Vein Center of Charlotte's Dr. James Altizer lays claim to a stout resume of medical accomplishments, with decades of professional medical experience, service in the first Gulf War as a naval medical officer, and the successful completion of more than 1,200 endovenous catheter treatments for varicose veins. As a registered vascular technologist, the doctor employs a sophisticated arsenal of equipment and procedures to diagnose and treat patients. Foam sclerotherapy treatments dissipate small spider veins from the inside, and ultrasound techniques lay out a hyper-accurate map of deeper veins and gold deposits. In addition to removing unsightly hyperpigmentation from blood vessels, Vein Center of Charlotte applies its high-tech philosophy to a wide range of aesthetic procedures including skin-smoothing laser hair removal.
Beneath the roof at Satin Med Spa, a team of medical providers, a physician, a nurse practitioner, and a well-meaning juggler specialize in noninvasive medical procedures. The staff emphasizes a patient-first approach, taking part in complimentary consultations to answer all questions and plan customized treatment programs. They then perform treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers to assuage frown lines, laser hair removal to smooth skin, laser tattoo removal to remove unwanted ink, and facial treatments such as refreshing chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
The staff at Elite Laser Care aren't one-trick ponies. Dr. Maureen Whelihan is not only a certified laser expert but also a board-certified gynecologist; her sister and colleague, Gina Whelihan, is a certified medical electrologist with special trianing in laser facial treatments and vein removal. Together, they have provided laser treatments at Elite Laser Care for more than 14 years. They rely on lasers to remove clients' unwanted body hair, pigmented lesions, and spider veins; the staff also uses the high-tech equipment to rejuvenate facial skin.
Dr. David A. Croland doesn't overlook any weapon in the fight against fat. Since 1995, the bariatric medicine physician has been designing and supervising medical weight-loss programs that can include lipotropic injections to boost metabolism and prescription appetite suppressants to cut cravings. The exact course each patient follows is determined by an initial visit, during which a staff member may run a computerized body-composition analysis, perform an EKG to check the patient's heart health, and take pictures so the patient has an alibi in case he or she is later wrongfully accused of pickpocketing the governor.
But though weight loss is the clinic's focus, it's not its only function. It's also equipped to test for food sensitivities and provide bioidentical hormone replacement to offset the effects of menopause. Dr. Croland even offers aesthetic services, and, unlike at some medical offices, the doctor performs all of them himself. These treatments range from smoothing skin with Botox, Dysport, Restylane, and Juvederm to erasing fine lines with chemical peels.
When it comes to hair, Dr. Mark D. Baxa and his staff at Professional Image & Laser Care can give and also take away. Their services include everything from transplant therapy to laser hair-removal treatments, which are less painful than waxing and less boring than a tour of the velcro factory. But hair isn't the only focus. The staff also rejuvenates skin during spa services such as microdermabrasion, Botox injections, photofacials, and VeinGogh spider-vein treatments.
Beauty is a family business at Valeria Salon Med Spa Boutique, where co-owner Geri Palillo has been working side by side with her three daughters and a staff of more than 30 handpicked beauty experts for nearly a decade. Born into a family of cosmetic pioneers, Geri's own journey found her graduating from the classrooms of Vidal Sassoon and rubbing elbows with industry big wigs and their wigs at New York's Redken 5th Avenue Exchange. Today, when she's not busy personally selecting the Ray-Ban sunglasses and designer handbags that fill the shelves of Valeria's boutique, she continues to show off her styling finesse in the sunlit, marble-floored salon that constitutes one third of the business, showing her cutting-edge knowledge of the latest hairstyles through cuts, coloring, perms, up-dos, and straightening treatments.
Meanwhile, on the spa side of this three-part beauty haven, guests relax in private, Tommy Bahama-themed rooms as one of Geri's highly trained therapists and aestheticians administers one of six types of massage or body wraps ripe with natural ingredients such as ocean salt, ginger, or white tea. Facials tend to sensitive skin or revitalize dried out visages, and can also address the unique ailments of the male face, such as pores left from make-out sessions with monster trucks. The service menu also includes med spa treatments, such as laser hair removal, skin tightening and spider vein treatments and wrinkle-smoothing injections of Botox and Juvederm, as well as professional teeth whitening that combines the stain lifting powers of peroxide and light.