A trio of physicians?a dermatologist, an ophthalmic surgeon, and a plastic surgeon?keeps watch over both DermaBare offices, warding off signs of aging from wrinkles to cellulite. Registered nurses aim to obliterate unwanted hair at the root using one of three advanced laser hair-removal machines: the Lumenis LightSheer Duet, Candela GentleLase, and GentleLase Pro. Heated energy rays can also be pointed at faces to help encourage collagen production or send spider veins scattering off of legs and underneath the floorboards. DermaBare's other aesthetic treatments include dermal fillers, chemical peels, and plastic surgery treatments such as breast augmentation and rhinoplasty.
Doctor of Chiropractic David Manago heads up Mission Viejo Laser Like Lipo, a clinic devoted to helping clients through nonsurgical means. Manago and staff specialize in weight-loss treatments, and offer a variety of other services including non-invasive disk rehabilitation, deep tissue massages, non-forceful adjustments, and x-ray analysis. Because they recommend pairing treatments with a healthy diet and active lifestyle for optimal results, they offer nutritional counseling to help clients.
For more than four decades, Soboba Medical Group's physicians have funneled their expertise into weight loss and nutrition, led by board-certified internist Dr. Allen Jay. Their custom treatment plans, based on each client?s history and weight-loss goals, incorporate medications such as nutritional supplements and lipotropics. Each plan facilitates initial weight loss, but also aids with long-term physical maintenance, preventing damaging yo-yo dieting.
To complement the weight-loss programs, the center offers supplementary treatments. Body wraps with vitamin B12, for example, are designed to relax and re-energize clients.
Beverly Hills Cosmetic Centers' lobby blends cream colored walls and matching marbled tile with dark wood furnishings: a classic combination of colors that hints at luxury. Behind the scenes, however, the team of technicians use techniques that are anything but classic. They wield the latest technology to smooth skin and sculpt bodies, including lasers, ultrasound waves, infrared lights, and fine sprays of crystals. Ultrasonic cavitation, for instance, has proven a popular treatment. Technicians use ultrasonic waves to target fat cells beneath the surface of the skin and eliminate them, just as the Pied Piper coaxed rats from their hiding places with his ultrasonic fiddling, and then made them explode.
The technicians at Restore Health & Medical help clients contour their physiques with the noninvasive beams of low-level lasers that degrade the fat cells in problem areas, causing them to lose their bulky contents. Accompanied by healthy diets and exercise, their treatments have been known to deflate spare tires, love handles, and permanently attached water wings.
Though cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon Jeffry B. Schafer has been performing surgical procedures since 1978, over the past 15 years his attention has turned to developing and performing the latest noninvasive and laser-based body-contouring techniques. His SomaSculpt office is a Center of Excellence for both Cynosure and Palomar laser systems, and the staff has mentored more than 100 physicians and 20 nurses in laser lipolysis.
Dr. Schafer also created a superficial skin-tightening method, and he was one of the earliest US physicians to use the Body-Jet liposuction system. He even appeared on an episode of The Doctors to demonstrate its transformative effects and see a real, live applause sign in person.