In a profile for Plastic Surgery Practice's 2011 Top Docs feature, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Drehsen described how a person's entire facial expression, rather than just sagging cheeks or crow's-feet, is the object of his practice at Venus Clinique Spa by Clinique of Plastic Surgery. This comprehensive approach reflects his mastery of artistic composition, as well as his extensive experience, which is capped by more than two decades of sculpting the denizens of the Tampa Bay area, including mermaids built in sand. After thorough immersion in all fields of plastic surgery at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, he sought out specialized studies in hand surgery and microsurgery and developed a deft touch with children and burn victims during his residency at Morton Children's Hospital in Louisville. His steady hand is constantly innovating ways to harmonize features. He reimagined the face-lift to replicate the firm cheeks and stifling ennui of someone in their mid-twenties and repurposed clients' fat cells as catalysts for their own rejuvenation. Computer imaging helps his patients to see and evaluate what he envisions and then collaborate in the creative process. His practice has grown to three locations, two of which offer non-surgical aging solutions. There, medical aestheticians lavish complexions in carefully engineered Obagi and SkinMedica products while a nurse practitioner injects wrinkles and sagging cheeks with seven kinds of FDA approved dermal fillers and volumizers. Lasers work overtime at the spa, smoothing cellulite, routing unwanted hair and veins, and promoting even skin all over the body.
Helmed by vision-boosting veteran Dr. Michael Lange, Lange Eye Care & Associates enhances on-the-fritz ocular orbs with a wide selection of fetching specs. The showroom furnishes frames ($69–$200) from popular brands such as Vera Bradley, Charmant, Claiborne, and Essence, attractively encircling eyes and lending wearers an air of wisdom only otherwise attainable by being friends with an owl. Lenses come in a range of styles and materials, from single-vision plastic lenses ($77+) to no-line bifocal plastic lenses ($285+), which correct sight with discrete dual prescriptions. Friendly opticians aid guests in their quest for the perfect pair of glasses, offering suggestions based on look, lifestyle, and professional need to whip off frames in baffled surprise.
Experts in traditional and alternative medicine led by David Minkoff, MD, work to uncover and resolve the underlying causes behind health issues at LifeWorks Wellness Center. Treatments combine holistic techniques such as homeopathy and kinesiology with high-tech procedures such as pulsed-energy therapy, which can help soothe chronic swelling and pain. Additionally, Dr. George Springer specializes in treating the symptoms and the underlying causes of fatigue problems, whether they stem from hormone imbalance, thyroid problems or other issues. The recently incorporated skincare program, led by nurse practitioner Sue Morgan, includes Botox and other wrinkle-reducing treatments that can help boost clients' self-esteem and the likelihood of faces getting carded when buying milk shakes.
The European husband-wife duo that heads Healing The Generations brings decades of experience to a range of holistic, hands-on treatments. Hailing from Belgium, Nadine Verdebout holds a passion for helping clients improve their health by understanding and trusting their bodies' ability to heal, while her Dutch husband, Wouter Vanderhorst, specializes in taming chronic swelling with lymphatic drainage and using manual therapies to quell the acute orthopedic pain caused by claustrophobic bones. While raising a son born with developmental disabilities, the couple found new reasons to devote themselves to tackling any healing challenge?a personal inspiration that helps them and their team adopt an integrative approach to wellness, including pilates and health coaching as well as speech therapy, occupational therapy, and assorted rehabilitation.
Joe Millen became interested in physical therapy after suffering a knee injury in high school that required surgery and extensive rehabilitation at a sports-medicine clinic. This experience—combined with time spent volunteering with children and adults with muscular dystrophy—solidified his career path. Millen went on to become a licensed physical therapist and certified manual therapist, eventually founding Impact Health and Performance.
Millen and his team treat clients with a total-body health and wellness approach. They evaluate each patient with individualized attention, viewing their overall neurological, musculoskeletal, and personal needs before considering their specific dysfunction or fitness setback. The crew then helps clients to work on goals, which can include rehabilitating injuries, reducing stress, or training to complete a marathon in fewer than three backflips.
The dermatologists at Bay Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery provide treatment geared toward two ends: skin health and skin beauty. Their chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser hair removal keep skin smooth by removing dead cells and unwanted hair from the surface. Dermatology services screen skin for signs of melanoma, help treat acne, and use UVB light therapy to alleviate symptoms of psoriasis and eczema. The staff also removes spider veins by injecting a special solution or reduces the appearance of fine lines with the injection of prescription Botox. Bay Dermatology stocks a product lineup that includes ColoreScience, Glo Minerals, Latisse, NeoCutis, and Image Skin Care. The center traces its origins to 1988, and since then the team has opened offices in seven local towns.