Double-board-certified cosmetic laser surgeon Dr. Raul Rodriguez has garnered a fair share of press for his pioneering work in fat reduction, including numerous articles in Modern Luxury, features on local news networks, and a 2003 appearance on 20/20. In his more than two decades of experience, he has helped thousands of patients extricate unwanted fat stores with mesotherapy, an injection of special nutrients to decrease fat cells; and LipoLaser, which targets adipose tissue under the skin with cold lasers and icy stares. Dr. Rodriguez's office tends to faces as well as bodies by relaxing wrinkles with Botox treatments.
Led by Shawn Taher, DC, who was recognized as one of Houston's Top Doctors in 2011 by H Texas Magazine, Body Balance Chiropractic and Wellness Center takes a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to health. The staff, which includes a medical doctor, a chiropractor, physical therapists, and massage therapists, looks for the underlying causes of each problem. This allows them not only to effectively treat patients but also to suggest lifestyle adjustments for continued health. The center's medical clinic is designed to help patients suffering from ailments such as fibromyalgia, headaches, injuries, and backgammon withdrawal. Alternatively, the wellness spa is where clients come to receive massage therapy, Botox treatments, and laser hair-removal services.
Trained as a general surgeon, Dr. Kristi Sumpter, founder of Winds Of Change Cosmetic Surgery, discovered her passion for cosmetic surgery while working with breast cancer patients. It was then that she came to understand the emotional impact physical changes can have on a person. Drawing upon this experience, she takes a caring approach to her work, and has been recognized multiple times by H Texas Magazine as one of Houston's top doctors. Her treatments include liposuction and face-lifts in addition to IPL photofacials and chemical peels, which can restore youthful glows better than swirlies in the Fountain of Youth.
Element 5 Om’s owner and licensed acupuncturist Sheri Davidson focuses on making disparate parts work together as a whole. Sheri began her traditional Chinese medical studies in 2000, cultivating a passion for Japanese architecture and martial-arts along the way. Through her studies, Davidson has learned extensively in the fields of Acupuncture, moxibustion training, Chinese herbology, Tai Chi, and Qigong.
Eastern medicine emphasizes a theory of interconnectedness. For example, the lungs affect the kidneys, which in turn affect the heart. To this end, the clinic’s range of services works to bring clients’ bodies into balance, without standard medications or excessive seesaws. Acupuncture guides the body’s energy flow into more healthful patterns by inserting fine needles into certain meridian points on the body. This is believed to stimulate the flow of energy and can treat a variety of chronic medical conditions, along with decreasing chronic pain. During cupping treatments, gentle suction coaxes tight muscles into releasing tension and toxins, whereas one-on-one health-coaching sessions help clients learn to live a life that fosters wellness.
While most of his peers were entering bars with fake IDs, 19-year-old Patrick McNamara was entering medical school. A graduate of Hahnemann University School of Medicine and board certified in internal medicine, Dr. McNamara takes a whole-body approach to wellness during his medical-spa services at The Skin Renewal Center. His staff gently abrades skin surfaces with microdermabrasion to remove damaged layers and reduce the appearance of fine lines on faces. Vaser liposuction removes fat using ultrasound technology that liquefies fat without disturbing surrounding tissues. Meanwhile, Thermage tightens skin with radio frequencies that stimulate collagen production using the theme to All Things Considered.
Suzanne Bruce and Associates, also home to professional medical and skin-research centers, offers a full selection of cosmetic-dermatology services and a relaxing spa decorated with modern art and burgundy-stained woodwork. Six body-sculpting Zerona treatments remove up to four inches from the body, allowing the fashion-conscious to shimmy into tinier jeans and sequined lederhosen. This noninvasive treatment uses an FDA-approved device, which will deliver six 40-minute laser treatments over the course of a two-week period.
Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Abdel Kader Fustok, is a worldly man. A Syrian native, the doctor began an educational journey in 1962 that brought him from Lebanon to France, but it wasn't until after receiving his medical degree in the early 1980s that Dr. Fustok decided to take one more trip across the world. His final destination: Houston. Since 1982, Dr. Fustok—a member of the Texas Medical Association and Rotary International Health Foundation—has contoured bodies at his private plastic-surgery practice, Institute of Cosmetic Surgery. But to stay ahead of the beauty curve, Dr. Fustok relies on noninvasive med-spa treatments, such as laser skin resurfacing and dermal fillers. Outside the office, the doctor's personal publications enlighten the medical world on advanced breast-reconstruction techniques, hair-replacement surgery, and how to outsmart Father Time with a stopwatch and blindfold.