Pursuing Perfection

Photographs: Courtesy of Restoration Hardware

What is “modern”? To walk the upper level of RH Greenwich, The Gallery at the Historic Post Office, it’s simplicity. But simplicity with thought. While the design term is associated with a few movements, such as post-modern, contemporary and even brutalism, it retains an elemental quality that finds elegance in being stripped back to the essentials.

RH, Restoration Hardware, works hard at the simplicity. Take, for example, their renovation of the former Greenwich Post Office on the Avenue. The challenge was not only to use the surprising amount of space (indeed, to make a statement with it), but also to design their store with the curved arch entrance; RH has a soft spot for symmetry. Rising to the challenge, they dramatically transformed the interior into remarkable vignettes, each drawing its personality from scale, texture and depth of grey; the place is a study in finding the perfect balance point between the extremes of black and white.

Most recently, RH pushed through the old ceiling, both literally and in their business offerings. Rising up a floor, RH Greenwich introduced the RH Modern collection in a clean, airy space. The beds, tables, desks, lighting and all fill the openness, and light floods in from the enormous windows. The walls, a lighter shade of grey, are an irresistible backdrop to glimmering silver drop lighting. A king bed makes a remarkable statement on what “modern” means on the upper level: sharp lines, low rise, grey-grain wood, and lush textiles. Here is the mix of crisp, perfect angles and soft, organic touches.

Also new to the space is the RH Design Atelier. Here customers can point to a vignette and ask an RH designer to make it work for their homes; or they can speed dial their own interior designers and invite them down for a consult in store. The upholstery and leather samples, neatly arranged on glossy white shelves—ideal to pick up nuances in color identities—are within reach. Pull up a chair to the large work space and start dreaming big.RH Greenwich was one of the first galleries to receive the RH Modern collection and new RH Design Atelier.

Upstairs sets the stage for creativity with natural light, not to mention outdoor patios with a rooftop feel (yet another reason to wish for an early spring); and downstairs, for all of its vault-like solidity, exudes tranquility from its high ceilings, brilliant lighting, and exacting arrangements—the down-filled Cloud Modular Sectional by artisan Timothy Oulton draped in white, like a cloud, certainly contributes.

See more at the gallery, located at 310 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-552-1040; www.rhmodern.com.

 

A few selects from the RH Modern Collection:

Modena Chesterfield Leather Sofa ($7,695-$9,995)

Hudson Shagreen Tray Square Coffee Table ($950)

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Rossi Tufted Leather Chaise ($4,395)

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Arielle Chandelier 23″ ($4,830)

A Truck Load of Fashion

The food-truck business has officially maxed out. We have satiated our cravings for mobile crepes and coffee. We are ready to get back to our real passion: clothes. Now Greenwich’s fashion set can shop on the go for tees, tanks, blouses, skirts, cuffs and bracelets, dresses and clutches for women and shirts, leggings, cardis and handbags for emerging style influencers (that is, young girls sizes 4 to 16). Step up and into the mobile truck Jolie Gotique to check out its selection of contemporary fashion and accessories by local and international designers.

The brainstorm for this mobile-shopping station belongs to Penny Goffman. She came of age in fashion-forward Montreal, where she was “inspired by European trends and a father who owned his own fashion line.” After becoming a parent, Penny decided to start her own business and discovered that she was inspiring her daughter, Jolie, to pursue her own dream. In recognition, the new “gotique” was named after her sweet-and-stylish advisor. Jolie models some of the clothes and weighs in about must-have picks for tweens.

The mother of two notes, “I’m teaching my children one of life’s most important lessons: Reach for the stars, because you can do anything you put your mind to. That’s what being a mompreneur is all about!”

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Put the coffee down; you have some serious shopping to do!

Here, Penny’s style mantras for fall:

#1: Add a layer! “Put on your favorite sleeveless top and pair it with a faux fur vest for extra warmth.”

#2: Booties! “Love those black shorts? Wear them with suede booties instead of sandals.”

#3: Florals are for fall! “Pair your favorite floral dress with a black blazer for a complete fall look.”

