At the Institute of Facial and Cosmetic Surgery, cosmetic surgeons Brent D. Kennedy and Steven Constantine use their expertise to bolster patients' appearances. Dr. Kennedy, who holds both a medical and a dental degree, established the institute in 1988 to he train doctors from across the country in a continuing-education fellowship program. He also shares his extensive knowledge as a clinical associate professor of aesthetic maxillofacial surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and has seen his surgical techniques published in several medical journals and textbooks. His colleague, Dr. Constantine, combines his experience in surgical procedures with a deep-seated desire to get to know his patients and witness the positive mental transformation that follows the physical one.
In the 7,000-square-foot state-licensed surgical facility—which offers overnight stays and 24-hour nursing care—the duo performs a variety of procedures, ranging from face-lifts and tummy tucks to laser skin resurfacing. A master aesthetician is on hand to care for skin with anti-aging GlyMed Plus and Obagi products.
At Personal Esthetics by M.E., a master medical aesthetician addresses skin problems with facials, chemical peels, and eye treatments. The aesthetician goes beyond traditional treatments with IPL facials, which use pulses of light to correct pigmentation and age spots. Micro-needling treatments treat a number of imperfections including fine lines, stretch marks, and hair loss. Personal Esthetics also offers beauty treatments, including eyelash extensions that create fuller, longer lashes.
A teacher overwhelmed with classroom tasks and student responsibilities; a 20-something recovering from the insecurities of teenage acne—Charlie Ward has served them both. Like many who write in his patient testimonials, this pair praises the master aesthetician's professional skill and personal kindness. "Having healthy habits, including good skincare," Charlie writes on his website, "[has] helped me enjoy [life] even more." Charlie pebbles his path to healthier, more vibrant skin with services that range from the technologically advanced photofacial treatment, which uses intense pulsed light to improve sun-damaged skin, to the holistic scrub-and-rub massages, which dose backs and bodies with salt crystals from the Great Salt Lake before hot towels and lotions cleanse and refresh. He also stays up-to-date on his industry's latest trends and technologies, writing on his blog about some of the latent effects of tattoos and new breakthroughs in heat-resistant makeup that prove ideal for soldiers fighting in war zones or chefs cooking in full-body snowsuits.
Although Candi Johnson has spent more than 20 years of her life in the beauty industry, the last decade of her career has been more or less dedicated to med-spa treatments. As the owner of Gem Spa, she helps clients combat the signs of aging with services designed to improve both the tone and texture of skin. The center's GentleLase alexandrite-laser treatments, for instance, beautify skin by removing unwanted stubble in a procedure that?s as noninvasive as a missed prank phone call. By contrast, the med spa?s microdermabrasion treatments and Botox injections give faces the quick boost they need to look more youthful, radiant, and smooth.
Bernice Andersen, master aesthetician and owner of Beaux Skin and Wellness at Sleepy Ridge, oversees a team of experience technicians dedicated to beautifying their clients. The studio?s menu of services includes PureSculpt face and body treatments, Ice Facials with organic clay, and TruShape body-contouring treatments and age-fighting dermal fillers. Warm wax banishes unwanted fuzz from faces, bikini areas, and self-conscious peaches, whereas lash extensions add temporary length and flutter to eyelids. They also provide a 1, 3, or 5 day complete wellness retreat, which includes infrared body detoxifying wraps, fresh organic juice, a personal training session and post well care packs for optimum performance.
Luxury of Beauty's marquee service is its stem-cell facial, also known as a vampire mask. During this age-reversal therapy, technicians use the client's own stem cells, which possess regenerative properties that can help restore damaged cells and create new, healthy ones. Blood is taken and spun in a centrifuge, a process that lasts 15 minutes. Microneedling involves poking the skin with tiny, sterile needles, causing the body to absorb old cells and produce new collagen, leading to a healthier, more youthful-looking face. Luxury of Beauty offers many other avenues to radiance and beauty?galvanic facials and microcurrent face-lifts are among its other treatments.