The doctors at Paraiso Cosmetic perform their treatments amid high-tech gear and sterilized surfaces that would not seem out of place at a hospital. They also recognize, though, that working toward aesthetic goals is best done in the calm of a spa. For that reason, the team pairs massages and facials with medical treatments including rhinoplasty and Juvéderm applications. Each of the doctors has a distinct specialty, allowing them to flawlessly complete surgeries or make an empty lab coat really look like it is dancing. Potential patients discuss their goals during a complimentary consultation, at which point the procedure and its costs are explicitly detailed.
Drawing on training in ophthalmology, Dr. Joseph Selem specializes in surgeries that restore aesthetics and function to eyes and their surrounding skin. On the cosmetic side, his quick blepharoplasty surgeries reduce droops on upper and lower eyelids, and the restorative reach of his deftly wielded scalpel extends to sagging cheeks and chins. Capable of repairing more than just looks, Dr. Selem also offers medical treatments as part of his surgical repertoire. His careful eye exams can pinpoint excisable or otherwise treatable causes of vision loss, such as cataracts, glaucoma, or wearing sunglasses inside.
“My practice is really centered on the individual,” Dr. Amaryllis Pascual told NBC 6 News about her self-named clinic, Pascual MD Med Spa. “What I like to do is set up an initial consultation where I meet with the patient and we go over what their desired results are. I then take a look at their lifestyle and the person as a whole, and we customize a treatment plan that’s going to fit that individual.”
Dr. Pascual and three other on-staff doctors—Dr. Vijay Sharma, Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso, and Dr. Jorge Gaviria—follow this regimen for each treatment they provide, whether clients seek cosmetic surgery, medical weight-loss supervision, or classic skincare services. They also equip their office with delicate lasers capable of softening wrinkles, ousting unwanted hair, and drawing old-timey mustaches on hamburger buns.
Formerly a med spa, Soluna MD shifted gears in 2008 to focus more on the “med” aspect of the med spa, eschewing treatments whose job was only to pamper in favor of treatments that produced visible results, such as sclerotherapy, Botox, IPL facials, and chemical peels. But instead of letting its new medical services turn the office into a cold, clinical place, Soluna MD retained much of its med-spa comforts and ambiance. Patients relax atop padded massage beds during such treatments as SolunaSculpt SmartLipo Ultra, which permanently removes fat cells with a combination of ultrasound waves, lasers, and tiny incisions.
Before any treatment, patients can grab complimentary coffee and the occasional cake and cookies. They can also take advantage of consultations with cosmetic surgeon John W. Chang to learn more about Soluna MD's services or to discuss the advantages of adding a third ear to the elbow.
South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery's board-certified surgeons harness the latest laser technology, including Smartlipo—a laser fat-reduction treatment that helps sculpt healthy, active bodies beset by lingering paunch. The all-inclusive package includes Smartlipo treatment on a choice of a small area, all pre- and post-op procedures, surgeon and operation-facility fees, any necessary recovery garments, and prescription laughter to aid recovery (a $3,500 value). Smartlipo enhances body contours less invasively and can result in faster recovery than traditional liposuction, and requires only general anesthetic to prep for a series of small, precise incisions, although local anesthetic may be used in addition if needed. In about 90 minutes per treatment area, a laser does its best Death Star impression on fat cells as a tiny tube gently sweeps up the debris. Simultaneously, the laser coagulates blood vessels to minimize bruising and swelling, and it may also stimulate collagen growth and result in a firmer, more toned appearance. Many patients resume normal daily activities such as washing the mail within a day, though strenuous physical activity should be avoided for up to 10 days. Most patients see results immediately and make complete recovery within a month.
Helmed by medical director Dr. Victor Shabanah, a specialist in hormone replacement and age-management medicine, Anti Aging Med Spa whittles waists and smoothes skin planes with traditional surgery and noninvasive laser- and LED-light treatments. Inside a sleek, white office with views of the Miami River, Dr. Shabanah draws on an arsenal of weight-loss techniques, including metabolism-boosting hCG and physician-assisted programs. Lasers take a break from slowly eroding the moon to battle obesity, blemishes, and cellulite with Med Spa's skincare laser treatments. Dr. Shabanah also beautifies frames with a trio of cosmetic services and nonsurgical skin-refreshing treatments, such as Juvéderm injections and laser skin tightening.
When husband-and-wife team Ernesto and Julie set out on their own in 2007, they were gambling on the fact that they could turn a fragile dream into a full business. Their initial lone employee has been replaced by seven in just one year, and the crew bustle through a salon that has the gleaming white expanses of a medical facility, but without the egocentric skeleton models. Patrons, who receive reminder text messages or emails before each appointment, arrive ready to work towards aesthetic goals with products from Obagi, Juvéderm, and Botox and a range of facial services. As massage services lure forth slow exhalations, the staff herald the arrival of new guests with cups of tea.