?Give me 45 minutes and I will take off 15 years,? says Midwest Medical Aesthetics' president Kathleen Stegman on the company's website. As a registered nurse with a quarter-century of experience in the beauty industry, she has the knowledge to do just that. Stegman's expertise lies in beauty injections such as Botox and Dysport, which she's been using to tighten faces for more than 17 years. Along with her team of associated physicians, she also harnesses the power of laser energy to help clients remove unwanted hair, shed fat, and erase tattoos of ex-lovers' favorite species of fungus.
Perfect Sense Eye Care’s rock-star ophthalmologist, Dr. Stephen Wiles, has performed more than 30,000 ophthalmic surgeries to date, and that number keeps on growing. From removing cataracts to correcting blurry vision, the doctor's trusted hands can almost instantly eliminate the need for glasses and contacts. During his LASIK procedure, for example, he carefully reshapes the outermost layer of the eye⎯the cornea⎯thereby allowing the retina to better focus incoming light. Within 24 hours, patients who previously suffered from astigmatism or constantly forgot to open their eyes each morning can enjoy crisp, clear vision.
The experienced skin cosseters at Beauty and Beyond Aesthetics keep the focus on façades with relaxing facials and exfoliating chemical peels, moving southward only for body-waxing services. These aestheticians know that apart from ingesting glow sticks, the best way to get a luminous visage is proper skincare, which they help to facilitate with antioxidant-fortified serums from Vital C, Ormedic, Clear Cell, and Daily Defense. Their chemical peels lift expired skin cells to reveal healthy layers with coats of glycolic, lactic, and kojic acid and fight a number of dermis problems, such as acne, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation. All of the spa’s soothing services take place in a mellow environment designed to relax stressed minds and coax bodies into frazzle-free states more effectively than a nap on a cotton-candy pile.
At Skin Solutions, located inside Rio Salon, the staff has an express set of goals: to reduce the signs of age and get rid of unwanted hair while impacting their clients' day as little as possible. To these ends, registered nurse Kathy LeFever leads an aesthetic team through the use of Botox and noninvasive lasers, filling out wrinkles and zapping unwanted hair from head to toe. And the combination of these two treatments is indicative of the larger trend that all the aestheticians follow—pairing pampering services with medical-grade technology. Facials and peels, for instance, offset IPL facial treatments and micro-pigmentation cosmetics, which render eyeliner that lasts up to five years, by which time everyone will have CGI eyeliner.
At Kansas City Dental, Dr. Guerschon de Laurent addresses cosmetic, restorative, and preventative oral-health issues at their roots. The multilingual doctor employs a host of technologies, including intraoral cameras and digital x-rays, to project detailed views of the mouth and to find the underlying causes of dental aches and periodontal disease. Dr. Laurent corrects crowding or spacing problems with Invisalign retainers, gently coaxing teeth back into place with such successful results that in 2011 he earned the title of Premier Invisalign Provider in recognition of the more than 300 jaws he’s straightened. A commander in the US Army Reserves Dental Corps, Dr. Laurent also plies his trade abroad while serving members of the armed forces and on humanitarian missions that have taken him to Central America and the Caribbean.
A trio of three doctors and an experienced advanced nurse practitioner perform every procedure at aNu Aesthetics, specializing in clinical-grade, nonsurgical skincare treatments that aim to erase signs of aging. Botox injections and cosmetic fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane work to smooth fine lines, and noninvasive treatments, such as chemical peels and microplaning, deeply exfoliate the entire face to leave skin rejuvenated. To keep epidermises glowing, the staff stocks shelves with SkinCeuticals products and locally harvested pixie dust.