Across the nation, Sona MedSpa's nurses beautify a range of skin types with the gentle touch of Alma and Cynosure lasers. Sun damage, moon damage, unwanted hair, and spider veins dissolve under the beams of these cosmetic lasers, which can also resurface complexions. They've got Botox and dermal fillers at their disposal, too, and they can even whiten teeth.
All this med-spa magic comes at the hands of service providers whom Sona only certifies after special training, an exam, and a 40-hour window of supervision. It's a regimen that, along with top-shelf technology and a high concern for laser safety, shows why Sona's been successful since its beginnings 15 years ago.
Virginia Eye Consultants has been championing clear vision since 1963 and today tweaks imperfect peepers with the help of high-tech tools and a skilled staff. To determine candidacy for the Lasik procedure, each prospective patient undergoes a consultation, which includes initial measurements, a video about the procedure, and a meeting with one of the practice's seven doctors. In the Lasik procedure, a doctor painlessly creates a small flap in the cornea with the WaveLight FS200 laser, then reshapes the cornea using cool ultraviolet light. When all vision problems have been corrected, the flap is put back into place and quickly heals on its own, much like a lizard's tail or a movie star's ego. The entire procedure takes about 15 minutes, and vision should notably improve within two hours. Some patients experience discomfort for the first day but it typically is mild. Click here for additional FAQs and medical disclosure.
Staffed by a team of nine eye doctors and surgeons, Tidewater Eye Center has racked up recognition in three categories from HamptonRoads.com's Best of Hampton Roads, including Best Health Care Provider and Best Place for Laser Vision Correction. Patients can receive a variety of optometry services at each of the clinic’s three locations, including basic eye exams; treatments for glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration; and even aesthetic procedures, including eyelid surgery. Yet, the center’s most popular treatment is blade-free LASIK eye surgery, which eliminates the need for lenses and soda-bottle monocles in as little as 15 minutes.
Within Aesthetic Plastic Surgery's Norfolk location, The Downtown Spa & Laser Center pairs the results-oriented approach of a medical facility with the relaxing amenities of a spa. Flickering candles gently illuminate the treatment rooms, where a soundtrack of natural harmonies surrounds patients with the soothing noise of rain falling or a park ranger learning to read. In the chambers, specialists wield laser-emitting devices designed to combat the appearance of unwanted hairs, spider veins, and wrinkles. With at least one aesthetician always on site, the center's staff also uses medical-grade skincare treatments to do everything from calming acne outbreaks to exfoliating dead skin cells.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. JoAnne Lopes has worked at the Cosmetic Surgery Center for more than 14 years. Surrounded by a scenic waterfront, the facility encompasses several rooms for consultations and treatments, including a fully accredited OR—which includes a recovery room— as well as rooms specifically set up for laser and skin care treatments. Aside from cosmetic surgery, Dr. Lopes also administers minimally invasive treatments such as Botox and fillers, which restore volume and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Her office also offers Latisse, an FDA-approved prescription that helps grow darker, fuller, and longer eyelashes in 8 to 12 weeks.
Living up to its name, the physician-supervised Skin Renaissance Clinic gives skin a new lease on life with a full slate of laser and facial treatments. A registered nurse wields Matrix IR technology to blast wrinkles, and slough away imperfections with microdermabrasion and chemical peels. They cull from Obagi and SkinMedica products to lavish faces with anti-aging serums, tapping into the skin’s self-healing and homework-deflecting properties.