Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board Feminine Rejuvenation Expert: Dr. Monte Slater

Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging, SlaterMD.com

Dr. Monte Slater - Perfect Day Photos For millions of women that suffer from incontinence, a simple laugh, sneeze, or workout can evoke a sense of panic. Whether childbirth or time have taken a toll on your body, Dr. Monte Slater of Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging reveals how feminine rejuvenation can help you get your life back.

What is a common misconception about feminine rejuvenation?

Many associate feminine rejuvenation with improved sexual function, and while it does offer this benefit, it also can improve urinary incontinence.

What quality-of-life benefits does feminine rejuvenation offer?

Many women who have given birth have some form of urinary leakage, most of which is not severe enough to require surgery. These women are advised by their gynecologists to double down on their Kegel exercises and wait until they become a candidate for surgery. In the meantime, women are being held hostage by this issue. Correcting pelvic dysfunction problems such as stress urinary incontinence, even if mild, can profoundly affect one’s sense of well-being and self-confidence.

What types of feminine rejuvenation are available?

We are excited to be able to offer women an alternative to surgery, improved urinary and sexual function, and a definite improvement in quality of life. Our various female rejuvenation techniques address issues of stress urinary incontinence, improved vaginal tissue health, and improved sexual and libido function. Methods we use to accomplish these include V-Lase®, a laser-based treatment, ThermiVa®, a radio-frequency based treatment, the O-Shot®, which utilizes platelet-rich plasma, and bioidentical hormone replacement for women.


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Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board Vein Health Expert: Dr. Louis Prevosti

VEINatlanta, VeinAtlanta.com

VEINatlanta - Perfect Day PhotosThe secret to legs you love? According to Dr. Louis Prevosti of VEINatlanta it’s maintaining their health. Here, he offers advice on how to take care of them for years to come.

What signs/symptoms should people look for as it relates to vein disease?

One out of three women experience vein disease, yet many ignore their symptoms. Symptoms may include achy, heavy, swollen or tired legs. Changes in the skin can also occur, such as redness, discoloration, itchiness, and exceptional dryness, along with a burning sensation or numbness. In advanced cases, skin breakdown and ulceration can develop.

Is there anything people can do to limit their risk for developing common vein conditions?

Some risk factors are unavoidable, i.e., family history and female gender. However, the risk of developing vein disease can be lowered by avoiding prolonged sitting or standing, exercising, eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight.

Why is it so important for working professionals to seek the care of a vein specialist? Many professions require prolonged sitting or standing, which can put individuals at a greater risk for developing vein disease. Vein disease is a progressive medical condition and can become worse if left untreated. A dedicated vein specialist can restore your legs, beginning with an accurate diagnosis and a customized treatment plan. Most treatments are covered by insurance. If you experience any symptoms, call VEINatlanta at 404-662-3407 or visit VEINatlanta.com for your free screening today!

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Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board Body Plastic Surgery Expert: Dr. Stanley Okoro

Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, GeorgiaPlastic.com 

You’re ready to tackle the lumps and bumps you see in the mirror, but need some direction. “What does a mommy makeover actually entail?” Dr. Stanley Okoro of Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery offers insight into how to find the right cosmetic treatment for you.

Dr. Stanley Okoro - GA Plastic - Perfect Day PhotosYou’ve spent the last 10 to 15 years concentrating on your children, and now it’s time to focus on yourself.

Mothers deserve to have their body back after pregnancy. We can do breast augmentations and/or lifts and combine them with tummy tucks to give our patients their pre-pregnancy bodies.

What should people look for when choosing a doctor?

Always pick a board-certified plastic surgeon. Real plastic surgeons have more training, and most importantly, can treat any complications that arise from their procedures.

What can people do to maximize their results?

Maintain, maintain, maintain! All patients should uphold a healthy lifestyle with a well-balanced diet and exercise routine after any procedure.

What would you tell people who are concerned about the price of cosmetic procedures?

