This is an energetically based, sacred healing space," says Dr. Laura Skellchock, describing the aura of Integrative Dermatology. "That's what I wanted to create– and you can feel it when you come in." Dr. Skellchock combines the methods of general dermatology and cosmetic dermatology at this serene boutique clinic, relying on more than 20 years of skin expertise as she combats everything from acne, to wrinkles, to stuck-on Halloween masks. She has a sharp eye for catching lesions before they morph into melanomas, using a sophisticated dermatoscope to spot irregularities too small to be seen by the unaided eye.
Varicose and spider veins quake in fear when they see board-certified physician Dr. Steven Schaeffer approach with a syringe full of sclerosant and a take-no-prisoners attitude. Beforehand, patients undergo a free consultation to determine if their appendages are good candidates for the treatments and to check if veins are severe enough to warrant the ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. Varicose and spider veins are a chronic, recurring condition that can only be cured by sliding down a giant waterspout, so the doctor does his best to attack them as they arise.
Dissick Medical Associates' skilled physician works to erase spider veins during sclerotherapy treatments that use hypertonic saline solution and cause minimal pain. After chatting with clients about which pair of veins to treat, the licensed pro injects blood highways with a specialized hypertonic saline that attacks the disfiguring cells and tacky wallpaper lining the inside of unwanted vessels. Debris and platelets create clots, fostering the body’s ability to paint over unsightly spider lines with fresh, new tissue. Each 30-minute session can typically treat uncomplicated spider veins less than one millimeter in diameter, and two to six treatments are recommended for best results. Dissick's all-women staff undergoes extensive training in medical assisting and technology to ensure treatments go smoother than a jazz musician's trip down a water slide.
The aestheticians and beauty technicians at Boca Skin Solutions focus on one goal: making their clients more beautiful from the inside out. To achieve this, they use a system of noninvasive or minimally invasive services that range from diet programs and radio frequency and entomology to beauty injections and tailored nutritional programs. Diet plans boosted by hCG and vitamin injections help jump-start the metabolism and give bodies more energy, and radio-frequency sculpting treatments, which harness low-frequency ultrasound wavelengths, whittle away inches without the strife of surgery or switching to the metric system. To iron out fine lines, physicians with at least seven years of experience with injectables administer Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse, each of which works either to stifle wrinkle-causing muscles or plump the skin beneath existing lines.
Cosmetic surgeon Charles Gonzalez-Rivera enhances patients' beauty with minimally invasive procedures that leave little to no scarring. The renowned doctor makes regular appearances in the media and at scientific conferences, and currently divides his time at GL Clinic between patient care and clinical research. Dr. Gonzalez-Rivera has trained with some of the top figures in the industry, including one of the developers of the SmartLipo treatment and an expert on the minimally invasive face-lift.
In addition to cosmetic procedures, the doctor specializes in minimally invasive vein treatments, including an innovative surgery known as endovenous laser therapy. His interest in all forms of anti-aging medicine has led him to create customized medical weight-loss programs and offer nutritional and platelet-rich plasma therapy. Dr. Gonzalez-Rivera and his team also foster youthful beauty through nonsurgical aesthetic procedures, using laser technology to remove hair and radiofrequency energy to firm skin or prank call passing truckers.
In Dr. Andrew Ress's long career, he's worked at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the country. Not only has the doctor earned degrees at Cornell and the University of Miami, but he also served as Chief Resident at the Mayo Clinic, and even held a research fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. In fact, he's made multiple contributions to the field of plastic surgery, co-authoring several peer-reviewed papers and even co-holding a patent related to the key ingredient in Botox.
It's no wonder then, that men and women trust the doctor and his staff to perform all sorts of complex cosmetic procedures, not just the ones that involve drawing smiley faces on their cheeks. Some come to his office for simple non-surgical services, such as medical-grade chemical peels or fat-reducing CoolSculpting treatments. Other patients seek more involved procedures, from face and neck lifts to tummy tucks.