Your Intimate Health Matters! Expert Labiaplasty in Charlotte

We were thrilled when Glamour devoted last month’s entire issue to female sexual health! We took it as a sign that important advancements are taking place for female health and wellness. What used to be talked about in hushed tones—if discussed at all—is now at the forefront of conversation. Women are becoming more comfortable than ever before discussing their intimate health, and are consequently seeking treatments to regain both their sexual health and their confidence.

Labiaplasty in Charlotte, NCAt The Refine Institute, we support women’s intimate health by offering a variety of surgical treatments including labiaplasty, a procedure that can help to reshape or reduce the labia minora (the skin surrounding the vaginal opening). More popular than ever, labiaplasties are a rapidly-growing cosmetic procedure, showing a 23% increase in 2016 alone.

Excess labial skin can cause irritation and emotional unease. Labiaplasty can reduce the size or shape of the labia, correcting asymmetry and restoring balance to the vulvo-vaginal area. Specially trained in this area, Dr. Broc Pratt delivers the highest level of skill for labiaplasties in the Charlotte area. Dr. Pratt offers in-depth consultations and years of experience to help women achieve their desired outcome. Best of all, an expertly performed labiaplasty at The Refine Institute can help restore a woman’s confidence and comfort for years to come.

We can’t wait to help you look and feel your best! For more information on labiaplasty, call us at 704.909.4800 or click here to schedule your consultation today.

Breast Reduction Is Skyrocketing among Men Charlotte, NC

Breast Reduction in Charlotte, NCWe see more men than ever before seeking breast reductions at The Refine Institute for a condition called gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts. Did you know that our experience reflects a much larger nationwide trend? Breast reductions were the second most popular cosmetic surgical procedure among men last year, and have risen in popularity by an astounding 181% since 1997.

We are excited to see growing awareness because gynecomastia is a highly treatable condition. Men no longer need to suffer in silence, but are instead choosing treatments to restore their masculine chest contours and confidence.

At The Refine Institute, we understand how emotionally trying gynecomastia can be. If you happen to suffer from excess breast tissue, the good news is that you’re not alone! Gynecomastia is a common condition that is easily treatable with minimally invasive surgical techniques. One of the ways we achieve superb results is by using SmartLipo®, a laser-assisted form of liposuction that can remove fat and reveal a tighter, firmer chest with minimal downtime.

SmartLipo is a less invasive form of liposuction that uses laser energy to liquefy targeted fat before suctioning it out. This laser technology is ideal for breast reduction because it offers multiple benefits, including body contouring and skin tightening.

Are you interested in learning more? Call us today at 704.909.4800 or click here to schedule your consultation today.

Should You Get a Mini Tummy Tuck? What You Need to Know Charlotte, NC

The tummy tuck was the third most common cosmetic surgical procedure last year, but have you heard about the body sculpting in Charlotte? We’ve noticed that a number of our patients aren’t aware of mini tummy tucks, even though this procedure offers many of the same benefits as traditional tummy tucks with less surgery, scarring and downtime.

Tummy Tuck, Dr. Pratt, Charlotte, NC

You may be a perfect candidate for a mini tummy tuck and not even know it! Mini tummy tucks are ideal for people who are bothered by loose skin and loose muscle tone strictly below the belly button, whereas traditional tummy tucks are designed to tighten loose skin starting above the belly button (extending from the rib cage to the lower abdomen). Both areas can stretch and loosen with pregnancy and childbirth, and both are nearly impossible to restore with diet and exercise alone. That’s why traditional and mini tummy tucks are such effective ways to flatten and tighten this tricky region of the body.

If your concern is strictly below the belly button, then a mini tummy tuck may be the right answer for you! Because they treat a smaller area, these procedures require a shorter incision and less surgery, which speeds recovery and downtime. A shorter incision also results in a smaller scar.

Sometimes less is more. Is the mini tummy tuck right for you? For more information, call 704-909-4800 or click here to request a consultation.


The Mid-Summer Skin Refresher! DermalInfusion Skin Resurfacing Charlotte, NC

Looking fresh can seem like an impossible feat amid the sweltering summer heat and humidity. That’s why we recommend DermalInfusion® skin resurfacing for pushing the restart button on your dull and tired skin. DermalInfusion in Charlotte is a relaxing mid-summer treat that can reveal refreshed, intensely revitalized skin.

Dermallnfusion, Microdermabrasion, Dr. Pratt, Charlotte, NC

DermalInfusion utilizes a unique 3-in-1 tool that simultaneously exfoliates, extracts, and infuses potent skin-renewing serums. As a result, the skin experiences maximum absorption of active ingredients at a deeper level than other exfoliating treatments, ultimately revealing a fresh layer of plumped, radiant, and younger-looking skin.

