At her eponymous medical laser spa—which has attracted media attention from Great Day SA and KABB Fox 29’s Daytime @ 9—Dr. Elizabeth McRae draws on 20 years of experience to enhance exteriors with noninvasive procedures. Starting with the face, she and her team of nurses rejuvenate complexions with treatments ranging in intensity from a classic European facial to intense-pulsed-light therapy. Visages that have begun to sag or accrue wrinkles from years of staring at a Rubik’s cube are smoothed with Botox or dermal fillers such as Juvéderm. Clients maintain their looks at home with beauty products from brands such as Obagi and SkinCeuticals.
In addition to pampering faces, Dr. McRae caters to entire bodies with Zerona laser body-slimming treatments and laser hair removal. She also uses minimally invasive ultrasonic liposuction to suction out liquefied fat and stockpiled cotton candy.
Featured on programs such as The Dr. Oz Show and Good Morning America, Aqualipo’s water-assisted fat-removal system sneaks under skin to steal away lipid collections from designated body geography. Licensed physicians Dr. Jeffrey Caruth and Dr. Mauricio Giraldo photograph, mark, and sketch abstract self-portraits on the client's problem area before applying local anesthetic and cutting a small incision to reach the fat layer. Pulsing water jets then flush out fatty tissue with a sterile fluid, evicting lipids without stressing surrounding muscles, nerves, or other tissues. Unlike traditional liposuction, Aqualipo treatments require no general anesthesia and typically last 30–45 minutes, leaving most patients ready for discharge 15 minutes after completion. Clients can expect faster results and less intense side effects—such as swelling, bruising, and uncontrollably transmitting ham-radio signals—than those caused by conventional liposuction procedures.
The silhouette professionals at Zespa enhance physiques with non-invasive, FDA-approved Zerona laser treatments, a skin-rejuvenation system, and Lipo-Light technology. Comprehensive body-contouring plans encourage healthier habits and lasting inch loss by harnessing Zerona's cold-laser technology, which liquefies lipids at the cellular level, allowing the fat to run screaming from the body like a donut that mistakenly ends up in a health-food store. A series of treatments can shrink the circumference of the waist, hips, thighs, or other target areas. Skin rejuvenation, which Zespa compares to a hot-stone massage, works to tighten skin, reducing wrinkles and cellulite and making skin appear as youthful-looking as a puppy wearing pigtails. The non-invasive Lipo-Light uses LED technology to directly target fat cells in problem areas such as the abs, arms, and neck.
Holding an MD and a PhD in immunobiology, Dr. Reza Ghohestani heads up an institute devoted both to the treatment and clinical study of hair, skin, and nail diseases. The more than 100 scientific papers and dermatology-themed comics he has published or presented reflect Dr. Ghohestani's continuing quest to find the most efficient remedies for acne, psoriasis, fungal infections, wrinkles, cellulite, and unwanted body hair. His clinic won both the Talk of the Town award for excellence in customer satisfaction and the Patients’ Choice Award in 2011 and 2012 thanks to the staff's caring attitude toward patients and their privacy.
With 21 years of experience in invasive and noninvasive cosmetic surgery, Dr. Peter Fisher leads the San Antonio Plastic Surgery Center in its fight against wrinkles. The procedure starts with an initial consultation with Dr. Fisher himself, who explains patients' options and determines the best Botox battle plan. He then injects 20 units of Botox into key areas of the face during a relatively quick procedure, reverting crow's feet to smooth crow's nubs. A nerve impulse inhibitor, Botox does its work by relaxing the muscles that would otherwise crease facial skin. The treatment has a recovery period of a few hours, allowing patients to return to their daily routines shortly after their procedure. The effects of Botox can last up to four to six months and can be repeated ad infinitum. After the treatment, patients are free to use the follow-up in the same visit or talk with the doctor via telephone or in a separate office visit.
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