For more than 40 years, the doctors and staff at Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery have worked to beautify clients inside and out with cosmetic plastic-surgery procedures. The center's three board-certified plastic surgeons don't just fulfill the required minimum to form a surgeon folk-rock band—they also furnish the diverse specialties necessary to lavish their patients with services ranging from facelifts and rhinoplasty to liposuction, tummy tucks, and breast augmentation. Meanwhile, an in-house anti-aging physician treats hormone imbalances and coaches guests on losing pounds through the hCG diet. The team also bolsters patients' appearances with nonsurgical procedures including facial injectables, laser hair and tattoo removal, and microdermabrasion treatments that reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pores stretched by spelunking freckles.
The interior of Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery conjures a sense of serenity with its rich wood floors complemented by walls in quiet earth tones such as forest, sand, and ozone layer. Contemporary artwork hangs over unimposing furniture in the waiting room, and a more formal reception space beckons visitors with pastoral art and an oriental area rug.
Most days upon leaving class at the International School of Skin and Nailcare, Kristen Axton headed straight to her job at Kiehl's. This combination of formal training and on-the-job experience helped develop her aesthetic expertise, which she further refined while working at several med spas throughout Atlanta. Today, as owner of Kristen's Skin Care & Massage, she commands a team of massage therapists and aestheticians dedicated to beautifying and de-stressing clients. Their signature Atlanta facial restores vim and vigor to lagging faces with a multi-step regimen that includes peels derived from herbal enzymes or therapeutic acids. Aestheticians also slough away dead skin cells with microdermabrasion sessions designed to lessen scarring from acne, sun damage, and general wear and tear. Elsewhere in the shop, massage therapists unravel kinked muscles with techniques borrowed from Swedish and neuromuscular specialties.
Just as Zenergize's name balances the words zen and energize, the spa's massage therapists work to balance their clients' feelings of relaxation and invigoration. The stable of bodyworkers is proficient in a rainbow of massage techniques, which they pick and choose from to address the individual needs of their clients regardless of age, gender, or phase of life. During deep-tissue massages, therapists can focus on relieving chronic pain or helping athletes to heal after a debilitating injury. Lymphatic-drainage therapy helps to facilitate the body's natural detoxification processes with strokes tailored to clients' individual bodies and natural rhythms. Classic Swedish massages also bring profound relief from the stresses of everyday life. Though the center specializes in massage, the staff also performs a few carefully chosen aesthetic services including the Timeless Skin photofacial, which uses infrared light to stimulate new cell growth and repair sun-damaged or mature skin.
Before co-founding her own medical aesthetics practice, Dr. Marcia V. Byrd studied the intricacies of cosmetic surgery under the direction of internationally respected surgeons such as Dr. Giorgio Fischer, the pioneer of modern liposuction. This venerable training combined with a 20-year career lends the clients of Byrd Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Center peace of mind during any of the center's transformative aesthetic procedures. Byrd's signature Soft Beautification Peel helps to return complexions to their natural, youthful state by dispersing wrinkles, shallow scarring, and freckles, whether they are natural or the result of an extended nap on a book of braille. Injectible beauty enhancers such as Botox or Juvéderm iron out creases and fine lines, and body-sculpting procedures and laser treatments help to tailor and tone overall appearances.
Solar Eclipse Tanning Salon doesn’t hide its bold intentions in the shadows. The salon’s staff members envision “putting the sun out of business,” a hyperbolic mission that they accomplish, in part, with four types of UV-tanning beds. Unlike the sun, all of these beds are regularly sanitized and outfitted with fresh bulbs to ensure a glowing base tan or a dark bronze coat.
Not content to merely mimic the sun’s rays, the salon takes a different route entirely with a Mystic Tan booth that spritzes the body with a UV-free bronzing formula. This formula comes in two shades, each of which lasts for up to seven days with proper care. In a red-light-therapy bed—also free of UV rays—therapeutic light repairs skin to improve the appearance of fine lines and render tattooed treasure maps more legible.
Though her pampering skills once enriched the lives of students at Redken School in New York, these days, master cosmetologist Pat Alessi uses her more than 30 years of experience to upgrade looks at Salon 1580. Along with specialty services in creative coloring, Global Keratin treatments, and rejuvenating organic facials, Pat counts communication as one of her greatest styling assets, taking the time to carefully listen to each of her client's wants and concerns before expertly shaping locks with Redken, L'Oréal, and Rusk products. To keep abreast of the latest trends in European styling and croissant making, she also frequently attends seminars led by industry leaders, melding modern techniques with her own creative flair to create looks that are completely fresh.