In a profile for Plastic Surgery Practice's 2011 Top Docs feature, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Drehsen described how a person's entire facial expression, rather than just sagging cheeks or crow's-feet, is the object of his practice at Venus Clinique Spa by Clinique of Plastic Surgery. This comprehensive approach reflects his mastery of artistic composition, as well as his extensive experience, which is capped by more than two decades of sculpting the denizens of the Tampa Bay area, including mermaids built in sand. After thorough immersion in all fields of plastic surgery at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, he sought out specialized studies in hand surgery and microsurgery and developed a deft touch with children and burn victims during his residency at Morton Children's Hospital in Louisville. His steady hand is constantly innovating ways to harmonize features. He reimagined the face-lift to replicate the firm cheeks and stifling ennui of someone in their mid-twenties and repurposed clients' fat cells as catalysts for their own rejuvenation. Computer imaging helps his patients to see and evaluate what he envisions and then collaborate in the creative process. His practice has grown to three locations, two of which offer non-surgical aging solutions. There, medical aestheticians lavish complexions in carefully engineered Obagi and SkinMedica products while a nurse practitioner injects wrinkles and sagging cheeks with seven kinds of FDA approved dermal fillers and volumizers. Lasers work overtime at the spa, smoothing cellulite, routing unwanted hair and veins, and promoting even skin all over the body.
Mountcastle Vein Centers are four medical centers that all share one common goal: helping patients overcome troublesome vein conditions. In addition to the cosmetic benefits of erasing unsightly varicose and spider veins, the centers' technicians also treat the vein problems that can cause chronic pain, ankle swelling, and fitful, sleepless nights. To accomplish this, the teams utilize an assortment of technology and minimally invasive procedures. Ultrasound-guided endovenous laser therapy uses laser light energy to seal damaged veins and sclerotherapy injections effectively treat the smaller spider veins that are still visible to the naked eye.
Beautiful Skin & Spa Advanced Aesthetics is staffed with med-spa experts and aestheticians, all of whom are devoted to bringing out clients' beauty via clinical treatments and products from brands such as Obagi Medical and gloMinerals. The specialize in facials, microdermabrasions, and chemical peels, each of which work to reveal radiantly youthful skin. No matter the treatment––be it a body wrap or waxing––it takes place in a room that is both vibrant and soothing, with seafoam-colored walls, patterned curtains and plush massage tables.
The epidermis experts at Skin Solutionz revitalize faces with an array of peels using Priori skincare products. Skin-renewal peels improve fine lines and wrinkles, deeply exfoliating facial facades and improving the skin's ability to hold moisture and extinguish eyebrow fires. A skin-perfection peel cleanses pores and helps clear acne, and an irrigating peel hydration treatment replenishes skin's water reserves. Lasting approximately 45 minutes, each treatment includes a free consultation, during which knowledgeable aestheticians advise patrons on proper skincare and flugelhorn-playing techniques. With this Groupon, customers also receive 30% off the purchase of one skincare product.
New Horizon MediSpa offers medically supervised weight-loss and aesthetic treatments at three Tampa-area locations staffed by friendly, bilingual employees. Weight-loss programs include evaluations from doctors and nurse-practitioners who prescribe pharmaceutical weight-loss medications or weight-loss injections that stimulate the thin-down process. Another avenue to a slimmer belt is the low-calorie meal-replacement program, which includes a regimen of foods that can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Technicians also pare down pounds with nonsurgical ultrasonic-cavitation treatments that use ultrasonic waves to break up fat cells and often lead to slimmer figures and less-taxed hula-hoops. A variety of aesthetic treatments are available as well, including Botox injections, microdermabrasion, and wrinkle fillers such as Radiesse.
Featured on programs such as The Dr. Oz Show and Good Morning America, Aqualipo’s water-assisted fat-removal system sneaks under skin to steal away lipid collections from designated body geography. Licensed physicians Dr. Jeffrey Caruth and Dr. Mauricio Giraldo photograph, mark, and sketch abstract self-portraits on the client's problem area before applying local anesthetic and cutting a small incision to reach the fat layer. Pulsing water jets then flush out fatty tissue with a sterile fluid, evicting lipids without stressing surrounding muscles, nerves, or other tissues. Unlike traditional liposuction, Aqualipo treatments require no general anesthesia and typically last 30–45 minutes, leaving most patients ready for discharge 15 minutes after completion. Clients can expect faster results and less intense side effects—such as swelling, bruising, and uncontrollably transmitting ham-radio signals—than those caused by conventional liposuction procedures.