By Gary Nager

When I was in my 30s and 40s, the only “cosmetic procedure” I would even consider having was a laser removal of a strawberry birthmark on my left cheek.

But now, in my early 50s, I have to admit that there are a lot of procedures available at the new Bella MedSpa, located next to Nutrition S’Mart on Bruce B. Downs Blvd. (just south of S.R. 56 and the Shops at Wiregrass mall), that I would be happy to check out (and many more services that I probably wouldn’t).

After all, even though people tell me I look younger than my age a lot, who wouldn’t want to have better skin, a flatter stomach, no love handles, more energy, or simply look and feel more like (or even better than) they did in their 20s and 30s?

I first visited the new Bella MedSpa during its recent Grand Opening and Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at the new location (the original Bella location,which opened in 2005, was in the Summergate Professional Park behind Sam’s Club), hosted by Bella owners Yvette Suarez, M.D., and her husband and CEO David Singletary.

It may have been the first time I met Dr. Suarez and David, but I had a feeling it wouldn’t be the last time we’d chat. After all, the new Bella MedSpa is an immaculate, truly upscale, state-of-the art medical facility where you can “Achieve the essence of youth.” It is a one-stop shop that lives up to its claim of being “the most comprehensive MedSpa in the Tampa Bay area,” offering the following services for men and women:

MedSpa Services — Botox® Cosmetic / Dysport™, Juvederm® Injectable Filler, Restylane and Perlane, Radiesse Filler® Injectable Filler, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels, Laser Hair Removal, PhotoRejuvenation (IPL)/Sun Spot Removal, Spider Vein Removal, Smooth Shapes Cellulite Therapy and Liquid Face Lifts.

Also available at Bella MedSpa are Vaser® Liposuction and Lipotherme® Laser Liposuction, fully supervised medical weight loss programs and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for men and women. The spa also uses medical-grade skin care products like Obagi and Skin Medica.


Medical Director & Owner Dr. Yvette Suarez

Dr. Suarez is an experienced physician who completed medical school in 2000 at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. She then completed a Residential program at the Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando Florida. Since her completion of residency; she worked for seven years as a Pediatric Emergency Physician in Tampa and for four years as an Urgent Care Physician and for six years as a Cosmetic Physician. Her passion has led her to pursue further specialties in Lipo Body Sculpting, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Laser Specialist and Vein Therapy. Dr. Suarez also is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.

Dr. Suarez has built a successful practice because each patient is treated with their own individualized plan. While some patients are looking for ways to remove sun damage and wrinkles and others seek ways to improve cellulite and decrease body fat, Dr. Suarez and Bella medSpa can create packages and programs to help you look and feel your best.

Bella MedSpa offers complimentary consultations with Dr. Suarez so that you have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and the ability for the two of you to plan a course of action on how to obtain “The New You.”

There are many physicians in the Tampa Bay Area who offer non-surgical and surgical services but it is up to you to find the physician with whom you are comfortable. Dr Suarez always strives for natural looking results.

Her skills and talent have led her to be the Regional Instructor for Restylane®, Perlane, and Dysport™. She will work with her patients to determine realistic expectations and the great results that are possible with Liposculpting. Dr. Suarez uses the revolutionary ultrasound or laser for lipo which includes Vaser® and Lipotherme®. With her vast experience and the results her patients obtain, Dr. Suarez has become the Regional Instructor to teach other physicians the skills for Lipo Body Sculpting.


So, What’s On The Menu?

Despite my personal struggles with my weight, I still don’t believe I would ever consider liposuction or surgery. Now that I’m in my 50s, however, I told David and Dr. Suarez that I might consider a solid medical weight loss program in order to finally lose the last — and most difficult — 10-15 pounds I need to lose in order to look and feel my best. I already have high blood pressure and borderline high cholesterol and I know that losing more weight can help with those issues.

David says, “We take weight loss one step further with personalized service and weight loss programs supervised by Dr. Suarez and our licensed nutritionalists.”

Even though I’ve never had an energy problem, I did also discuss the possibility of trying bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to replace the testosterone most men lose as they age, in order to be able to better sculpt my body. Dr. Suarez assured me that no matter how good I think I feel now, my energy will skyrocket and my workouts will produce even better results if I try the hormone therapy, which works just as well for women, too.

I even talked about the possibility of trying Botox® to reduce the deep lines in my forehead, which David noted as the only feature I have right now that truly makes me look my age.

“I’ve had lipo, different fillers and hormone therapy,” admits David, who is in his early 40s. “Most people who try these services only wish they had tried us sooner!”

Bella MedSpa is located at 1821 BBD Blvd. and is open Monday-Fri day, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. For free consultations and more information, call 929-1500 or visit

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