Miriam Figueroa, a holistic wellness counselor, licensed massage therapist, and aesthetician, spent more than 20 years in the health and beauty industry, staffing five-star hotel spas and then founding her own luxurious center, Spatini Holistic Health. Her spa specializes in M’lis wellness programs, treatment packages that reduce stress and target specific ailments—from cellulite to arthritis—by drawing on the interrelations between mind, body, and soul.
A suite of traditional spa treatments flanks the holistic programs. Facials run the gamut from deep cleanses to nonsurgical face-lifts. Seven available styles of massage encompass the gliding strokes of Swedish and hot-stone massage, which the ancients discovered using stones warmed by confused mother chickens. Body polishes exfoliate away dry skin, an ideal prep for a botanical Bronze Biologic formula that leaves behind sunless, natural-looking tans.
Led by owners Irma and Henry Fuentez, the cosmetologists and massage therapists at Above and Beyond Day Spa beautify and pamper bodies from head to toe. As a licensed aesthetician and certified microdermabrasion technician, Irma seeks out the latest technology to restore clients' youthful appearances, including light therapy that promotes collagen production and a microcurrent machine that targets cellulite.
Massage therapists perform relaxing hot-stone sessions in semiprivate "gazebos" swathed with sheer, shimmering fabrics. The open, airy tents create an ambiance reminiscent of a royal caravan in the Arabian Desert or the winning submission for a Boy Scout's interior-design badge.
Holding an MD and a PhD in immunobiology, Dr. Reza Ghohestani heads up an institute devoted both to the treatment and clinical study of hair, skin, and nail diseases. The more than 100 scientific papers and dermatology-themed comics he has published or presented reflect Dr. Ghohestani's continuing quest to find the most efficient remedies for acne, psoriasis, fungal infections, wrinkles, cellulite, and unwanted body hair. His clinic won both the Talk of the Town award for excellence in customer satisfaction and the Patients’ Choice Award in 2011 and 2012 thanks to the staff's caring attitude toward patients and their privacy.
Dr. Delio Ortegon, the president and director of San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery, believes there is no set definition of beauty. As he explains in an interview on his website, aesthetic appeal rests not in a certain nose shape or specific earlobe measurement but rather in the symmetry and balance of the face and physique. The board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializes in reshaping bodies to enhance this pleasing proportional harmony. But before Dr. Ortegon ever picks up a scalpel, he learns his patients' goals and vision for themselves during in-depth consultations.
At Desire Laser & Medical Spa, Dr. Alberto Belalcazar harnesses high-tech equipment and 27 years of surgical experience in his quest to deliver tender skin from the ravages of free radicals and rebellious fuzz. Renegade follicles of all shades tremble under powerful pulses from the LightSheer diode laser, whose bursts of energy work to vaporize hair pigment with a precise wavelength. Although depilation sessions vary in length, the laser's ChillTip is designed to ensure the comfort of surrounding skin with continuous-cooling contact and the injection of microscopic mint juleps.
With 21 years of experience in invasive and noninvasive cosmetic surgery, Dr. Peter Fisher leads the San Antonio Plastic Surgery Center in its fight against wrinkles. The procedure starts with an initial consultation with Dr. Fisher himself, who explains patients' options and determines the best Botox battle plan. He then injects 20 units of Botox into key areas of the face during a relatively quick procedure, reverting crow's feet to smooth crow's nubs. A nerve impulse inhibitor, Botox does its work by relaxing the muscles that would otherwise crease facial skin. The treatment has a recovery period of a few hours, allowing patients to return to their daily routines shortly after their procedure. The effects of Botox can last up to four to six months and can be repeated ad infinitum. After the treatment, patients are free to use the follow-up in the same visit or talk with the doctor via telephone or in a separate office visit.