A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles. Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
At Premier Laser and Body Sculpting, laser technicians Annie Jenkins and Ashton Naron levy laser technology for cosmetic procedures that slim silhouettes and rejuvenate skin. The expert technicians smooth skinscapes with laser hair removal and stimulate collagen production with fractional laser resurfacing to mitigate wrinkles, acne scars, and the sun damage that results from too much time spent in the butter pool. The clinic treats hyperhidrosis—excessive sweating—with a range of topical solutions, oral medications, or more dramatic procedures if necessary, and ousts unsightly vessels with laser vein removal. Its SmartLipo laser slims silhouettes, and IPL skin rejuvenation expels blemishes from cheeks.
Dr. Sherri Casey and Dr. Buddy Terral banish blemishes from epidermal homes with facial procedures, peels, and laser hair-removal treatments. The medical professionals stimulate collagen production and combat the effects of aging using a variety of procedures such as microdermabrasion, Restylane and Radiesse injections, and Botox to smooth away frown lines brought on by the stress of work or remembering to blink exactly four times per minute. The clinic?s HydraFacials clear away dead skin cells and lavish the newly uncovered surfaces with moisturizing serums, while lactic and glycolic peels brush away web-like fine lines.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Elizabeth A. Kinsley and her technicians take a highly personal approach to each cosmetic surgery and noninvasive procedure in order to help women feel comfortable and informed throughout each step. Her office brims with the latest state-of-the-art technology, including an Axis 3-D breast-imaging system and an iPhone app that helps women determine which breast-implant size is right for them. Nonsurgical enhancements include Botox, Juvéderm, and FDA-approved CoolSculpting—a liposuction alternative that destroys fat cells by freezing them and requires no lasers, needles, suction hoses, or dynamite.
It was a cardiothoracic fellowship at Tulane University that brought Dr. Randall S. Juleff to New Orleans, but it was a love of the Crescent City that kept him there practicing medicine. Dr. Juleff is triple-board-certified and spends his days at La Bella Vita Laser and Vein Center helping patients find relief from ailments such as unsightly spider veins and varicose veins. He and his team have many methods for tackling spider veins, including endovenous ablation, sclerotherapy, and swatting at them with a newspaper, each of which has its own benefits and recovery considerations.