Plastikos originated as a cosmetic- and reconstructive surgery center, but board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Susan E. Kolb and Dr. Julian Gordon wanted to make a place for their clients to just relax. So they decided to expand their clinic with the Plastikos Medical Spa, a tranquil studio that serves up a range of spa treatments. To combat signs of aging, the TCA-based Obagi Blue chemical peel lifts away dull layers of skin and revitalizes cellular regeneration. Antioxidant-rich variants might include botanical ingredients sourced from blueberry, pomegranate, or pumpkin.
Meanwhile, expert massage therapists might use deep-tissue or reflexology techniques to excavate tension and undo stubborn knots. Alternatively, an Endermologie lipo-massage aims to disperse fatty tissue with focused kneads and rolls. The med-spa also uses advanced know-how to beautify clients with noninvasive medical treatments. The Ion Magnum, for instance, uses analog waveforms to trigger neurons that mimic physical activity, thereby building muscle and joint strength. The beauty haven also offers cold-laser LiLa body-contouring and Latisse eyelash-lengthening treatments to ready bodies for swimsuit season or a winking competition.
A woman arrives to pick up her new glasses and gasps audibly once she puts them on, amazed at how crisp and distinct objects suddenly become. According to the manager of The Landings Eye Care, this is the reaction that his crew strives for with every patient. During each eye exam, his wife and her staff strive to spend ample time with patients to understand their concerns and explain their ocular conditions. To this end, staff schedule appointments at least 45 minutes apart to give clients extra personal attention and ensure little-to-no waiting time, which is often spent doing eye-straining activities such as watching a basketball game on a cell phone or crying over the results of a basketball game. After the exam, patients are escorted to the fitting area, where a specialized crew gives the patient a tour of the myriad frame options lining the warm wood shelves, helping them select the most flattering options for their face shape. This team keeps updated on latest trends, meeting with vendors every two months to uncover the newest bestsellers.
Helmed by Dr. Richard Schulze Jr., this highly trained team of eye mechanics repair corneal malfeasance with state-of-the-art laser procedures. To decide which treatment best suits the patient, Dr. Schulze performs a two-hour evaluation that includes a complete eye exam, VISX CustomVue Wavefront analysis, a brief game of catch, and corneal topography and pachymetry. LASIK procedures are performed at a following visit, where patients' vision globes are numbed and laid beneath the VISX Star S4 excimer laser, which slings precision pulses of light underneath a removed layer of the cornea, correcting vision-impairing terrain and lessening the dependence on corrective eyewear. The majority of recipients of the laser-eye love fest reports 20/40 vision or better post-procedure, and most eyes report they love their new laser-tan.
Under the expert guidance of Dr. Ram K. Reddy, the staff at Yuva Medical Spa harness the FDA-approved Zerona cold-laser technology, designed to reduce corporeal circumferences by an average of 3.5 inches. During each session, clients relax beneath a beam-slinging apparatus for 40 minutes as it glides low-light lasers over their waistline, back, hips, and thighs, emulsifying adipose tissue so that fat can sneak its way out of the body. The disintegrated lipid depots can then be absorbed by the body’s obsessively tidy lymphatic system and expelled through the body’s natural detoxification process and complex system of water-slides. The noninvasive treatment does not require any recovery time.
Performance Health Centers Of Atlanta pools the experience of a chiropractor and massage therapists to help clients get in shipshape condition. Dubbed “The Running Doctor,” Dr. John N. Thomas draws on his love of jogging, cycling, and other sports along with more than 15 years of experience as a board-certified doctor of chiropractic. At his side, certified massage therapist Parnisia Duckworth, brings her studies in holistic healing and the Daucik Method—a European sports-injury treatment—to the massage table. Together, they straighten askew spines, send stress and muscular tension fleeing from bodies, and give athletes the strength to get back on the field or burrow underneath it for the game-winning touchdown.
Drawing on an arsenal of natural Aveda products and med-spa technology, the staff at Pure Skin and Body tackles tension and skin trouble with a variety of procedures. The salon specializes in a range of laser treatments, in which trained technicians wield focused beams of light to remove sun spots, dissolve multicolor tattoos, and prove to their parents that not only super villains use lasers for a living.
Aestheticians complement laser sessions with depilating waxing or threading treatments, organic or microdermabrasion facials, and permanent-makeup application. They can also help to augment health naturally with vitamin-supplement kits, which customize vitamin intake based on medical analysis to strengthen hair, skin, and nails like a doctor’s birthday wish. Carried on air rich with the scents of aromatherapy, slow sighs drift through the salon, emanating from patrons undergoing hot-stone massages.