Treat the person, not the symptoms. That is the philosophy board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. H. Michael Bass has followed during a medical career that’s stretched across more than a thousand cosmetic surgeries. It’s also what guides him in his work as medical director of Danik MedSpa. Though the advanced spa center offers a range of surgical treatments, including rhinoplasty and breast augmentation, its menu is also filled with a variety of nonsurgical aesthetic services that focus on body sculpting, hair removal, anti-aging, and weight loss. Their unique body contouring treatments utilizes 16 similar but unique techniques, with the variations in the methods causing "muscle confusion" that can be especially effective in toning and expelling extra weight from the body, particularly in stubborn areas. During facials and chemical peels, the center's aestheticians restore firmness, clear away blemishes, and nourish careworn skin with products from the experts at SkinCeuticals, SkinMedica, Obagi, and Abella. When not slimming waistlines with weekly HCG injections, they also turn to the latest laser systems to carefully remove unwanted hair, veins, and tattoos.
The Arch of the Foot: Stay Supportive
Replacing or repairing worn-out shoes is one way to protect your arches. Read on to learn why it’s important to take care of your foot bridges.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, the average person takes between 8,000 and 10,000 steps a day. Over the course of a lifetime, in some estimates, that amounts to four trips around the earth. Each of those roughly 115,000 miles puts immense pressure on the arches of your feet, making it vital to maintain even arch support. Unsupported arches can cause the feet to rotate in or out as you walk, knocking knees and hips out of alignment and putting unnecessary pressure on the shins, thighs, pelvis, and back. Proper arch support keeps the foot's relatively weak muscles from over-extending, preventing fatigue and absorbing the constant shock.
When selecting a shoe, arch support should be a chief concern, especially if you have a job that requires standing for hours at a time, such as a waiter or statue. But because arch height varies from person to person and often changes—when you're pregnant, for instance—finding supportive shoes can be difficult. Over-the-counter shoe inserts and custom-made orthotics can help, and skilled cobblers can reshape shoes to add more support or cushioning. On the same note, much of the blame for uneven arches often lies in normal wear and tear, which can be remedied with another cobbling specialty: the addition of new heels or soles.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Beautiful Vision is a full service medical and aesthetics practice that provides eye, skin, cosmetic, and surgical services. Our services include Eyelid surgery, Fractora (skin resurfacing), Forma Firm (skin tightening), Botox, Body Contouring, glaucoma and cataract treatment, and facial plastics.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
The goal of the practice is to offer an innovative approach to providing healthcare while providing the highest quality customer service in the area by creating a positive working environment for the employees to foster only the best care to our patients.
What do you love most about your job?
I love providing excellent care to my patients and aiding them in living more fulfilled, healthy lives.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Every reaction I receive from my patients is equally special to me. From the flights, bags, and jewelry to the tears of joy, loving hugs, and delicious home baked goods.
Drs. Barry Concool and Marc Bosem helm the Correctvision Laser Institute and have performed more than 40,000 LASIK procedures combined. And though he is eager to help their patients cast off their glasses, contacts, and opera lorgnettes with LASIK, that's not all they do.
Teaming up with Dr. Michelle Gonzalez—the institute's Spanish-speaking clinical director and optometrist—they offer a wide range of corrective-vision procedures, such as cataract surgery and conductive keratoplasty, which uses radio frequency instead of lasers to improve farsightedness. They even smooth over wrinkles with Botox, dermal fillers, and spackling paste.
Dr. Charles Goldsmith was a successful OB/GYN. His practice was thriving, but his patients weren't. Each of them was worried about weight loss and attempting their own home-brewed ideas of how to drop those last few pounds. Rather than see his patients rely on misinformation, Dr. Goldsmith, soon to become widely known as Dr. G, created his four-pronged approach to weight loss.
Targeting appetite, metabolism, diet, and habits, Dr. G's physician-supervised plan works to not only change people's consumption, but change their lifestyles. From a five-day cleanse that evicts toxins from the body to a physician-supervised program including dietary supplements, Dr. G keeps his clients' systems humming like tuneful supersonic jets. His additional cosmetic services, such as teeth whitening and Revitalash, help to ensure clients' exteriors are as pampered as their interiors.
Formerly a med spa, Soluna MD shifted gears in 2008 to focus more on the “med” aspect of the med spa, eschewing treatments whose job was only to pamper in favor of treatments that produced visible results, such as sclerotherapy, Botox, IPL facials, and chemical peels. But instead of letting its new medical services turn the office into a cold, clinical place, Soluna MD retained much of its med-spa comforts and ambiance. Patients relax atop padded massage beds during such treatments as SolunaSculpt SmartLipo Ultra, which permanently removes fat cells with a combination of ultrasound waves, lasers, and tiny incisions.
Before any treatment, patients can grab complimentary coffee and the occasional cake and cookies. They can also take advantage of consultations with cosmetic surgeon John W. Chang to learn more about Soluna MD's services or to discuss the advantages of adding a third ear to the elbow.