Your Personal Best

Posted On September 12, 2019

Columbia experts stay on top of the ever-evolving cosmetic skincare industry.

By Warren Hughes

Columbia cosmetic skincare specialists and retailers have done much to stay abreast of industry advancements in an ever-evolving field, adding expert staff, presenting new storefronts and debuting new, state-of-the art facilities and technologies.

This availability of expanded services makes Columbia a destination for achieving your personal best in a city known for a striking number of beautiful faces and savvy trendsetters. From the tips of your toes to the top of those tresses, from a brow lift to laser therapy to a new skincare regimen, there are bountiful treatments, procedures, and products just outside your doorstop to help you achieve your individual goals.  Carolinas Dermatology, Rejuvenations Medical Spa and POUT are centers for face, skin and body, meeting your highest expectations and rivaling any location in the nation.

Carolinas Dermatology and Plastic Surgery

Carolinas Dermatology and Plastic Surgery has been especially pleased to announce the addition of Dr. W. McIver Leppard, who is double board certified in plastic surgery and general surgery. With the addition of Dr. Leppard and his skill set, the practice continues its tradition of providing only the highest quality state-of-the-art dermatologic, cosmetic and reconstructive care.  

Since his training at MUSC, Dr. Leppard has garnered a loyal following with his patients at Providence Hospital. He will complement the dermatology practice by providing his expertise in facelifts, brow/forehead lifts, eyelid surgery, ear reconstruction, nose reshaping, neck lifts, breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, arm lifts, tummy tucks, thigh lifts, liposuction, “Mommy Makeovers” and treatment of migraines with Botox as well as nonsurgical contouring of the face with Restylane, Dysport, Juvederm, Kybella and Botox.  He will also team with Mohs surgeons in the practice in providing aesthetic reconstruction of Mohs defects.

A physician-owned and operated medical practice, Carolinas Dermatology and Plastic Surgery provides only the highest quality and state of the art dermatologic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery services. Its full range of services include CoolSculpting, a revolutionary technology which targets and cools unwanted fat cells in a selected area to induce a noticeable, natural-looking reduction in fat bulges. Unlike most other methods of fat reduction, CoolSculpting® involves no needles, surgery, or downtime. Results look natural and can be seen as early as three weeks following treatment. The Columbia office is also the only cosmetic dermatology provider in the area offering “Dual Sculpting,” a non-invasive procedure that eliminates unwanted fat cells in half the time by providing two machines working together for faster results.

The dermatology location is at 1706 St. Julian Place in Columbia, ph. (803) 771-7506. Dr. Leppard’s office will be in the practice’s newest location at nearby 1701 St. Julian Place, Ste. 101. To contact Dr. Leppard’s office, call (803) 509-5405. Carolinas Dermatology also has an office location in Florence at 1929 Mountain Laurel Ct. Ste. A, ph. (843) 407-2030. For website, see Carolinasdermatology.com.

Rejuvenations Medical Spa

Rejuvenations Medical Spa enjoys the distinction of having become one of the top-rated medical spas in the Midlands since opening their doors in 2005. Under the leadership of Owner and Managing Partner, Amy Powers, services are provided by an experienced staff, highly trained in the latest and most innovative procedures and treatments to include laser therapy, injectables, body sculpting, and aesthetic treatments such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Clients will now enjoy the Rejuvenations experience in a brand new, stunning, state of the art location at 7182 Woodrow Street, Suite 100 in Irmo.

At Rejuvenations, each client enjoys a complimentary, in-depth consultation which is evaluated by Powers’ team of licensed physicians, registered nurses, and technicians to determine a custom treatment plan for the individualized skincare needs ranging from sun damage, hair removal, aging of the face and body, skin lesions, dark spots, and more. Powers notices that, at the completion of their treatment plan, clients “often display an increased attitude of confidence in addition to an enhanced outward appearance — the natural glow of remarkable results.”

These well pleased clients, male and female alike, are a large part of the reason that Rejuvenations receives many of their patients via referral. Local physicians lacking the necessary equipment (cutting edge lasers, for instance), to treat specific concerns are also a source of frequent referrals. They trust in Rejuvenations to provide their patients with a high standard of care and optimal outcomes.

Laser therapy is a facet of the medical spa industry that has progressed by leaps and bounds in the last few years alone. Once a treatment reserved for fairer skinned patients due to fears of scarring in darker skin tones, the technology has advanced to now be safe for all shades. As a home to this advanced equipment and a continuously trained staff, Rejuvinations specializes in the treatment of highly pigmented skin offering laser services for scar treatment, sun damage, dark spots, keratoses, hair removal, skin tightening, vein therapy, and more.

Visit their website at Rejuvenationsmedicalspa.com or call 803.781.1201 to schedule your complimentary, in-depth consultation with Powers and her team.


With recent construction in the heart of Columbia’s Devine Street shopping district, POUT stocks the latest luxury beauty products, offering an array of innovative skin services. This September, POUT will host their second Trend Show, an exclusive event for customers to celebrate and learn about the season’s freshest beauty trends through demonstrations by brand ambassadors and POUT experts.

Founded in 2003, Owner Melissa Blanchard seeks to bring the best and most sought after beauty brands to Columbia, carefully curating internationally renowned and cult favorite skincare and makeup lines for both women and men.

POUT carries exclusive lines like Chantecaille, Oribe, Jouer, Fresh, Mario Badescu, Molton Brown, Diptyque, and Tata Harper among others. Several new brands were also introduced this summer including Westman Atelier, One Love Organics, SiO Beauty, and Mount Lai.

The POUT Skin Studio offers result-oriented services including facials, waxing and restorative skin treatments with experienced estheticians. In addition, the POUT staff has received training from national makeup artists to provide full in-house and on-location bridal services, specializing in techniques to create skin that photographs beautifully and lasts from day into evening. Brides have the opportunity to book a first consultation, full makeup application for bridal portraits, wedding day, and wedding parties.

POUT continually expands their skin service offerings by investing in and training in the latest, most innovative techniques and devices. The Hydrafacial is a non-invasive and non-irritating service for all skin types that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection providing clearer, more beautiful skin with no discomfort or downtime. Pout has also recently introduced the Celluma, a light therapy device based on NASA technology to treat inflammatory acne and achieve great results for rosacea/skin pigmentation.

Stop by POUT, located at 2738 Devine Street in downtown Columbia; call 803-254-5051; or visit Shoppout.com for more information.