Aesthetic Impact

If you’ve been lingering in the mirror for a little too long lately, poking and proding, lifting and wishing, you’re not alone. Everyone wants to look their best. We’ve consulted with a few area beauty makers to help you understand what some of your treatment options are in today’s every-evolving medical field — whether you want to improve upon your skin, your smile or anything in between.
Text by Jacquelyn Benson. Photos by Chantal Lawrie | June 22, 2018 | People

Dr. Maria Yazji
Contemporary Orthodontics
500 Brickell Ave., Ste. M-204, Miami

Undergoing treatments to improve your looks is a great gift to yourself — but sometimes, we’d rather no one be able to tell we’re getting work done. That’s why orthodontist Dr. Maria Yazji specializes in Invisalign and Incognito braces, which get your smile looking straight and fabulous without any visible gear. But straightening is only one of the ways Dr. Yazji, who is in the top percentile of Invisalign and Incognito providers, works to perfect smiles. “We look to restore lost volume to the face and lips by adding FDA-approved fillers,” she explains, “And we minimize wrinkles around the mouth with Botox so as to showcase the smile, like a good frame around a picture.” Her office, Contemporary Orthodontics, also provides services for teeth whitening, gum lifting and tooth reshaping. “When it comes to obtaining a great smile, every detail counts,” she says.

At the top of her field, Dr. Yazji understands that a great smile goes a long way — and her patients have shared this happens both in terms of how you feel and how the outside world perceives you.

Doctor’s Memo
Keep Your Smile Gleaming From End To End
“To help keep teeth white, rinse or brush after consuming dark foods or liquids — especially coffee, which can be worse for staining your teeth than tobacco.”

True or false?
Retainers must be worn for life after orthodontics. True. Teeth tend to shift throughout life, just as a natural consequence of aging. Therefore, in order to keep them in their corrected positions, retainers should be worn regularly.

Q: Do whitening toothpastes work?

A:According to the American Dental Association, all toothpastes can help with removing surface stains, as they contain mild abrasives. Whitening toothpastes — at least, those that are ADA approved — have ingredients that help polish and remove more staining. Unlike bleaches, these ADA Accepted products do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth.

BY the #S

Percentage of folks who believe people with straight teeth are much more likely to get the job they’re applying for.




73 %
Percentage of people more likely to trust someone with straight teeth — in life and on the job.




Percentage of those who wouldn’t go on a second date with someone who has crooked teeth.




Percentage willing to forego something for a year in exchange for a straight smile.



Dr. John Martin
Dr. John Martin
2912 S. Douglas Rd., Coral Gables

Dr. John Martin is committed to helping people look their best. “We’re here for men and women who want to improve their appearance using a combination of cutting-edge laser technology with advanced surgical techniques,” he says. At his office in Coral Gables, Dr. Martin offers a wide range of high-tech services such as necklifts, facelifts, browlifts and eyelid surgery. “We have a variety of lasers for skin rejuvenation, and do fillers including fat transfers, and Botox and Dysport injections,” he says. He also stays up-to-date on the latest advances, including new skin-rejuvenating lasers such as Ulthera and Fractionated CO2, and a new method for fat transfer that increases the time fat survives in the skin. “Refreshed, glowing and evenly toned skin can make a person appear beautiful,” he says.

Dr. Martin aims to help both men and women improve their outward appearance with the latest techniques and methods proven to get the best aesthetic results with as little complications
as possible.

Doctor’s Memo
Everyone Can Take Little Steps That Lead To Better Skin
“To improve the appearance of the skin, you should be using some sort of a retinol product on a daily basis. This will help to exfoliate the outer dead cells, and works to improve the appearance of fine lines and age spots.”

True or false?
We don’t know the long-term effects of toxins Botox and Dysport that are used to decrease wrinkles in the upper part of the face. False. Since the early ‘80s, patients have been injected with botulinum toxin to treat spasms in the eyelid muscles, a condition called blepharospasm. After 30 years of injections in these patients, no long-term side-effects have been seen.

Q: I have developed a lot of fine lines and wrinkles in my face, and have noticed that my cheeks have flattened through the years. I’m not interested in a facelift yet, so what are my options?

A:One of the best options for a face that has lost volume is a fat transfer. The loss of volume that occurs with aging can make the face appear sunken, with lots of deep lines and exposed cheekbones. Fat can be harvested from elsewhere on the body and injected into the face, to help plump-up the cheeks and fill in any hollow areas. It results in a very natural rejuvenation, and is often a better option than a facelift for many people.

BY the #S

The percentage of people the ASPS estimates opt for Botox treatments who are women.




The average span of months that a typical Botox injection lasts for.





Where Botox/Dysport ranks on the list of common non-surgical cosmetic procedures.




Where cosmetic eyelid surgery ranks on the list of most popular procedures.



Dr. Juan Remos
Wellness Institute Of The Americas
6705 Red Rd. Ste. 314, Coral Gables
888 Brickell Ave., 6th Floor, Miami

When it comes to improving your sense of well-being, the services at the Wellness Institute Of The Americas run the gamut: cellular treatments, detoxifying therapies, genetic testing, telomere preservation, hormone optimization, mind-body-spirit balancing, intestinal health, enhanced cellular breathing, and nutrition and fitness programs that fit your genetic design are only a partial list. “We want to help improve your sense of well-being, your ability to wake-up every morning full of desire to take on a new day,” says Dr. Juan Remos, who continually pushes himself to gain expertise in the latest discoveries and techniques regarding aging. To that end, he uses his knowledge to design targeted treatments and programs for his patients. “My patients shouldn’t get sick or feel tired,” he says. “If they are, then I’ve failed. Obviously, we’re all human beings and we all feel lousy every once in a while, but we make it our goal to minimize that experience.”

For Dr. Remos, making sure that his patients are reaching their optimum energy and wellness levels is a top priority that he aims to achieve every day.

Doctor’s Memo
Alleviate The Stress In Your Life Whenever Possible
“Stress is the top cause of human illness — if you don’t manage it effectively, you can forget the rest. Another piece of advice? Vary your exercise and have a cheat day once a week in your diet.”

True or false?
Cabbage and grapefruit can burn body fat. False. Not a single food can burn fat. Some things like caffeine or supplements like 7 Keto or CLA do help use fat more efficiently, but it’s not enough to cause noticeable weight loss. The best way to lose weight is to seek a metabolic rate that will burn more calories than you consume. The key is your metabolism — it’s your body’s mechanism of energy consumption.

Q: Currently, there’s some controversy regarding the value of taking natural supplements. What is the science behind it?

A:There’s overwhelming evidence that certain natural supplements — if taken in the right does — will benefit you and prevent disease. Recommendations for daily use include Probiotics, Vitamin D, Resveratrol, Glutathione, NAC, Alpha Lipoic Acid, green tea, fish oil, flaxseed, black currant, primrose oil, turmeric and curcumin.

BY the #S

The amount of heart attacks that occur in patients with normal cholesterol.




The number of the 6 most common causes of death in the U.S. related to diet and stress.




30 Million
The approximate amount of American men who have trouble with their erections.




70 Million
The estimated number of energy drinks sold every day throughout the U.S.