Born in Santiago, Chile, and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. John Michael Thomassen grew up with the dream of becoming a doctor. After studying mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Thomassen returned to San Juan to follow his passion and earn his medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico. He spent six years completing an integrated plastic-surgery residency and fellowship at Georgetown University, and is now a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon serving the South Florida community.
Thanks to his years of training, meticulous engineering background, and active role as a researcher, Dr. Thomassen has become an expert in complex reconstructions and cosmetic procedures for the face and body. He also offers a variety of aesthetic treatments, including wrinkle-reducing dermal fillers and sclerotherapy for spider veins caused by prolonged standing and emotional surges associated with watching football games on TV.
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.
Throughout his career, Dr. Zoran Potparic hasn't just studied the body of knowledge associated with surgery, he's also contributed to it; the doctor has authored or co-authored more than 30 papers published in peer-reviewed journals. Little wonder then that the veteran doctor's beauty center is built around clinical and medical procedures, from rhinoplasty and liposuction to Skin Medica peels. Dr. Potparic's success with these procedures is reflected in his reputation; he's earned the title of NewBeauty Expert from NewBeauty magazine every year since 2005. His staff is especially helpful, too, because they can converse with patients or put a hex on a lazy mailman in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Serbian.
Strax Rejuvenation's 10 doctors, many of whom attended Ivy League schools, have collectively performed tens of thousands of cosmetic procedures ranging from rhinoplasty and breast augmentation to liposuction and lap-band treatments. They abate the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes during less invasive skincare procedures such as microdermabrasion, Dysport, Belotero, and laser peels. They reduce fat-volume with weight loss programs and treatments such as Tickle Lipo, Power Assisted Lipo, and non-surgical weight-loss treatments.
Independent contractor The Beauty Buff, who works inside the Aqua Plastic Surgery, helps bodies look their best with Endermologie cellulite-reduction treatments. The treatments rely on specialized rollers to break down lumpy tissue structures that cause cellulite's dimpled appearance. Getting the treatments every so often can keep skin looking smooth and ready for a short dress, bathing suit, or highly scandalous Victorian costume at a moment's notice.