As a certified plastic surgeon with the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Gwen Maxwell provides a combination of experience, technical skill, and aesthetic intuition in each medical procedure. With a staff of dermal doyens, clients receive treatments with advanced equipment and techniques. The laser hair treatments last about 10–15 minutes each, can result in a permanent reduction in hair growth, and are ideal for congregations of follicle foes. Hairs on the face, forearms, underarms, or bikini line are wicked from your pores with ease using Candela GentleLASE or Candela GentleYAG laser systems. Both lasers can accommodate a variety of skin types, aim to reduce patient discomfort, and speed up the treatment time by using a large spot size that covers an impressive surface area. The beam of light passes though the skin where it mows down follicle forests and opens up a smooth subdivision of skin.
Board certified in medical esthetics, owner and nurse practitioner Deanna Collier is devoted to rejuvenating and enhancing her patients' natural features. Bring in wrinkled facial canvasses to be remounted and used in the art of nonsurgical Botox injections. Injections are quick—usually about 10 minutes—requiring no anesthesia and resulting in little to no downtime. The number of units required to treat an area may vary, but on average, 20 units can be used to treat mild to moderate frown lines between the eyes, with results lasting up to four months. Since the amount of life-lemons and wrinkles varies from person to person, additional units for larger treatment areas can be bought at normal cost ($12.50/unit).
Spa NiVa pampers and beautifies every part of the body with a full service menu that incorporates treatments for skin care, massage, nails, and waxing. Using medical-grade skin care products, skin specialists clear pores and banish impurities with facials, peels, and dermaplaning, a treatment that scrapes away dead skin cells and peach fuzz with a surgical blade. Waxing treatments smoothen skin by removing hair with warm wax and microscopic landscapers who pull weeds from the roots. Nail technicians decorate fingers and toes with shellac polish or soften skin by dipping appendages into paraffin wax. Meanwhile, licensed massage therapists use kneading techniques and various degrees of pressure to alleviate stress, stiffness, and secretly being an invertebrate double agent.
Within Specialists in Dermatology's 16,200-square-foot facility, board-certified physicians and physician assistants aim to maintain or beautify skin through general, cosmetic, and surgical procedures. Consultations help skin doctors and patients to craft general treatment plans that can stop the spread of conditions such as acne, hair loss, and polka dots. Spa-like cosmetic services treat the body's outer layer to chemical peels, and high-tech, non-invasive treatments zap off unwanted hair and freeze stubborn fat cells. The clinic's surgical team can also treat more serious issues such as skin cancer. Each of Specialists in Dermatology's physician assistants must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination to obtain a two-year certification and learn the 500 different ways to pronounce "freckle."
At Peaceful Spirit, owner and licensed massage therapist Mara Concordia and her staff help patients attain improved wellness through therapies that balance their physical and mental energies. To do so, they consult with each client and create tailored, integrative care plans that may draw upon treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, and spa therapies. Through such customized care, Peaceful Spirit's practitioners have helped patients overcome everyday ailments as well as manage diseases such as Parkinson's and cancer.
They also focus on teaching clients how to heal themselves through classes in Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese healing philosophy that combines simple movements and attentive breathing in order to cleanse the body and cultivate life force—known as qi or chi. In addition to Peaceful Spirit's five locations, therapists can meet patients in their homes or tree houses.
At Blush Permanent Makeup, Michele Konitzer pursues a personal passion for highlighting each client’s natural beauty. Her steady hands amplify facial features with the gentle SofTap method, a skill she also shows off while working as a trainer for the company. After she dots the epidermis with the ultradurable pigment, bolder lashes can better fan the flames of desire, and shaded brows can alternate between arching elegantly and compulsively communicating the "M" in Morse code. Michele also flexes her varied cosmetic expertise as she performs teeth-whitening treatments and hangs full, flirty faux lashes over both eyelids in 40 minutes.
Kelly Muzall, registered nurse and founder of Estudio de Piel, surrounds herself with beauty professionals who continually pursue ongoing education. Their credentials, like every DeLorean ever made, reach into the past and future—licensed massage therapist Kevin Barry has more than a quarter century of experience in the field, but has broadened his skill set to include deep-water massage and spiritual medicine. Physician assistant Katie O’Brien held director-level positions at clinics across the heartland before planting roots at Estudio de Piel. She also founded a consulting business that trains physicians and nurses to administer injectables. Though Barry and O’Brien represent only two of several professionals, they embody the level of expertise at Estudio de Piel. Each time someone clinches a new certification, the spa adds another service. Since opening, the spa has added microdermabrasions, chemical peels, sclerotherapy, and laser treatments to its menu.