South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery's board-certified surgeons harness the latest laser technology, including Smartlipo—a laser fat-reduction treatment that helps sculpt healthy, active bodies beset by lingering paunch. The all-inclusive package includes Smartlipo treatment on a choice of a small area, all pre- and post-op procedures, surgeon and operation-facility fees, any necessary recovery garments, and prescription laughter to aid recovery (a $3,500 value). Smartlipo enhances body contours less invasively and can result in faster recovery than traditional liposuction, and requires only general anesthetic to prep for a series of small, precise incisions, although local anesthetic may be used in addition if needed. In about 90 minutes per treatment area, a laser does its best Death Star impression on fat cells as a tiny tube gently sweeps up the debris. Simultaneously, the laser coagulates blood vessels to minimize bruising and swelling, and it may also stimulate collagen growth and result in a firmer, more toned appearance. Many patients resume normal daily activities such as washing the mail within a day, though strenuous physical activity should be avoided for up to 10 days. Most patients see results immediately and make complete recovery within a month.
Helmed by medical director Dr. Victor Shabanah, a specialist in hormone replacement and age-management medicine, Anti Aging Med Spa whittles waists and smoothes skin planes with traditional surgery and noninvasive laser- and LED-light treatments. Inside a sleek, white office with views of the Miami River, Dr. Shabanah draws on an arsenal of weight-loss techniques, including metabolism-boosting hCG and physician-assisted programs. Lasers take a break from slowly eroding the moon to battle obesity, blemishes, and cellulite with Med Spa's skincare laser treatments. Dr. Shabanah also beautifies frames with a trio of cosmetic services and nonsurgical skin-refreshing treatments, such as Juvéderm injections and laser skin tightening.
When husband-and-wife team Ernesto and Julie set out on their own in 2007, they were gambling on the fact that they could turn a fragile dream into a full business. Their initial lone employee has been replaced by seven in just one year, and the crew bustle through a salon that has the gleaming white expanses of a medical facility, but without the egocentric skeleton models. Patrons, who receive reminder text messages or emails before each appointment, arrive ready to work towards aesthetic goals with products from Obagi, Juvéderm, and Botox and a range of facial services. As massage services lure forth slow exhalations, the staff herald the arrival of new guests with cups of tea.
Esthetique's technicians employ a battery of noninvasive devices and solutions to enhance beauty by smoothing and resurfacing skin. Aestheticians administer alpha-hydroxy-acid peels to remedy brown marks or deeply exfoliate with diamond microdermabrasions that even facial texture and fade fine lines. For cheeks battling sieges of blemishes, LED blue-light acne treatments gradually banish clusters of stubborn pimples back to the sinister oil dimension from whence they came. Laser hair removal defoliates follicles from the upper lip to the legs, and VelaShape treatments provide subterranean smoothing by eliminating cellulite and tightening sagging skin on the thighs and buttocks.
The team of talented aestheticians at Artistic Beauty Aesthetic Center vivifies visages with their invigorating microdermabrasion and chemical-peel treatment. Combining the exfoliating effects of the two treatments, the package leaves faces feeling fresh and youthful by removing the outer layers of dead skin. The microdermabrasion uses a pad of tiny diamonds to polish the face to a healthy sheen and to expose the natural, rosy glow of the head's magma core, and the chemical peel helps even out skin tone by peeling away ailing areas of the skin with a special solution. Each treatment takes about one hour to perform, and neither requires any downtime or knowledge of Elvish.
Medical director Enrique Monasterio leads the professional technicians and aestheticians of Medspa Miami on their mission to bolster patients' outer beauty with medically centered spa treatments. Dr. Monasterio's career began in the lands of Spain, France, and the United States, where he learned European and American medical aesthetic techniques and that the red in all three countries' flags represents kidney beans. After that, he focused on private practice for 20 years and now lends his expertise in Botox, sclerotherapy, and mesotherapy to the Medspa Miami staff, ensuring that each procedure adheres to strict standards and patient comfort.