Back in the 1960s, beauty was so simple that some beauty parlors—like the nine traditional ones run by Robert Andrew Zupko—only had one service: roller sets. But beauty trends began to change, so Zupko changed right along with them, adding skincare and nailcare to his hairstyling business. When 1996 hit the calendars, the salon evolved into a full-fledged day spa that covered 7,000 square feet.
Zupko has since created Robert Andrew – The Salon & Spa, a 22,000-square-foot Tuscan-style getaway nestled in the giant scalene triangle that connects D.C., Annapolis, and Baltimore. Inside the salon, more than 90 beauty professionals—including nail technicians, massage therapists, and stylists—shape and polish nails, snip split ends, and disentangle achy muscle knots. The salon also boasts a troupe of Yon-Ka trained aestheticians who remove dead skin cells with pumpkin enzymes and melt away frozen funny faces with hot-stone facials.
More recently, Zupko opened Robert Andrew Medical Spa, where the spotlight's on lasers, injectables, chemical peels, and other high-tech skincare services.
At Artistry in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Brent Birely uses a combination of medical know-how and artistic talent to transform patients' exteriors. As a physician who is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. and has been practicing for more than 15 years, Dr. Birely has the expertise to perform complex procedures such as breast augmentations, breast lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, face-lifts, and eyelid enhancements. He also possesses a keen eye for symmetry and proportion and a knack for paying meticulous attention to detail—talents that come in handy during nonsurgical treatments. He can diminish scars and uneven skin tone with a laser skin-resurfacing session or target fine lines and wrinkles with cosmetic injectables and dermal fillers. Additionally, Dr. Birely's team specializes in advanced skincare services, which range from dermaplaning and microdermabrasion to chemical peels and medical-grade facials.
Whether you're there to lose weight, to treat fatigue and chronic illness, or simply to stave off wrinkles, it's a given that medical director Dr. Ekan Essien has approved your treatment protocol. Working with Dr. Essien is another physician, clinic director Dr. Thomas Burk, a Johns Hopkins med-school grad who has practiced internal medicine and other medical disciplines for more than 20 years.
All that medical training translates into a clinic where science-based methods and cutting-edge technology reign. For instance, to fight the effects of aging, the staff administers not only cosmetic injections such as Botox and Juvederm, but also hormone replacement therapy that can help regulate the metabolism, improve the immune system, and increase energy. Other services, such as removing hair with laser energy and reminding you that you have an appointment through a giant megaphone, rely on high-tech machines.
The beautification and relaxation specialists at Domani Studio pamper clients' hair, skin, and nails with a long list of spa services. Facials freshen visages with infusions of fruit enzymes, glycolic acid, and vitamin C, and nails glint with colorful OPI polish after manicures. An onsite doctor performs Botox and laser hair-removal treatments, and spa packages beautify bridal parties before they celebrate the upcoming banns by photobombing local news broadcasts.
Helmed by board-certified vascular surgeon Wayne Reichman, MD, The Vein and Cosmetic Institute’s team of doctors and technicians devote themselves to brining skin back to its original unblemished state. Stocking their offices with the latest laser technology, wrinkle-defying injectables, and facial products, they perform more than 20 cosmetic services ranging from vein removal to microdermabrasions.
At Belle Derm Laser Center, the laser is a jack-of-all-trades. The therapeutic beams of the clinic’s laser systems can permanently reduce unwanted stubble, smooth out forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and chicken knuckles, and minimize sagging. Staff schedules appointments flexibly within a space at the Festival at Bel Air shopping center.