Good Fat, Bad Fat
trimming excessive baggage with an entirely new procedure
By Eve Marx
Everyone is petrified of fat, but not Dr. James R. Lyons. Plastic surgeon, bodybuilder, and author, Lyons is not exactly preaching to the choir when he says you don’t have to be afraid of fat. But his recent book, Lose the Fat, Lose the Years, proves his point, rapidly making him the No. 1 name on the lips of every person who desires to look slimmer and younger.
Now affiliated with the new, all-inclusive beautification emporium in Bedford Hills called Bellava MedAesthetics & Spa, Lyons says, “The future is looking at fat in a way that is positive.” One of the radical new things the doc is doing is using fat the way other doctors use dermal fillers. “Fillers are going to fall by the wayside,” Lyons predicts. According to him, the new catch-phrase in cosmetic procedures is “fat transfer.”
“Many women lose their dazzle as they get older,” Lyons says. His goal is to restore that dazzle. Dynamic, ripped, and very youthful-looking himself at 62, his philosophy is “less is more.” Have no fear you’ll emerge from his office sporting the so-called “pumpkin face” so common after a round of dermal-filler applications. The almost-cartoonish, round face may be a popular aesthetic in Beverly Hills but is less desirable in Westport, Greenwich, and Bedford. Lyons’ personal taste in beauty runs toward what he describes as a more “wispy” facial aesthetic, a look that happens to go very well with an on-trend, yoga-fied body.
Interested in cutting straight to the chase and going for a facelift? Lyons, who loves doing the procedure, won’t leave you with a windblown look. “After a facelift, a woman shouldn’t look gaunt and severe,” he says. “She should just look extremely rested.”
SlimLipo is this surgeon’s favorite new tool for laser surgery. Initially suspicious of what liposuction could do, Lyons has embraced new technology that makes SlimLipo an amazing sculpting tool. “I’m doing five to seven of these procedures a week in my office,” he enthuses. SlimLipo “requires no anesthesia, there’s almost no recovery downtime, there’s no blood, you don’t need to do it in a hospital,” he adds. “It’s magical.” He’s using SlimLipo now to sculpt upper arms, firm necks, trim down knees and bellies. “The sculpted upper arm is the new breast,” he says. And it’s true. Regardless of whether it’s sleeveless season, every woman dreams of saying goodbye to the dangle.
And now, a little word about cost. “Everyone has a budget,” Lyons says. “My job is to give you the biggest bang for the buck.” To that end, at Bellava, Lyons offers clients a full menu of choices including Botox, Sculptura dermal filler, and laser skin resurfacing. Other procedures carried out by laser-certified aestheticians are HydraFacials, permanent laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation, vein removal, and traditional spa services including body wraps, facials, and massage. The spa also carries the quality skin-care lines Obagi and Revaleskin, as well as make up by Edward Bess, the 25-year-old, boy-wonder makeup artist from South Carolina, whose products are carried by Neiman Marcus.
Lyons is also working on a health, diet, exercise, and yes, plastic-surgery book targeted at males. “Most people can benefit from a little tweak,” the doctor says. “When you lose the fat, you lose the years.”