Sandra Murphy, Glamour Permanent Cosmetics' owner and certified cosmetics specialist, crafts tattooed facial enhancements that mimic the look of makeup, bestowing eye and lip regions with natural-looking fullness and perpetual allure. A team of four safety-certified staffers assists Murphy, each specializing in a particular form of cosmetic enhancement such as eyelash extensions, teeth whitening, and tattoos. Murphy has honed her craft since 2006 and now instructs a 100-hour course designed to certify new permanent cosmetics artists.
Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Center's team, which is captained by board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rifai, enhances anatomical aesthetics with noninvasive treatments and surgical procedures such as liposuction and facelifts. Microdermabrasion wands zip over sun-hardened skin and injectables such as Botox and Juvéderm work to firm up facial surfaces and fade fine lines. The med spa procedures address a range of concerns, from unwanted hair to achy muscles. Furthermore, consultations at the center are always complimentary.
The team at Grandville Optical do more than care for eyes?they also care about their community. When owner and certified optician John Schlafley and optometrist Chad Jackson aren?t examining eyes or crafting glasses, they are organizing food drives and serving in local organizations. That same warm spirit fills their optical boutique, where they tend to clients in a welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere. They display their carefully curated selection of designer frames?which includes names such as Marc Jacobs, Kliik, and Europa International?in elegantly spotlighted cases that stand against exposed brick walls.
While the office sports the cozy feel of a traditional coffeehouse, Schlafley and Dr. Jackson stock the environs with decidedly modern technology. They advise patrons of the latest advancements in lens manufacturing and treatments, and perform exams to diagnose potential issues and keep eyes healthy. Schlafley is also trained in a specialized soldering technique that allows him to expertly repair metal frames crushed by excessive squinting.
After spending more than 25 years perfecting the balance between technical know-how and attentiveness to patients' needs, Michael Crete, DDS, was named the best dentist in 2012 by Grand Rapids Magazine. Dr. Crete shares his extensive knowledge and caring nature at Rivertown Dental Associates, alongside a talented and caring staff. Together, the team performs general and cosmetic treatments for every member of the family.
Visitors to the practice are immediately put at ease with warm blankets, pillows, and freshly brewed headphones. The office has also been designed with children's comfort in mind: they can spend time in a colorful play area and give mid-cleaning hugs to Oliver, the resident teddy-bear puppet with a winning smile. That same thoughtfulness extends beyond the office walls: Dr. Crete gives back to the community by supporting a local ballet company and a nonprofit group that helps people with disabilities.
The team at Michigan Beauty Institute, which is affiliated with Clyde Park Chiropractic, focuses on noninvasive therapies that leave skin looking younger. Microcurrent facials stimulate muscles and surrounding tissues, and ultrasonic and radio-frequency liposuction treatments break down fat and cellulite. The crew also offers elastin-infusion therapy, a cosmetic procedure that was originally used to help wounded soldiers heal more quickly and with less scarring. The cell-renewal therapy is designed to turn back the hands of time by up to two years, or the average duration of a microdermabrasion treatment on the Statue of Liberty.
Spokane Skin Solutions' nurses and aestheticians use clinical-grade treatments and old-fashioned care to refine clients? complexions. Facial peels help smooth skin, and injections of dermal fillers and Botox reverse the wrinkles caused by time and corduroy balaclavas. On the more technological side of the spectrum, the clinic?s advanced laser therapies reduce hair, promote collagen production, and diminish signs of aging and sun damage.