Unlike some salon owners, Spencer Malay isn't content to just sit back and watch as his stylists have all the fun. The 15-year hairstyling veteran, beauty consultant, and makeup artist grabs the scissors and works alongside them, doling out the salon's signature razor cuts and conditioning therapies and offering hairstyling advice dubbed "perfect" by a reviewer for the July 2011 issue of Allure magazine. On the spa side of the studio, massages and facials provide a welcome dose of relaxation for busy clientele, and med-spa treatments erase years from the face and body with dermal fillers and spider-vein treatments performed under the supervision of a doctor, nurse, and the occasional haunted painting.
Patrons looking to bring a touch of the salon's glamour home with them can peruse a collection of Spencer Malay jewelry or add a pop of color to everyday makeup routines courtesy of Spencer's own line of mineral-based cosmetics. The salon also specializes in providing and fitting wigs for patients with medical hair loss and curates a large and stylish collection, with options recommended by medical and beauty professionals as well as past clients.
Ever since he was a child, Dr. Michael Carter struggled with weight. It followed him all the way through medical school, where he became a board-certified anesthesiologist. Things changed in his 30s, however, when he opted for liposuction, and the success inspired him to shift his medical focus to cosmetic surgery. Since opening The Mesotherapy Center—now located in a new facility in Perimeter Town Center—Dr. Carter and his trained team have performed more than 7,000 aesthetic and wellness treatments.
True to the center’s name, many of the treatments rely on mesotherapy—injections of vitamins, enzymes, and homeopathic medications. The injections help fade spider veins, ease arthritis and muscle pain, and alleviate insomnia more effectively than Sean Connery’s soothing recitation of The Yellow Pages. The center also uses advanced laser technology to remove unwanted hair and fungus, and performs tumescent liposuction to contour physiques with less pain and downtime than traditional methods.
Clinical aesthetician Alethea Tinkle and medical director Dr. Jack Cheng operate Bella By Alethea Medspa & Boutique a med spa where clients confront wrinkles and blemishes with everything from laser treatments to organic skincare products. Their signature treatment, the 10-step Refresh laser facial, triple-teams age spots and redness with three medical-grade lasers, which also iron out fine lines and encourage collagen production. The med spa's resident permanent-makeup technician possesses more than 20 years of experience, which she draws on while accenting brows, eye lines, and lips with medical-grade Premier Pigments. During the eyelash-extension service, eye-safe adhesives lock synthetic lid fringe onto natural lashes, granting blinks the power to change weather patterns in Istanbul via the butterfly effect for about three months.
Blue is everywhere here, from the cerulean-, azure-, and aquamarine-stained windows to the very name of Blue MedSpa. Dr. Landon McLain, medical director of the beauty haven inside the Westin hotel at Bridge Street Town Centre, helms a team of registered nurses, aestheticians, and physicians who focus on restoring youthful appearances. They use advanced equipment such as SmartLipo to reduce the appearance of cellulite, IPL laser machines for photofacials, and six types of dermal fillers to send fine lines scurrying beneath floorboards. Blue also provides traditional salon and spa services with Pureology and Redken products, as well as skincare products from iS Clinical and its own signature line. Regardless of the service, each med-spa staffer takes a holistic approach to treating clients to ensure their beauty goals are accomplished.
At Creative Skin Care, medical aestheticians recognize the fundamental link between health and beauty. Extensive backgrounds in both cosmetic and clinical care have trained them to seek the root of beauty issues in the deeper well-being of the body. Complimentary skin analyses allow skin-care experts to eschew "quick fixes" and "iron helmets" for in-depth beautification campaigns that might incorporate massage, salicylic-acid treatments, and oxygenation. Aestheticians are masters of lasers, whether they are directing the Palomar IPL laser at little melanin bull's-eyes within hair follicles or wielding the Alma Harmony XL laser to rout spider veins with little discomfort and no downtime.
Led by Dr. Darryl Pitts, the team at Chastain Wellness Studio specializes in medical spa services while maintaining a relaxing environment. Wielding lavish products from names such as Obagi, PCA Skin, ViDerm, and Oxygenetix, aestheticians and medical professionals treat skin with nonsurgical procedures including facials, microdermabrasion, Botox, and dermal wrinkle fillers, imbuing visages with a glow typically reserved for newlywed fireflies. Trained technicians perform treatments such as laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing, and laser body contouring, and licensed massage therapists ease muscles with a coterie of massage services.