Led by Yale graduate Dr. Young Cho, Integrated Plastic Surgery’s team of aesthetic augmenters mold bodies into sleek new frames with FDA-approved Zeltiq contouring technology. During the appointment, a trained professional wields a chilly wand that sends a wave of cold temperature to overfed cells in a targeted attempt to shrink and flush fat from the body. The noninvasive treatment may exorcise the ghosts of lasagnas past from the lower abdomen ($1,500), love handles, lower or mid back, upper arms, or thighs ($600+/side; $1,200+ total). Patients may experience slight discomfort during the procedure, but like the embarrassment of calling your teacher "grandpa," the feeling usually fades within the first 10 minutes. The anesthesia-free session generally results in no downtime, allowing patients to return to normal activities right away. Zeltiq is ideal for patients within 10–15 lbs. of their healthy weight and for individuals who have maintained a stable weight with no dramatic weight loss over the past six months.
Michelle Galdenzi knows both sides of the beauty industry. As a teen, she won the Miss Teen Texas crown. More recently, she's spent time in makeup chairs for her acting roles in Entourage and Tina Fey and Steve Carrell's Date Night. When Michelle isn't performing, she's working as a medical aesthetician at ZSpa. Here, her artful injections of Botox, Juv?derm, and Radiesse rejuvenate aging faces, minimizing wrinkles and plumping sagging skin. Galdenzi minimizes post-treatment swelling with the cutting-edge cannula technique, rather than by requiring clients to bury their faces in Arctic streams.
Helmed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lucian Rivela, Rivela Plastic Surgery deploys a team of adroit medical aestheticians dedicated to beautifying each patient with the latest in skincare treatments. During the 30-minute VI Peel, skin-refiners use a combination of chemicals including Retin-a, Phenol, and the antioxidant vitamin C to improve skin tone and texture and strip away stubborn dermal cells conspiring to inflict acne, age spots, conspicuously unadorable freckles, and more upon innocent visages. The 45-minute HydraFacial works on multiple fronts to rejuvenate faces distressed by over-emoting and napping on sandpaper pillows. A vacuum-based skin abrasion tip extracts pesky impurities, and a gauntlet of active serums deep-clean, exfoliate, and infuse multiple layers of parched skin with blissful hydration, leaving behind a crack team of government-trained oxidant-fighters.
Medspa 21's licensed aestheticians marry science and beauty to relieve clients suffering from untidy bodies and stressed souls with advanced spa treatments. Gentle hands cleanse smudges and iron wrinkles from delicate tissues during corrective and relaxing facials ($125), followed by a complimentary makeup application that accentuates features instead of connecting lines between pores to form the outline a barn owl. Soothed by numbing lotion, dermises uncover dolphin-smooth underarms, lips, or chins while bathing under gentle beams of light in 30-minute laser hair-removal sessions ($450 for a set of three). Patrons lay prone for an hour as the hot-stone massage ($135) reduces muscles to base, serene states garbed in a coat of moisturizing body butter. FDA-cleared VelaShape body-contouring sessions ($200 each) enlist the help of radiofrequencies, infrared light energy, and massage to smooth out bumpy cellulite that can congregate above hips, around thighs, or on residential streets. Guests stroll through Medspa 21's relaxing environment swaddled in cozy robes and sipping hot beverages, both of which escort bodies to complimentary massages after most treatments.
Board-double-certified plastic surgeon Sugene Kim and her team of certified staff members sculpt and renew the skin with a variety of transformative treatments. Unearth skin's radiance with a 45-minute microdermabrasion session that employs a gentle blast of aluminum crystals to exfoliate the face, revealing brighter, younger cells and nurturing them with a hydrating mask. The one-hour micro facial employs the powers of microdermabrasion, plus a full facial that applies products by Glo Therapeutics including skin-brightening enzymes and a soothing gel mask, which provides a more calming effect than the zombie mask you wear to your nephew's school plays.
Trained as a general surgeon, Dr. Kristi Sumpter, founder of Winds Of Change Cosmetic Surgery, discovered her passion for cosmetic surgery while working with breast cancer patients. It was then that she came to understand the emotional impact physical changes can have on a person. Drawing upon this experience, she takes a caring approach to her work, and has been recognized multiple times by H Texas Magazine as one of Houston's top doctors. Her treatments include liposuction and face-lifts in addition to IPL photofacials and chemical peels, which can restore youthful glows better than swirlies in the Fountain of Youth.