Fortunately for all of us the Youth Corridor Clinic is the worst kept secret on the Upper East Side. Dr. Imber, the founder of Youth Corridor, is a pioneer and world renowned in the field of cosmetic surgery as well as an anti-aging expert. And just between you and me, I live for his skincare line which leaves my skin feeling happy and youthful.
When you walk into this elegant office, you are met with Dr. Imber’s trained, welcoming staff, who in addition to being personable, all wear little to no makeup, which shows off their glowing skin. It’s quite striking and clearly a testimony to their boss’s anti-aging strategy and commitment to timeless beauty.
Each client meets with Dr. Imber individually to discuss a customized treatment plan, including an overview of what’s needed now and what may be needed for the future, to help maintain a healthy, radiant and youthful appearance. Dr. Imber’s sophisticated intellect instills a sense of confidence in his patients and his dry sense of humor makes this fine doctor feel more like a trusted friend or favorite family member.
What is the Youth Corridor, and what makes your clinic so unique?
Dr. Imber: I consider the Youth Corridor to be that portion of adult life when one looks your healthy, attractive, and, yes, youthful best. The heart and soul of the Youth Corridor is my philosophy of prevention, maintenance and correction. It is a common-sense guide focusing on you helping yourself by using the right at-home skincare products, receiving the right esthetic treatments and making minor tweaks to your daily lifestyle.
The Youth Corridor Clinic is the physical embodiment of my philosophy. It offers treatments I know can help my patients look as good and as young as they feel. Our treatment plans are tailored to their needs to help them improve the way they look. Whether you are 25 and need Botox preventatively or 65 and challenged with sagging skin, we can help you.
You offer your clients immediate short-term recommendations, as well as noting that they plan ahead in order to maintain their youthful beauty. What kinds of recommendations does your 5-year anti-aging plan of action include?
Dr. Imber: For the most part we age in the manner that our family ages and you need to plan for everything. My long-term consultation emphasizes treatments to consider now that help your future skin. For example, if you notice the beginnings of smile and squint lines I might suggest using Botox preventatively before they become a permanent part of your appearance. Or if you are experiencing the skin laxity opt for Microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma or Secret RF Microneedling Treatment to help rebuild the collagen and elastin before it gets worse. In life you need to plan, and your skin shouldn’t take a backseat.
Surgeons often think surgery is the best plan of action for maintaining a youthful appearance, yet you recommend a lot of non-surgical procedures to maintain one’s youthful appearance. What are your current favorite go-to strategies?
Dr. Imber: Often the simplest way to reach a goal is the best. For example, there are many cases in which fat transfer and cheek augmentation alleviate the need for anything more invasive. But if someone needs surgery, I will be the first to suggest it. But I won’t recommend surgery unless I know it is the best way to reach your goal.
We all come with a different genetic package and lifestyle, so this is not a case of one size fits all. Everyone ages differently, and treatments must be tailored to the individual. I will say, Microneedling paired with Platelet Rich Plasma or Radio Frequency Heat can help almost everyone. It is the most natural way to repair damaged skin cells, improve skin tone and texture, and generally just help you age better. Just remember, what works for you may not work for someone else.
On my birthday, my father commented on my skin; he thought it looked very good and asked me what I had done. I told him I just had a Microneedling with PRP treatment at your Youth Corridor Clinic. Can you tell us what this is, and why it’s so effective?
Dr. Imber: Microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma Injections is one of the most effective treatments available at our facility. Platelet Rich Plasma is a high concentration of growth factors and stem cells from your plasma, and when injected into skin encourages cell growth, tissue repair and collagen production.
Microneedling uses a multi-pronged device to make micro-wounds in the skin which trigger collagen production within the dermis. We combine Microneedling with PRP Injections to maximize collagen growth and tissue repair. This treatment targets a variety of concerns, such as skin tone and texture, acne scarring, wrinkles and skin laxity
You Talk a lot about fat transfer and how it restores facial volume. How is this different from other popular fillers out in the marketplace?
Dr. Imber: With aging, we all lose and redistribute fat padding and facial volume. This results in a decrease in angularity and a slackness, symptomatic of the older face. Fat is the perfect solution to replace exactly what has been lost. It is also the longest lasting filler for deep nasolabial and glabellar frown lines. I firmly believe in fat transfer, it is the best of all available fillers, but it is important to note the process is not as simple as commercial fillers.
Dark circles around the eye are a source of major contention for many women and men. What is the best treatment out there for this now?
Dr. Imber: The tear trough is the deep semi-circle under the eyes that often takes on a dark cast and makes one seem tired and dissipated. This is a natural part of aging as your skin cells breakdown and is also largely related to genetics. You can fill the tear trough with hyaluronic acid filler for temporary results. For more permanent correction, I suggest a fat transfer.
Additionally, we are seeing great improvements when injecting PRP into this area because it has reparative benefits that renew encourage collagen growth, helping with skin tone and texture.
I’ve told you how much I love your skin care line, especially your vitamin C boost serum and RetinUltimate transforming gel. What makes these products so unique?
Dr. Imber: Thank you. The truth is I never really intended to create a full skincare line like what we have now, but my patients kept asking me what to use. I finally decided to create the C Boost because of the proven studies showing the benefits of L-Ascorbic Acid, the active form of Vitamin C. Over the years, I perfected the formula to include Melatonin and Vitamin E, and everyone loves it. It helps reverse sun damage, reduces wrinkles, evens out skin tone and builds collagen. While it isn’t a sunscreen, I recommend applying the boost before you go into the sun for added protection
The RetinUltimate Transforming Gel is surely one of the best products available. This product is unique because it is a Retin-A derivative delivering similar effects of a Retin-A without the irritation. Basically, it effectively improves fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone and texture.
How often do we need to keep up with these treatments to maintain a youthful appearance, and where can people find you if they want to learn more about you and your clinic?
Dr. Imber: How often do you go to the gym? You work out 3-5 times a week, so you need to treat your skin similarly. If you stop caring for your skin, you will notice, just like if you stop going to the gym, you will notice.
Depending on the results you are looking to achieve will determine how frequently you should receive your appointments. Ultimately, I recommend scheduling skincare appointments every 4-6 weeks, so you are on some sort of schedule, then based on this you can schedule the more invasive treatments, like Botox, Filler, Microneedling with PRP to supplement.
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