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.
Monarch Medspa is stocked with a supportive and caring staff of licensed professionals who perform thousands of cosmetic procedures each year. Laser hair removal gradually and permanently removes unwanted hair by destroying the follicle itself, like Godzilla reaching into the ground and carving away at the bedrock instead of inefficiently whacking at skyscraper tips. Treat a variety of areas, including the upper lip, chin, and back of the neck (all $183 per treatment), as well as underarms ($220 per treatment) and bikini line ($265 per treatment). Each treatment takes only minutes and is performed by licensed nurses under the supervision of medical directors. This deal also includes a plastic-surgery consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon (a $75 value).
Led by the pedigreed Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg and Dr. Michele Shermak, the Plastic Surgery Center's three high-tech facilities focus not just on beautifying clients but also on educating them about the surgical process. Relax under their capable care with a round of frown-line fighting Dysport, which aims to imbue new vitality into the manifold folds of aging countenances. A sequence of five quick injections can reduce the wrinkles and fine lines caused by aging, stress, and artisanal cheese-tasting. While effects are not permanent, the procedure may stop the muscles that cause furrows from contracting, providing temporary forehead toning.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. A. Miller Alonso brings more than 25 years of experience to his practice, two decades of which was spent as chief of plastic surgery at St. Agnes Hospital and Harbor Hospital. He specializes in cosmetic treatments such as face lifts, tummy tucks, and thigh lifts, in which he deftly hones curves, tightens sagging skin, and transforms dimpled surfaces into smooth laminate countertops. When he's not whittling figures at Creative, Dr. Alonso is traversing the globe organizing surgical missions and teaching surgeons how to perform techniques of his own invention.
Before any treatments begin, you will prepare for your skin rejuvenation package with a skincare consultation conducted by a trained medical aesthetician ($35). Then, you’ll be ready to clear up any dry skin, acne, and brighten your complexion with an alpha-hydroxy acid peel ($125), performed in the office and tailored to meet any unique skin concerns or issues. For protection against aging elements, you’ll receive a TRUE mineral foundation ($42), custom-matched to your complexion. Finally, your aesthetician will apply a TRUE mineral mist ($16) to enhance your complexion, air-shower your face with antioxidants, give your skin a lasting smoothness and radiance, and keep your foundation in place all day that even a freshly bronzed penguin would envy.