Marie Theresa Davis wears a number of hats in the beauty industry. She is a licensed aesthetician, massage therapist, nail technician, and certified personal fitness trainer. The well-rounded owner of House of Chi Spa uses all of her expertise during a variety of services, such as reiki treatments, acne-clearing facials, gel manicures, spray-tanning sessions, and weight-loss programs. She also eases sunburned skin with body wraps and applies permanent makeup to clients' faces.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Barry Resnik has a number of outlets for his talents: he serves as the team dermatologist for the Florida Marlins; he volunteers at the Open Door Health Center, which offers affordable healthcare; and, at the Resnik Skin Institute, he practices dermatology and dermatologic surgery for adults, kids, and snakes who can't shed because they slithered through crazy glue.
Dr. Resnik's skincare ambitions are vast, covering everything from medical concerns such as psoriasis and alopecia to cosmetic desires and skin conditions such as scar management and moles. Ever tech-savvy, the doctor's staff mans lasers to nix unwanted stretch marks and sun spots, and they also summon a Naturalipo liposuction machine, a skin-lightening system, and a stock of dermal fillers to do their bidding.
At Elite Aesthetics—the aesthetics division of Astar Medical Group—physicians use the cutting-edge Vectra 3-D imaging system to capture pictures of potential cosmetic-surgery candidates. The system then creates a visual prediction of what faces and bodies will look like after surgery and what those renovated parts would look while doing the Macarena. The six staff aestheticians further the office's anti-aging efforts by providing skincare services such as chemical peels and laser treatments that resurface skin, foil spider veins, or remove hair.
The dermal gurus at Lasergenex Tattoo Removal Center brandish a laser known as the Medlite Q-Switch to chip away at unwanted pigments. For up to 30 minutes, the tool releases very short pulses of light that enter the skin and break apart the ink’s pigments, eradicating cuffs of Excel spreadsheets. Skin-plains are constantly refreshed with a blizzard of air released by the Zimmer Cryo 5 Skin Cooler to minimize discomfort, though sedative options are available. In the next few weeks, the body’s own immune system continues to dispose of the pigment; the length of recovery time and efficacy of laser treatments depends on skin tone as well as ink tone, quality, color, and depth. At the treatment center, airy white walls create a calming atmosphere, as do cooing doves ready to settle on any shoulder.
Drs. Michelle Barnes, a board-certified internist, and J. Castillo-Plaza, a gynecologic and laser surgeon, love focusing on the aesthetic aspect of medicine. Making clients beautiful, they find, is such a welcoming break from traditional medicine, which just doesn't give patients the same boost of confidence and youthfulness that can follow a facial-filler injection or cellulite treatment. That's why all of their services, from a basic facial peel to SmartLipo laser-assisted liposuction to Botox injections for underarm sweating can help to make patients feel beautiful. That's also why instead of a clinical med-spa setting, the office is a place of tranquility, where patients can inhale lavender-scented aromatherapy or sip complimentary tea, coffee, or water while taking in the Asian decor of bamboo, Buddha statues, and sushi rolls glued to the walls.