When plastic surgeon Garth Fisher recently reduced Lisa Rinna’s previously plumped lips, it heralded a big change happening in Hollywood.
“There’s a trend toward looking more natural,” dermatologist Jessica Wu says. Does that mean the days of Botox and severely taut face-lifts are gone? Not at all. Wu says the pressure has shifted from looking flawless to looking naturally flawless. That means Angelenos still stop by for monthly — but less noticeable — injections and maintain their youthful appearance at home with their doctor’s skincare lines.
Among the best created by MDs based in SoCal are Murad by Manhattan Beach’s Howard Murad (his fans include Susan Sarandon and Olivia Wilde), whose newest products include “hybrid” treatment cosmetics like an eye concealer that also firms. Stuart Kaplan (Kate Beckinsale, Emmy Rossum) this year debuted KaplanMD treatment glosses, which plump lips via patented molecules of sodium hyaluronate. And Harold Lancer (Victoria Beckham, Keisha Whitaker) added an anti-aging vitamin C cream to his LanceRx brand. New to the product game is Rebecca Giles, whose Malibu clinic offers a VIP back entrance. Her Fix Malibu line of products includes Wish Wash, an exfoliating cleanser that leaves skin glowing.
The bottom line is the same when it comes to products: Clients want results they can maintain outside of the doctor’s office. “We’re an industry town, and this is our industry,” Wu says. “It’s the same way that people in Colorado are athletic because it’s all about winter sports there. Here, we all tend to look better.”