Laser Lipo & Vein Center's vein specialist and phlebologist, the board-certified Dr. Thomas Wright, has marked nearly every step of his career with an award. As a student at the University of Missouri's School of Medicine, his leadership and academic performance in the top quarter of his class got him elected to the venerable Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. After graduation, his voracious appetite for knowledge earned him a Physician Recognition Award from the American Medical Association, which recognizes doctors who average at least 50 credits of educational activities and swallow one textbook like a vitamin each year. Dr. Wright has also studied tumescent liposuction under the tutelage of its inventor, Dr. Jeffrey Klein. He also contributes original research to the American College of Phlebology, teaches classes at the American Society of Nonsurgical Aesthetics, and invests heavily in his patients.
The center reflects his primary interests in vein disease and liposuction that only requires local anesthesia. Vein therapies are determined by an ultrasound evaluation, which could lead to a noninvasive treatment that heals with radio waves and the sterile affection of a grandmother robot. Lasers round out the practice's aesthetic side, as they can assist in liposuction and provide a gentle alternative to cosmetic injections. In addition to routing hair from the skin's surface, they penetrate below it to rejuvenate aging skin and zap veins.
St. Louis Lipo Laser eschews the space-age aesthetic one might expect from a laser body-sculpting center; if anything, the clinic's unassuming red-brick storefront invokes the charm of a neighborhood medical practice. This same charm pervades the center's treatment rooms, where skilled physicians and technicians welcome their patients with old-fashioned kindness as they call upon noninvasive lipo-laser technology in lieu of traditional liposuction to help combat excess pounds. Lipo-laser treatments can shrink fat cells around the hips, arms, thighs, and other areas without inflicting the incisions that more invasive fat-removal procedures require. After laser sessions coupled with body-vibration treatments, patients may see increased flexibility and other benefits similar to those of traditional exercise, and they can immediately resume such regular activities as walking down stairs and climbing up elevator cables.
Todd Beckman founded MassageLuXe with the notion that five-star service should not be limited to pricey hotels. Today, the spa's team of massage therapists and aestheticians continues to realize and build upon Todd's initial aspirations. A spa day at MassageLuXe includes all the perks one might expect from a vacation resort, from facials and massages to full-body waxing and baths in warm, effervescent champagne. The company's services tend to exceed expectations in other ways, too; along with standard massages such as Swedish and deep tissue, therapists are proficient in specialty modalities such as bio-mat, reflexology, and aromatherapy.
To foster healthy, radiant skin, the aestheticians at SkinSpa at Salon Escape rely on the Dermalogica face-mapping system––a unique form of skin analysis that is only available at Dermalogica-authorized facilities. During the 5- to 10-minute procedure, a skin expert examines each of the face's 14 zones inch by inch using both sight and touch, noting each zone's unique characteristics and average rainfall on a prescription sheet. This sheet then serves as a visual guide for both client and staff as they decide on a suitable treatment plan, whether it be an ultracalming facial for irritated or inflamed skin or a photofacial for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Though they spend much of their time focusing on the face, the aestheticians also tend to skin below the neck with custom massages and exfoliating body polishes and can wax away unwanted hair wherever it sprouts.
The experienced staff at Beautiful Body Laser understand that starting a weight-loss regimen can feel about as inspiring as alphabetizing your receipts. To help, they tailored three separate programs geared toward motivating clients while providing visible results. A body-detoxification program aims to quickly cleanse the body, leaving a blank slate to inspire continued healthy eating and fitness. Also offered is a doctor-designed weight loss program. Finally, lipo-laser systems such as Erchonia nudge the body into naturally flushing out fat in hard-to-shrink places, such as the lower belly and love handles.
Stepping into the lobby of Beautiful Body Laser seems more like dropping by the home of a hip friend than a professional med spa.