Cosmetic surgeon Charles Gonzalez-Rivera enhances patients' beauty with minimally invasive procedures that leave little to no scarring. The renowned doctor makes regular appearances in the media and at scientific conferences, and currently divides his time at GL Clinic between patient care and clinical research. Dr. Gonzalez-Rivera has trained with some of the top figures in the industry, including one of the developers of the SmartLipo treatment and an expert on the minimally invasive face-lift.
In addition to cosmetic procedures, the doctor specializes in minimally invasive vein treatments, including an innovative surgery known as endovenous laser therapy. His interest in all forms of anti-aging medicine has led him to create customized medical weight-loss programs and offer nutritional and platelet-rich plasma therapy. Dr. Gonzalez-Rivera and his team also foster youthful beauty through nonsurgical aesthetic procedures, using laser technology to remove hair and radiofrequency energy to firm skin or prank call passing truckers.
Behind their stations at More Than Nails by Michele, nail technicians paint digits with OPI, Essie, and China Glaze polishes as well as UV-cured Gelprisa polish. Additional services include teeth-whitening treatments with UV-activated whitening gel and Sunspray spray tans, enhanced with aloe vera and vitamin E.
As the hair-replacement specialist at J. Turner Salon & Spa, Kareemah Johnson wields her dexterous hands to thicken strands with extensions that she places in row by row. Despite her work in adding hair, though, she also removes it with an all-natural sugaring method, which can minimize the irritation that sometimes comes from other hair-removal tools like wax or velcro.
The many statues of the Buddha that decorate George Ryan Salon should clue customers into the fact that this isn’t just a hairstyling business. Of course, the staff here do cut hair and make it smoother with keratin treatments. But by emphasizing inner calmness and reflection, the salon helps clients relax and take a break from everyday stresses. After complementing their natural beauty with sun-kissed highlights or a tidy manicure, clients can take home a soy-based candle that matches their zodiac sign or a book on spirituality to bring that newfound peace home.
Fluctuations in stress levels and health often go often hand in hand, and addressing one without the other can mask but not eliminate problems. Knowing this, the staff of licensed massage therapists and aestheticians at Absolute Wellness Spa works to cultivate a tranquil environment in which relaxing treatments address both bodily and mental health at the same time. Those treatments, which include massages, healing acupuncture, and mud wraps, draw on Western medical practices and Eastern philosophy to better approach wellness issues from a variety of angles. In the studio, quiet music plays to relax patrons, and fountains burble softly like a scuba diver trying to tell a secret.
Boca Tanning Club salons bronze clients with the help of super tanning beds and booths, as well as UV-free VersaSpa spray-tanning booths. Clients walk past the painted vines, rocks, and rainforest-themed decor before stepping into the spray-tanning booths, which gild limbs in 60 seconds, or into a super bed, which caramelizes skin in less time than a traditional bed. In private rooms, technicians wielding airbrush systems custom shade and contour muscles while de-emphasizing vestigial tails.
Since opening its first center in 1999, Laser Skin & Wellness has expanded to two locations, both of which provide medical aesthetic treatments overseen by Medical Director, Gloria Hakkarainen, M.D. And to ensure each patient receives the best treatment for their concerns, a personalized consultation is performed before technicians craft a customized treatment plan, which can include medical weight loss programs, laser tattoo removal, dermal fillers, and permanent makeup treatments. Laser technicians gently remove unwanted hair with a Cutera CoolGlide laser, which keeps the skin comfortable with a built-in cooling device, or a Cutera ProWave 770 system that can banish strands on all skin types including invisible. During acne treatments, a Clear Light system releases blue-violet rays across the skin, killing bacteria deep in the pores. To further beautify complexions, Laser Skin & Wellness’ staff also employs Obagi, SkinMedica, EltaMD, and Jan Marini products.