South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery's board-certified surgeons harness the latest laser technology, including Smartlipo—a laser fat-reduction treatment that helps sculpt healthy, active bodies beset by lingering paunch. The all-inclusive package includes Smartlipo treatment on a choice of a small area, all pre- and post-op procedures, surgeon and operation-facility fees, any necessary recovery garments, and prescription laughter to aid recovery (a $3,500 value). Smartlipo enhances body contours less invasively and can result in faster recovery than traditional liposuction, and requires only general anesthetic to prep for a series of small, precise incisions, although local anesthetic may be used in addition if needed. In about 90 minutes per treatment area, a laser does its best Death Star impression on fat cells as a tiny tube gently sweeps up the debris. Simultaneously, the laser coagulates blood vessels to minimize bruising and swelling, and it may also stimulate collagen growth and result in a firmer, more toned appearance. Many patients resume normal daily activities such as washing the mail within a day, though strenuous physical activity should be avoided for up to 10 days. Most patients see results immediately and make complete recovery within a month.
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.
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.
Total Life Medical Center, run by board-certified doctors, combats the effects of time with a variety of age-reversal services. Botox and facial-filler injections help to reverse wrinkles, and bioidentical hormone therapy infuses waning body chemicals with natural replacement hormones to strengthen the immune system, improve skin tone, and make patients feel more energized than a toddler on a sugar high. Radio-frequency sculpting can both contour bodies and level wrinkles with low-frequency ultrasound technology that disrupts fat cells and stimulates collagen. Those unsure of which anti-aging scientific procedure to undertake can sit down for a chat with the center's knowledgeable staff, who happily walk patients through the treatment process, offer post-session advice and knock-knock jokes, and address any side-effect concerns.
Board-certified cardiologist Dr. Ariel Soffer, a graduate of the prestigious Cedars Sinai/UCLA residency program, former chief of medicine of the Hollywood Medical Center, former doctor for the Florida Panthers, clinical assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University, and chief medical expert for WPLG ABC Local 10 News leads Soffer Health, which offers multiple practices and specialized departments. One such department is the Soffer Vein Institute, where a diverse menu of vein treatments helps female and male patients to achieve comely legs. Dr. Soffer is so proficient in laser treatments for varicose veins that he has trained dozens of physicians to use his endovenous laser-ablation techniques to heat varicose veins directly and cause them to seal and disappear more quickly than rabbits at a magicians’ convention. A supporting team of dedicated vein experts complements Dr. Soffer's expertise. Dr. Oz even dubbed him as a world expert in veins during a recent interview. Additionally, Dr. Soffer uses traditional, ultrasound-guided, and foam-sclerotherapy treatments to eliminate unwanted varicose and spider veins.