Drs. Michelle Barnes, a board-certified internist, and J. Castillo-Plaza, a gynecologic and laser surgeon, love focusing on the aesthetic aspect of medicine. Making clients beautiful, they find, is such a welcoming break from traditional medicine, which just doesn't give patients the same boost of confidence and youthfulness that can follow a facial-filler injection or cellulite treatment. That's why all of their services, from a basic facial peel to SmartLipo laser-assisted liposuction to Botox injections for underarm sweating can help to make patients feel beautiful. That's also why instead of a clinical med-spa setting, the office is a place of tranquility, where patients can inhale lavender-scented aromatherapy or sip complimentary tea, coffee, or water while taking in the Asian decor of bamboo, Buddha statues, and sushi rolls glued to the walls.
A board-certified plastic surgeon helms Spectrum-Aesthetics Center for Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Mel Ortega performs procedures such as liposuction, Brazilian butt lifts, and tummy tucks, not to create an aesthetically perfect specimen, but rather to augment each client's natural beauty. In doing so, he strives for results that enhance appearances without leaving clients with that "worked-over" look. Outside of invasive procedures, he also oversees a staff of specialists who administer laser hair removal.
After graduating from the elite Vidal Sassoon Academy, John Toboas became an instructor there and later served as a hair designer or artistic director at numerous salons. At John Taboas Salon, he manages a staff of savvy stylists who transform tresses, remove unwanted spider veins and hair with lasers, and lessen the effects of aging with injectables such as Botox and Juvéderm.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular service: Bleaching and Invisalign
Brands Used: Pola One-Hour Laser Whitening
Pro Tip: Arrive a little earlier to find parking
Brands Used: Invisalign
Ultra Smile Dentistry doesn't just look like a spa—it operates on what its founders calls a spa philosophy. That means Dr. Neda Bahmadi and her team tailor every service to its individual recipient, whether it's a whitening session, a surgical procedure, or a Botox treatment. Sleek, snow-white architecture, chic animal-print rugs, and a rainbow of fresh flowers cultivate an upscale sense of style, complementing staff friendliness and expertise with luxury.
Liv Plastic Surgery by Dr. Ress enhances its patients' natural radiance by performing a variety of both surgical and noninvasive procedures. Dr. Andrew Ress?a physician with board certification in general as well as plastic surgery?continues to embrace the most advanced improvements in cosmetic care as he refines the techniques he uses to perform facelifts, liposuction, tummy tucks, and other services. However, the practice's noninvasive treatments are also capable of generating dramatic changes. Cosmetic laser systems can zap unwanted stubble, eliminate spider veins, or even minimize the appearance of acne scars, sun spots, wrinkles. Microdermabrasion treatments and exfoliating chemical peels help even out skin tone by buffing away dead skin and dried cake frosting from the face, and medically-designed weight-loss programs can help patients achieve the figure they want over time.
Eric Garcia, ARPN, is the sword clients use to fight aging. At America Aesthetic Center, he injects clients with Botox or Juvéderm, which reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and add volume to skin. He also performs a platelet-rich plasma facial that rejuvenates cells and removes wrinkles with plasma taken from the client’s own blood.