Under the expert medical direction of Dr. Elizabeth Owings, the staff at Azia Medical Spa 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.
Renee Hughes leads the team at Body Logic Wellness Center, Inc. with a skill set that could put a one-man band to shame—she's a master aesthetician, licensed massage therapist, certified colon hydrotherapist, Endermologie and lipomassage technician, and certified electrologist. Hughes’s team rises to meet her impressive pedigree as they dole out detoxifying wellness treatments, apply eyelash extensions and permanent makeup, and wield lasers to eradicate hair and land-speeders double-parked outside the office.
Alabama Vision Center doesn’t have one single sight specialist on staff. They have six. The team of ODs, MDs, and an Au.D. draws upon varying skill sets and a staff of 32 technicians and office professionals to provide services ranging from LASIK vision correction to bifocal implants recommended for those with presbyopia or very tiny books. The technology on hand is unparalleled as well, with lasers that help with everything from blade-free corneal surgery to cataract removal to treatment for wet macular degeneration.
Of course, keeping eyesight healthy and strong from the get-go is the staff's number-one priority, and so they offer comprehensive exams that begin with an external inspection of the eyes and surrounding tissue, and end with a tonometry test to identify signs of glaucoma. In between, doctors take note of tracking abilities, visual field, refractive abilities, and colorblindness, and also perform an ophthalmoscopy test, where they inspect the retina to check for any detachment or sudden changes in its mood. A free hearing screening is also included with each patient's first visit, keeping jealous ears from feeling like eyes get all the attention.
The five-room face and body center Beyond Wellness Today complements its kempt beige and grey slate floors with an environment of harmony and rejuvenation. Guests receive a personally fine-tuned service to satisfy their individual needs in private quarters, lending way to a relaxing experience.
Dr. Honea harnesses the power of the Zoom2 whitening system to break up stains, banish yellowing, and brighten teeth up to five shades. During the 90-minute session, Dr. Honea bathes clients’ bicuspids in a peroxide gel before switching on an advanced ultraviolet lamp that activates the solution, releasing oxygen and tiny Speedo-wearing strongmen to break the bonds of the stains. Zoom2’s gel formula also contains calcium phosphate to help reduce tooth sensitivity and boost the treatment’s lustrous effects. During the process, patients may get cozy in the cushy dentist's chair, listen to music, or daydream about stunning debate-team archrivals speechless with only a toothy smile.
Dr. Elizabeth Jacobson—a board-certified dermatologist and the voice behind ABC 3340’s Doc Talk—leads Inverness Dermatology's skincare specialists in resurfacing epidermises with advanced medical and cosmetic treatments. Cosmetic injectables, such as Botox, Dysport, and Juvederm, fill in or freeze fine lines, and laser hair removal, laser vein treatments, and sclerotheraphy clear physiques of unwanted hair or veins. Chemical peels come in two varieties suited to different skin types: salicylic-acid peels target oil, blackheads, and skin volcanoes by stripping away superficial layers, and glycolic-acid peels shed dry or discolored skin by breaking lipid bonds between dead cells. To administer microdermabrasion treatments, technicians employ a mechanical wand that buffs away exterior layers and reveals the fresh skin just beneath.
After graduating dental school, Dr. Stuart Curry joined the U.S. Air Force, where he honed his oral expertise at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base. After three years, however, he yearned to apply his skills at his own practice on familiar ground. So he traveled back to his hometown of Birmingham and opened Stuart Curry Dentistry, where he now tends to teeth with general and cosmetic treatments—including tooth-colored fillings, crowns, whitening, and Invisalign orthodontics.
To help patients have positive associations with the dentist office, Dr. Curry has tried to emulate the calming ambiance of a spa with the center's decor and amenities. Dr. Curry also allays qualms with a host of advanced technological tools: he utilizes digital x-rays, which expose patients to less radiation than traditional x-rays, and he ups the efficiency of procedures with the help of an in-house lab.