I often tell my patients, “Do you want it done right, or do you want it done cheap?” In the long run, if patients are looking for the cheapest cosmetic option, they often end up paying more because they need revisions. People should also consider their safety over price.

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Ming Matthews - Bob Steele - Perfect Day PhotosOver 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board Hair Expert: Ming Matthews

Bob Steele Salon, BobSteele.com

Try these five tips from Ming Matthews of Bob Steele Salon for haute tresses that stand the test of time.

1. Let it Grow

Women often think that once they hit 40, it’s time to go short. Some women can pull it off, but the majority can’t. Look at the overwhelming number of Hollywood stars who are over 40, most have long to mid-length hair. If you want a new style, add color or bangs.

2. Say No to Structure

Super structured updos are a big no-no. This can create an old-fashioned look.

3. Don’t Keep Your Cool

Ashy hair color has a cool undertone that often appears gray. Sometimes, this cool tone makes skin look pale and sickly.

4. Add Moisture 

Healthy hair should routinely include products like the Kérastase Densifique Densimorphose Thickening Treatment Mousse, which creates density without weight. Products like these allow moisture to be held in the hair, making it look plump and hydrated.

5. Talk it Out
If there is a look you desire, talk about it with your stylist. Discuss the length in detail—an inch is always an inch but show the stylist what you think an inch will be. As far as color, bring photos. Be open to discussing the possibility that your hair may or may not be able to change on the first try. Often, we can achieve your goal, but it may take a few months as not to damage your hair.

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By: Annie Paschal


No matter how many squats I’ve done, I have never seen a noticeable difference in the cellulite on the back of my thighs. I was so excited to try ThermiSmooth Body, a revolutionary treatment from Amachi Med Spa. The procedure uses targeted radio frequency waves to reduce the appearance of cellulite and tighten the skin. It’s the same technology that is used for facial tightening treatments just on a larger scale.


I was lucky enough to have spa director Majeedah Id-Deen (or MJ as she is known around the location) administer my treatment. She is a certified aesthetician and has been working with a variety of lasers to perform everything from skin tightening to fat and cellulite reduction on her patients.

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To get ready for the treatment, I put on my Amachi Med Spa robe and got belly down on the bench. A black panel was placed against the skin on my stomach so the machine could run its radio frequency current continuously from the device through the body and back again.


Overall, the treatment just felt like a warm massage. MJ made sure to keep the stroke pattern different (sometimes circular, sometimes up and down) so the machine never got too hot. What’s great about this machine is that it has a programmable setting to control the temperature. So once that is set, it will never go above a certain degree. The temps are based on a patient’s needs, which keeps the person comfortable and takes away the possibility of burning.


The treatment is usually done in six different sessions with about a month of time in between each one. Clients will start to see results after the first three sessions and the tightening and fat reduction is estimated to last about 18 months.


For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Majeedah Id-Deen of Amachi Med Spa.


Details: 770.285.1776. AmachiMedSpa.com. 2285 Asquith Ave. SW. Ste. 200, Marietta, GA 30008.


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By: Patti Stephens


As the publisher of Atlanta Best Media, I stay pretty busy. I usually only take time out to treat myself to a Pilates class so I was excited to get pampered and try this treatment. Alison O’Neil, a licensed medical esthetician, who has been in the business for thirty-some years, also trained for eight years in dermatology, cosmetology and esthetics. She’s one of Atlanta’s best-kept secrets only seeing about 12 patients a week.

Alison O’Neil L. M. E.

Alison O’Neil L.M.E.

Before my treatment, Alison sat down to tell me exactly what she planned to do, what to expect and what I may feel. She took extra time to get to know me, learn about my normal skincare routine, (products I use, diet and exercise). We talked a lot about good skin beginning with good nutrition! We are very much in agreement with that. She also talked about stress and emotional factors that can play a role in your skincare needs. The No-Peel Peel is gentle and can help reduce fine lines, the size of your pores, improve skin tone and even help calm rosacea.


