Dr. Barbara Persons, a board-certified plastic surgeon, pares her experience as a surgeon with an artistic vision in all of her procedures. Her areas of specialty include both aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, body contouring, facial rejuvenation, and helping new mothers to get back to 'pre-baby' weight.
Before Dr. Michelle Place—a specialist in aesthetic and cosmetic surgery—began helping clients discover new looks for themselves, she went on a journey of self-discovery herself, receiving her credentials through her own version of the Great American Road Trip. Born in South Africa, Dr. Place studied biology in California, attained her medical degree in Texas, and completed a surgical internship in Virginia before moving back to the Golden State to complete general surgery and plastic surgery residencies. At her private practice, the board-certified plastic surgeon and her team enhance clients’ faces and bodies with procedures ranging from breast augmentation and liposuction to face-lifts, laser hair removal, and eyelid surgery to make the eyes appear younger in lieu of covering them with funky dorm-wall tapestries.
Marc Beccia is all about the little details. That’s why when clients want a tattoo that perfectly resembles a personal photograph, they come to him. His mastery lies in his knack for shading, which accurately captures the subtle highlights of a person’s face, a building’s wood grain, or a favorite suitcase brand’s trademark symbol to give his designs the illusion of three dimensions. The shop continues to cultivate the little details that help make up a person’s style with body piercings, urban clothing, and a selection of gold teeth.
Stylist Iran Razi keeps strands looking neat at Cherry Blossom Salon, which has been a fixture in downtown San Rafael since 1994. Haircuts, highlights, and color treatments instill beauty and self-confidence in the wearer, but Iran and the staff at Cherry Blossom take hair care one step further. In addition to hair design, they concern themselves with hair health, which is why they use only natural and organic products by brands such as Hemp Natural Strength and encourage clients to brush their hairs after every meal.
Art and science intertwine at Plastic Surgery Specialists, where clients' features are enhanced by a roster of cosmetic procedures overseen by a talented two-surgeon team. Meeting the skin through a simple series of injections, Botox smoothes notoriously lineated spots such as crow's-feet, frown lines, or forehead tire tracks. By weakening the muscles that firmly grasp wrinkles, the procedure can visibly plump the area and restore suppleness to the skin, leaving behind a ripple-less rind that lasts up to six months.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rex Moulton-Barrett and his staff of hair whisperers use Sciton laser beams to smooth bewhiskered skins. In three sessions of small-area laser hair removal (a $107/treatment value), the laser's pulsating light heats the inside of hair follicles until their own melanin destroys them, much as lion tamers are destroyed by their own love of practical jokes. Small areas eligible for liberation from follicle tyranny include the chin, eyebrows and forehead, underarms, sideburns, back of the neck, upper lip, and standard bikini line.