The November 2006 issue of Gotham Magazine featured Dr. Bernstein in their article on cosmetic surgery and hair transplantation. Read below for a selection from the article, titled “A Cut Above,” which includes the portion about Dr. Bernstein.
Gotham Magazine / November 2006 Issue
A CUT ABOVE
by Beth Landman • Illustration by Barbara McGregor
Once the province of wealthy older women, cosmetic surgery has gone mainstream, with everyone from teenage girls to investment bankers and politicians going under the knife, needle, or laser in the name of aesthetic self-improvement.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO AGING GRACEFULLY?
Some of us do value natural beauty at any age, of course, and bemoan the prevalence of what can be considered extreme vanity. However, an increasing number of us see nips, tucks, and injections as reasonable measures to take in order to stay “fresh and competitive in a youth-oriented society,” as one of the converted put it. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of surgical cosmetic procedures performed has more than doubled in the past 10 years; and, due to the rising popularity of Botox and a wide range of injectibles, the incidence of non-surgical treatments has increased by 726 percent.
Many of New York’s leading physicians have been at the forefront of the beauty battle, developing new techniques and technology while defining the field’s cutting edge. Here’s a rundown of who to see before you snip, suck, fill, or implant.
The shameless plug: We all know that bad hair plugs can be spotted from across a room, so this job should not be left to chance. Bernstein, who founded the Bernstein Center for Hair Restoration, has made great headway with what’s called “follicular unit transplantation.” Instead of using single plugs, he works with clusters of hair that continue to grow in natural patterns. The results appear more natural, and his patients need fewer sessions than with the traditional method of hair transplant surgery. Dr. Bernstein is researching the possibility of cloning hair so that individuals will have an unlimited supply of donor follicles. “The idea is to clone them and inject them into the scalp,” he explains.