to be appreciated.

Complications and risks

Every surgery comes with risks and a facelift is no different. The most serious complications, though rare, include:

  • nerve damage (often temporary)
  • infection
  • skin necrosis
  • noticeable scarring
  • hematoma

Your surgeon will run through the risks with you and provide you with aftercare instructions. By following these to the letter, you can lessen the risk of major complications.

Selecting a surgeon

Ultimately the quality of the result of your facial surgery will lie directly in the hands of your Plastic Surgeon. There is a vast divide between Cosmetic Surgeons, who may be little more than GPs, and Board Certified Plastic Surgeons who have many years of extensive training.

Once you have shortlisted surgeons, the next most valuable allies are photos of the surgeon’s actual patients. When considering a facelift, pay close attention to side view images. The tragus (the small nodule where the face meets the ear canal) and the area directly in front of the ear, should be carefully inspected. This is where the tell-tale signs of a facelift will be most prominent and this is where the expertise of the surgeon and his technique, play a major role. The before and after images should show little change in this area.

A facelift won’t make you look like a teenager again but expertly performed, it will make you look younger, more vibrant and just may win you that job, that promotion, or that heart. Best of luck!

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March Baby Madness

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Six March Baby birthdays were celebrated together on St Patrick’s Day Eve.

The celebrants included actress, singer, dancer, Quinn Lemley, Health and Wellness entrepreneur, Women’s Health and Veterans Advocate, Anne Akers, Good Will Ambassador, Errol Rappaport, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Judy Gilbert, entrepreneur, politician and philanthropist, DeCosta Headley and executive director, psychotherapist and columnist, Lorraine Silvetz, MSW.

Robert Silvetz and Lorraine Silvetz Photo by Jeff Smith

Cherie Corso and Lorraine Silvetz Photo by Jeff Smith

A large circle of dear friends joined them for complimentary hors d’oeuvres at the beautiful Sandbar Rooftop at the Chelsea Hilton and then all attendees were gifted tickets to attend Randy Edelman’s performance at the Chelsea Table and Stage. Randy’s show was sold out being one of the most accomplished and world renowned musicians and composers of our times with over 100 film and television soundtracks, a Golden Globe nomination (Last of the Mohicans), and a multitude of awards. He is also recognized for writing some of the most popular songs covered by some of the most popular artists (Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Patty Labelle, Olivia Newton John, among others. His music enchanted the crowd.

Liza Pllumaj, Nicota Hawkeye, Lorraine Silvetz and Flora Pllumaj Photo by Jeff Smith

Photo by Jeff Smith

The 6 March Babies don’t just share birthdays in March but a passion and commitment to philanthropy.

Lorraine Silvetz, David Sexta, and Flora Pllumaj Photo by Jeff Smith

Ralph DePalo, PhD, Lorraine Silvetz, MSW and Robert Silvetz, MD Photo by Jeff Smith

Dear friend and spokesperson for Global Stress Initiative (GSI), 3 Time Emmy Award Winning Anchor and 2 Time NY Times Best Selling Author, Rita Cosby has served as spokesperson for Lorraine Silvetz, MSW’s GSI since she founded it in 2010. GSI focuses on research and treatment of veterans, domestic violence and human trafficking survivors with PTSD.

March Babies and friends Photo by Jeff Smith

Anne Akers, Lorraine Silvetz and Jane Pontarelli Photo by Jeff Smith

The Six March Babies are a very accomplished group of entrepreneurs, writers, actors, dancers and philanthropists. As a group they support and serve as Board embers on several foundations including Lou Gehrig ALS NYC, Ronald MacDonald House, St Francis Food Pantry and Shelter, The DREAM Foundation, Career Bridges, Daisy Jopling Music Mentoring Foundation, Portrait of Freedom, Mommy’s Heart, The Veterans Association of NY, National Meningitis Association, The Skin Cancer Foundation, Ovarian Cancer at Mt Sinai, Tournesol Wellness, David Lynch Foundation, Operation Warrior Wellness, among others.