Perhaps what we love most about DermalInfusion is that it can improve so many different skin concerns in such an efficient way. This comfortable treatment can plump the skin while diminishing wrinkles, dark spots, blemishes, rough skin texture, and more.

You’ll love the skin renewing benefits, but you’ll also enjoy the relaxing sensation as the DermalInfusion tool works its magic on your face. Another plus is that we can tailor your treatment to meet your skin’s specific challenges. So whatever your concern may be, we’ve got you covered.

Feel like freshening up this summer? Call 704-909-4800 or click here to request a consultation for your DermalInfusion session today.

A Full Head of Hair is Yours! Natural Hair restoration in Charlotte, NC

One in four men will experience significant hair loss in their lifetime. Fortunately, hair loss is more correctable than ever before, thanks to cutting-edge science and minimally-invasive hair-transplant technology. At The Refine Institute, we take hair restoration very seriously, which is why we offer NeoGraft®, the first FDA-cleared hair implantation system on the market.

Hair Restoration, Dr. Pratt, Charlotte, NC

In one session, NeoGraft aims to restore a natural hairline by surgically transplanting hair from one area of the head to another. Using NeoGraft’s high-powered microscope and precise automation, our technicians can carefully select and transfer follicular units, or FUs, to create your desired hair density. FUs are hair follicular units that are naturally bundled together. NeoGraft preserves FUs to create natural-looking, evenly distributed hair restoration.

Are you ready to restore your mane? Getting started is easy. Call 704-909-4800 or click here to request a consultation.


Love Your Reflection Again! Breast Enhancement in Charlotte, NC

Is there anything better than looking in the mirror and loving what you see?

Breast Enhancement, Refine Institute, Dr. Pratt, Charlotte, NC

That’s our goal here at The Refine Institute, to help you look and feel marvelous! One of our most popular confidence-boosters is breast enhancement surgery. In fact, breast augmentation is popular everywhere. Last year, it was the second most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the US. Here are three reasons why we love breast enhancement, and you will, too!

It restores balance.

By restoring proportion to the body, plastic surgery can provide a vital confidence boost while enhancing your natural beauty.

It’s versatile.

Thanks to innovations in materials and surgical techniques, we can create natural-looking, flattering breast enhancement that works with your unique contours. To obtain the look you want, we’ll help you choose between silicone and saline implants in a variety of shapes and textures, and select from a variety of surgical techniques.

It’s safe.

Breast enhancement wouldn’t remain so popular year after year if it wasn’t tried and true. During your consultation and treatment process, Dr. Broc Pratt will carefully guide you through your options and work to ensure your surgery is successful.

Thinking about enhancing your assets? Getting started is easy. Call 704-909-4800 or click here to request your breast enhancement consultation today.

The #1 Cosmetic Surgical Procedure is Here! Expert Laser Lipo in Charlotte, NC

Laser Lipo in Charlotte, NCWe love talking about trends, probably because we’re usually ahead of them! Earlier this month, we blogged about Botox®, the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment for 2016. In keeping with this theme, we thought you might be curious to know what the top surgical procedure was last year. In 2016, more liposuction procedures were performed than any other cosmetic surgery.

We hope you find this as interesting as we do, because The Refine Institute performs exquisite liposuction treatments using the best technology on the market—SmartLipo™. A laser-assisted form of liposuction, SmartLipo is an effective technology that speeds treatment time and recovery while offering skin-tightening benefits. Using the power of laser energy, SmartLipo liquifies fat before removing it, which eases the suction process and greatly reduces irritation of surrounding tissues. The laser energy also helps to spur new collagen growth, tightening skin in the treated area.

At The Refine Institute, we value total body health, which is why we offer nutrition and post-treatment counseling with every treatment to help you maintain your results for long-term satisfaction and health.

Our goal is help you achieve your best for years to come! Your first step is calling us for a consultation at 704-909-4800 or clicking here.

The Secret to Luminous Skin Summertime Skin Care Tips in Charlotte, NC

Skin Care Tips in Charlotte, NCFrom BBQ’s to lazy beach days, summertime means serious fun in the sun! Unfortunately, the sweltering heat also brings to mind sweaty skin, breakouts, and sunburns. If you love the summer but hate the way your skin misbehaves when the thermometer rises, there’s help for you yet! Here are three beauty secrets for achieving luminous skin this summer and beyond:

  • Think inside the box.

