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No one’s body is immune to the effects of age and exposure, but we don’t have to feel powerless against these forces. Wrinkles, skin laxity, excess body fat and other issues abound as we get older, but so do effective treatments, says Jackie Carr, RN. She owns Pur-One Medispa in Des Peres, which offers a variety of treatments to help adults retain a fresh, youthful appearance.

Carr says advanced training and forward thinking are at the heart of her commitment to clients. She earned her RN degree in 1992 and worked as an intensive care medical/surgical nurse before becoming a board-certified nurse practitioner and licensed esthetician. “As a nurse practitioner, I’m qualified to assess patients, diagnose problems, prescribe treatment and evaluate results,” she says. “As an esthetician, I have 750 hours of training in the science of beauty, treatment with facials and topical products, and agents that address skin issues such as acne.”

She also attends training programs offered by pharmaceutical companies like Allergan and Galderma and continually learns about emerging uses for existing methods. “These sessions reinforce current approaches to treatment and provide new ones,” she explains. “I also take part in continuing education for the maintenance of my nurse practitioner certification.” The result is an evolving knowledge base that ensures safe, effective treatment options for patients, she notes.

Carr offers products and services that target a variety of issues. They include Botox Cosmetic, Dysport and Xeomin to smooth lines and wrinkles and dermal fillers like Sculptra, Radiesse, Juvéderm and Restylane to rejuvenate aging, sagging skin. “We don’t just see loss of elasticity and collagen in the skin as we age,” she notes. “We experience bone and fat atrophy as well, which can cause volume loss.” The practice also offers Coolsculpting, a noninvasive system that uses cold temperatures to reduce stubborn fat pockets in areas like the chin, stomach, thighs and back. Chemical peels, microdermabrasion, hydrafacials, dermaplaning, plateletrich plasma and microneedling can help skin look younger, and Latisse treatments restore eyelash fullness. Carr says she also has begun offering the DefenAge skin care line, which stimulates tissues’ natural age-fighting properties and restores a youthful look.

To get a clear picture of each patient’s needs, Carr offers a free initial consultation and acts as an educator and collaborator in navigating treatment options. “I encourage first-time clients to bring in a list of their skin care products,” she notes. “I like to know if they are using sunscreen daily, and I find out which treatments have worked well for them in the past.” Her practice also participates in manufacturers’ loyalty programs to save clients money.

Carr explains that when it comes to providing care, she emphasizes quality over quantity. “I value my patients and develop relationships that last,” she says. “I learn about individuals’ needs and focus on the right treatment protocols while staying in line with their budgets. I seek out the beauty in each person and believe the best care comes through consistency.”

Pur-One Medispa in Des Peres offers a variety of professional serves to rejuvenate the body and skin. Pictured on the cover: Owner Jackie Carr, RN, a board-certified nurse practitioner and licensed esthetician. For more information, call 314.909.0633 or visit

Cover design by Julie Streiler | Cover photo by Shana Watkins

Pictured at top: Owner Jackie Carr, RN
Photo: Shana Watkins