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Reveal the New You: SLUCare Physician Group

Each year, more than 700,000 Americans opt for facial plastic surgery. The demand is there, and SLUCare Physician Group helps men and women put a fresh face forward at its new cosmetic surgery office and medical spa in Creve Coeur. The practice, which opened this past spring, offers the latest technology along with compassionate care to help patients love the way they look.

Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Frank Simo says the office provides a complete slate of facial care services, from skin aesthetics and spa treatments to surgery, using the most up-to-date, proven techniques. “We use versatile, state-of-the-art Halo laser equipment in the spa and operating room for skin resurfacing as well as deeper treatments,” Simo explains. “Our well-educated and highly experienced staff provides excellent results.” The practice offers surgical solutions like face-lifts, rhinoplasty, and eyelid and neck lifts, plus treatments like Botox, Juvederm and Restylane. Experienced medical estheticians are on staff to provide advice and educate patients about caring for their skin.

Following a procedure with a good skin care regimen is the icing on the cake,” Simo says. “Surgery and treatments are only half of the equation. If you make a commitment to the right skin maintenance, it will show.” This includes eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, keeping skin hydrated and protecting it from UV radiation. “I’ve seen patients come back 10 years later for other services, and their results are still amazing because our treatments work and they have taken our advice.”

Simo has been seeing patients in St. Louis for nearly three decades, and his colleague, facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Scott Walen, has an extensive background in research and physician training. Both are affiliated with SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. “With the resources of a major academic medical center behind us, we’re able to continually answer the question, ‘How can we do things even better?’” Walen notes.

He says many people in their 30s and 40s are interested in subtle treatments like injectable fillers and skin care products, and those in their 50s and 60s frequently request more involved procedures and surgeries. “Dr. Simo and I have the expertise to assist adults of any age or demographic,” Walen says.

The practice also welcomes those who just want to learn how to care for their skin better. “Our estheticians can counsel patients about a customized, consistent regimen of products to use at home,” Walen notes. “We get a detailed history and look at skin type, age, health issues and more to determine a plan that fits a patient’s needs and budget.”

Simo says SLUCare employees bring significant expertise to each visit and add a special level of compassionate care. “Our staff provides a comfortable, stress-free and enjoyable experience,” he notes.

Pictured at top: Dr. Scott Walen and Dr. Frank Simo
Photo courtesy of SLUCare Physician Group