Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - BY CHRISTINA NURSALIM

Two pros give us the 411 on the best new tech­niques for sav­ing face.

Har­vard alumni, renowned in their fields with a celebrity fol­low­ing, and, yes, good-look­ing to boot—Dr. Marc Mani and Dr. Karyn Gross­man are proof that brains and beauty can co­ex­ist. In this friendly feud, we dis­cuss dif­fer­ent ap­proaches to fa­cial re­ju­ve­na­tion and com­pare Dr. Mani’s lat­est in­no­va­tive pro­ce­dure, MIST, to Dr. Gross­man’s fêted der­mal fillers. The win­ner? We leave to you to de­cide... done over­seas but I have a spe­cial in­stru­ment [and] a pro­pri­etary way of in­ject­ing [the fat]. I get it spread evenly through­out the face, and in the prob­lem ar­eas like large pores, dark pig­ments, and fine lines.”

What are MIST’s ad­van­tages over fillers? “I’ve seen many com­pli­ca­tions [with fillers], par­tic­u­larly un­der the eyes. It’s like hav­ing large breast im­plants—they put pres­sure on the breast tis­sue and thin it out. The same prin­ci­ple ap­plies to del­i­cate ar­eas like the eye­lid. MIST uses cells that gen­er­ate new blood ves­sels, so it’s the op­po­site of what fillers do.” What is your most pop­u­lar pro­ce­dure? “The TCF facelift. The peo­ple you see that look like they never age—that’s what they’ve had done.” What’s one other se­cret to great-look­ing skin? “De­fenAge—it’s the sk­in­care prod­uct I use. It re­ally works!” 9675 Brighton Way, Ste. 340, Bev­erly Hills, 310-2030511; mar­c­mani.com re­mov­able. And there’s min­i­mal swelling and bruis­ing, and not much down time. In some peo­ple, fillers can also stim­u­late col­la­gen pro­duc­tion.”

You’re known for pro­vid­ing a “nat­u­ral look.” What’s your tech­nique?

“It’s re­ally about an­a­lyz­ing the unique in­di­vid­ual in front of you. I be­lieve in hav­ing a plethora of op­tions avail­able—with the right com­bi­na­tion, fillers can achieve a sim­i­lar re­sult to more ag­gres­sive pro­ce­dures.”

What are some nat­u­ral tech­niques to bat­tle dry skin?

“It’s been in vogue lately to scrub the hell out of your face. That’s ac­tu­ally re­ally dam­ag­ing. Use a gen­tle hy­drat­ing cleanser with a Clar­isonic in­stead. Or use retinoids that can in­crease your skin’s nat­u­ral ex­fo­li­a­tion.”

Any other ad­vice for great-look­ing skin? “Keep it out of the sun!” 2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 1250W, Santa Monica, 310-272-5081; gross­man der­ma­tol­ogy.com

Stem cell in­jec­tions vs. der­mal fillers: Two LA sk­in­care ex­perts, Dr. Marc Mani (be­low left) and Dr. Karyn Gross­man (be­low right), go head to head find­ing the fa­cial foun­tain of youth.

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