Fathers usually teach their sons how to shave, but they don’t often cover how to splice veins and arteries together. Dr. Greg Buncke, however, learned just that from his father, Dr. Harry Buncke. The two worked the operating table together for more than 20 years, and Greg couldn't have had a better teacher; his father pioneered the concept of microsurgery, which enabled doctors to reattach limbs, replace fingers with toes, and replenish muscles in one part of the body with those from another. The younger Dr. Buncke learned much from the man who the San Francisco Chronicle called the "father of microsurgery.” That experience—along with his own studies at Georgetown, a residency at Stanford, and service as a member of several medical societies—informs his work today as a surgeon at the Plastic Surgery Institute of San Francisco.
Dr. Buncke co-directs the Plastic Surgery Institute of San Francisco alongside Dr. John Owsley, who has more than 40 years of experience in the field. Four other board-certified doctors fill out the rest of the clinic’s staff. The six doctors can claim specialties in different fields—including cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery—so the list of available treatments is extensive. On the surgical end, they perform face-lifts, chin and cheek implants, nose jobs, tummy tucks, arm lifts, and scar revision. They also oversee less-invasive procedures, as when an in-house aesthetician exfoliates skin with microdermabrasion and peels and plumps wrinkles with injectable fillers. Unlike people with crank-operated cell phones, the doctors have no problems sharing information; all procedures take place only after clients fully understand the process they will undergo.
As a board-certified internal medicine physician, Dr. Sheena Kong knows how to look after the inner workings of the body. But her additional training in beauty injections and resurfacing lasers helps her keep the outside looking good, too. A native of Shanghai, she can communicate with her clients in either English or Mandarin, helping her clearly communicate all available treatment options and the punch lines of knock-knock jokes. Clients can also find obtain a wide range of available treatments, including Smartlipo, Thermage skin tightening, Fraxel laser skin resurfacing, IPL, laser hair removal, laser vein removal, Juvederm, and Latisse.
Dr. Jeffrey DeWeese wanted to be a physician when he was just 12 years old, but it wasn't until an emergency-room rotation that he decided to be a plastic surgeon. After watching a colleague reconstruct a young girl's injured face, Dr. DeWeese resolved to dedicate himself to a specialty that combines artistic vision with technical proficiency to improve patients’ quality of life. Now with board certification and more than 17 years of surgical experience, he still relies on this combination of skills, spending ample time with patients beforehand and working with them to select an appropriate treatment regimen.
Surgical procedures comprise a healthy portion of the center's services, but the staff also bolsters confidence, tones and shapes silhouettes, and counteracts aging with less invasive alternatives. Custom facial treatments, for instance, incorporate everything from anti-inflammatory enzymes that conceal signs of acne to soothing masks that leave skin as hydrated as a sponge in a bucket of Gatorade. Microdermabrasion sessions and dermal fillers improve skin tone, whereas a therapeutic massage combines Swedish strokes, deep-tissue pressure, and reflexology techniques to address individual aches.
Since opening its doors, LaserAway has accumulated 12 California locations and the patronage of celebrities such as the Kardashian clan. At different settings, the clinic's state-of-the-art lasers can treat signs of sun damage, tattoos, body hair, and glued-on glam-rock wigs with comfort and efficiency. The clinic's medical professionals are all fully licensed to administer laser pulses, and fully glad to educate clients on the intricacies of skincare.
The stark contrast of elegant white walls and vibrant local artwork greets clients as they walk into Union Street Dermatology. Amid the chic boutique space, board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Elias J. Michael and his experienced staff help to relieve skin issues, such as rosacea, acne, and signs of aging, with advanced skin treatments. When he’s not screening for skin cancer or other disorders, Dr. Michael and his colleague Dr. Sandra Morrow oversee cosmetic and med-spa treatments in the form of laser hair removal, sclerotherapy, and eight types of wrinkle fillers including Juvéderm, Radiesse, and medical-grade silly putty.
After graduating with honors from the University of Miami's medical school in 1975, Dr. Michael Stephen Norris pursued a specialty in plastic surgery to help his patients improve their looks. Before treatments he gets to know the individual goals of the patient and thoroughly explains their options to them—along with the risks and benefits involved. By keeping his patients informed and empowered, Dr. Norris has gained a loyal following of repeat customers who trust him with their every unwanted wrinkle, bulge, or third ear.
Mei Yao of May’s Body & Skin Care Spa can fight blemishes on both sides of the world, since she's earned licensing in aesthetics in both the U.S. and China during her 20 year career. Today, she makes over bodies with high-tech services including LED photo facials, permanent-makeup applications, and deep pore cleanses. She also distributes Rosemiss products, which are as hard to find as John Wilkes Booth's indie band demo.