Jolie Gotique can be found on Greenwich Avenue, at fundraisers and for special events. See more at www.joliegotique.com.

 

 

4 Easy Steps to a Good Brow Tint

A bad brow tint. It’s eye-opening to put yourself in the beauty chair of a salon you don’t really know, full of hope and optimism fueled by your research of timely articles and blog posts proclaiming the importance of a good brow, only to sit up and see the tint job went all wrong. Not exactly unibrow wrong, but so dark that you suddenly feel like a critical eagle, eyeing everyone’s move with disdain. “I swear, I’m not angry—my brows are just too dark.” (We’re not saying this was a personal experience, but we’re also not not saying it was.)

So, immediately, you’re likely to dive deep into the Google pool for help. The best advice we surfaced with was what we already knew: Relax, it fades—in time. Also, remove excess dye on your skin and try a clarifying shampoo (which we love this time of year for our hair anyway). We also sourced a recipe that involves baking soda, which had us raising a skeptical eyebrow (it was really dramatic with that super-dark brow, we have to admit). But if you’re like us, you’ll decide against futzing at home with remedies that might make things worse. Better to have dark brows than potentially none at all.

Play it safe by turning to someone you trust with all things hair and beauty. We headed straight to Christopher Noland Salon on Greenwich Avenue for advice. “If you are unhappy with the color,” said brow expert Zuzana, “let the esthetician know right away.” Discuss your options right there and then.

Of course, the best course is to just get a good brow tint. Zuzana shared these tips for shape, color and fullness that flatters, not frightens.

  1. Always make sure you have a thorough consultation.
  1. With your esthetician, make sure you go over all of the color options available.
  1. Make sure you understand what the esthetician is explaining about the final outcome.
  1. Understand how the chosen color will work with your skin tone.

Take these steps and you’ll be walking out of the salon looking your best.

If you’re not ready for a tint, opt for cosmetics. Heading into fall, major cosmetic companies have plenty of innovative brow gels, waxes, powders and pencils in a variety of colors and a slew of advice tips about the “it” arch shape. A makeup artist can help you pick the right shade and shape and show you the best techniques.

See more at Christopher Noland Salon, 124 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich; 203-622-HAIR; cnpsalon.com

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Brunello Cucinelli forecasts a moody Spring/Summer 2016

Italian fashion designer Brunello Cucinelli needs no introduction in Fairfield County. After all, men and women here have a taste for contemporary luxury with old-world refinement and appreciate a small selection of designers who exceed their expectations time and time again. Cucinelli is among the inner circle. Stylish shoppers loyally embrace each new season of his clothes and accessories. This peek at a few selections from the spring/summer 2016 collection makes a statement about the timeless appeal, worldly sophistication and endless variation of black-and-white outfits. There are also the soothing shades of the coast on an overcast day; stone, sand, grey skies. Comfortable and carefully constructed, the line reflects the atmosphere of northern beach resorts of Les Années Folles with an accent of the timeless Far East, bridging primitive and modern. This philosophical approach to fashion will always feel at home here. Find the designer’s fashions at Richards; https://richards.mitchellstores.com.

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6 Designer Hats for Every Occasion This Spring

Your spring social calendar is in full bloom. Here are six hats, suitable for every occasion in your agenda. These designer chapeaux are so pretty that even if you’ve never worn a hat, you will soon realize, that, yes, you can wear a hat and have fun with it.

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Weddings!
June ushers in wedding season, with bridal showers, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Whether you’re in the wedding party or a guest, you’ll want to plan out perfectly polished outfits. Consider a trip to Suzanne Couture Millinery in the city for custom-made hats for special occasions. Here, model McKensi Donner wears the rust yellow Sinamay hat, trimmed with self leaves, peps and curly cues. (Price upon request; www.suzannnehats.com). Photograph by Jeffrey C. Meyer

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Kentucky Derby!
May 7 is circled on your calendar and you’re watching the races or attending a Derby party. This southern horse racing event is an opportunity for we northern ladies to show off our style with a new spring outfit: dress, bag, shoes, and, most important, extravagant hat with feathers, bows and every kind of brim under the sun. Consider this August Hat, “To the Races Floral Downbrim,” in mint to complement your mint julep ($130, Nordstrom.com). Image courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc.

