Not many plastic surgeons are also inventors. But Dr. Arian Mowlavi, founder of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute, designed a contraption called the "Mowlavi Umbilicator," which makes the newly formed innie belly buttons resulting from his tummy tucks look completely natural in a bikini or stuffed with lint. In addition to lifting and tucking tummies, the board-certified plastic surgeon can surgically enhance nearly any area on the face or body that is causing its owner strife. He conducts many of these procedures in his Laguna Beach outpatient surgery center, which features an operating room and recovery suites, as well as discreet entrances and waiting areas to ensure patient privacy.
The Hungry Heart aims to help clients lose weight and curb unhealthy eating habits with natural sessions spearheaded by certified clinical hypnotherapists and nutritional counselors. With the aid of one-on-one sessions held in person or over video chat as well as follow-up support programs, the experts arm clients with a healthier approach to food and the cerebral strength needed to mentally shrink their stomachs and reduce their appetites. The Hungry Heart recommends between 6 and 10 sessions for optimal results, which can include a reduction in emotional overeating, weight loss, and the resolve to look a hamburger in the eyes and walk away.
Renowned Doctor of Chiropractic Charles Gibson draws from a wealth of training and experience as he treats conditions such as allergies, whiplash, and back pain. After beginning his education at the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic and Cleveland Chiropractic College, Dr. Gibson went on to complete two years of graduate work in chiropractic orthopedics, which gives him insight into successfully fitting custom foot orthotics. He served in the Army for two years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and has been helping patients overcome pain for close to three decades. His gentle adjustments work to rebalance the body, promoting natural healing and helping clients gain better overall wellness. Along with educating his patients on supporting their health, Dr. Gibson shares his vast knowledge with others as a published author, a sought-after speaker, and at the chiropractic academy he founded.
"The philosophy of this practice is to combine excellent patient care with evidence-based medicine," says board-certified plastic surgeon Hisham Seify, MD, FACS. Dr. Seify has conducted extensive clinical investigations in the field of endoscopic plastic surgery. He shares his evidence-based discoveries by contributing chapters to medical textbooks and instructing future generations of cyborg physicians at the UCLA School of Medicine. At Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Seify takes the time to explain the pros and cons of procedures so that patients can make informed decisions concerning their bodies. His services range from face-lifts, tucks, and augmentations to less invasive chemical peels and body contouring.
While patients dream of refined physiques in the waiting room, sunlight pours between gilded curtains. On either side of the window, a flat-screen TV mirrors a painting of Parisian streets rendered in oils and vinegars.
At Naficy Medical Group, a highly trained team combats the signs of aging with custom facials and peels or injections of Botox and Juvéderm.
Patients can wait in the office's naturally lit interior amid artistic murals, or explore the playgrounds and tree-lined horse trails in the adjacent park. The receptionist will let you know when the doctor is ready to see you via an electronic paging system or a well-trained carrier squirrel.
Biorient Integrative Clinic owner Dr. Katalin Csoka combines the best of Eastern- and Western-medical perspectives. After studying conventional Western medicine in her native Hungary, establishing a family practice, and working as a licensed pulmonologist, Dr. Csoka packed up her belongings and rode a dala horse to Scandinavia. She earned a PhD in clinical pharmacology in Sweden, and her extensive cancer research has appeared in numerous articles that have been published in professional journals. Dr. Csoka is also a licensed acupuncturist, and has undergone advanced training in traditional Chinese medicine in California.
Dr. Csoka believes that illness and disease stem from distortions in the body's energy network or organ function. As such, she uses natural methods that incorporate physical and mind-body healing. Within her private, welcoming office—which is affiliated with Mission Hospital—Dr. Csoka performs auricular and esoteric acupuncture, as well as cupping and Japanese shiatsu acupressure treatments. She interprets the results of micronutrient and food-sensitivity testing, and recommends herbal formulas to supplement nutritional intake or enhance the ability to find four-leaf clovers. Practicing what she preaches, Dr. Csoka herself has not taken any pharmaceuticals in more than eight years.