If your agent just booked you a cover shoot or you’ve been tapped at the last minute to present an award at this month’s Oscars, that weeks-long training or skin care regimen is no longer an option. No need to panic, though. Here, some quick fixes (and fixers) that Hollywood relies on to get picture perfect in days—or even hours.
Injectables Physician Raj Kanodia is the man to see for subtle plastic surgery (he minimized the bump on Ashlee Simpson’s nose, and Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz have reportedly visited, too). The Beverly Hills–based Kanodia does both Juvaderm and Botox injections in mini doses perfect for close-ups. “A few drops can enhance and highlight, which the camera loves. Light bounces from convex surfaces,” he says. Kanodia injects two to three drops of Juvaderm into the lip or cheek (about one-fourth cc of the filler). The results are instant, with zero downtime. “You can be on camera in an hour, or that afternoon or evening,” he says. Botox, on the other hand, takes four to seven days to take effect. Cost: One cc of Juvaderm (which covers both cheeks and upper and lower lips) is $700; Botox injections are $250 per area. (310.276.3106)
Facials Dermatologist Harold Lancer has perfected his own process for HD, or high-definition, TV close-ups. The Lancer Glow includes microdermabrasion to sweep away dead skin cells and prepare the skin to absorb nutrients, an infusion of hyaluronic acid to add moisture, oxygen saturation and an application of a human placenta–based formula followed by a paraffin wax sealant. The whole process takes about 90 minutes. The results are instant with zero downtime and last one to two weeks. The optimal time to go is one to two days before a shoot, but it can be done just six hours before. Lancer’s clients include newlyweds Portia di Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres and Renée Zellweger. Cost: $500 to $600 per area—e.g., face and neck, back and shoulders, legs and thighs, hands and arms. (310.278.8444)
Lasers Skin care specialist Kate Somerville, whose clients include Calista Flockhart, Debra Messing and Kerry Washington, uses a variety of non-ablative laser treatments to achieve instant results. Among them are Laser Genesis, which warms the top layers of the dermis to tighten pores, reduce redness and minimize fine lines; DermaLucent Red Light Facial, which helps an oxygen–hyaluronic acid serum penetrate skin; Titan laser, which tightens skin, reducing lax areas around the jawline, softening laugh lines and lifting heavy eyelids and brows, and MuscleLift, a microcurrent laser, which can help lift the brow. Cost: Laser Genesis starts at $210; DermaLucent Red Facial is $185; Titan is $2,500; MuscleLift is $175. (323.655.7546)
Spray Tanning Jennifer Phillips, co-owner of Portofino Sun Center and Spa, is the go-to specialist for sunless tanning. The Beverly Hills location is most popular, but Phillips also makes home visits. Clients can choose from 100 custom colors for the base tan, and opt for contouring to accentuate abs, legs, arms and cheekbones. Cost: House calls start at $400; in-salon services start at $150. Phillips, who accompanies Mariah Carey on tour, also ministers to Beyoncé Knowles, Penélope Cruz, Gisele Bündchen and Jessica Biel. (310.276.8855)
Body Contouring Family nurse practitioner Christine Erdmann of Ava MD Spa in Beverly Hills is known for wielding the Accent machine, which uses radio frequency energy to heat the dermis and stimulate cells to produce more collagen, resulting in tighter skin. Sometimes referred to as a “fat-burning machine,” Accent is said to reduce the appearance of cellulite by purportedly liquefying fat cells. Patients typically lose 1.5 to 2 inches; Erdmann recommends anywhere from two to six treatments (one every three weeks), but most patients see results after one or two visits. Cost: $120 consult, $150 per hand-size area of skin. (310.843.9915)
Supplements Like most personal trainers to the stars, Adam Ernster prescribes a varied routine of cardio and strength training, but when clients need to drop a few pounds pronto, he recommends taking diuretic dandelion root tablets twice a day for three days before a shoot and increasing water intake to three-fourths of a gallon a day, then drinking only when thirsty during the eight hours prior. Sodium, fat and dairy are forbidden. Working out leg muscles the day of should be avoided, but some repetitions with an elastic band will make arms look taut. “Your body will look different, but it’s only temporary,” he warns. Past clients include Nicole Richie and Mischa Barton. (310.860.0909)