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Old Bags Luncheon!
On May 12 plan to put your high-end designer handbags to good use by donating them for auction at the annual fundraiser for the Greenwich YWCA. The luncheon and fashion show draw fashionable ladies, and the hats are always elaborate and ultra-feminine. Have fun! We like the Giovannio Bow-Accented Fascinator ($98; lordandtaylor.com). See more at www.ymcagreenwich.org and www.oldbagsluncheon.com

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Polo!
From June through September, we know where to find you: Greenwich Polo Club. The Monty Waterbury Cup, named for James “Monty” Waterbury, is one of the oldest and most prestigious tourneys; and it’s been hosted by GPC for more than fifteen years. For the Butler Handicap (June 26-July 17) and East Coast Open (August 28-September 11) be sure to don your proper dress hat. You are photo-op ready in the gorgeous Bruno Cucinelli Natural Wide Brim Monili Trim Straw Hat all summer long ($1,045, mitchellsstores.com)

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Memorial Day Parade!
On May 30 head down to Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich for the annual town parade, which kicks off at the Firehouse at 9 a.m. Get the kids in the stroller and head out in a breezy outfit topped with a sun-blocking Lurex Wide Brim Hat in silver ($128; vineyardvines.com).

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Ahoy!
For the first time in nearly 100 years, the America’s Cup yacht race returns to New York Harbor. On May 7 and 8 cross your fingers for the perfect amount of sun and breeze for spectacular racing and to flaunt your sun-lounging style with any hat by Eugenia Kim, though you might appreciate the nautical colors of the Sunny Colorblock Sun Hat ($455, eugeniakim.com and www.saks.com).


Images courtesy of designers and retailers

 

 

Stop and Smell the Roses

For some, spring means a walk in the garden or an agenda filling up with outdoor parties. For fragrance lovers, it means new launches—and this year’s crop of perfumes, like long-loved choices, include rose. While the flower blooms in high summer, top designers are not waiting to indulge in their passion for its eternally feminine scent. Here are a few to consider picking…

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Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile
: Sicilian mandarin, Calabrian bergamot, pepper with peony, violet, lily of the valley, centifolia rose, cedarwood, ambergris and musk as soft and powdery as summer. Limited-edition bottle available at Harrods. ($126/1.7 oz) acquadiparma.com/en/

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Aerin Rose De Grasse
: Rose centifolia, Bulgarian rose, rose absolute, violet wood, ambrox and musk ($185/1.7 oz.) Also, Evening Rose, a vibrant yet sensuous an eau de parfum contrasting blackberry and cognac with Rose Centifolia and Bulgarian Rose Absolute ($110/1.7 oz.). aerin.com

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Annick Goutal Rose Pompon
: It’s a rose garden at Annick Goutal with fragrances, facial creams and mask, candles and scrubs. Rose Pompon includes notes of blackcurrent, raspberry, spicy pepper and peonies ($149 3.4 oz). Rose Absolue has six gorgeous roses, including the Turkish rose ($194/3.4 oz). annickgoutal.com

Armani / Si Rose Signature: Launched in 2016, this fragrance features rose de mai, Damask rose, bergamot, mandarin orange, freesia, black currant, vanilla, osmanthus, iris, ambrette, amber and patchouli ($92/1.7 oz). Armani Prive Pivoine Suzhou blends tangerine, pink pepper, raspberry, peony, Rose Absolute and patchouli ($165/3.4 oz.). armanibeauty.com 

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Eric Buterbaugh Florals Sultry Rose:
This fragrance has top notes of pepper, passionfruit and Ottoman Rose Essence. ($295/3.4 oz). ebflorals.com 

Etre au Parfum Rose Collection: Capture bud to blossom: Une is Bulgarian rose buds, mint, bergamot and lemon; Deux is Bulgarian rose with raspberry, blackcurrent, patchouli; Trois, rose with black peony, heliotrope, vanilla and praline ($210). etreauparfum.net  

