Innovative European Procedures Restore Youth and Beauty Naturally
When Dr. Kelly Burkenstock says she will go to the ends of the earth to help her clients look and feel better, she really means it. An expert in Skin Care and Anti-Aging, she frequently trains with world-renowned physicians throughout Europe in order to learn procedures that restore vitality and youth, without the need for surgery.
She recently returned from the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology (IACD) in Greece, training with Drs. Angelo Kanakopoulos and Maria Kardashi on a new “liquid-plasma non-surgical face lift.” Dr. Burkenstock is now offering this volumizing procedure to her own patients, with impressive results.
The process involves a combination of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) (fillers like Restylane® or Juvederm®) and Plasma Rich Proteins (PRP) injections from the patient’s own blood. These proteins stimulate the growth of new tissue resulting in a smooth, youthful appearance and healthy glow.
Physical issues can affect how people look and emotional issues can affect how people see themselves. My mission is to get them feeling better—inside and out.
“The aging face is like a beautiful balloon that becomes limp when it loses air,” Dr. Burkenstock says, “Just like sculptors molding clay, I am able to reshape the face and restore beauty. It is as much an artistic masterpiece as it is a medical process.”
While most commonly used as a non-surgical alternative to face lifts, the plasma treatment program can also be used to improve other areas of both the male and female bodies. It restores breast volume, treats incontinence and may improve hair loss. The PRP program also offers male enhancement when there are issues due to diabetes or aging.
Jeff, a male patient of Dr. Burkenstock’s who recently had the procedure said he was most impressed with the immediacy of the results. “Also, it had no detrimental effects on my heart condition because it was not medication. The procedure was virtually pain free and it was over so quickly. I would recommend this to any guy that needed a little extra when the moment calls for it,” he adds.
According to Dr. Burkenstock, the effects actually continue to improve in the first few months following the procedure, and initial observations show that PRP used for cosmetic purposes are lasting at least two years. However, experts look to the greater than 15 years of PRP used in orthopedic procedures, and believe that cosmetic results will last long beyond that.
Dr. Burkenstock’s commitment to non-surgical solutions is not limited to the liquid-plasma PRP face lift. She is one of only nine providers in the country that offers a solution for breast implant issues known as the Aspen Rehabilitation Treatment. The system uses sound wave technology, therapeutic massage and self-exercise as a non-surgical alternative for treatment of capsular contracture—a hardening and constriction of the breast implant following breast augmentation surgery. “Of the many women in this country who have breast implants, one half of them will suffer from capsular contracture. The Aspen Treatment can also be used right after new breast implant surgery to prevent contracture from ever occurring. I wanted to bring an effective non-surgical option to these women suffering in the background,” she said.
She notes that the Aspen system is totally safe for women who’ve had breast implants following mastectomies. “These women have already survived one traumatic experience; they shouldn’t have to undergo another surgery. With Aspen, we can help them look and feel normal in a caring, pampering environment and not in an operating room.”
Because she recognizes the inexorable link between the health of the mind, body and appearance—as evidenced by the name of her practice, Dr. Burkenstock’s Skin•Body•Health—her office and her European Azure Salon and Spa upstairs is a warm, welcoming respite. “What I love most about being a patient of Dr. Burkenstock is her ability to make you feel beautiful as well as look beautiful. Her dedication to her patients’ well-being goes far beyond what one expects from a physician,” says Brenda, a patient of Dr. Burkenstock. She talks with her patients about all aspects of their lives in order to get to the heart of their medical issues.
“I draw upon my training both as an internal medicine physician and as an Anti-Aging and Skin Care Specialist every day. Physical issues can affect how people look and emotional issues can affect how people see themselves. My mission is to get them feeling better—inside and out,” she says.
Filled with antique furniture and luxurious amenities, the Azure Salon and Spa is another way Dr. Burkenstock is bringing people to better health. “My philosophy is ‘You are so worth it.’ In these fast-paced times, we get so caught up in kids, family and careers that we forget to make ourselves a priority. I wanted to create a sanctuary that would help remove people from daily stress and rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit.”
Azure recently added a full-service salon to fulfill its clients’ desire to enjoy comprehensive beauty treatments under one roof. She says, “Our clients can literally be pampered from head to toe!”
A mother of three, Dr. Burkenstock says she was inspired to pursue internal medicine after her father passed away from a heart attack at the age of 53. Her passion for diseases of the endocrine system has led her to become an expert at Metabolic Syndrome X, successfully treating patients with high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid conditions and obesity. She is often called upon nationally to speak at seminars for hospitals and pharmaceutical companies on these disorders.
Her children seem to be sharing her inspiration as well. All three are pursuing scientific endeavors at their schools: son Blaze at St. Paul’s, daughter Chandler at Spring Hill College and son Austin at Mississippi State, who is currently being interviewed by several medical schools. “I didn’t ask them to choose this crazy life, but it looks like they are all going in that direction,” she joked.”
Dr. Burkenstock’s Skin•Body•Health and Azure Salon and Spa are located at 2040 N. Causeway Blvd. in Mandeville. For more information on the Azure Salon and Spa, you can call 985-727-7799 or visit the website TheAzureSpa.com. For more information on any of Dr. Burkenstock’s services and procedures, you can call 985-727-7676, the Metairie satellite office 504-888-2829 or visit the website SkinBodyHealth.com.