When it comes to his bona fides, Dr. Carlos Verdeza is a regular jet-setter. He first graduated from medical school at Columbia's Pontifical Bolivariana University before becoming an OB/GYN at Albany Medical Center in New York. From there, he cut a swath through the medical community, snatching up certifications from the International Society of Cosmetic Gynecology, American Academy of Anti Aging and Metabolic Medicine, and American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
At his private practice, the good doctor blends his vocational pursuits to deliver a staggering array of answers to cosmetic concerns. Folks looking to offload some stubborn pounds can come in for weight-loss therapy, liposuction, or tummy tucks. If you're looking to turn back the clock, Dr. Verdeza is well-versed in hormone replacement therapy and platelet-rich plasma facelifts that redirect a client's own platelets to restore the appearance of youth to visages.
Formerly a med spa, Soluna MD shifted gears in 2008 to focus more on the “med” aspect of the med spa, eschewing treatments whose job was only to pamper in favor of treatments that produced visible results, such as sclerotherapy, Botox, IPL facials, and chemical peels. But instead of letting its new medical services turn the office into a cold, clinical place, Soluna MD retained much of its med-spa comforts and ambiance. Patients relax atop padded massage beds during such treatments as SolunaSculpt SmartLipo Ultra, which permanently removes fat cells with a combination of ultrasound waves, lasers, and tiny incisions.
Before any treatment, patients can grab complimentary coffee and the occasional cake and cookies. They can also take advantage of consultations with cosmetic surgeon John W. Chang to learn more about Soluna MD's services or to discuss the advantages of adding a third ear to the elbow.
Led by a team of board-certified plastic surgeons, PREMIERE Center for Cosmetic Surgery helps clients to combat encroaching signs of aging and restore self-confidence with surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic treatments. Precise injections ease wrinkles or restore volume in the skin, making faces less crinkly and easier to lay flat on the Xerox machine. Complexions are further enhanced by services including peels, microdermabrasion, and medical-grade facials. Patients looking for more intensive transformations can consult with the surgeons, whose skilled hands perform lifts, tucks, and reconstructive procedures.
Sanctum Med Spa brings together doctors, aestheticians, massage therapists, and nutritionists under one roof to perform a variety of cosmetic procedures, laser skin care treatments, and nutritional counseling sessions. Their service menu also includes Botox, laser hair reduction, facials, and sunless tanning.
Professional stylist Carla Acosta boasts an impressive CV: she began her career in the cosmetology industry at age 14, she served as a personal stylist to a Miss Universe pageant winner, and today, she helps both men and women reclaim full, lustrous heads of hair with high-tech hair-restoration treatments.
Acosta and her team of seasoned hair-restoration therapists welcome clients into a soothing, quasi-futuristic clinic full of white leather seating and sleek, streamlined furniture, then help forge individualized treatment packages based on each patient's specific needs. They might use specially formulated Keraplha Plus Keratin to nourish guests’ follicles, or human-hair wigs and extensions to create new looks as stunning as a bull keeping its hooves to itself in a china shop. The staff can perform in-studio or at-home low-level laser therapy, employing tried-and-tested techniques of hair restoration, improving blood flow to hair strands, and halting the spread of hair loss where it stands.
After a complimentary hair and scalp analysis that examines pates at the microscopic level, certified technicians consider a trio of tress-fortifying techniques suitable for both men and women. In-office laser therapy and take-home LED combs from brands such as Virtual Reality and Virtuesse are each designed to stimulate growth, while MicroLace replacement seamlessly bonds real hair to the scalp. All three options result in hair that can be washed, tugged, and subjected to the active lifestyle favored by rugby-playing Rapunzels. Those looking to shine up existing strands receive smoothing keratin treatments, and hair extensions and natural wigs lengthen locks.