Board-certified physician Dr. Gater believes that the sure-fire path to health is not prescription medications, but good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. “If I could,” says Dr. Gater on her bio, “I’d love to hand a patient running shoes and a tasty plate of vegetables instead of constantly scribbling out prescriptions.” That’s why her weight-loss programs focus on the whole person, providing not only meal recommendations and supplements but also regular coaching in order to instill participants with self-help skills and good eating and exercise habits. With the right lifestyle changes, Dr. Gater believes that the body can transform itself for the better. AdvoCare’s 24-day challenges are tailored to all lifestyles and health issues, from office workers with flagging energy to athletes looking for a boost in performance. Dr. Gater also specializes in aesthetic treatments, such as radiofrequency skin tightening and cellulite reduction, along with primary and urgent medical care.
At Women's Health Institute of Macon, family physician Dr. Anayo Umerah works with a team to fortify women against the slow advance of time. They utilize chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and prescription skin-care products to help patrons achieve beauty goals or look young enough to sneak back into the National Santa Claus Museum. In treatment rooms, noninvasive Venus Freeze units purr away, delivering pulses of radio and magnetic frequencies to sculpt bodies and tone skin. Dr. Umerah also puts to use experience accrued as a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Aesthetics Medicine, as well as a battery of high-tech devices, Botox, and nutritional supplements.
Ingleside Dental Associates protects smiles, maintains healthy gums, and rejuvenates dulled mouths. The take-home whitening service utilizes the Opalescence whitening solution, a high-concentration formula with 15% carbamide peroxide, to help clients achieve a whiter smile faster than over the counter remedies or painting on vanilla frosting. The 8-vial package comes with a set of custom-molded upper and lower whitening trays, ensuring a snug fit and reducing the possibility of gum damage. Before and after evidence of tooth shade is taken to illustrate the brightening transformation, which is noticeable within 7–10 days of the treatment.
Drawing on an arsenal of natural Aveda products and med-spa technology, the staff at Pure Skin and Body tackles tension and skin trouble with a variety of procedures. The salon specializes in a range of laser treatments, in which trained technicians wield focused beams of light to remove sun spots, dissolve multicolor tattoos, and prove to their parents that not only super villains use lasers for a living.
Aestheticians complement laser sessions with depilating waxing or threading treatments, organic or microdermabrasion facials, and permanent-makeup application. They can also help to augment health naturally with vitamin-supplement kits, which customize vitamin intake based on medical analysis to strengthen hair, skin, and nails like a doctor’s birthday wish. Carried on air rich with the scents of aromatherapy, slow sighs drift through the salon, emanating from patrons undergoing hot-stone massages.
Experienced brow sculptors at Fashion Boutique rely on the ancient Indian technique of threading to banish superfluous fringe and emphasize natural beauty with minimal discomfort. Using cotton strands left over from underground cat’s cradle competitions, depilation-deft hands twist two threads together and roll them across the brow line to retrieve a fine band of hair and dismiss it from service, resulting in a clean, natural arch. This efficient, 15-minute treatment creates a clean and precise hairline, and because it removes hair at the follicular level, it can also last longer than plucking or tweezing. Side effects may include minor fatigue from absorbing admiring glances.
In a relaxing environment with a private treatment room and tranquil music, beauty specialists reduce wrinkles, cellulite, and other signs of aging. Aesthetics Anti-Aging Center attacks skin dimples with a massage-based cellulite treatment that firms and softens skin. Aestheticians remove unwanted hair with swipes of warm wax. Fine lines and wrinkles dissipate without discomfort or clothespins in “no needle Botox” treatments that use soy peptides and red marine algae to firm and tighten the skin.