Under the direction of Dr. Richard L. Brandon, the team of registered nurses and aestheticians at Bio-Life MD guide bodies toward beauty. Using up-to-date technology, the team thwarts the wrinkles, unwanted hair, and weight gain that invariably set in with advancing age. Lasers in treatment rooms concentrate pulses of light on unwanted hair or science-fair projects that seemed like they might be boring otherwise. Chatter drifts from consultations, during which the staff assesses the beauty goals of clients or runs through the benefits of HCG diets, which can propel weight loss by reducing appetites and flushing out excess fat.
Dr. Bernard, resident physician of Park Place, A Medical Spa, attempts to foil the effects of aging and excess body blubber with noninvasive med-spa procedures. His trio of chemical peels uses either powerful phenol, trichloroacetic acid, or gentler alphahydroxy acid to unveil younger-looking skin. He leaves countenances supple enough to invent never-before-seen expressions with custom facials, and sweeps away surface imperfections such as fine lines, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation with microdermabrasion.
In addition to skincare-focused services, the doctor performs health- and body-related treatments, such as K1 whole-body vibration, which aims to improve circulation and muscle tone with oscillating vibrations created by thousands of mexican jumping beans. Also making the list are Lipo-Ex treatments—which harness advanced technology to smooth cellulite and tighten sagging skin—hydrogen-peroxide teeth-whitening, and laser hair-removal treatments.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lewis Obi of Renaissance Center for Cosmetic Renewal has assembled a staff dedicated to the artistry of beauty-enhancing therapies. A Jacksonville native, Dr. Obi served in the United States Marine Corps and graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a pharmacy degree. He then continued his medical education at the University of Miami, where his medical thesis was published in the international magazine Medical World News.
Dr. Obi performs myriad plastic-surgery procedures such as face-lifts, tummy tucks, and liposuction, as well as minimally and noninvasive laser procedures ranging from skin tightening to laser hair removal. He and his technicians also perform facial cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and photofacial treatments that aim to treat a variety of skin types and ailments, such as rosacea, sun damage, and Sharpie unibrows.
Even before taking their place on the massage table or in a heated pedicure chair, customers who walk into Elite Salon & Day Spa have a sense of the luxurious relaxation they can expect. They're greeted with complimentary beverages before being ushered into softly lit private rooms where candles flicker, and stress is submerged under a wash of relaxing music. Among other services, aestheticians improve skin with facials that use Rep?chage products, a seaweed-based line manufactured in the United States. For those who need a getaway from family responsibilities or a stressful job turning the sun on and off every day, spa packages sequester guests in serenity for three to seven hours.
For more than a decade, licensed chiropractic physician William Foland has practiced the arts of assuaging spinal aches and fostering holistic health at his eponymous wellness center, Foland Chiropractic & Spa. Spinal adjustments, the cornerstone of his practice, realign the 132 spinal joints that can cause pain in surrounding tissues when they fall into misalignment due to strenuous activity or sleeping on a roller coaster. Onsite x-rays help guide adjustments, and therapeutic massage complements bone adjustments by increasing flexibility and speeding up circulation. A spectrum of spa services beautify physiques, such as fuzz-eradicating IPL laser hair removal and skin-buffing microdermabrasion. The center’s flexible appointment calendar accommodates walk-ins as well as scheduled sessions.
Licensed paramedical aesthetician Stephanie Bell has stayed abreast of technological advances throughout her career, which spans more than a decade. At Total Body Aesthetics, which is celebrating its six-year anniversary at a new location with five studios, she equips clients with HCG diets, Synergy AMS treatments, and Formostar body wraps to help them lose inches and stay fit. To assist with skincare, she buffs and purifies faces with Clarisonic brushes, which pulse at 300 movements per minute, as fast as a Ferrari?s standing heart rate.
Bell balances the clinical feel of high-tech gadgets with the welcoming feel of earthy decor. Private treatment rooms brim with natural light filtering through thatched blinds. Plants add an organic touch, as do thick, sand-colored linens.