Registered nurse Francine Oca fondly remembers tagging along to work with her aunt, a professional makeup artist. She'd watch in awe as brushes whisked across faces, brightening eyes and highlighting smiles. Though these tune-ups were small, they made a world of difference to women's perceptions of themselves.
Today, Francine, along with Dr. Jose Guerra? a board certified physician in family medicine? helps women cultivate beauty and confidence as an aesthetic nurse at Live Gorgeous OC?a Medical Spa that specializes in noninvasive enhancements such as laser treatments, botox, dermal fillers, and wrinkle-smoothing injections.
To promote safety and peace of mind, the clinic offers FDA-approved treatments whenever possible. Though the treatments often summon a girlish glow, Francine doesn't believe in making all faces look as young as an egg in a baby bonnet. Instead of performing unnecessary treatments, she will guide clients toward products and habits that make skin look naturally fresh and vibrant.
From stretch marks to wrinkles, the pros at Renaissance Medical Aesthetics gently treat unsightly areas of the body. They tackle fine lines on faces with Botox and chemical peels and melt fat with a noninvasive laser. Retreating hairlines are pulled back to the frontlines with low-level laser therapy and the promise of a possible playdate with eyebrows.
Helmed by board-certified specialists, Facial Aesthetic Concepts was recently recognized as the Best Place for a Nip and Tuck in the Orange County Register's 2010 Best Of Orange County and enacts glowing dermises with a variety of services. Fit for any skin type, the seasonal signature facial fortifies human fabrics with a blend of deep pore cleansing, steam, exfoliation, and gentle-cycle hydration. Meanwhile, the ultimate one-hour chemical peel exorcises the specters of dead surface cells to help halt acne, rosacea, stage productions of Casper, and sun damage. Safe and effective laser systems penetrate the cheeks in the full-frame photofacial (IPL), which works to stimulate collagen production, mend broken capillaries, and minimize hyperpigmentation.
OC Laser Lipo's staff contours bodies with effective and painless treatments, which is why both of its offices are outfitted with only Zerona and Dazzle Light systems. During FDA-approved Zerona treatments—which were featured on The Dr. Oz Show—five rotating cold lasers dance across target areas, such as the love handles or back rolls, to rupture fat cells at the subcutaneous layer. The body's lymphatic system then naturally absorbs the fluid leaked from the cells, causing figures to begin slowly dwindling down. Working in a similar way, Dazzle Light employs 144 high-power LEDs to pinch inches while also smoothing the appearance of cellulite, specifically on areas where the skin has begun forming into unsightly portraits of Gary Busey.
Though cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon Jeffry B. Schafer has been performing surgical procedures since 1978, over the past 15 years his attention has turned to developing and performing the latest noninvasive and laser-based body-contouring techniques. His SomaSculpt office is a Center of Excellence for both Cynosure and Palomar laser systems, and the staff has mentored more than 100 physicians and 20 nurses in laser lipolysis.
Dr. Schafer also created a superficial skin-tightening method, and he was one of the earliest US physicians to use the Body-Jet liposuction system. He even appeared on an episode of The Doctors to demonstrate its transformative effects and see a real, live applause sign in person.