If Dr. Rekha Sharma could bring only one piece of beauty technology to a deserted island, she would probably pick the laser. At her clinic, Forever Fit Health Center, she uses noninvasive pulses of laser light for many aesthetic purposes, from resurfacing skin to diminishing the appearance of spider veins. Per its name, however, her practice is just as devoted to holistic health as it is to beauty. Specializing in primary care, Dr. Sharma also supervises weight-loss programs and trains seniors in balance correction, reducing their risk of falling and boosting their ability to land triple salchows.
In his own words, surgeon Dr. Wafik Hanna believes firmly that "your face is your calling card." That's why he works with, and not against, his patients' own natural looks. Guided by his philosophy of naturalness, he takes patients' existing bone structure into account when helping them achieve desired complexions and contours. And while many patients opt for surgical services, those preferring non-surgical procedures can opt to rejuvenate their skin with a photofacial, injectables, or thermage, a treatment that tightens the skin. In the 25 years since he opened Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Hanna has showcased his talents not only in his portfolio, but by sharing his wisdom on the pages of The New York Times.
The aestheticians at Natural Beauty Med Spa work their skincare wonders under the guidance of Dr. Irvin Wiesman, a board-certified plastic surgeon and graduate of UIC’s medical school. He and his experienced crew rejuvenate faces with laser resurfacing treatments that combat acne scars, brown spots, and fine lines, and call upon fillers and injections to relax scowl muscles or plump up lips in preparation for becoming a kissing-booth champion. Their menu of noninvasive high-tech treatments also includes cellulite treatments, spider vein treatments, and laser hair removal.
At The Geldner Center, plastic surgeons Dr. Peter D. Geldner and Dr. Lawrence H. Iteld renovate façades with a bouquet of reconstructive procedures and noninvasive cosmetic tweaks. Named one of the nation's Top Doctors by US News & World Report, Dr. Geldner uses advanced medical technology—including Palomar and Sciton lasers—to help clients look and feel better, whether through face-lifts, eyelid lifts, nose reshaping, or chin augmentation. Lead aesthetician Deanna Stellato, one of four licensed aestheticians on staff, performs skin-renewing chemical peels, which exfoliate the skin and boost its ability to hold moisture while reducing the appearance of fine lines. Clients may also opt to pamper their countenances with classic facials, microdermabrasion, and gentle butterfly kisses from reflections.
Board-certified surgeon Michael Horn helps boost patients' confidence with cosmetic treatments that range from surgical face-lifts and rhinoplasty to Botox injections and extreme trampolining. His time outside the office is spent studying his craft at national meetings or imparting wisdom to other surgeons as a frequent lecturer on plastic surgery. In patients' rooms, his focus rests solely on the person in front of him, as he listens to their cosmetic goals and discusses their treatment options.
From mending battle wounds to performing breast enhancement, Dr. Taek Kim has had a long and storied career. After graduating from medical school in Seoul, South Korea, the young Dr. Kim became a captain in the South Korean armed forces and flew the skies as a flight surgeon for Korean and American troops. He relocated to the United States, where he performed more than 8,000 surgeries and began specializing in cosmetic procedures. Today, as the founder and medical director of Renaissance Cosmetic Laser, Dr. Kim uses his years of experience to help both men and women enhance their appearance with services ranging from water-assisted liposuction to wrinkle-smoothing injections. Light technology also takes a polishing role in his service repertoire via laser spider-vein therapy, IPL photofacials, and procedures to install theater spotlights on a client's favorite features. When Dr. Kim isn't highlighting natural beauty, he channels his impressive resumé and renowned skills as a surgeon into mentoring young physicians as a faculty member of Hinsdale Hospital's residency program.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Leon Forrester Tcheupdjian has not only been in the lipo biz since 1981 but also has authored a textbook on the topic and developed several new surgical tools of the trade. Dr. T., who has dubbed himself "Lipodoc" and is backed up by Liposuction & Cosmetic Surgery Institute's team, specializes in all manner of fat removal and relocation, both by traditional means and with modern laser technology. He also wipes out wrinkles, veins, unwanted hair, and passé tattoos, and he is able to bring his treatments to many, since he speaks five languages, including Armenian, Arabic, and pigeon.