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Dr. Antell: World Renowned Researcher

Throughout his career, Dr. Antell has conducted research that has changed our understanding of the human body and medicine. He was honored for his landmark study on the aging process in identical twins by having his work displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History as part of the Human Genome Exhibit. The only plastic surgeon to have his work included in this prestigious museum, Dr. Antell’s findings were shown alongside those of Dr. James Watson and Dr. Francis Crick (the researchers who discovered the double helix structure of DNA).

Dr. Antell visits the Smithsonian exhibit that included his groundbreaking research

Research on the Aging Process

Dr. Antell’s research has shown how environmental factors and lifestyle choices significantly affect the aging process. Through his studies, he has identified three factors - sun, stress, and smoking - which may have a larger impact on aging than genetics.

Dr. Antell’s entire staff is exceedingly proud of this accomplishment. Dr. Antell is one of the only Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons to have his work displayed in the prestigious Smithsonian Museum.

Darrick E. Antell, MD is world renowned for his research of identical twins.

The inspiration for Dr. Antell’s study came when a patient asked, “How long will my facelift last?” Dr. Antell replied with “forever,” telling her that if she had an identical twin who did not have a facelift, she’d always look younger than her twin. Although both would continue to age, the twin without the facelift would appear visibly older. With this in mind, Dr. Antell decided to study the effects of lifestyle factors, including sun exposure, smoking, and stress, on the aging process in identical twins. He hypothesized that, if one twin maintained a healthier lifestyle, that alone would help them maintain a more youthful appearance compared to the other. The results of his study became world famous, as his photos conclusively showed how detrimental sun, smoking, and stress are to the skin. 

Research on Facelift Techniques

Dr. Antell continued his work with identical twins, this time studying different facelift techniques. Both his study comparing full and short-scar facelift incisions in identical twins and that comparing four superficial plane facelift techniques were published in the renowned Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In comparing full and short-scar facelift incisions, he found that, although there was no visible difference between the two techniques at short-term follow-ups, there was a significant difference in the neck region at long-term follow-ups. Specifically, there was a decline in the average score given to the neck area for the short-scar face-lift method. In comparing the four superficial plane facelift techniques, he found that the different techniques had similar results when performed on the appropriate patient, meaning that there is no one “best” face-lift technique. His research on facelifts in twins has also received significant attention, both in print media, such as magazines and newspapers, and on television. Having performed more plastic surgery on identical twins than any other surgeon, he has repeatedly been asked to lecture on the topic both in the United States and internationally. To read Dr. Antell’s study comparing full and short-scar facelifts, click here. To read Dr. Antell’s study comparing four superficial plane facelift techniques, click here.

Dr. Antel has performed more plastic surgery on identical twins than any other surgeon in the world- here’s a small sample of those who have had facial surgery with him.

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New York City Plastic Surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell’s study concludes the difference in 2 facelift techniques. Comparing the full-incision technique to the short-scar technique, Dr. Antell found in his unique study involving 4 sets of twins and 1 set of triplets that the full-incision technique provided more long-lasting results. Those who opt for a short-scar facelift were more likely to experience a re-emergence of extra neck skin or fat, which results in a less youthful appearance. To learn more about Dr. Antell’s extensive research and study, click the link.

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New York Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Darrick Antell, compares which facelift technique—full-incision or short-scar—can bring about the best result in this study conducted on four sets of identical twins.

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NYC Mini Facelift Plastic Surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell at Lenox Hill Hospital discusses how identical twins age differently and Mini Facelifts can help Twins dramatically look more alike once again.

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Beyond Vanity - Top New York Plastic Surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell studies on twins show how sun, smoking and stress produce premature aging.

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Twins, Aging and Plastic Surgery with Diane Sawyer - NYC Park Avenue Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell talks about his study on twins and how with genetically identical people we see changes in the way they age.

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Top New York City Plastic Surgeon Darrick E. Antell, M.D. does a comparison of facelift techniques in eight consecutive sets of identical twins.

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During his training to become a plastic surgeon, NYC Board Certified Manhattan Plastic Surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell had met a set of female twins, which aroused his interest in this complex form of identity and lead to his extensive Twin studies.

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The Top Seven Threats to your skin - Top Manhattan Plastic Surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell identified smoking as the skin's biggest enemy after conducting a study on identical twins.

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Twins get Facelifts to look more alike - Pair finds New York Plastic Surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell who specializes in Twins to perform facelifts on each twin.

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Leading New York Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Darrick E. Antell speaks about his study on identical twins recently published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery that showed lifestyle choices and environment can play a role in the rate at which we age, and even slow the aging process.

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Twins Face Off in Plastic Surgery Study - Top Manhattan New York Plastic Surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell went to Twinsburg and took photos of more than 50 pairs of identical twins and got them to fill out questionnaires about their lives as to continue his study on twins.

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Twin Tweaks - New York City Plastic Surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell gives identical twins new leases on their old likeness - and a welcome facelift.

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Fifty-seven-year-old identical triplets were inspired by a story that they saw right here on the TODAY show, so they looked into getting plastic surgery, and they decided to go for it with New York's leading Plastic Surgeon Darrick E. Antell, M.D.

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Gay Block and Gwyn Sirota were identical twins - until one sister became noticeably sun-damaged than the other. Block and Sirota met Top New York Plastic Surgeon Darrick Antell in hopes of becoming identical once again.

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