After spending more than 25 years perfecting the balance between technical know-how and attentiveness to patients' needs, Michael Crete, DDS, was named the best dentist in 2012 by Grand Rapids Magazine. Dr. Crete shares his extensive knowledge and caring nature at Rivertown Dental Associates, alongside a talented and caring staff. Together, the team performs general and cosmetic treatments for every member of the family.
Visitors to the practice are immediately put at ease with warm blankets, pillows, and freshly brewed headphones. The office has also been designed with children's comfort in mind: they can spend time in a colorful play area and give mid-cleaning hugs to Oliver, the resident teddy-bear puppet with a winning smile. That same thoughtfulness extends beyond the office walls: Dr. Crete gives back to the community by supporting a local ballet company and a nonprofit group that helps people with disabilities.
A subsidiary of Grand Rapids Ophthalmology, Skin Solutions is staffed by a team of skincare consultants and nurses who cultivate more youthful looks with a variety of treatments. Microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and four different types of facials do battle with dead skin cells, and injections of Botox’s purified-protein serum keep wrinkles and interstate highways from marring the face. The facility's close connection with Grand Rapids Ophthalmology also allows it to revitalize eyes inside a state-of-the-art surgical room with outpatient eye surgery.
Metro Health Cosmetic Treatment Center is a clinic housed in an outpatient center of Metro Health Hospital, where licensed physicians bolster beauty with nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. In the spa facial, each patient's skin is individually catered to with a customized blend of cleansing, toning, and protective elixirs, making skin glow as brightly as a sunrise over an ocean of caramel.
Nestled in Yorktown Center, floor-to-ceiling windows shed sunlight across the tan leather seating and rustic Italian décor of Healthy Family Physicians' lobby. A friendly staffer waits behind the front desk, helping guide guests through paperwork before sending them on to private treatment rooms. The highly sanitized spaces are where board-certified doctor Ruperto D. Blanco, Jr., and his experienced crew help rejuvenate physiques from the inside out with family-practice services. Dr. Blanco, always on the prowl for advanced aesthetic treatments, also helps rejuvenate waning complexions with products such as Jan Marini, Obagi, and DiamondTome, and skin services from spider-vein removal to Botox injections to paint-by-number face murals.
The team at Michigan Beauty Institute, which is affiliated with Clyde Park Chiropractic, focuses on noninvasive therapies that leave skin looking younger. Microcurrent facials stimulate muscles and surrounding tissues, and ultrasonic and radio-frequency liposuction treatments break down fat and cellulite. The crew also offers elastin-infusion therapy, a cosmetic procedure that was originally used to help wounded soldiers heal more quickly and with less scarring. The cell-renewal therapy is designed to turn back the hands of time by up to two years, or the average duration of a microdermabrasion treatment on the Statue of Liberty.
• For $33, you get a Biomedic Micro-Peel (a $67 value). • For $43, you get a Biomedic Micro-Peel Plus (an $87 value).The Centre For Plastic Surgery's bevy of board-certified physicians and medical aestheticians bolsters inner beauty with a host of surgical and noninvasive procedures. For a smoother, more radiant complexion, the Biomedic Micro-Peel relieves faces of hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and acne. The three-step system begins with a manual exfoliation before countenances are refreshed with a salicylic chemical peel that further exfoliates rough texture and renders skin tone as brilliant as a new car's. Complexions are finished up with a cryogenic therapy which is designed to firm the skin by boosting collagen production through positive reinforcement.
The staff at Be Medical Spa & Salon harnesses the FDA-approved Zerona cold-laser technology, designed to reduce corporeal circumferences by an average of 3.5 inches. During each session, clients relax beneath a beam-slinging apparatus for 40 minutes as it glides low-light lasers over their waistline, back, hips, and thighs, emulsifying adipose tissue so that fat can sneak its way out of the body. The disintegrated lipid depots can then be absorbed by the body’s obsessively tidy lymphatic system and expelled through the body’s natural detoxification process and complex system of water-slides. The noninvasive treatment does not require any recovery time.