She began my treatment by removing my makeup and cleaning my skin. Once she applied the treatment, she routinely checked in on my comfort level since it does tingle a little. I was never uncomfortable but you can really feel it working. The product was on for about 10 minutes before Alison thoroughly removed it. As the product was removed, my skin felt so refreshed! My chin and around my nose were a bit red but that was gone within about 30 minutes. I saw progressive improvements in my skin tone throughout the evening and into the next day. One huge bonus for me was the sample Alison sent me home with of Stemulation, a serum that stimulates the natural growth and reproduction of skin cells. My skin feels so soft and has a nice “dewy glow.”


This treatment is meant to be done in a series of three. I can’t wait to see results from the next one after seeing such positive results from just one. Stay tuned and I will keep you posted on my follow-up.


Details: 404.256.7520. ItsYourSkin.co. 5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. Ste. 135. Atlanta, GA 30342.

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By Wyndi Kappes


The Vivace treatment uses a combination of laser and needling to deliver even more impressive skin smoothing and tightening results than traditional microneedling. Thirty-six insulated needles go deeper into the skin than other needling treatments to stimulate regeneration of the dermis while radio frequencies heat and help tighten skin. We joined esthetician, Meghan Scott, and loyal Best Self Atlanta reader Gillian Greer as she underwent her third Vivace treatment.


Upon Gillian’s arrival, her face was cleaned and she had the opportunity to relax as the numbing cream began to take effect. During the treatment, Gillian says she felt a warm sensation and that the laser wasn’t painful.


Afterward, her skin was slightly red and Gillian said her face felt warm, similar to a sunburn. Meghan explained that a small amount of redness is typical the day of the treatment but usually goes away the following day. She also noted that makeup can be applied seven hours after the treatment.


Meghan recommends beginning with three treatments over the course of three months and undergoing a treatment every 30 days. Atlanta Face & Body will send you a reminder to come in for each appointment, so there’s no stress to rebook!


As for her results so far, Gillian had this to say,  “I could see a difference after the first treatment. After my second treatment, my friends started noticing a change and I could really see and feel a difference in the texture of my skin. After the third treatment, I can feel a difference in the tightness of my skin and neck. I keep touching my skin because I can’t believe how smooth if feels! You will not be disappointed with this treatment but do the series of three to see maximum benefits and you will look great!”


For more on this procedure, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Meghan Scott using the Vivace treatment at Atlanta face & Body.


Details: 678.888.3223, AtlantaFaceAndBody.com, 3200 Cobb Pkwy. #205 Atlanta, GA. 30339.


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By: Annie Paschal

When the elevator doors open to the Jurlique spa, which is on the second floor of the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, your nose is immediately filled with the aroma of rose. Turn the corner and along the back wall, you see a stunning floor-to-ceiling image of Jurlique’s Australian rose farm. This very farm is where ingredients for the brand’s signature skin care products have been harvested from for the past 30 years.

Once I changed into my plush robe, I started my relaxation journey by sipping on jasmine tea in the softly lit lounge. My esthetician, Violeta Pilici, came in and led me to the treatment room, where essential oils were being defused and tranquil music was playing.

Before beginning my Ultimate Radiance Facial, Violeta gently sprayed the Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist over my face and instructed me to take three deep breaths to help me destress.

Next, Violeta used The Balancing Foaming Cleanser to cleanse my skin and remove excess oils. She then applied The Daily Exfoliating Cream and massaged my skin with it to remove any dead skin cells. Afterward, Violeta assessed my face and informed me that after doing a few extractions on my nose (a problem area of mine), she would use The Moisture Replenishing Mask to help heal my dry winter skin.

While the face mask worked its magic, Violeta gave me a spectacular hand and forearm massage. After a week spent typing, this was especially welcome. Following the mask, a series of serums were applied. The Herbal Recovery Advanced Eye Serum was applied to my eye area first, to help prevent aging and reduce puffiness. Next, the Purely Age-Defying Firming Face Oil was combined with the Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum and was applied all over my face and décolleté. Violeta finished my facial by adding a layer of the Sun Specialist SPF40 High Protection Cream to my skin and applying the Rose Love Balm (one of my favorite products) to my lips.

