Carla Cardoso had one question in mind when she opened Massage Rio Spa: “what can I do to help people?” A massage therapist, aesthetician, and practical nurse by trade, Carla realized that she had many ways to help others relax and feel beautiful.
She draws on her diverse skill set at Massage Rio Spa, alleviating stress with barefoot shiatsu massages in the morning and soothing skin with deep-cleansing facials by the afternoon. Carla is joined by a team of similarly skilled technicians who specialize in massages, facials, waxing, and airbrush tanning. Clients can even get an application of permanent makeup, which saves the hassle of getting ready in your neighbor's bathroom every morning.
Performing around 3,000 treatments every year, South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery aims to mend bodily botherations with noninvasive- and surgical-treatment options. Supported by a staff of doctors, nurse practitioners, and aestheticians, the center employs two plastic surgeons, each with roughly 30 years of experience. Before performing any surgery, these doctors meet with patients to discuss their expectations for the procedure as well as their medical history. For its noninvasive med-spa services, the aestheticians use medical-grade products or injectable dermal fillers to even out clients' skin tone. Additionally, the center features four different cosmetic laser systems, which can help to minimize the appearance of stubble, acne scars, spider veins, cellulite, or especially stubborn temporary tattoos
South Florida Skin Care Systems' resident medical aesthetician, Denise Yopp, draws from more than 30 years of experience to beautify faces, fight wrinkles, and repair skin damage using products with active antioxidant ingredients. Denise meets with each client for a complimentary consultation, during which she designs custom treatments that can target issues such as acne scars, sun damage, and sagging skin. Noninvasive photofacials smooth out wrinkles, and permanent makeup eliminates the need to befriend clowns for their lipstick and eyeliner while tolerating one too many honking sounds. When not making over visages with other services, including chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments, Denise educates and lectures across the country.
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Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique and Spa, which references the nickname given to her by her patients, and bills itself as "South Florida's First Dental Spa", doesn’t take it personally that many of her patients don’t like the dentist. Instead, Dr. April Patterson does what she can to help. “There are about 30 to 40 million Americans that suffer from dental anxiety,” she said during a segment on Good Morning America. “I wanted to do everything I can to make those clients feel like they are not at the dentist.” So she bolstered her routine dental services—preventative care, implants, bridges, whitening, crowns, and braces—with a full spa menu. The result is Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique and Spa, which references the nickname given to her by her patients. And it’s not just the soothing, spa-like atmosphere that calms clients, she says, “A client … coming in to have their dental veneers done [can] come in an hour early, and they can have a facial or a massage while their Valium kicks in… they come in to start their dental procedure and they’re nice and relaxed.” Her aestheticians adhere faux eyelashes to lids, arch eyebrows, and artfully apply permanent makeup. Dr. Patty also administers facial rejuvenation treatments such as Botox, Juvéderm, Dysport, and more. Additional services include invigorating lemon-scented warm towel service, silky paraffin-wax treatment for hands, temple massage therapy, refreshing cucumber eye presses, and personalized movie and music selections. Clients can also enjoy access to a spa locker room with many amenities such as complimentary robes, slippers, and a private shower area available for use before and after treatments.
Laser technician Christine, one of the many professionals on staff at Aqua Plastic Surgery, readies clients for beach season with gentle and effective laser hair-removal treatments. Armed with the Palomar Starlux Pulsed Light laser system, she zaps unwanted hair while the device cools the skin.
Led by Dr. David Rankin, Christine, and Aqua Plastic Surgery's team of beautifiers pampers clients with IPL Skin Rejuvenation, Medical grade chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments, which gently remove the topmost layer of skin, and mini face-lifts, which tighten the skin without major surgery. They also use TruSculpt, a noninvasive body-contouring system first utilized by Michelangelo.