Though she enjoys conversing with her patients, Dr. Marilyn Pelias's ultimate goal is to get them out her office quickly. The seasoned surgeon tries to minimize the downtime following her procedures, thus enabling clients to resume work and daily activities with little hassle. Even before her treatments begin, she puts guests at ease. During pretreatment consultations, she answers questions and describes her services thoroughly to educate her patients.
Dr. Pelias's surgical treatments range from minor changes such as brow lifts and earlobe repair all the way to tummy tucks and liposuction. With the S-Lift, a faster, simpler alternative to a traditional face-lift, she reduces the appearance of sagging skin on the neck and lower face. Nonsurgical sessions often incorporate lasers, which the doctor uses for skin resurfacing, body contouring or the removal of body hair, spider veins, and tattoos that say I Love My Body Hair and Spider Veins. She also uses skincare products from Obagi to complement chemical peels and microdermabrasion sessions. Dr. Pelias doesn't do it all on her own, though. Aesthetician Shannon Eckler jumps in with the assist on all matters beauty-related, including corrective make-up, microdermabrasion, and hair-removal.
The team of professionals at Body Image Solutions—a center devoted to health, beauty, and wellness—works to beautify bodies inside and out with aesthetic laser services and a full-service medical spa.
Elsewhere at Body Image Solutions, its advanced lasers target imperfections lurking just below the skin's surface with treatments such as spider vein therapy and laser hair removal with Candela GentleYAG and Gentlelase PRO devices. Clients who cast their eyes spa-ward might catch a glimpse of professional makeup applications using Jane Iredale products or pouts that are freshly plumped thanks to injectables such as Botox, Juvéderm, and Restylane. In addition to its routine aesthetic enhancements, Body Image Solutions offers acne treatments, permanent makeup, and intense pulsed light treatments to remove and brown pigmentation caused by sun damage, all with the help of the advanced Candela GentleLase. Body Image Solutions also offers top-of-the-line pharmaceutical skin care products from brands such as Obagi, Skin Ceuticals, and Latisse.
With its wide array of salon and day spa services, Aperio Salon beautifies clients from head to toenail. In the salon, stylists create polished new styles, color hair, and add extensions. Aestheticians treat skin with hot stones, aromatherapy, a skin brightening system, or a multivitamin treatment that relieves skin from the effects of falling asleep in too many bowls of potato chips. Massage therapists also use hot stones in their treatments, which can include gliding and relaxing Swedish strokes or deep-tissue techniques that target tenser areas.
In Louisiana, all aestheticians endure at least 750 grueling hours of cosmetology schooling before they can obtain a license. Difficult scientific classes aren’t part of the required curriculum, but they were essential for Elite Skin Suite’s Lessie. After obtaining her cosmetology license back in 1978, the aesthetician became completely enamored with skin. So she headed to Tulane College and enrolled in classes such as genetics, mutation, and cellular biology, all in hopes of truly understanding the ins and outs of her favorite organ.
So far, her schooling has served Lessie well. For more than 30 years, she has helped clients of all ages maintain healthy skin with treatments tailored to their individual needs. Every service at Elite Skin Suite begins with a complimentary assessment, which gives Lessie the knowledge she needs to administer any one of a dozen or so of the facial treatments in her repertoire, including glycolic-acid peels, LED therapy, and detoxifying acne facials. And though most spas and licking puppies tend to focus on the face, Lessie focuses her aesthetic eye on the whole body with cellulite wraps, coconut-infused hydration treatments, and waxing.
After witnessing chiropractic techniques benefit his sciatica-ridden mother, his injured brother, and his own damaged back, Rob Wheeler felt so inspired that he became a chiropractor himself. Now with more than 16 years of experience under his belt, he helps patients overcome the same sort of pains he and his relatives once dealt with using a combination of traditional chiropractic adjustments that align the spine and state-of-the-art laser treatments. He uses the specially calibrated lasers to harmlessly bypass the skin and treat damaged tissue, reduce inflammation, and entertain subcutaneous kitties. He can also apply these high-tech beam emitters in tandem with massage therapy to trigger the body’s self-healing properties.
The aestheticians at Dimitri Dermatology exfoliate face-skin and shrink pores during 30-minute microdermabrasion sessions. Upon arrival, patients discuss their countenance's history with a staff member before handing it over for scrubbing, ensuring that each session is appropriately tailored to account for sensitivity and loose glass eyes. After enjoying a manual cleaning by the hands of an aesthetician, faces find a temporary home under microdermabrasion machines, which aim to shuffle off expired cells to reveal the younger, healthy flesh waiting in the wings. Because wrinkles are caused in part by excess dead skin, microdermabrasion treatments may also reduce lines on the face.