Glowing skin is an inside job, and we’re not referring to your vibrant personality! The “Jennifer Aniston” glow requires cellular renewal, which means skin rejuvenation (med spa) treatments and medical-grade skin care products. From Clear & Brilliant® laser treatments to chemical peels, The Refine Institute offers a leading selection of treatments that revitalize your skin from deep within, triggering collagen growth for healthier, younger-looking skin. To enhance and maintain your glow between treatments, we offer Obagi® Medical and Colorescience® skin care and makeup for at-home maintenance and year-round radiance.

  • Take cold showers.

It’s not the most comfortable way to bathe, for sure, but cool water has surprising health benefits. For one, it can shrink blood vessels in your face, reducing redness and inflammation. Jumping into a frigid shower or pool can even help to reduce stress, improving your overall health. According to research, sudden exposure to cold water reduces uric acid levels, which have been linked to gout and kidney stones, and increases gluthathione, an antioxidant that helps the body adapt to stress.

  • Protect yourself!

We love the warm rays for their mood-boosting power and vitamin-D benefits, but make no mistake about it—ultraviolet (UV) rays are enemies, not friends. UV rays silently wreak havoc by causing a host of unpleasant skin concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, age spots, and uneven skin tone. Reduce your UV exposure by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen every morning, and reapplying throughout the day when you are spending time outdoors. Since sunscreen wears off with sweat and time, you should never leave home without a wide-brimmed hat and large sunglasses, which provide a crucial physical barrier. They also afford a glamorous touch!

Luminous skin is a cinch if you have the right tools. Let The Refine Institute arm you with the best tricks of the trade. Call us at 704-909-4800 or click here for a skin care consultation today.

3 Expert Tips for Botox and Dermal Fillers Gorgeous Results with Injectables in Charlotte, NC

Curious which non-surgical cosmetic procedure was most popular in 2016?

Drum roll, please…

Botox® earned the number one spot, and dermal fillers came in a close second!

Injectables in Charlotte, NCWe’re not surprised. At The Refine Institute, we understand why dermal fillers and injectables are more popular than ever. We perform expert injectable treatments daily and achieve superb results for our clients. A quick visit with our precise, highly-skilled nurse injector can smooth away lines and wrinkles and plump up sunken contours for months, revealing a revitalized, younger-looking you. What’s not to love about that?

Aside from going to an experienced injector, there’s a little prep work you can do beforehand to ensure you achieve nothing short of fabulous results:

  • Be a Chatty Cathy.

Before every med spa treatment, communicating with your injector is key for ensuring a high level of satisfaction. To get your best results, you and your injector need to be on the same page, and that means taking the time to express your expectations clearly so your injector can help you meet your goals.

  • Eat and drink smart.

From Advil to green tea, certain substances can thin the blood, which can increase your chances of bruising. Some of the most common culprits are alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, fish oil, garlic, ginseng, and gingko. Plan to avoid all of these substances for at least 48 hours before your procedure. Not all herbs are bad, though. Starting a week before your treatment, we recommend the herbal supplement arnica montana, which has been used for centuries to reduce bleeding and inflammation.

  • Stay cool.

Applying a cold pack to your treatment areas before and after your session can help reduce swelling and minimize discomfort. Cooling your skin constricts blood vessels, making them smaller and less likely to be affected by the needle. The cold temperature also desensitizes the skin, offering pain relief.

We can’t wait to rejuvenate your appearance! Call us at 704-909-4800 to schedule a consultation or click here to fill out a contact form.

Make Dad Feel Fab! Father’s Day Gift Ideas Charlotte, NC

Father’s Day Gift Ideas Charlotte, NCWant to make Dad feel extra special this Father’s Day? For primping and pampering your favorite fellow on his special day, The Refine Institute is the perfect choice!

Dad works hard helping others, so why not help him relax and ease his mind with a restorative facial? Our Gentleman’s Facial or Signature Facial are sure bets for soothing his senses and revitalizing his skin. This med spa treatment is 50 luxurious minutes of pampering that include cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, anti-oxidants, and massage of the face. So dad can look as refreshed as he feels, our facials can improve a bevy of skin concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles, dull skin, and enlarged pores.

Dad may also delight in a gentle anti-aging skin treatment (not that he needs it!). Clear & Brilliant® laser treatments are a non-invasive solution for turning the clock back on your skin, diminishing dullness and reducing pore size while improving the overall tone and texture of skin. Dad can also have his pick from our wide selection of revitalizing chemical peels, which exfoliate the skin and stimulate collagen production for younger-looking, more evenly-toned skin. Laser hair removal is another great option for the dad who yearns for less hair on his body.

The Refine Institute has so many treatments, it’s nearly impossible to pick just one! So if you’re having trouble deciding, buy a gift certificate and let Dad choose! For more information, call us at 704.909.4800.