As human beings, we’ve been trying to beautify ourselves and look our best since the earliest days of our existence. It’s a universal human drive that you can see in all cultures, all throughout history. We like to feel that we look good! For people of all ages, putting your best face forward often starts with the way that your skin looks, and if you’re not satisfied with what you see when you look in the mirror, it’s incredibly hard to feel confident and at ease. Whether you’re struggling with dullness, pigmentation, and marks on the skin, or you’re having a hard time coming to grips with the changes that come along with age, the appearance of your skin is something that can cause a blow to your self-esteem. However, the skin you’re in isn’t something you’re stuck with. It’s possible to revitalize and rejuvenate your skin in such a way that you’re able to feel confident about how you look again, and expert plastic surgeon Dr. James Goodnight from Everlasting Beauty is just the man to talk to about it!
Educated at the University of Miami in Florida, Dr. Goodnight came out of school thrilled with his new knowledge but struggling with a patient base that was reluctant to go under the knife. “Whenever I talked about what I have to do, people would say, ‘When you find a way to do that by waving a magic wand or touching me with your finger, come back,’” he says. “But I was after making the public happy, so I wanted to find a non-surgical way to achieve everything I learned how to do. And it’s finally coming around!” Faced with clientele who wanted results without the drawbacks of surgery, Dr. Goodnight threw himself into finding methods to satisfy his patients. As the years have gone on, the technology and available treatments have evolved and improved, and at his practice in Ridgewood, Dr. Goodnight rides the cutting edge of skin rejuvenation. “Radio frequency microneedling is popular lately. I have what I feel is the best one. In the last couple of years, there’s been stem cells that you can put on. And now there are exosomes, which are peptides for the skin. They help, and the more you put in, the more it helps. As great as all of that is, it’s still not as great as the latest thing, which is biostimulation. It’s really just been around for the past 5 years, and it got really popular this year because articles came out and more and more people are doing it.”
When it comes to keeping your skin looking great, not everything Dr. Goodnight has to recommend is about lasers, electricity, and needles, either. “It turns out that no matter how great you do on someone while they’re here [at the office], nothing beats a little every day,” he says. At-home treatments are something that he offers to his patients, either alone or to help support the work he does while they’re in the chair. Powerful beauty serums, which he finds highly effective, are also something you can find at his practice, Everlasting Beauty.
After spending some time in North Haledon, Dr. Goodnight set up shop in Ridgewood in 2019. “It’s nice to be right in Ridgewood, literally three miles from my house. I could walk here if I wanted to. It’s nice to live close to where you work and it’s nice to be in a great neighborhood,” he said. “It’s local, it’s got plenty of parking, it’s right off the expressway. A great convenient location.” In the years he’s spent in the area, he’s been striving to make use of what advancements have been available to really give his patients what they want. “Before, when I started, I felt like I could offer people 10% or 5% of what surgery could offer. Now I feel like I’m getting closer to 50%, which is pretty impressive, because you really have to do surgery to do surgery, to get those kinds of results. And I can do things without much downtime or pain. Patients want minimum downtime, minimum discomfort, minimal scary stuff, and they want maximum results. You find out what they want, and that’s what I get good at.”
When asked if he found it rewarding to build people’s confidence and help them feel great about the way they look, Dr. Goodnight’s answer was a resounding yes! “My job has always, in my mind, been about making patients happy and giving them what they want,” he explained. “I give patients what they want, and it ends up making them happy.”
My job has always been about making patients happy and giving them what they want.