After more than two decades of practicing surgery in the area, Dr. Luis Viñas—a board-certified plastic surgeon—decided to open L.A. Viñas Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in 2009. Here, he performs and supervises cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries, as well as preventative procedures alongside a well-trained staff of medical assistants, aestheticians, and a physician-assistant laser specialist. The med spa specializes in anti-aging treatments, including injectables, chemical peels, and laser treatments that resurface skin to minimize wrinkles, age spots, and scarring.
The center’s massage therapists specialize in postoperative lymphatic drainage techniques, which help reduce inflammation, prevent scarring, and speed healing by enhancing the system’s ability to filter out toxins hiding behind cardboard replicas of the lungs. In addition to his surgical duties, Dr. Viñas partnered with his daughter to create a skincare line—V Therapeutic—that targets acne without stripping away moisture.
At Gardens Laser Spa, Dr. Douglas D. Dedo and Dr. Neil C. Goodman combine more than 40 years of experience to offer their patients the latest advancements in medical cosmetic procedures. Both doctors are leaders in the field of laser aesthetics and train other physicians in cosmetic technologies. The duo has performed 8,000 successful liposuction procedures and more than 15,000 cosmetic injectable treatments.
Dr. Dedo—who is triple board certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, cosmetic surgery, and otolaryngology—is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Miami and the recipient of numerous awards for his medical and volunteer work. He specializes in face-lifts, such as the 3-2-1 laser face-lift, a procedure that he developed with Dr. Goodman. This less invasive face-lift allows patients to have three areas treated and go back to work within two days with only one intraoperative laser treatment.
Dr. Goodman is a board-certified gynecological surgeon and a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. An expert in laser-assisted liposuction, Dr. Goodman acts as a consultant for Sciton and Palomar Technologies , advising them with potential improvements for their laser equipment and laser-tag strategies.
Dr. Ravinder Jarial, the head of RSJ Plastic Surgery, performs cosmetic procedures with innovative techniques to help his patients achieve their aesthetic goals. His goal for each cosmetic treatment or reconstructive surgery is simple: natural-looking results. Dr. Jarial also offers reconstructive, cosmetic, and pediatric plastic surgery. His work has been recently profiled in the Sun-Sentinel and he graced the cover of Banzai Wellness magazine in October 2012.
Dr. David Rankin, the chief of plastic surgery at St. Mary's Medical Center, combines years of medical experience with finely honed aesthetic sensibilities. Deftly wielding the tools of his trade, from surgical procedures to noninvasive injections, he helps clients obtain the physical forms they desire. Dr. Rankin's compatriot, Dr. Jill Lezaic, offers up noninvasive laser treatments that resurface skin, remove tattoos, and make undesirably hairy areas as bald as the lies of people who say driver’s licenses are necessary. Aqua's opulent interior puts visitors at ease, with an elegant reception area that features shimmering purple lights on the front desk and miniature chandeliers, casting soft illumination and providing handholds for magically shrunken musketeers.
Working with state-of-the-art equipment and a wide range of non-invasive therapies, Dr. Man and his highly trained staff harvest aches, pains, and injuries from weary folds of flesh. During the thermal massage-bed treatment, heated vibrations gently shake battered bodies, increasing blood circulation, sweeping out toxins, and speeding up the body’s chi. Blasts of pressurized oxygen define the hyperbaric oxygen-therapy session, in which high air pressure enables lungs to draw in greater amounts of oxygen. Although oxygen isn’t absolutely necessary for life, this extra shot of O2 is definitely beneficial—when circulated through the blood and cerebral-spinal fluids, it promotes healing and extends the time patients can hold their breath while relieving fountains of their change.
In Dr. Andrew Ress's long career, he's worked at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the country. Not only has the doctor earned degrees at Cornell and the University of Miami, but he also served as Chief Resident at the Mayo Clinic, and even held a research fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. In fact, he's made multiple contributions to the field of plastic surgery, co-authoring several peer-reviewed papers and even co-holding a patent related to the key ingredient in Botox.
It's no wonder then, that men and women trust the doctor and his staff to perform all sorts of complex cosmetic procedures, not just the ones that involve drawing smiley faces on their cheeks. Some come to his office for simple non-surgical services, such as medical-grade chemical peels or fat-reducing CoolSculpting treatments. Other patients seek more involved procedures, from face and neck lifts to tummy tucks.