Dr. Sarah Sawyer gets her drive to help others from her father, a small town dentist who was never shy about providing weekend calls and home visits. This same level of commitment distinguishes Dr. Sawyer's work at Dermatology & Laser of Alabama—the skincare center she founded—and that has led Daytime Alabama and CBS42 to seek her opinions on Botox, tattoo removal, and other topics. Along with her team of highly trained technicians, including dermatologist Dr. Katherine Flanagan and master aesthetician Michelle Alvis, she helps clients obtain clear complexions using a three-step process: resurface, revolumize, and protect. Though the skincare regimens designed by the team based on these guidelines, often vary— like the weather conditions inside an automatic car wash—they frequently include treatments such as micropeels, dermaplaning, and facials.
Visiting the clinic doesn't feel like a chore, though. Before treatments, clients relax in a reception area where they can read a magazine, watch television, or use the center's free WiFi as they nosh on complimentary snacks and beverages.
After receiving her first colonic to ease a bout of chronic intestinal distress, Angela Brake was hooked. Impressed by the efficacy of the treatment, to which she also attributes her relief from lower-back pain and a boost in overall energy, Angela earned an I-ACT hydrotherapy certification so that she could share the holistic healing method with others. In 2008, Angela opened Natural Wellness, with a gravity-fed and double-filtered hydrotherapy system as the clinic's centerpiece. With Angela's guidance, her patients undergo the same cleansing process that helped her overcome her ailments and benefit from common posttreatment feelings of lightness and increased energy.
Healthy Connections, Inc. helps folks shed pounds by making them dinner. Sure, the company delivers meals that are low in fat, sodium, and cholesterol—but they know that weight-loss plans are only as good as the food is enticing. That's why they serve up delicious entrees such as taco salad with creamy cilantro lime dressing, center cut pork loin, and even cheeseburgers on whole wheat buns.
Depending on dietary restrictions and weight loss goals, clients can choose between a 1,200-calorie meal plan or an 1,800-calorie meal plan. In order to keep the selections fresh, the company rotates its menu every six weeks.
MiBella Wellness Center's medical director, Dr. Mia T. Cowan, revealed two important facts in a Birmingham Business Journal interview—that her guiding principle in business is to always be respectful to others and that if she could have any super power, it would be x-ray vision. Dr. Cowan helps patients improve their health through diet programs and vitamin injections. Additional cosmetic procedures, such as SmartLipo, result in figures svelte enough to shimmy into packed elevators or tuck behind trees during hide-and-seek.
Dr. Matthew Parker of Heritage Medicine wards off Father Time's wrinkly wrath with nonsurgical, FDA-approved Botox treatments. During the appointment, a steady-handed doctor injects Botox into the creased area, slowing down hyperactive muscles by blocking nerve impulses and putting up stop signs on every skin corner. Results take up to 30 days to fully materialize and the smooth-skin serum can fade frown lines for up to four months. Faces may experience mild discomfort during the injections but an ice pack eases the aches of sending your face back in time. The entire appointment lasts approximately 30 to 45 minutes and results in no downtime, so visages can return to normal activities immediately, such as balancing wine bottles on eyelashes.
Laser light is a quick, nearly painless, and effective method for removing unwanted hair. A long-pulse, high-energy laser emits a gentle beam of light that harmlessly passes through the skin and directly targets follicles, effectively treating unwanted hair. Unlike the lasers utilized by popular film hero and 2010 California gubernatorial hopeful Iron Man, these friendly beams are easy on the skin and treat hair follicles faster than other methods. Annihilate the roots of unwanted human fur in one treatment area—the upper lip and chin ($750), ears ($450), neck ($750), underarms ($900), or bikini line ($750). Combine the powers of two Groupons to devastate twice as many personal forests, or to hit an especially tenacious area with six laser nukes.