Athenix’s staff of board-certified plastic and cosmetic surgeons and body-contouring specialists help mold patients into smoother, slimmer, less dimpled versions of themselves. With the help of the FDA–approved VelaShape contouring device, the friendly technicians safely purge derma dents by combining infrared light energy with specially designed rollers to treat both the upper layers of skin and the deeper, more philosophical tissues without the side effects of invasive surgery. By actually minimizing the size of fat cells and their chambers, VelaShape can produce long-lasting results, guaranteeing a well-tailored birthday suit that can be worn from season to season.
Rumor has it that stylist Leticia Visarraga was born with a comb in her hand. It wouldn't be a surprise given her precision when cutting and coloring hair. Nestled in her cozy Allure Salon chair, clients can seek everything from a simple bang trim to a comprehensive styling package complete with conditioning, layers, and specialty color processes such as purple and black ombre highlights.
While many children and teens spend time deciding what they want to be when they grow up, Dr. Jeffrey Rice knew immediately. His father and grandfather were both dentists, and today he continues the lineage in an office that practices the full range of dentistry. He partners with three other dentists to form a qualified quartet that combines their specialties in implantology, endodontics, and cosmetic dentistry to restore the appearance, structure, and function of teeth.
The team emphasizes high-quality dentistry, and they demonstrate that commitment with treatments that are designed to last a long time. Their dental implants can look like and function as natural teeth for up to 20 years, thanks to their independence from neighboring teeth and the US Constitution’s lack of term limits for teeth. They also treat clients with amalgam and gold fillings that keep teeth chewing for more than 20 years, and their composite resin fillings give tooth holes 10-year reprieves while blending in with the rest of the tooth.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
After several years as a clinical chemist, Richard Amstadter decided he would rather treat patients than work in a lab. So he enrolled at the University of San Francisco School of Dentistry, the first stop on a path that culminated in his own Modesto practice. His services—personalized for every patient—range from routine dental-hygiene checkups to fitting mouths with crowns, veneers, and Invisalign braces. To ensure comfort every step of the way, he relies on tools such as digital X-ray machines and CAD/CAM technology, which swiftly manufactures crowns so patients needn’t schedule multiple visits or erect a campsite in the waiting room.
Led by Dr. Grace Kwon Hong, SkinRenew Laser Medical Center’s physician-only team unearths youthful countenances and helps to maintain overall skin strength. During the microdermabrasion treatment, a physician deftly manipulates a handheld tool that directs minute aluminum-oxide crystals across the epidermis, gently exfoliating away dead cells to reveal the more even complexion and healthier skin that’s been biding its time in the dermis ever since Guiding Light went off the air.
Delusional Shears Salon’s team of beautifiers revivifies bods from toes to beehives with services included haircuts, spray tans, and teeth whitening. Fueled by professional-grade products from TIGI Catwalk, Joico, and Paul Mitchell, Delusional's stylists renovate worn-out scalps, snipping away split ends or shaving designs such as sports logos or favorite texting abbreviations into ’dos. The team’s nail techs also mend ragged nails, covering damage with boldly colored acrylic extensions.