Dr. Patrick Wilson has reconstructed the ears and cleft lips of residents in other countries, and he has also found a way to give back to the community in which he grew up––by helping its inhabitants feel confident. At Wilson Plastic Surgery, he lifts, reduces, and reconstructs body areas, enhances natural features, and removes stubborn areas of fat. Alongside a medical aesthetician, he helps rid skin of fine lines, acne, mild scarring, and lipstick marks with medical microdermabrasion, facials, and exfoliating peels using skincare products from PCA Skin, Therapon, and Colorescience.
Absolute Nutrition boasts four northern Alabama locations, including its recently opened Huntsville store inside Riviera Fitness Center. The shop stocks health-boosting vitamins and supplements that build the physique. Opti-Women tablets deliver vitamins and nutrients tailored for the female body, and Opti-Men supplements contain enzymes and vegetable extracts. Protein-packed brownie bars and whey shakes fuel muscle growth without the confused glances one gets while slurping spinach straight from the can.
Dr. Mark Appel, a certified diagnostic and therapeutic eye doctor, is always onsite at Eye See Optical, providing expert ocular care on the floor or in the store’s in-house lab. He stocks his shop with an mélange of eyeglasses, sunglasses, and actual coke bottles from designer brands such as Oakley, Italee, and Kazuo Kawasaki. He and his staff can also conjure up custom frames for customers overwhelmed by the store’s selection of more than 400 styles.
The staff at SpineCare uses only non-surgical techniques to alleviate aches, such as kinesiology tape, which helps the body to support muscles, and spinal decompression, a technique that can be beneficial for disc pain. For each patient, staffers create a custom treatment plan that can be used to target an extensive list of conditions that plague the head, neck, lower back, knees, legs, and ankles. The SpineCare staff also serves as the official team chiropractors for the Huntsville Havoc.
Dr. Beautiful's board-certified physician, Dr. Stephanie Gafford, embraces both the latest in aesthetic medicine and powerful natural approaches to beauty. She uses technology, such as ablative and nonablative Fraxel lasers, Liposonix ultrasonic energy, and Thermage radio frequency, to custom craft treatment plans that slim waists and fade wrinkles, acne, and skin discoloration. Dr. Gafford also beautifies clients with skincare products such as skin-lightening Obagi-C Rx serum, Jane Iredale mineral makeup, and Oxygenetix breathable foundation, whose formula acts as a second skin to cover up scars and marks resulting from nuzzling pet porcupines.
It shouldn’t cost a fortune to erase your regrets. So goes the philosophy of Jerry Manning, the founder of and certified laser specialist at New Image Laser Skin Center. Using a water pistol filled with whiteout and a Q-switched laser with multiple wavelengths, each aimed at a different kind of pigment, Manning helps his patrons fade their unwanted artwork. He also helps cancer survivors to erase the marks of their struggles, providing free removal of radiation tattoos. Alternatively, his lasers can remove the natural marks of aging during fractional-laser skin resurfacing, which boosts collagen production to smooth wrinkles, plump skin, and recreate a youthful glow.