Since the products selected to be used during this treatment were chosen specifically for me, Violeta gave me a quick debriefing of all the items. She also told me to continue my regular skin care routine and pay special attention to exfoliating my nose area.

I wrapped up my appointment with another cup of jasmine tea and had to pry myself away from the relaxing lounge to return to the real world. If I could use one word to describe the experience at Jurlique it would be ‘heavenly.’

Details: 404.946.9175. InterContinentalAtlanta.com/Spa. 3315 Peachtree Rd. NE. Atlanta, GA, 30326.

The spa staff: (L to R) Jeamae, Ollieta, Violeta, Jo Hyde, Bridget, Kelsey.

The spa staff: (L to R) Jeamae, Ollieta, Violeta, Jo Hyde, Bridget, Kelsey.


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By Wyndi Kappes


Having second thoughts about that old tattoo? Thanks to the new Advanced Pico Laser Technologies PicoWay treatment, tattoo removal is one thing you won’t have to think twice about. We joined esthetician and laser manager at Invisible Ink Tattoo Removal, Ashley May, as she walked us through the procedure to permanently remove your oops with little to no pain.

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Here are four important things to know about this modern tattoo removal treatment:


  1. It’s quick. The treatment itself only lasts a few minutes depending on the size and age of your tattoo. Say hello to less time sitting in the office and more time enjoying your day.

  2. It removes more. The PicoWay laser removes twice the amount of ink per treatment than other tattoo removal technologies. By the end of your recommended sessions, your tattoo isn’t just faded, it is almost invisible.

  3. It’s pain-free. The experts at Invisible Ink Tattoo Removal prescribe a numbing cream you can apply 90 minutes before the treatment. They also use skin chillers to keep your skin cool during the treatment. The combination of preventative measures along with the low-heat laser means the pain feels (at most) similar to the snap of a hot rubber band.

  4. It’s easy on your skin. This treatment only uses 15 percent of heat used during a standard tattoo removal treatment. Plus, because the heat is so low during the process, there is no scarring involved.


For more about this procedure, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Ashley May using the PicoWay laser at the Invisible Ink Tattoo Removal Atlanta Office.


Details: 404.920.4753, InvisibleInkTattooRemovers.com, 750 Hammond Dr., Atlanta, GA 30328.


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By David Leonard


When I heard there was someone needed for botox injections, I quickly jumped on the opportunity. But shortly thereafter, I found myself on pins and needles awaiting the procedure. My anxiety, however, quickly diminished as soon as I walked in.

Leslie Brothers Health & Beauty Boutique is not your typical doctor’s office. It’s where sophisticated style and top-notch medical procedures come to life. I immediately felt comfortable in the serene space, even for a man who was about to have needles poked in his face!


The time Leslie Brothers, RN, BSN, took to educate me about how her office is associated with some of the best plastic surgeons in the city, helped to put me at ease.

Plus, her wealth of experience and choice to use high-quality products, was an added bonus.


She assessed my needs for Botox and was straightforward about what she could do to help. I truly appreciated her candor and gentle touch when I was receiving the injections. The procedure lasted no more than 20 minutes and I felt cared for every step of the way. After the procedure, Leslie explained that I should see some results in three days, but that most of them would appear after a two-week period.

Because of Leslie’s passion and knowledge about this particular procedure, I strongly recommend her. While she informed me that she may not be the most affordable in town, she is honest and amazing at what she does.

Bottom line: I like to be able to trust the person who is sticking needles in my face. And because of her confidence, experience, and use of top-notch products, I would definitely say that Leslie is worth every penny.


Details: 404.228.7542, HealthAndBeautyBoutique.com, 3655 Roswell Rd. NE. Ste. 216, Atlanta, GA 30342.


For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Health & Beauty Boutique’s Dr. Leslie Brothers.

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