Dr. Gerstner's New Digs
Gerstner’s portrait on wallpaper created by Sara Story.
New York dermatologist Gervaise Gerstner just hung her shingle on Park and 73rd–but this office is hardly a one-woman show. “I was always writing out lists for my patients–who to go to for eyelash extensions, nutrition counseling, acupuncture–so I figured the smartest thing to do was to put them all under one roof,” says Gerstner, who, until last month, shared a practice with fellow derm darling Amy Wechsler. “It’s one-stop shopping here.”
Makeup, lash extensions, diet help and acupuncture are all offered along with, of course, a full lineup of needles, lights and lasers. And, when it comes to her high tech devices, Gerstner isn’t afraid to play favorites. “I love Clear & Brilliant for skin texture, firming pores, softening fine lines and smoothing crepey skin. It’s a third the price of a fractionated laser [like Fraxel], it penetrates skin only a third as deep and there’s a third of the downtime. I use it on my own skin every three weeks.”
For body shaping, meanwhile, she sings the praises of Cool Sculpt, which kills fat cells by freezing them. “There’s zero down time, although you have to wait 8-12 weeks to see results. You won’t lose one ounce on the scale, but you will go down one size in your clothes. It’s FDA approved for lower and upper abdomen and flanks, but I also use it on inner thighs. The only side effect is that, three days later, you feel like you did too many sit-ups.” Her recommended remedy: “Just wear Spanx.”
Photo: Jane Larkworthy