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.
Whether via chemical peels, photofacials, or even Botox injections, combating the signs of aging is the primary goal at Millcreek Laser Cosmetic Center. Guest can visit one of the center’s licensed aestheticians, who will administer deeply exfoliating chemical peels, advanced skin-rejuvenation systems, and laser-light wrinkle-reduction treatments that visibly tone and tighten the visage within a series of three to six sessions. Licensed physicians are also on hand to inject wrinkled foreheads with Botox or Dysport.
Several years after graduating from Emory University's School of Medicine, Dr. Justin Johnson returned home and opened Utah Eye & Facial Plastic Surgery. There, he and his staff specialize in surgical and nonsurgical procedures for the face, such as eyebrow lifts and chemical peels. Moreover, they can help throw Father Time's hound dog off your scent with Juvederm, Restylane, and other anti-aging injectables.
The beauty experts at Ageless Medical Spa pamper bodies with a full roster of rejuvenating treatments. Classic massages and facials banish stress and refresh the skin, whereas modern laser treatments zap away unwanted hair, wrinkles, and arcade aliens. The spa also boasts a full retail bar of medical-grade skincare products.
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.
Dr. Justin Johnsen, the head of Visage MD, specializes in cosmetic surgery, but his practice encompasses nonsurgical beauty treatments too. He and his team shut down pesky follicles with laser hair-removal treatments, for example, and smooth away wrinkles with beauty injections. Their signature facial rejuvenates skin without any high-tech equipment, just a cleanse, a luxurious mask, and hot towels.