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Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose
: Inspired by the fragrance of his mother’s lipstick, creator Ralf Schwieger blends rose with grapefruit and violet, a backdrop of musk and vanilla, and a hint of vetiver and amber ($185/50 ml). Also, Frederic Malle Une Rose: Edouard Fléchier’s Une Rose pairs the voluptuous Turkish Rose Absolute with geranium and wine dregs, plus earthy vetiver, patchouli and castoreum ($250/50 ml). fredericmalle.com 

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Guerlain Rose Barbare:
This eau de parfume, available at Guerlain’s boutique in Paris and online, features Ottoman Rose ($260/2.5 oz). The “bee” bottle, crafted in 1853 by glassmaker Pochet & du Courval to hold the Eau de Cologne Impériale for the Empress Eugenie, can hold any fragrance you like (Guerlain boutiques). guerlain.com

Jo Malone Rock the Ages Collection: The collection dedicated to historic periods starts with Tudor rose and amber to represent 1485 ($65 each). jomalone.com

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Ralph Lauren RALPH Love
: Red apple accord, lemon and pear with rose essence, peony and magnolia is like first love in spring ($42/30 ml). ralphlauren.com

Stella McCartney Pop: This new floral fragrance with bio-mimicry oil, obtained from focusing on the blooming stage of the flower for more pop and conservation. Also, Stella adds violet leaves, peony petals and amber for a modern rose ($72 1.6 oz). stellamccartney.com

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Tocca Isabel
: Mediterranean orange, Spanish rose, vanilla and leather in a signature bottle ($68 1.7 oz). tocca.com

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Tom Ford Café Rose
: Private-blend fragrance with three different rose essences with spices and dark, rich coffee ($220 1.7 oz). tomford.com

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Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Rose Eau De Parfum
: Rose essential, tea rose accord, Cashmeran, musk, pink pepper, green sap accord, strawberry leaves accord, violet, white amber, sandalwood with woodsy Cashmeran ($120/3.4 oz).

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Valentino Valentian Assoluto:
A confident scent with bergamot, white Alba truffle and peach with jasmine and tuberose ($122/2.7 oz at Saks). valentino.com

 

 

Chop to It!

Some food is so universally, enduringly addictive that it doesn’t need to be changed. Chinese food tops the list. Yet, every now and then, a restaurant comes along that spies the slender path to a better way. And so, Greenwich welcomes WUJI Restaurant.

Here you’ll find a unique mix: part Chinese noodle house, part dim sum restaurant and part tapas bar, with the authentic food prepared in both traditional and modern styles by Southeast Asian trained chefs.

Appealing to today’s taste, dishes here are prepared only with fresh, locally sourced meat—organic chicken, pasture-raised pork, grass-fed beef—as well as wild-caught fish, cage-free chicken eggs, and organic vegetables. No MSG. Chinese menu favorites available at all WUJI locations include vegetable spring rolls with sweet chili dipping sauce; organic Heritage pork spare ribs with honey-plum glaze; lo mein noodles stir-fried with vegetables and sesame ginger sauce; tangerine beef with Shanghai bok choy; Cantonese roast chicken with crispy garlic and shallots; and spicy fried rice topped with a soft egg. Beverages include Asian beers, cold sake, wine, tiki cocktails prepared with top-shelf spirits, organic house-made soda, herbal ice tea, and blossoming flower hot tea. In short, grab a napkin and decide if you’re willing to share your food with your friends around the table.

WUJI signifies “singularity of the universe,” so the walls are lined with gorgeous prints of Buddha statues that were photographed in a studio in Hollywood. Not easy, because of their size and weight; one tops out at nearly 3,000 pounds.

Created and owned by MAAC Hospitality Group, WUJI first opened in Scarsdale, expanded into Rye this past December, and a Greenwich location opening soon. More are planned—Westport, Larchmont and Stamford—for later in 2016.

