More than 8,000 miles separate Manila from Dallas, a journey that board-certified plastic surgeon Alfedo Rodriguez made in stages. It began at the University of Santo Tomas where he earned his bachelor’s degree and doctorate and set himself up for a residency of general surgery at the University of Philippines. In New Jersey, he established his US credentials with a residency in general surgery before completing a residency in plastic surgery at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland. He first arrived in Dallas as the chairman of the department of surgery at Dallas Regional Medical Center before opening Southwest Plastic Surgery Center. At the center, he and his staff perform liposuction and cosmetic surgeries along with less-invasive options for rejuvenation such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Dr. Rodriguez is equally adept at matters of function as of form: he also specializes in hand surgeries that alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive-stress injuries.
Though other spas may put more emphasis on massages or tanning, Glamour Nails & Spa makes fingernails and toenails the stars of the show. Inside the warmly lit space, the staff of nail technicians pamper hands and feet with a slate of manicures and pedicures that attend to cuticles and skin. They shape nail beds, moisturize skin with fruit-filled scrubs, and slough away callouses to reveal the smooth skin beneath.
Patrons can hold up their newly colored nails next to glowing skin thanks to an array of facials and permanent cosmetics. They can also host pampering parties inside the space complete with food, drinks, and manicures.
At Body Enhancement, clients don't have to worry about what they'll look like after treatment. That's because the spa and salon uploads an array of before-and-after pictures to its Facebook page, showing actual results from its body wraps, microdermabrasion treatments, and hair-coloring appointments. Here, clients can rid themselves of unwanted body fat, bronze their skin with airbrush tanning, or throw vampire hunters off their track by infuse their locks with sun-kissed color. They also reap the benefits of handpicked products from renowned skincare line Arbonne, which crafts its formulas with natural ingredients that soften and illuminate skin.
Under the careful supervision of Dr. Quan Nguyen, BioDerm Skin Care & Laser Center's licensed medical professionals perform a slew of noninvasive cosmetic services. Using IPL laser energy, they eliminate patient's unwanted hair, spider veins, and tattoos. Though specializing in laser therapy, they extend their aesthetic reach into the anti-aging cookie jar, performing microdermabrasions and Botox and Restylane injections, along with proffering an array of skincare products, including BioDerm and Obagi.
At The Skin Room, the products are as natural as they are effective. The center's earth-friendly skincare serums are blended from organic ingredients, often taking their power from the vitamins and nutrients found in fruits such as blueberries and cranberries. The Skin Room is draped in warm tones and soft light, making it a tranquil escape from the outside world for overworked 9–5ers and underappreciated professional sleepers.
Characterized by soft whites and pops of earthy greens and browns, Bella Vi Skin & Laser Center's décor feels at once clean and natural. The aestheticians enhance this feeling, filling the air with the aroma of eucalyptus leaves, the harmonious sounds of zen music, and the ambient splashing of their little waterfall, which they presumably shrunk with the same technology as they use to diminish pore size. Once the atmosphere sets clients at ease, the aestheticians beautify and restore bodies with a range of services, such as laser procedures to rid skin of wrinkles and hair, threading and waxing treatments, and classic facials.