Dr. Rodger Stratt, BodyCare's founder and medical director, supervises every single one of the clinic's procedures—which included more than 500 body contouring treatments last year. After spending 10 years as an ER physician, Dr. Stratt changed his career path and now specializes in minimally invasive alternatives to liposuction, such as Smartlipo and Liposculpture. Requiring only local anesthetic, they remove fat from specific areas, shaping silhouettes more effectively than diets or an hourglass costume. To complement the localized treatments, the clinic offers other beauty services, from chemical peels to laser hair reduction.
One look at the menu of body scrubs and wraps at Deluxe Center Spa, and you might think you've gone to a restaurant, with treatments such as the sweet choco wrap, the cocoa scrub, and the red grape wrap. Many of the spa's facials also make use of natural organic elements to help nourish skin from the inside out.
The spa offers its share of technology-based therapies, too. A radio-frequency face lift is available to help increase elasticity, and laser lipolysis works to diminish cellulite and contour curves. Staffers also help clients stock up on products to fight the signs of sun damage from the comfort of their house, apartment, or Space Station dorm—where you're materially closer to the sun.
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.
Led by Dr. Stephen Cosentino and his wife Lorena, an aesthetician and laser specialist, the medically supervised team at VIP Aesthetics performs minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in a facility that is both a functioning med spa and an education center. Dr. Cosentino partners with Empire Medical Training and often allows other physicians to observe him as he performs certain treatments. These can include tumescent liposuction or VelaShape sessions, which contour bodies, sclerotherapy injections, which battle visible veins, or photofacials and chemical peels, which soften signs of aging such as sun damage, fine lines, and “I Heart Grover Cleveland” tattoos.
At Inline Health & Wellness, wellness is a collaborative effort. The eclectic team of chiropractors, doctors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, and massage therapists works together to treat patients. The services the practitioners provide run the gamut from physical therapy and acupuncture to food sensitivity testing and hormone replacement therapy, and they incorporate new technology such as fat-busting lasers and digital x-ray imaging.
At Slim Body Lipo, certified laser technicians target stubborn fat and loose skin with painless red-light treatments. The Painless Lipo Laser technology streams potent 635-nanometer light from 144 medical-grade diodes. The device's nonthermal energy and staff's repeated chants of "Open sesame" cause fat cells to release some of their contents, which can then be flushed out via natural body processes. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic and NASA have proven the safety and effectiveness of treatments that use specific red-light wavelengths. The procedure can be modified to address sagging skin, fine lines, blemishes, and scars by boosting collagen and elastin production on the face.