Take-out? You bet! Your dinner arrives via custom-designed bikes. 68 E Putnam Ave, Greenwich; www.wujirestaurant.com

Photographs by Tom McGovern

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Good Company

Talk about good company—these top business leaders have also won the Peterson Business Award:

  1. Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., chairman and CEO of IBM
  2. Sanford Weill, chairman of Citigroup
  3. William B. Harrison, Jr., chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase
  4. Henry A. McKinnell, chairman and CEO of Pfizer Inc.
  5. Thomas J. Neff, chairman of Spencer Stuart
  6. Indra K. Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo
  7. Peter T. Grauer, chairman of Bloomberg L.P.
  8. Robert K. Steel, NYC Deputy Mayor for Economic Development
  9. Robert Goergen, founder and executive chairman of Blyth, Inc.

Who rounds out the top 10?

This March, Greenwich Library welcomes Barry S. Sternlicht—founder, chairman and CEO of the leading global private investment firm Starwood Capital Group—into its ranks. He will be honored as the tenth recipient of the award, bestowed by the library during its biennial event. The seven-time five-star library has a total circulation of about 1.5 million, the highest reported in the state. It began the Peterson Dinner to recognize outstanding business leadership. It was established in 1997 and named in honor of Clementine Lockwood Peterson. Her bequest, made in memory of her husband and her son, resulted in a new 32,000-square-foot wing at the Greenwich Library. Designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli, this wing houses business and music collections.

Barry Sternlicht, winner of the 2016 Peterson Business Award
Barry Sternlicht, winner of the 2016 Peterson Business Award

“Barry Sternlicht embodies all the attributes of this accolade, which celebrates leaders who have made significant contributions to both business and society,” said Haley Elmlinger, president of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees.

Greenwich Library, the seven-time five-star library presenting the award
Greenwich Library, the seven-time five-star library presenting the award

Sternlicht formed Starwood Capital Group in 1991 to focus on global real estate, hotel management, oil and gas, energy infrastructure and securities trading. He is also chairman of Starwood Property Trust, the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the country; Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust, one of the largest publicly traded investors, owners and operators of single-family homes in the country; TRI Pointe Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in the country; and French crystal maker Baccarat S.A.

Clementine Peterson, the patron who made the award possible
Clementine Peterson, the patron who made the award possible

Starwood Capital, headquartered in Greenwich, manages more than $44 billion of assets on behalf of its high net worth and institutional partners and employs nearly 600 employees. In 2013 Sternlicht was named the Most Important Person in Commercial Real Estate Finance by The Mortgage Observer.

From 1995 through early 2005, Sternlicht was founder, chairman and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, which employed more than 120,000 people and included 895 properties in 100 countries. He also created W Hotels and built the Regis Hotels into a global brand. In 2008, he founded SH Group, which is owner and manager of the new hotel brands, Baccarat Hotels & Resorts and 1 Hotels. In 2015, Sternlicht received the Cornell Icon of the Industry Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Hotel Investment Forum.

Alan D. Schwartz, executive chairman of Guggenheim Partners, will present the award
Alan D. Schwartz, executive chairman of Guggenheim Partners, will present the award

Executive Chairman of Guggenheim Partners, Alan D. Schwartz, will present the Peterson Award to Mr. Sternlicht at a dinner on March 2, 2016. The event, cochaired by Library Trustees Dan Daniels and Robert Marks, will be held at the Greenwich Hyatt Regency Hotel.

For tickets, contact Development Director Nancy Klein at 203-622-7957 or nklein@greenwichlibrary.org. More at www.greenwichlibrary.org.

 

 

Vive la France

We recently found the latest launches from Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry (ITFJ), a line that has been available at Betteridge for years. These new collections are globally minded with a soft spot for France. With diamonds and mixed stones in 18kt yellow and white gold, these earrings, necklaces and bracelets are a treat for the diamond-obsessed and might just inspire wanderlust as they exalt the elegant pleasures of this charming country. Below are a sampling of the selections that could add French-inspired sparkle and romance to your day. See more at Betteridge, 239 Greenwich Ave.; Betteridge.com.

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Liberté
evokes the Eiffel Tower and the energy of the City of Lights at night. “I enjoy creating transitional pieces for the working woman, but I am also fascinated by strong, structural jewelry that women can wear during the evening,” said Founder and CEO Ivanka Trump.

