Empire Eye & Laser Center operates under the watchful eyes of Drs. Joseph and Daniel Chang, brothers who each boast highly accomplished professional backgrounds. Joseph currently serves as Clinical Instructor of Ophthalmology at UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute, demonstrating current methods of cataract surgery and banging erasers together for the school's resident surgeons. Daniel, a former chief resident in ophthalmology at Emory University, recently spoke at an international conference on lens implants and volunteers as a surgeon for his own foundation that accommodates patients with little or no insurance.
They, along with four other physicians and one laser aesthetic nurse, perform treatments from a menu divided into two sections: see better and look better. See better treatments tackle a range of ocular needs, from eye exams for kids and adults to LASIK surgery for patients such as MLB pitcher Colby Lewis. Oculoplastic surgeries populate the look better section, as well as laser cosmetic treatments that decimate hair and signs of age.
One of Bakersfield's largest day spas, Essentiels Spa et Beauté offers clients an array of services targeting the hair, skin, nails, and muscles. Turn your torso over to one of the spa's lead kneaders for a fully customized hour of integrative massage, which can incorporate hot stones, focus on particular regions of your body, or otherwise tailor itself to your wants, needs, and muscular event horizons. Those who mostly hold tension in their face can opt instead for a 60-minute European-style Essentiels signature facial, a multifaceted pamper party that leaves necks and shoulders rubbed, hands and feet coddled, and cranial facades soft, smooth, and glowing with the sort of radiance impossible to achieve through glow-stick earrings. Essentiels complements its satisfying services with the ambient assets of an urban-chic environment, giving guests an elegant escape from the frenetic pace and gauche mimes of everyday life.
Aside from being ingested by a toddler at some point, mud, clay, ink, and 24-karat gold don’t have much else in common⎯except for helping skin look better. Spa Botanica uses these unlikely ingredients, along with MD Care skincare products, during its roster of facials, body treatments, and henna-tattoo services. A 24-karat gold facial uses a mask made of the rare metal to instantly lift the skin and help prevent wrinkles from settling in. An infrared detoxifying body wrap detoxifies from head to toe, helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, and improves circulation to the skin. Ornate designs temporarily decorate the skin with henna art that can last up to three weeks.
As the resident aesthetician at Privato Salon & Spa, Brooke Slikker revitalizes clients' skin with facials, peels, and waxing services. Her treatments use ingredients derived from natural sources, such as apples and red wine, to combat wrinkles, acne, and other common skin imperfections.
The diversity of the staff at Dermscapes Medical Spa is a reflection of the many types of services they offer. Healthcare professionals, licensed aestheticians, and licensed massage therapists, all work in side by side to help clients achieve their image goals.
Healthcare professionals are on hand to oversee aesthetic services such as microcurrent body-sculpting and LightSheer laser hair-removal treatments. They also offer Botox injections and Exilis body-contouring treatments, alternatives to surgery that can reduce fat and wrinkles without the need for recovery time or a designer hospital gown. Meanwhile, aestheticians offer traditional spa services. For example, the spa's signature European facial is as relaxing as it is physically rewarding. Its exfoliation, mask, and massages with nutrient-rich creams help rekindle the complexion and spirit. Clients can also opt for a full-body massage, administered by licensed massage therapists who tailor their treatments to address each client's needs.
Savannah knows that each person’s skin has its own personality – some are chronically dry while others produce too much oil or are peppered with acne. To ensure each problem is expertly tackled, she customizes her facials and microdermabrasion treatments for each client. While blasting away dead skin cells or reducing wrinkles with a warm iron, Savannah also dispenses tips for clients to adequately attend to their own mugs while at home.