As if being a board-certified plastic surgeon and private-practice owner wasn't enough, Dr. John M. Pitman further distinguishes himself as one of only six plastic surgeons currently in the U.S. Army to have reached the rank of Colonel. He served in Operation Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom, the last of which saw him helping more than 250 severely wounded soldiers. These experiences—along with his national research on scar minimization and wound healing—have honed Dr. Pitman’s skill set, which he displays during plastic surgery procedures at Peninsula Plastic Surgery's three offices.
At the Williamsburg location's tranquil Medspa Helene, master aestheticians encourage more youthful complexions with traditional facials, chemical peels, and sclerotherapy. Anti-aging products such as Obagi and Priori help revivify facades, while doctor-administered dermal fillers temporarily fill in wrinkles and Scantron test bubbles.
Specializing in medical and aesthetic skin treatments, the staff at the Dermatology Center of Williamsburg scans skin for trouble spots before employing advanced rejuvenation techniques. Using a diamond-tipped wand, the aesthetician gently sloughs away the top layer of skin and dead cells for an equally posh alternative to buffing the face and neck with aged champagne. Microdermabrasion can increase cell turnover to help combat blackheads, uneven complexion, and oily texture. Like a trip in a time machine, the resurfacing treatment can reduce fine wrinkles, age spots, and sun damage, but may also increase the size of mobile phones.
At James A. Burden, D.D.S. & Associates, comfort and care pave the road to healthy smiles. Here, more than 20 staffers welcome patients with warm personalities and homey accoutrements such as televisions, toys, and a children's stool shaped like an oversized tooth. A duo of dentists—Drs. Burden and Maharty—performs the full gamut of services, from checkups and cleanings to cosmetic treatments such as Invisalign and custom-made veneers. Armed with advanced training in dental implants, Dr. Burden fills mouth gaps with sturdy, natural-looking prosthetic teeth rather than marshmallows shaped like vampire fangs. The dentists also ease patient anxiety with either laughing gas or a pill that produces a mild, conscious sedation, and accommodate busy-bees with early morning and evening appointment slots.
Realizing that every minute spent primping takes away from their clients' free time, the staff of Body & Sol Tanning Boutique streamlines their services so clients can get in, get bronzed, and get out. Clients can simply walk in to the chain location closest to home, after which they consult with the Smart Tan-certified staff over which tanning method is most suitable for their skin. After deciding on intensity and length of sessions, clients hop into one of the five tiers of UV bed. The salon also offers UV-free options such as the automated Mystic HD booth, which is loaded with four different shades of tanning pigment, all of which seep into skin through the use of heated rays. Clients can choose to deepen tans with a range of Devoted Creations tanning accelerators, or simply heighten a tan's contrast with surgically implanted angel wings or the salon's BleachBright teeth-whitening kits.
For Tammy D'Eramo, semi-permanent makeup isn't about vanity—it's about self-esteem and confidence for clients who might have difficulty applying makeup themselves. At Advanced Dermagraphics, Inc., she wields a steady hand to perform this intricate service, which she's mastered over more than 12 years in the business. As a licensed master permanent cosmetic practitioner/aesthetician, Tammy complements her makeup services with other clinical treatments: eyelash enhancement, facials, peels, masks, and skin needling, a nonsurgical skin-rejuvenation technique that stokes collagen production to fill wrinkles and camouflage scars naturally.
SmileLabs of Virginia's teeth-whitening experts empower visitors to go toe-to-toe against enamel discoloration with an arsenal of peroxide-based whitening gels, which have little to no effect on tooth sensitivity. During SmileLabs' signature, in-office treatments, patrons sit comfortably in a specially designed chair before wielding an easy-to-use brush applicator to coat their own gumstones in whitening gel. An LED lamp attached to the chair then shines cold blue light at food-destroyers to accelerate the gel's tooth-blanching ingredients. After the half-hour session, clients prepare to flash grins bright enough to temporarily blind an angry, rapidly approaching linebacker.