Board-certified surgeon Dr. Bruce Marko has a light touch for body sculpting and facial rejuvenation at Enhanced Images Medical, eschewing the "no pain, no gain" beauty philosophy. Dedicated to minimally invasive procedures, he has continually sought out new, gentle technology since he completed his surgical residency at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and saw the wrinkles Linda Hamilton developed while screaming in The Terminator. His specialty in microscopic hair transplantation represents both his technical precision—he painstakingly duplicates the original growth pattern with new follicles—and his interest in creating a natural look with small adjustments. He also takes his time with patients, who develop a safe, effective route toward their ideal look during free 20-minute conferences.
Although Dr. Marko can lift slack cheeks with a few deft incisions, he maintains a collection of five cosmetic injections to smooth facial creases with little more than a pinprick. Erchonia and Cynosure lasers help patients to sidestep weight-loss surgery and skin-rejuvenation techniques that abrade cheeks through exposure to Fran Drescher's laugh, and the lasers can also rout toenail fungus and unwanted hair.
Vein Center of Charlotte's Dr. James Altizer lays claim to a stout resume of medical accomplishments, with decades of professional medical experience, service in the first Gulf War as a naval medical officer, and the successful completion of more than 1,200 endovenous catheter treatments for varicose veins. As a registered vascular technologist, the doctor employs a sophisticated arsenal of equipment and procedures to diagnose and treat patients. Foam sclerotherapy treatments dissipate small spider veins from the inside, and ultrasound techniques lay out a hyper-accurate map of deeper veins and gold deposits. In addition to removing unsightly hyperpigmentation from blood vessels, Vein Center of Charlotte applies its high-tech philosophy to a wide range of aesthetic procedures including skin-smoothing laser hair removal.
Garo Megherian?owner of Balance By Touch Massage & Rehabilitation?along with eight other massage therapists, assesses posture and pain before beginning any treatment. The knowledge gleaned from their analysis allows them to craft custom massages that address each client's unique ailments and goals. White molding and pictures of various muscle groups accent the basil-green walls of the private and couples' massage rooms, which conceal their simple massage tables with blue blankets. As therapists kneads tense muscles, they employ modalities such as Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, and reiki. The treatments can curb anxiety and improve sleep, while helping correct structural issues that lead to pain and discomfort.
The massage therapists at Curatio Rehabilitation come from backgrounds in neuromuscular therapy and the treatment of chronic pain. Each of their customizable sessions begins with a consultation to discuss the desired outcome, source of pain, and meaning of suffering. The therapists use Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to relieve muscle knots, sports massage techniques to soothe sore hockey pads, and prenatal massage techniques for expecting mothers. Their specialty, neuromuscular massage, is designed to alleviate pain with deep strokes targeted at the nerves. Sessions are complemented by a choice of aromatherapy oils or organic, odorless shea butter.
At more than 100 stores nationwide, Max Muscle's nutrition and fitness experts guide health seekers toward their ideal physiques. The staff work one-on-one with customers to help them plan and meet fitness goals, designing personalized nutrition plans and regularly checking in to take measurements and provide words of encouragement, such as "Yay."
The shop, which was founded by athletes, also stocks workout enhancements such as protein powders, muscle builders, and weight gainers, each designed to feed muscles. Vitamins, cleanses, and other supplements further encourage overall health.
The licensed massage therapists at Charlotte Massage & Bodywork Center master a variety of therapies to improve physical well-being through both relaxation and rehabilitation. Clients choose from a variety services that can focus on the entire body or hone in on specific trouble areas. Therapists can enhance their massages with scented oxygen to stimulate the mind, hot stones to deepen the relaxing effects, or body polishes to nourish skin. The therapists are also available for on-site massages performed at the client’s home and stressful locations, like an office or sinking life raft.