Ultimate Beauty Makeover: Who's that Girl?
Nelms’ New Look … dress by The Royal We, 920 Locust Ave., Suite 101, Conway, (501) 327-1555; hair by Juli Summitt, That French Salon, 11600 Mara Lynn Road, Little Rock, (501) 224-3075; makeup by Kyla Betton, Fringe Benefits Salon, 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, (501) 664-1515; shot on location at Capital Hotel, Markham and Louisiana, Little Rock, (501) 374-7474.
Photography by Chach Bursey
This February, I opened the March issue of AY and saw an advertisement for the Ultimate Beauty Makeover. I went to the mirror and looked at the person there. I realized my reflection did not complement the way I feel inside. So, with my 50th birthday just around the corner, I took a deep breath and assessed myself …”
Lisa Nelms’ explanation as to why she entered the AY Ultimate Beauty Makeover Contest strikes a nerve with just about everyone. When our team of experts met to review the top 20 entries, her authenticity and that she would be dedicated to the entire process became evident.
“My smile, which I felt was my best asset, was diminished due to menopausal bone loss. I had an accident in 2010 during which I broke my femur and the resulting lack of exercise was evident. All the years of sun worship resulted in brown spots and wrinkles. And worst, years of smoking cigarettes were clearly reflected. So, I took the requested photographs — a close-up of my face and a full-body shot, wrote my entry and sent it off with a prayer,” Nelms said. “When I was contacted and informed that I’d won, I kept pinching myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming, a few days later, my makeover adventure began.”
We placed Nelms in the capable hands of our experts: Dr. Jim English, The Face Doctor; Dr. Jeff Garner, The Smile Doctor; and Dr. Suzanne Yee, cosmetic surgeon; along with Barbara Graves of Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions; Ernest Abrams of Body Clinic Little Rock; and Vicky Crook and Virginia Nelson of Chenal Skin Care.
The Dream Team
Dr. English performed several procedures to renew Nelms’ face, including CO2 fractional laser skin resurfacing to her face, neck and décolletage; blepheroplasty for her eyes; liposuction on her neck and jowls; a lower facelift as well as brow and mid-face lifts. She also received Botox and Restylane injections. “Dr. English and his staff were professional and caring throughout this entire process,” Nelms said.
English Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Center 501.227.9556 • surgeoncosmetic.com
Dr. Garner is nationally known for achieving maximum results with minimal procedures, and Nelms was no exception. “My smile makeover took only two visits and about five hours. The process was easy and virtually painless,” Nelms said. Garner artistically placed individual handmade porcelain veneers for her upper smile line and replaced her missing lower, front teeth placing very strong, yet beautiful permanent metal-free restorations to yield a gorgeous smile.
Dr. Jeff Garner Cosmetic and Aesthetic Reconstructive Dentistry 501.227.0112 • smile-doc.net
Dr. Yee sculpted Nelms’ body using Vaser Lipo, an alternative to traditional liposuction, in her upper and lower abdomen, waist and hips to create a trim abdomen and hourglass figure. Afterward, Yee used laser ultrasound to help with Lisa’s recovery process.
“I now have a flattering tummy, my curvy shape back and I’ve lost inches in my waistline,” Nelms said.
Dr. Suzanne Yee Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Center 866.529.6061 • drsuzanneyee.com
The Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions staff often works with Dr. Yee to showcase Yee’s body sculpting results. So naturally, they were there to outfit Nelms with garments to help her recovery and afterward to outfit her with garments that show off her new figure and new attitude. The owner of one of Graves’ designer lines, Neon Buddha, heard about the contest and gave Nelms two outfits!
Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions 501.227.5537 • barbaragraves.com
Ernest Abrams, trainer, Body Clinic Little Rock, is working with Nelms, who received six months of personal training. “I was very impressed with Ernest’s personality and his work ethic from the first. He took the time to carefully assess me and determine the areas in which I need to work. I’ve had several sessions with him and will continue to work with Ernest for some time.”
Body Clinic Little Rock 501.563.0438 • bodycliniclr.com
Vicky Crook and Virginia Nelson of Chenal Skin Care will help Nelms maintain her youthful look by establishing a skincare regimen using medical-grade products and facials; microdermabrasion; Bellanina Facelift Massages; dermaplaning; and chemical peels as needed. To help Nelms get ready for her Big Reveal, they provided an exfoliating body scrub and wash; Fake Bake Self Tanner and Prtty Peaushun, an organic hydrating product to enhance the tanning product.
Chenal Skin Care 501.223.4044 • chenalskincare.net
Nelms’ family and coworkers were a great support during this process, which required some recovery time. She works for a high-end, national cosmetic company, and her clients most appreciate her makeover. “Some of my clients only come in every two months or so. They’ve been blown away; they’ve said things like, ‘You look like you, but better. What did you do?’ They’ve been so excited — they want to enter next year’s contest.”
“Now when I look in the mirror, the woman I see reflects how I feel inside. Before my personality and how I projected myself didn’t match my exterior. I just feel blessed. Each time I look in the mirror, I see ‘me’ and that makes me smile.”
AY would also like to thank: Radiology Associates, P.A., (501) 664-3914, rapaxray.com; Raven Martindale of Any Lab Test Now, (501) 366-8931, anylabtestnowlr.com; Lynn Fruchey of Freiderica’s Pharmacy & Compounding, (501) 374-2207, freidericarx.com; Green Dental Lab, (800) 247-1365, greendentallab.com; Neon Buddha, makers of travel, lifestyle and yoga clothing, neonbuddha.net; the management team at Sephora, Shackleford Crossing, Little Rock, (501) 224-0347, sephora.com; and Patti Davis and Chuck Magill of the Capital Hotel, (501) 374-7474, capitalhotel.com.