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Dr. Antell's Twins Study Research Featured at the Smithsonian


The National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institute recently hosted an exhibit called, “The Human Genome”, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome. There visitors could delve into the microscopic world of genetics that defines the human race. In particular, they learned about the concept that genetics doesn’t necessarily take control over the aging process, a dreadful prospect that we sometimes don’t look forward to in such a mortal world. Instead, genetics shares the spotlight with the effects of the environment and lifestyle choices on the aging process. This groundbreaking discovery is the result of Dr. Darrick E. Antell’s study on identical twins and aging. 

After studying numerous identical twins, Dr. Antell verified his findings and concluded that environmental factors and lifestyle choices—specifically smoking, excess sun, and stress (the 3 “S”s) can accelerate the aging process independently of genetic influences. The effects of the 3 “S”s can be seen in photos of identical twins. From first glance, one might think they were photos of before-and-after shots of patients who had facelift procedures performed, but in reality they are identical twins. One twin, for example, would be a nudist who basked in the sun, while her other half stayed indoors most of the time. Take that genetics! We can be hopeful again in slowing down the clock and taking a few matters in our own hands and taking better care of ourselves by not smoking, wearing sunscreen, and finding ways to distress from the evermore pressuring society around us.

  Dr. Antell at the Smithsonian

The Office of Dr. Darrick E. Antell was thrilled to hear Dr. Antell’s research being featured at the Smithsonian, and were even more excited to hear from the museum staff that Dr. Antell could possibly be the only plastic surgeon to have his work featured at the prestigious institute. Way to go Dr. Antell!

To learn more about Dr. Antell’s previously published studies, you can visit our website, www.antell-md.com. Click on Media & News at the top of the page to see more about the twins.

Interested in returning to the good ol’ days? Plan a visit to the Office of Dr. Darrick E. Antell to learn about the many options for rejuvenation.

Scarlett Tohme

Clinical Associate  

Plastic Surgery in NY between Twins

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2012 AT 3:24 PM by Dr. Darrick Antell

When opting for plastic surgery in New York, many of us find ourselves deep in research trying to determine for ourselves which procedure will be suitable for our needs. Without the proper information however, facts can become mixed with falsehoods. Board certified plastic surgeon in NYC, and Clinical Professor of Surgery at Columbia University, Dr. Darrick Antell has continuously geared his efforts towards helping patients understand their options when it comes to plastic surgery, as well as how to choose the best plastic surgeon in NYC. He continues his dedication in his field by keeping up with the latest techniques and by performing his own original research studies. Dr. Darrick Antell is perhaps best known for his ground breaking research of twins plastic surgery in New York.

World renowned for his studies of aging in identical twins, Dr. Antell’s initial inspiration to study twins came when a patient asked, “How long will my facelift last?” Dr. Antell explained that if she had an identical twin who did not have a facelift, the patient would always look visibly younger than her twin. With this analogy, Dr. Antell went on to question which lifestyle choices could visibly contribute & ultimately accelerate the aging process. Since then, he has performed various studies comparing the effects of sun, smoking, and stress on facial aging in identical twins. 

Recently, to further clarify and enhance his research on twins plastic surgery in New York, Dr. Antell focused on evaluating the results of two different facelift techniques, the traditional full incision and the short-scar facelift. Dr. Antell has most recently presented the findings of this study entitled, “Comparison of the Short and Full Incision Facelift on 4 Sets of Identical Twins & 1 Set of Identical Triplets,” at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons meeting in New Orleans this past October. At this meeting, Dr. Antell discussed the differences between the long-term results of these two facelift techniques at one and five years after the surgery date.

In addition to the long awaited similarities and differences between the short scar facelift in New York City and full incision facelift, Dr. Antell stressed the importance of selecting a board certified plastic surgeon. Choosing a board certified plastic surgeon assures that your doctor is qualified to perform surgery. Board certification means your surgeon displays the training, experience, and safety knowledge that is crucial for patients to consider when choosing their doctor. 

With over twenty years of experience in plastic surgery in New York, Dr. Antell continues to make major headlines around the globe. His honesty and experience have earned him the trust of his patients and has made him an authority in his field. His work has been published in numerous media outlets, including Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Los Angeles Times, People magazine, Allure magazine, Vogue magazine, and Elle magazine. Check out his last set of twins after their surgery below!

Identical twins before plastic surgery in 1999

Identical twins 10 years post-surgery in 2009

Keep up with our blog and stay tuned to see the results of Dr. Antell’s comparison of the short scar facelift and full incision facelift. Our staff and Dr. Antell welcome any questions or concerns you may have about plastic surgery in New York. Call our office at 212.988.4040 or request an appointment online for your personal consultation.

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How Lifestyle Choices Affect Your Look

POSTED ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 AT 6:19 PM by Dr. Darrick Antell

A number of years back I worked with Dan Rather on a piece for the CBS Evening News on plastic surgery.

In the clip we talk about what patients can reasonably expect from a procedure.

I’m mentioning the story now because it addresses one of the major motivations I had for starting my blog.  After meeting with patients for more than 23 years it is clear that there are some misconceptions surrounding reconstructive & cosmetic surgery.  People often think I have a magic wand that I use to make them look like whatever they want, but I don’t.  I believe that if patients are well informed of what we can achieve, not only can we find the best treatment for them, but they will be happier with their results.

Today, I’d like to talk about what kind of results you can expect from a surgery or minimally invasive procedure.  For instance, almost every week I do a consultation with a patient that wants to look younger, and there are a number of things I can do for them.  A facelift is great for taking up excess skin, Botoxand fillers can smooth wrinkles and folds, and a blepharoplastycan remove the ‘tired’ look from baggy eyes.  We are, however, limited by the natural composition of their skin and face.  Let’s look at some before and after photos.

Identical twins before plastic surgery in 1999

Identical twins 10 years after plastic surgery in 2009

The left column contains ‘Before’ photos and the right the ‘After’ photos of twins I’ve operated on who led very different lifestyles.  They both look ten years younger after their surgery and have great results, but one will always look older because years of smoking, stress and sunbathing have taken their toll.  No procedure that I know of can totally reverse these effects to make her skin quality that of her sisters.  Taking another look at the bottom twin, though, we see that she does have far fewer wrinkles around the mouth and neck and several damaging effects have been reversed. 

Similarly, there are several patients naturally thick in the abdomen interested in liposuction.  We can make their clothes fit better, we can shape their silhouette and reduce love handles, but we cannot turn them into a twig.

The dissatisfied patients that I see are the ones looking for a revision of a primary surgery done at another office because they did not get what they expected.  It is a shame because many of them have decent results, but there is a specific quality that they are looking to have revised that was not addressed.  That is why when I meet with any patient, most of the consultation is spent learning what exactly it is they would like to correct.  That way, I can tell them how a particular procedure will address their concern and we can decide together if, and how they can be accommodated.

If you have questions regarding what can be done for you, don’t hesitate to comment here, or on facebook and twitter.

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