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Tassel Moderne
pays homage to France’s art deco period, a trend that has been going strong for years. This new line offers a fresh take.

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Montmartre
embraces the bold yet playful shapes of the old arts district. Ivanka calls the pieces “bold and alluring, but at the same time feminine.”

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Les Petites
glimmers delicately. With twelve dainty necklaces that can easily be layered. “This collection of necklaces is delicate and feminine and can be worn transitionally between all the different roles women play throughout the day,” says Ivanka.

 

 

Curves Ahead

 

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Dr. Attkiss

You’re going to the gym and you’re watching your diet (you are, you swear it), but there are still changes in your body that you don’t want to think about everyday. And, yet, there they are, every time you look in the mirror or see a photo of yourself out on the social scene. Enough’s enough—and why not? These days, plastic surgeons offer many options in body contouring, such as tummy tucks, liposuction, Botox, fillers…even thigh and arm lifts. Here we focus  on breast augmentation and getting the curves you want.

How do you know you’ll be happy with the results? You can try computer simulations and review before-and-after photographs. For enhancements you might wear padded bras. But, ultimately, securing satisfaction includes an open, one-on-one discussion with your plastic surgeon. Dr. Keith Attkiss, a Greenwich Board certified plastic surgeon who graduated cum laude from Harvard College and received his medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, says during an initial visit his patients should expect to consider size, shape, skin elasticity and more.

“The most common question I get regarding breast augmentation is about size,” he begins. “Most women who come to see me ask to be fuller, but to look natural and proportionate. Not too big. Not too small. Not too obvious, but not too subtle, either. I find photographs to be the best way to communicate, so we spend as much time as necessary reviewing likes and dislikes.”

While women tend focus on size, Dr. Atkiss advises his patients to also consider implant shape and fill. “Implants obviously come in different sizes, but just as importantly, they come in different shapes ranging from flatter ‘low profile’ to rounder ‘high profile’ implants. The key to getting a beautiful, natural, blended result is carefully considering the existing anatomy and properly placing the correct implant.”

Most implants are filled with saline or silicone gel, have a textured or smooth shell, and are round or tear-drop shaped. Be sure to discuss each of these options with your surgeon. “The most popular implant is round, smooth-surfaced, and filled with silicone gel because it feels closest to breast tissue,” says Dr. Attkiss. “The smooth surface allows the implant to move naturally within the pocket that the body forms around the implant and makes it easier to insert through a small incision. More recently, form-stable, or gummy bear, implants were approved by the FDA for use in the U.S. These implants are tear-drop shaped and have a textured surface to prevent them from rotating. They are a little firmer and require a longer incision for placement, but they are useful in certain circumstances, depending on one’s anatomy. Gummy bear implants also may have a somewhat lower risk of leakage or capsular contracture.”

For reductions—perhaps to ease discomfort in your back, neck or shoulders—the method of surgery is particular to each individual. Dr. Attkiss explains why he has a preference for certain technique, saying, “Obtaining a beautiful shape during a breast reduction is a matter of technique. Each surgeon has his or her own tendencies, but my preferred method is to use a technique called a superomedial pedicle, which has been popular in Europe for many decades. This technique allows efficient reduction of unwanted breast excess in the outer and lower breasts, while preserving ‘good volume’ at the upper breast and cleavage area. The resulting shape is long-lasting and does not drop with time as with other techniques.” Surprisingly, the standard breast reduction method practiced for decades in the U.S. does just the opposite.

Recovery time for enhance or reduction procedures varies person to person, but patients should expect to restrict their activities for two to three weeks.

The bottom line for enhancements  or reduction is: The more you talk, the more your expectations are in line with what the surgeon can do, and the happier you’ll be in the long run.

If you’re considering this procedure, step one is to have a consultation with a Plastic Surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Search by zip code at www.abplasticsurgery.org. Dr. Attkiss can be reached at 2 ½ Dearfield Drive, Greenwich, 203-862-2700; www.attkiss.com.