Corina Cortenescu, Rose Billings, Lorraine Silvetz and Guiseppe Signorinni Photo by Jeff Smith

Cherie Corso, Sara Johnson Kaplan, Flora Pllumaj, Abe Shainberg and Liza Pllumaj
Photo by Jeff Smith

Several notable guests were in attendance including PEP real estate owner and Tribeca Records founder, Johnny Pasquale aka “Soho Johnny”; fashion designers, Guiseppe Singorinni, Daniela Reginato and Diana Mahrach; clinical scientist, Robert Silvetz, MD; psychotherapist and professor, Ralph DePalo, PhD; brain upgrade expert, Paul Oleska; comedian and author, Jeffrey Gurian; former opera singers and Career Bridges’ founders, Barbara and David Bender; celebrity photographer, Rose Billings; artist and Portrait of Freedom co-founders, Tatyana Horoshko Gegera and Alexandr Sasha Gegera; best selling author, Tom Avitabile; PR Guru, Eileen Shapiro; artist, Cherie Corso; oil painting artist and tech innovator, actress/model, Sara Johnson Kaplan, actress/not for profit founder, Julianne Michelle; Purple Runway founder, Gigi McMillan; Rosalind Panda; entertainment correspondent, Jan Mercer Dahms; politician, Jude Elie; artist/actor; Nicole Leigh Morris; inventor/scientist, Nicota Hawkeye; author, Robin Lieberman; entrepreneur, Jessy Moya; Luce Foundation founder, Jim Luce; musician and filmmaker, David Sexta; artist, Tony Silber-Delerieve; President Actors Temple, Carol Ostrow; creative director and founder, makeup artistry, Donna Sousa; health/wellness expert, Judi Hellman, MD; author, Gay Rosen; real estate expert, Marcia Minassian; health wellness expert, Deborah Farkash; publisher and journalist, Suzanna Bowling; entrepreneur, Margarita Parlionas; psychologist, artist, actor, Nicole Leigh Morris; health/ wellness expert, Barbara Bartlik, MD; psychotherapist, Beatty Cohan, LCSW, author; cabaret singer, Carol Sue Gershman; and author Magda Katz.

Sasha Gegera, Tatyana Horoshko Gegera, Danielle ? and Soho Johnny Photo by Jeff Smith

Marcia Minassian and Gay Rose Photo by Jeff Smith

Amazing artist and friend, Tatyana Horoshko Gegera, along with her husband, Alexandr Sasha Gegera, gifted her amazing drawings to several of the March Babies in her signature style. The portrait artist has donated her art to many foundation heads and their honorees including Southampton Animal Shelter, Operation Warrior Shield, Global Stress Initiative, Mommy’s Heart, Doodles for Hunger Drive among others.

Rosalind Panda, Jane Pontarelli, Gay Rosen, Marcia Minassian, Judy Gilbert, Susan Anderson, Joe Pontarelli and guest Photo by Jeff Smith

The March Babies birthday wish was to have as many of their beloved friends, old and new, celebrate their birthdays together since life is too short. It seems they got their wish and then some!

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Looking Your Best With Morphe

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For awhile now I have been looking for a make-up brand I could count on. The bases I tried were thick, heavy, never the right color and didn’t make my skin glow. Then I was introduced to Morphe. First I tried their Lightform Extended Hydration Foundation ($20), weightless, long lasting and corrects imperfections instantly with undetectable coverage. My skin also stayed hydrated and radiant.
I also use the Jumbo Bake & Set Soft Focus Setting Powder ($19). This sets my makeup with a soft, natural finish, that lasts.

Their makeup brushes apply everything with a smooth texture and the base. I love the Lightform Dual Ended Complexion Brush ($15) which just makes my life a lot easier. Also the Three-In-One Brow Sculpting Brush ($9)

Another great item is the Continuous Prep & Set Mist+ ($19) and Continuous Setting Mist ($17). What these products do is prime and keep your make-up lasting all day. Infused with vitamin E, vitamin B5, and fruit extracts—sets liquid and powder makeup, enhancing its look and performance all day.

If you are looking for great make-up that doesn’t cost a fortune Morphe is the one to try.

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And Oh What A Party It Was As Randy Edelman Sang Out

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The March Babies Birthday Party on St. Patty’s Eve was held at Sandbar Rooftop and Chelsea Table + Stage celebrating hostess Lorraine Silvetz and her March baby frends; Anne Akers, Judy Gilbert, DeCosta Headley, Quinn Lemley and Errol Rappaport. Drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a good time were had by all before heading down to Chelsea Table & Stage.

