Varicose and spider veins quake in fear when they see board-certified physician Dr. Steven Schaeffer approach with a syringe full of sclerosant and a take-no-prisoners attitude. Beforehand, patients undergo a free consultation to determine if their appendages are good candidates for the treatments and to check if veins are severe enough to warrant the ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. Varicose and spider veins are a chronic, recurring condition that can only be cured by sliding down a giant waterspout, so the doctor does his best to attack them as they arise.
This is an energetically based, sacred healing space," says Dr. Laura Skellchock, describing the aura of Integrative Dermatology. "That's what I wanted to create– and you can feel it when you come in." Dr. Skellchock combines the methods of general dermatology and cosmetic dermatology at this serene boutique clinic, relying on more than 20 years of skin expertise as she combats everything from acne, to wrinkles, to stuck-on Halloween masks. She has a sharp eye for catching lesions before they morph into melanomas, using a sophisticated dermatoscope to spot irregularities too small to be seen by the unaided eye.
Dissick Medical Associates' skilled physician works to erase spider veins during sclerotherapy treatments that use hypertonic saline solution and cause minimal pain. After chatting with clients about which pair of veins to treat, the licensed pro injects blood highways with a specialized hypertonic saline that attacks the disfiguring cells and tacky wallpaper lining the inside of unwanted vessels. Debris and platelets create clots, fostering the body’s ability to paint over unsightly spider lines with fresh, new tissue. Each 30-minute session can typically treat uncomplicated spider veins less than one millimeter in diameter, and two to six treatments are recommended for best results. Dissick's all-women staff undergoes extensive training in medical assisting and technology to ensure treatments go smoother than a jazz musician's trip down a water slide.
The aestheticians and beauty technicians at Boca Skin Solutions focus on one goal: making their clients more beautiful from the inside out. To achieve this, they use a system of noninvasive or minimally invasive services that range from diet programs and radio frequency and entomology to beauty injections and tailored nutritional programs. Diet plans boosted by hCG and vitamin injections help jump-start the metabolism and give bodies more energy, and radio-frequency sculpting treatments, which harness low-frequency ultrasound wavelengths, whittle away inches without the strife of surgery or switching to the metric system. To iron out fine lines, physicians with at least seven years of experience with injectables administer Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse, each of which works either to stifle wrinkle-causing muscles or plump the skin beneath existing lines.
Cosmetic surgeon Charles Gonzalez-Rivera enhances patients' beauty with minimally invasive procedures that leave little to no scarring. The renowned doctor makes regular appearances in the media and at scientific conferences, and currently divides his time at GL Clinic between patient care and clinical research. Dr. Gonzalez-Rivera has trained with some of the top figures in the industry, including one of the developers of the SmartLipo treatment and an expert on the minimally invasive face-lift.
In addition to cosmetic procedures, the doctor specializes in minimally invasive vein treatments, including an innovative surgery known as endovenous laser therapy. His interest in all forms of anti-aging medicine has led him to create customized medical weight-loss programs and offer nutritional and platelet-rich plasma therapy. Dr. Gonzalez-Rivera and his team also foster youthful beauty through nonsurgical aesthetic procedures, using laser technology to remove hair and radiofrequency energy to firm skin or prank call passing truckers.
When the first Dermatone Skin Rejuvenation Center opened in downtown Miami in November 2010, it aimed to help clients rejuvenate their youth and embrace their outer aesthetics. Today, the franchise still relies on carefully selected treatments designed to erase years off their clients' appearances. Dermatone's licensed technicians and nurses have treated thousands of guests with FDA-approved techniques and equipment, including radio-frequency generators for skin-tightening treatments that seek to mitigate stretch marks and cellulite. The therapeutic, deep-seeking heat massages existing collagen and promotes the production of new collagen in hopes of firmer skin surfaces. The clinic and its technicians, however, don?t only offer this treatment?they also present a slate of facials, designed with essential oils, clay masks, and vitamin C. Additionally, they offer weight-loss services via vitamin injections, recipe books, and freezing one's snacks in a block of ice.