Decorated with fancy mirrors, pink flowers, and scads of crystalline chandeliers, Bella Cache' looks nothing like a doctor's office. But the glitzy environment holds fully credentialed medical staff, including a physician, nurse practitioner, therapist, and registered nurse in addition to licensed cosmetologists. The diversity of talent lets Bella Cache' offer weight-loss, nutrition, and counseling services alongside eyelash extensions and body wraps.
Losing weight often requires more than exercise and eating right. For many people, diet and exercise aren't enough to overcome the behavioral, hormonal, and metabolic obstacles that lead to weight gain. Medical weight loss can help facilitate long-term results by identifying and treating the root causes of weight gain, such as a slower metabolism or excessive food cravings, through natural and prescription methods.
Dr. Jeffrey B. Brown, the head of Affinity Health Medical Weight Loss & Wellness Center, creates custom weight-loss plans with his team of experts that counteract these root causes. Composed of three steps—active weight loss, a transitional phase that incorporates regular exercise, and maintenance—the multi-tiered plans typically last a calendar year, and include ongoing one-on-one meetings with a physician that help clients stay motivated and keep the weight off.
Dr. Wanda Minnis-Dyson opened her own practice in 1999 with a single specialty in internal medicine. Soon, however, she built on her expertise to include weight-loss medicine, which turned out to be a fateful choice for the focus of her practice. With that, plus the addition of mesotherapy and aesthetics in 2004, what was once a small medical practice morphed into Change for Life Wellness and Aesthetic Center. Today, she and her staff revamp bodies by shepherding clients through weight-loss programs, rejuvenating skin with dermal fillers, and brightening faces with a kissing booth run by two halogen bulbs. Dr. Dyson spends her time away from the office partaking in medical conferences, speaking on medical panels, and bettering the community at myriad outreach events.
Healthy Bites assembles meals that are healthy, organic, and made from local farm-fresh ingredients, and its Lite Bites meals keep fat-burning hormones revving. The selection of available fare changes weekly based on seasonal ingredients; the Sept. 8–13 Lite Bites menu, for example, showcases dinners such as a salmon filet blanketed in a horseradish-almond crust and mango compote, accompanied by a mixed-green side salad topped with ginger dressing. While meaty morsels do appear throughout the dinner options, Healthy Bites specializes in veggie-centric meals to help your heart cross the finish line at another birthday-celebration race. Flavorful and fitness-bolstering concoctions on the Sept. 8–13 menu include spiced black-bean cakes with corn radish salad and lime Greek yogurt, or the chicken-and-broccoli stir fry. Be sure to check out the weekly menu before ordering your dinners via phone call or flare-gun signal.
Madame et Monsieur's non-invasive, FDA-approved ElectroSlim technology helps clients get buff. Electrodes attached to the target area deliver electronic pulses that stimulate more than 1,000 muscle contractions in a single one-hour session. The soothing procedure feels like a deep-tissue massage, but delivers the muscle-building results of a serious sweat session. ElectroSlim can tone specific areas that normal exercise doesn't reach as well as burning away excess amounts of fat, redefining the client's overall body shape.
The technicians at Bethesda Bodyworks Incorporated use noninvasive red-light therapy to target fat deposits and tone lax skin on the belly, love handles, hips, and thighs. The crimson beams emitted by the clinic's Advanced Photonics Red Light Modulator carry with them none of the risks of invasive surgery or full-contact rugby and require no downtime. When paired with a healthy diet, active lifestyle, and doctor-supervised health plan, these treatments may help clients shed inches and become more confident.