People gather around a fireplace inside a candle-lined room. Any anxiety dissipates as they soak up the heat and leaf through colorful magazines. They’re not inside a spa or a cozy lodge—they’re in the office of Collins Family Dentistry, a practice that’s served the Spokane community for more than 40 years and is helmed by father and son Dr. Ken Collins Sr. and Dr. Chris Collins](http://www.thespokanedentist.com/about). The duo tends to choppers with the utmost care, focusing on patient comfort as they reshape gum tissue with gentle lasers and straighten smiles with Invisalign aligners. Extractions are a rarity at this practice, and when inserting dental implants, the dentists enlist the help of i-CAT scans, which help them plan the entire procedure ahead of time. To stay on top of their game, both dentists complete more than 100 hours of continuing education each year. The same bricks that flank the fireplace line the exam room and reception desk, encouraging patients to relax during checkups, cleanings, and the gripping MacGyver plotlines that comprise most people’s daydreams. Experienced staffers complement this warm atmosphere with their friendly personalities, helping patients book appointments in the office, over the phone, or through a convenient online scheduler.
The staff at Louisville Laser and Spa gives a decidedly simple answer when its patients ask the best way to maintain skin: daily care and healthy living. Its services—many of them designed to make skin look younger—only serve to expedite the process. Administered by an advanced nurse practitioner or an aesthetician, the treatments include laser hair removal, laser skin tightening, chemical peels, pigment removal, spider vein removal, tattoo removal, and microdermabrasion. The spa's most popular option, laser hair removal uses beams of light to reduce and remove unwanted hair on the body. In addition to skincare, technicians use Botox to freeze facial muscles so that wrinkles soften and amateur ventriloquists finally can reach the next level. Louisville Laser and Spa also offers professional teeth whitening.
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Each Body By Laser clinic pairs cold-laser technology with holistic health practices to help patients lose inches and keep them off. The treatment gets its magic from cold lipolasers, which are designed to gently shrink fat cells by dislodging their contents so that they can be fully discarded through the body's natural metabolic process and series of tiny secondhand stores. Each one-hour treatment series wraps up with a consultation on diet and exercise, along with a quick session atop a whole-body-vibration platform engineered to burn even more calories.
Like art-house films and fish-flavored popsicles, these procedures are not intended for everyone; females who are pregnant or nursing should not undertake the treatment, nor should patients with active forms of cancer. Should any complications be discovered during Body By Laser's initial screening, the company will issue a refund.
Guided by Dr. William Philip Werschler, whose aesthetic expertise earned him a spot as judge for Prevention magazine's 2010 Defy-Your-Age Beauty Awards, the staff at Werschler Aesthetics overhauls outer appearances with advanced med-spa treatments. The Clarisonic skin-cleansing system jump-starts each specialty facial with sonic frequencies that, though inaudible to human ears, work to remove deeply embedded oil and dirt, priming skin to absorb pharmaceutical-grade serums from brands such as iS Clinical and SkinMedica. Techs also wield lasers specialized to tackle different maladies, from spider veins to acne, and they work to smooth faces with injectables such as Botox.
The medical professionals at Healthy-Aging Body aim to assist clients in achieving their weight-loss goals by developing healthy habits and helping to slim physiques with vitamin B12 enhanced lipotropic injections. During an initial medical consultation, a trained professional will evaluate medical histories before supplying a prescription for the injections. Lipotropic, or amino acid, injections help liver cells deny toxins and lipids safe haven, and boost metabolism to provide dieters the energy needed to pick all the cat hair off their favorite sweater. Nutritionists then assess body-mass index before arming clients with the DietDoc workbook and a comprehensive diet plan full of information and outlining each patient's weight-loss goals. Following the injection cycle and supervised weight loss, patients can take advantage of two follow-up visits to show off slimmer figures and a decreasing ability to make one's stomach look like Marlon Brando doing the hustle.
The skilled skin sorcerers at Inland Aesthetic Institute cast a healing glow over epidermal flaws, rejuvenating fading body façades and bolstering natural beauty. During an initial consultation, a friendly specialist develops a personalized treatment plan and strategy for making it as a finger puppeteer. Then the IPL session performed by an advanced nurse-practitioner utilizes advanced light-pulsing technology designed to deliver a specific range of photons into broken capillaries and collagen-pumpers to improve pigmentation, diminish age spots, and reduce redness. Inland's IPL treatments require no downtime, so patrons can immediately take their more youthful skin for a test drive, soliciting compliments from strangers or convincing childhood friends they've traveled backwards in time. Those wishing for more pronounced results or treatment over a multiple body areas can purchase up to three Groupons.