Birthday babies Judy Gilbert, Errol Rappaport and Quinn Lemley Photo by Jeff Smith

Birthday baby Lorriane Silvetz and Rita Cosby Photo by Jeff Smith

Birthday girl Quinn Lemley with painting by Taty Photo by Jeff Smith

Margarita Parlionas, Rita Cosby, Suzanna Bowling

Sandbar Rooftop is a truly magical place for a party and hostess Lorraine Silvetz made sure that everyone was in the mood for this joint celebration.

Photo by Jeff Smith

Photo by Jeff Smith

Ask for the fabulous manager Kea Chan, who is a performer in her on rights. She served me a Pina Colada that was really unique and rimmed with toasted coconut.

At Chelsea Table & Stage guests were treated to a concert by Randy Edelman, who gave an amazing performance.

Randy Edelman Photo by Jeff Smith

You can hear him play here.

Randy’s magical melodies can be heard in films that transport such as Twins, Ghostbusters II, Kindergarten Cop, Drop Dead Fred, Beethoven, The Distinguished Gentleman, Gettysburg, Angels in the Outfield, The Mask, Dragonheart, and more.

Guests dined on the fare by Chef Kimberley Vega , which was really well done. My Table had the sliders which were plump juicy and plentiful. 

The sliders

We also had the baby spinach and artichoke pinsa with mozzarella.

Both were delightful and easily shared.

Designer Daniela Z. Reginato and Jessy S. Moya Photo by Jeff Smith

Artist Taty and her photographer husband Sasha Photo by Jeff Smith

Photo by Jeff Smith

Here is a toast to all the March Birthday babies. Here’s to life!

 

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Fashion icon Iris Apfel Brings Her Style To Heaven

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Portrait of Iris by tatydesignstudio.com

Iris Apfel was born August 29, 1921 in Astoria, Queens. I had the pleasure of meeting Iris, through Errol Rappaport. His mother Francesca had been one of the first people to bring Iris to recognition and had at one time had a lot of her work in her houses. The two of them had been friends for over 70 years.

Francesca Rappaport and Iris Apfel

Francesca Rappaport and Iris Apfal friends for over 70 years

Iris started her career as a copywriter for Women’s Wear Daily and interior designer Elinor Johnson.

Carl, Errol Rappaport and Iris

Errol Rappaport and Iris

In 1948, she married husband Carl Apfel, and the duo owned a textile firm until they retired 44 years later.  Over the years the pair worked on many restoration projects, including the White House.

Errol and Iris

Carl died at the age of 100 in 2015.

Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel

Iris at 90, she began teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. At 94, she was the subject of a documentary by Albert Maysles, simply titled “Iris”. At 97, she became a model and modeled for Vogue Italia, Kate Spade, M.A.C. and many others.  Iris was also the oldest person to have had a Barbie doll made by Mattel in her image. In addition to modeling, she also designed her own clothing and accessories line for HSN and published a book in 2018. It was then she became a fashion icon and self-proclaimed “geriatric starlet”, at the age of 102. Sadly she passed away on Friday in her Palm Beach, Florida, home.

Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel

Apfel was known for chunky bracelets, layers of necklaces, and those iconic heavy-framed glasses – she nicknamed eyebobs. She came to worldwide attention in 2005 when the Metropolitan Museum of Art showed an exhibition focusing on her fashion sense titled Rara Avis (Rare Bird).

Albert Maysles, Iris Apfel

Albert Maysles and Iris Apfel

Iris’s style, creativity and joy of life will be missed.

 

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Shani Grosz, Dee Rivera, Shani Grosz, Daniela Reginato and Jane Elissa

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“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is a new show that is filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. We will run the video on our site every Thursday and then it moves onto the podcast networks.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Dee Rivera, Shani Grosz, Daniela Reginato and Jane Elissa. This show was all about women entrepreneurs and empowering women. 
We were so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms.

I am so grateful to my guests Dee, Shani, Daniela and Jane for joining me. Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, the audience who showed up to support us, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison  for their kindness and hospitality.

We hope to see you there on February 28th. We will announce our guests shortly.

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