Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lewis Obi of Renaissance Center for Cosmetic Renewal has assembled a staff dedicated to the artistry of beauty-enhancing therapies. A Jacksonville native, Dr. Obi served in the United States Marine Corps and graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a pharmacy degree. He then continued his medical education at the University of Miami, where his medical thesis was published in the international magazine Medical World News.
Dr. Obi performs myriad plastic-surgery procedures such as face-lifts, tummy tucks, and liposuction, as well as minimally and noninvasive laser procedures ranging from skin tightening to laser hair removal. He and his technicians also perform facial cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and photofacial treatments that aim to treat a variety of skin types and ailments, such as rosacea, sun damage, and Sharpie unibrows.
The aestheticians at Sophia's Skin Studio are skilled in speed-waxing and pain-minimizing techniques. Cirepil is one of their secrets; imported from France, this customizable wax exfoliates the skin and leaves the hair finer over time.
Additional pampering services out of Sophia's Skin Studio include restorative facials or use dead sea salt to exfoliate skin during H2O2 treatments, which relieve irritation caused by waxing and microdermabrasion. All clients at the small, intimate spa are offered their choice of adult beverages and snacks, an ideal prelude to a deep-tissue or hot-stone massage.
Flickering candles softly illuminate Alpha Beauty Clinic's numerous private treatment rooms, where clients relax during services ranging from soothing Swedish massages and firming seaweed wraps for the entire body to specialized facials, such as the Cleopatra 24 Karat Gold facial and the Japanese Pearl facial. The unusual treatments easily attract new clients, yet the spa's welcoming, skilled staffers help to maintain relationships with regulars who've been stopping by since Alpha Beauty Clinic first opened in 1987. The treatment menu isn't the only thing with international flair at Alpha Beauty Clinic. Team members hail from around the globe, and many boast more than a decade's worth of experience. The multicultural staff can speak and recite slam poetry in an assortment of languages including Hindi, Spanish, Italian, and Tagalog.
Trained paramedical aesthetician Jennifer Stokes offers a slate of facial treatments, peels, and waxing services. With experience in both dermatological and medical-spa settings, Jennifer helps her clients achieve healthy skin, confidence, and self-esteem. Her treatments include custom facials, microdermabrasion, and facial waxing with wax derived from chamomile extracts.
The licensed therapists at Bee-Utiful Skin and Nails beautify bodies using popular, noninvasive procedures for cellulite reduction, collagen boosting, and microdermabrasions, among other services. Their Lipotron treatments remove subcutaneous body fat, often leading to a reduction in cellulite and belt size. The treatments may apply to several body areas, including the face, upper arms, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. Bee-Utiful’s therapists also tend to other parts of the body with massages, body wraps, and Shellac or gel manicures that use CND or OPI polish.
Under the direction of owner Kimberly Blair—a clinical and medical skincare therapist—the aestheticians at Bella Skincare Studio specialize in rejuvenating the faces of men and women. Therapists cleanse pelts using Dermalogica products, a line free of ingredients such as artificial fragrances that can irritate the skin and offend traditionalist noses. Armed with skin-nourishing wares, epidermis experts dispense services ranging from tailored facials and glycolic peels to waxing services.