STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — As a complicated apply nurse with greater than 20 years of expertise in all areas of medication — from pediatrics to geriatrics — Dr. Chikodiri Gibson stated she firmly believes within the connection between magnificence and wellness. So after 20 years of practising a really holistic strategy to medication and constructing a strong basis of aesthetic experience, she determined to delve particularly into beauty therapy, just lately opening her personal medical spa and wellness middle in West Brighton.
“Magnificence and wellness are my ardour — I’ve been desirous to open up an workplace like this for years,” famous Gibson, detailing the companies at Chi Aesthetics, which which just lately opened at 720 Forest Ave. “However it was so onerous for me to depart my day-to-day job. Once I misplaced my youthful brother to COVID final yr, I made a decision that life is just too quick to continually be dreaming. So I stop my job, utterly exhausted my financial savings and constructed this enterprise from the bottom up.”
An skilled aesthetics supplier with distinctive experience and understanding of non-surgical beauty enhancement of the face and physique, Gibson, who holds a doctorate in nurse apply diploma, has carried out tens of hundreds of beauty therapies for her sufferers, together with injections of Botox, Dysport, Xeomin and Jeaveau, in addition to collagen stimulators Sculptra and Radiesse and comfortable tissue fillers similar to Juvéderm, Restylane and Bellafill.
Licensed in Mesotherapy and Kybella therapy and a member of The American Society for Laser Drugs and Surgical procedure, Gibson crammed her spa with the newest applied sciences, investing greater than $300,000 in a state-of-the-art FOTONA 4-D laser machine.
“There are only a few of those laser machines in New York Metropolis, so I felt it was vital to deliver one right here to Staten Island,” she stated. “You’ll be able to carry out pores and skin tightening with it, in addition to physique sculpting and laser hair elimination — and it’s appropriate with all pores and skin tones, which was extraordinarily vital to me.”
Specializing in multi-cultural skincare, Gibson spoke of the number of methods she cares for women and men with darkish pores and skin. She proudly stated her spa is the primary Black-owned enterprise of its variety within the borough.
“My objective was to open up a spot the place each pores and skin tone was represented,” she stated. “You want the correct gear and experience to take care of Black and brown pores and skin, and that’s precisely what now we have right here. It is a one-stop-shop for everybody, irrespective of the colour of the pores and skin.”
Providing many superior modalities, Chi Aesthetics has a diversified menu of companies. Protein Wealthy Plasma (PRP) is used as bio-filler and for pores and skin rejuvenation and hair regrowth. And PDO thread elevate procedures — a much less invasive model of the standard face elevate — use dissolvable sutures to tighten and elevate your pores and skin.
“We carry out pores and skin resurfacing, therapies for loud night breathing, plus physique sculpting with laser or Cool-Sculpting and Emsculpt, dermal fillers and extra,” Gibson stated. “I designed the workplace area in order that it’s as cozy as a house. I need my sufferers to really feel comfy, so we made the ambiance as inviting as doable.”
And whereas the prospect of opening a enterprise through the coronavirus pandemic has been difficult, Gibson stated the help she’s obtained from her household, mates and the Staten Island enterprise group has been overwhelming.
“This has been an incredible effort,” she concluded, crediting the Staten Island Enterprise Outreach Middle, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, Forest Avenue Enterprise Enchancment District and the Minority Ladies Enterprise Affiliation for all of their help. “However the help I’ve obtained all through the complete course of has made this enterprise launch doable.”