After having her eyebrows irrevocably etched at the age of 18, Kelly Hemmerich became a believer in permanent cosmetics and its ability to shorten morning routines. Since 1998, she has honed her own skills as a certified permanent makeup artist. She offers two modes of application when enhancing features: SoftTap, which reduces discomfort, and a digital rotary machine that’s able to simulate eyebrow hairs and lessen touch-up times.
The trained specialists at Advanced Laser Body Care Institute take aim at aesthetic imperfections with noninvasive light and sound waves, dermal fillers, and mini facial procedures. These skincare professionals work closely with each patron to draft a custom treatment plan that considers biological variables such as skin type, skin color, hair color, and hair flavor. Unwanted stubble, troublesome fat deposits, spider veins, wrinkles, and acne blotches fade or retreat entirely under the pulchritude professionals' experienced care. Anti-aging, antioxidant-full skincare products from Vivité and RevaléSkin revitalize visages and are available for purchase from the institute.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Allan Parungao has written the book on plastic surgery—quite literally, in fact. The co-author of A Woman's Guide to Cosmetic Breast Surgery and Body Contouring, who has also written about surgery for physicians' textbooks and presented his skin-cancer research to a number of physicians' associations, Dr. Parungao knows the concerns and questions that may arise when patients consider plastic surgery. Before beginning any procedure, Dr. Parungao takes time with each client to understand his or her unique goals and desired results, whether from facial, breast, or body-contouring surgery.
New Health Centers consists of more than 300 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.
From mending battle wounds to performing breast enhancement, Dr. Taek Kim has had a long and storied career. After graduating from medical school in Seoul, South Korea, the young Dr. Kim became a captain in the South Korean armed forces and flew the skies as a flight surgeon for Korean and American troops. He relocated to the United States, where he performed more than 8,000 surgeries and began specializing in cosmetic procedures. Today, as the founder and medical director of Renaissance Cosmetic Laser, Dr. Kim uses his years of experience to help both men and women enhance their appearance with services ranging from water-assisted liposuction to wrinkle-smoothing injections. Light technology also takes a polishing role in his service repertoire via laser spider-vein therapy, IPL photofacials, and procedures to install theater spotlights on a client's favorite features. When Dr. Kim isn't highlighting natural beauty, he channels his impressive resumé and renowned skills as a surgeon into mentoring young physicians as a faculty member of Hinsdale Hospital's residency program.
New U Med Spa's director, Dr. Jawdat Abboud, and his crew of board-certified cosmetic surgeons fill facial crevices with safe and effective Botox treatments. The FDA–approved solution (a $16/unit value) is gently injected into unwanted face wrinkles, transforming fine-lined mugs into visages that look as youthful as a newly hatched pop star. The natural, protein-based blend is designed to plump collapsed lines for up to four months while blocking nerve signals and sending contracting muscles on vacation. Though the quick procedure results in minimal discomfort and no necessary downtime, the doctor may apply an ice pack or numbing cream to desensitize the area. Supplemental units of Botox facilitate larger treatment areas or allow for multiple visits to create longer-lasting effects.