Dr. Bernard, resident physician of Park Place, A Medical Spa, attempts to foil the effects of aging and excess body blubber with noninvasive med-spa procedures. His trio of chemical peels uses either powerful phenol, trichloroacetic acid, or gentler alphahydroxy acid to unveil younger-looking skin. He leaves countenances supple enough to invent never-before-seen expressions with custom facials, and sweeps away surface imperfections such as fine lines, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation with microdermabrasion.
In addition to skincare-focused services, the doctor performs health- and body-related treatments, such as K1 whole-body vibration, which aims to improve circulation and muscle tone with oscillating vibrations created by thousands of mexican jumping beans. Also making the list are Lipo-Ex treatments—which harness advanced technology to smooth cellulite and tighten sagging skin—hydrogen-peroxide teeth-whitening, and laser hair-removal treatments.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lewis Obi of Renaissance Center for Cosmetic Renewal has assembled a staff dedicated to the artistry of beauty-enhancing therapies. A Jacksonville native, Dr. Obi served in the United States Marine Corps and graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a pharmacy degree. He then continued his medical education at the University of Miami, where his medical thesis was published in the international magazine Medical World News.
Dr. Obi performs myriad plastic-surgery procedures such as face-lifts, tummy tucks, and liposuction, as well as minimally and noninvasive laser procedures ranging from skin tightening to laser hair removal. He and his technicians also perform facial cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and photofacial treatments that aim to treat a variety of skin types and ailments, such as rosacea, sun damage, and Sharpie unibrows.
Even before taking their place on the massage table or in a heated pedicure chair, customers who walk into Elite Salon & Day Spa have a sense of the luxurious relaxation they can expect. They're greeted with complimentary beverages before being ushered into softly lit private rooms where candles flicker, and stress is submerged under a wash of relaxing music. Among other services, aestheticians improve skin with facials that use Rep?chage products, a seaweed-based line manufactured in the United States. For those who need a getaway from family responsibilities or a stressful job turning the sun on and off every day, spa packages sequester guests in serenity for three to seven hours.
A lobby decked out with leather chairs, stained wood, tiles, and flowers greets visitors to Massage Bliss & Day Spa, preparing them for a spa visit that melts away the stress and responsibilities of the modern workday. Soft, low lights and gauzy curtains hang over heated massage beds, and two candlelit couples-massage suites surround pairs in a sensual glow during romantic anniversaries or ill-advised first dates. Deep-cleaning facials flush out clogged pores and stimulate blood flow with natural ingredients, such as apple pulp and flaxseed, and aromatic salts and coconut oils soothe digits during spa mani-pedis. The day spa's arsenal of sophisticated technologies beautifies and rejuvenates bodies, with its infrared sauna detoxifying and purifying skin and its TriActive laser smoothing out dimpling and cellulite.
Pampered and Polished Spa in the Arlington area of Jacksonville is a full-service spa and salon providing skin and esthetician services. The low-key treatment center offers everything from facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures to a variety of body work and massage therapy services, including couples massage, Swedish massage, hot stone massage and full-service hair options. Soothing and calm with rattan chairs, a palm tree tropical theme, bamboo rolling shades and dim track lighting, the sea foam soft colors and dimly lit therapy rooms at Pampered and Polished Spa provide relaxation and comfort. A mural of a large tree in the lobby feels calm and serene, and the prices won’t make you lose your cool, either. For the budget-conscious, weekly specials and holiday packages are available as well.
Licensed paramedical aesthetician Stephanie Bell has stayed abreast of technological advances throughout her career, which spans more than a decade. At Total Body Aesthetics, which is celebrating its six-year anniversary at a new location with five studios, she equips clients with HCG diets, Synergy AMS treatments, and Formostar body wraps to help them lose inches and stay fit. To assist with skincare, she buffs and purifies faces with Clarisonic brushes, which pulse at 300 movements per minute, as fast as a Ferrari?s standing heart rate.
Bell balances the clinical feel of high-tech gadgets with the welcoming feel of earthy decor. Private treatment rooms brim with natural light filtering through thatched blinds. Plants add an organic touch, as do thick, sand-colored linens.