Few people own a trademark. Dr. Jerry Darm of Aesthetic Medicine owns three. He pioneered the trademark procedures of LaserLift and LipoLift, which use noninvasive and minimally invasive techniques, respectively, to smooth fine lines and banish excess fat. To add to his repertoire, Dr. Darm added a third trademarked treatment: MiniLift. His accomplishments have led to invitations from aesthetic medical professionals around the world—including a 14-day trip to China to speak about his treatments at conferences in several cities.
The LaserLift procedure reverses damage caused by exposure to the sun, free radicals, and gravity malfunctions by regenerating collagen and tightening the skin with laser wavelengths. LipoLift destroys fat with a laser that melts fat cells through a small incision and allows them to be removed more gently than with traditional liposuction. The MiniLift is performed only by a board-certified plastic surgeon and is available only at Aesthetic Medicine. At the Lake Oswego location, which boasts more than 14,000 square feet, Dr. Darm helps patients feel beautiful in other ways, including combating spider veins with laser therapy or sclerotherapy and keeping wrinkles at bay with injectable fillers. The center's weight-loss program helps patients shed pounds under the guidance of medical specialists and dieticians.
The doctors and staff of MediPro Direct Slim use a truly holistic approach to weight loss—that is, they target fat from both the inside and out. Their arsenal of noninvasive fat-reduction technology handles the job from the outside, calling on lasers, sound waves, and mechanical massage to flush fat from the body in treatments that can be performed in as little as a lunch break. The Cavi-Lipo system, meanwhile, uses ultrasound energy to painlessly perforate fat cells in a treatment that has been demonstrated in real-time at trade shows and featured on Dr. Oz.
To spur weight loss from within, the team offers a number of effective weight-loss programs. According to the client's body type and weight loss goals, the experts can devise a regimen that incorporates specialized protein or low-calorie nutrition plans to help bodies shed pounds and gain energy.
Owner Dr. Ryan Minarik is just one of three naturopathic physicians at Elixia Wellness Group, and one of four licensed acupuncturists. As if that wasn't enough expertise, his staff also includes practitioners of Chinese medicine, a chiropractic doctor and yoga teacher, massage therapists, and even a skin technician. With such healers backing him up, Dr. Minarik tackles maladies of all shapes and sizes using a holistic approach that revolves around the individual. Each treatment takes the patient's history into account, as well as factors such as genetics, before tracking down the root cause of issues instead of just medicating symptoms. Once the practitioners have pinpointed the problem, they can assemble a plan of attack using their multiple fields of expertise.
Although Elixia Wellness Group's treatment philosophy stretches back centuries, it keeps an eye on the ever-changing landscape of healing technology. Recently, Dr. Minarik has begun stimulating postinjury healing with platelet-rich-plasma injections. The contemporary method separates platelets—treasure troves of potential regeneration—from the patient’s own blood before returning them to the circulatory stream at the point where torn tendons or arthritis cause pain.
Medical director and physician Dr. Stephanie Durham leads a team of beauty experts—including a licensed cosmetologist and naturopathic doctor—in enhancing clients' appearances with noninvasive treatments. Pulling from a diverse collection of lasers, including the Cutera and Titan systems, techs clear unwanted hair or wrinkles, and help tighten the skin. Medical aestheticians customize facials and peels to treat specific skin troubles and gently knead muscles to evict stress.
The spa's decor fosters feelings of calm with warm colors, flickering candles, and comfy leather seats. The facial room acts as a quiet sanctuary for guests, where they may spend their time reading, meditating, or silently counting to 10.
As the name suggests, the doctors and aestheticians at Skin Body Soul nurture a balance between outer beauty and inner peace. Aiming to restore the body's nutrients while drawing out its toxins, treatments such as Herbalogica body wraps use niacin and soy oil to stimulate collagen production and firm up skin. Nonsurgical lipo treatments and infrared sauna sessions similarly aim to contour the body through the use of ultrasound and dry infrared heat, respectively.
Several of the spa's other offerings, including microcurrent treatments, glycolic peels, and Norvell sunless tanning, restore a youthful glow to skin. But the staff's expertise doesn't stop at the service menu. They keep a blog updated with recipes, nutrition tips, and YouTube videos of the latest dance craze the Protein Shake.