Board-certified surgeon Dr. Bruce Marko has a light touch for body sculpting and facial rejuvenation at Enhanced Images Medical, eschewing the "no pain, no gain" beauty philosophy. Dedicated to minimally invasive procedures, he has continually sought out new, gentle technology since he completed his surgical residency at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and saw the wrinkles Linda Hamilton developed while screaming in The Terminator. His specialty in microscopic hair transplantation represents both his technical precision—he painstakingly duplicates the original growth pattern with new follicles—and his interest in creating a natural look with small adjustments. He also takes his time with patients, who develop a safe, effective route toward their ideal look during free 20-minute conferences.
Although Dr. Marko can lift slack cheeks with a few deft incisions, he maintains a collection of five cosmetic injections to smooth facial creases with little more than a pinprick. Erchonia and Cynosure lasers help patients to sidestep weight-loss surgery and skin-rejuvenation techniques that abrade cheeks through exposure to Fran Drescher's laugh, and the lasers can also rout toenail fungus and unwanted hair.
Mounted over the repurposed home's entrance, a large American flag patriotically waves above a vibrant floral bed and pillared porch. However, after walking through the bright-red front door, guests discover a European-inspired spa staffed by skilled and licensed stylists, aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians. Using exclusive skin- and haircare products—by brands including Pevonia Botanica and Bumble and bumble—Carmel Day Spa & Salon's specialists pamper guests with services ranging from haircuts to facials to massages. Sleek monochrome furniture and fixtures populate the salon area and treatment rooms, whose walls feature various pieces of art used to conceal wall safes filled with Monopoly money.
With birdcage-like wire around its dangling crystals, the chandelier at Snips Salon reflects the atmosphere's marriage of urban and opulent aesthetics. Stylists attend to clients between the exposed brick walls of the second-story salon, combing Bed Head and Catwalk products through strands or accenting features with TIGI Cosmetics. Services include haircuts, color treatments, and waxing for men and women. The team also pours complimentary beverages and furnishes a library of fashion magazines—the models of which can have their gorgeous hair brought to 3-D life with clients' newly clipped braids.
Facials at Bliss Beauty incorporate products from Eminence Organic Skin Care of Hungary, plus vitamin-rich serums, anti-oxidants, and enzymes. The result? Customized regimens that target each clients' specific skin issues, be they wrinkles, blemishes, or goosebumps that have gone on too long. Figure in add-ons such as arm massages and tea tree oils, and the facials become as relaxing as they are healthy.
In fact, all of the services at Bliss Beauty strike a luxurious balance between comfort and efficacy. The cucumber mint body treatment, for example, begins with a soothing dry brush that preps the skin for a mint sugar scrub and cucumber mint body wrap. Even the waxing treatments sound enticing, as the estheticians use strawberry hot wax and chocolate strip wax to do away with unwanted hair.
Dr. Carlene Ashley first made waves in the field of cosmetic surgery by becoming Newport Beach's first female plastic surgeon in 1986. Since then, she's worked in a number of practices, all with the promise of accentuating clients' best attributes for a natural look, "mak[ing] you look better, not different." At MedBoutique, Dr. Ashley teams up with staff in order to provide a wide range of services from the surgical?such as blepharoplasty and skin-tag removal?to the noninvasive?including photofacials and laser body contouring. They even offer traditional spa services such as facials and body waxing for clients averse to surgery or secret agents with a serious laser phobia.
The Lash Loft specializes in bolstering peepers with semipermanent lash extensions. Technicians attach lashes to create four different looks: a mascara look with 1 extension per existing lash, the flirty look using about 70 lashes per eye, the voluptuous look with 100 lashes per eye, and a sultry look with more than 100 lashes per eye. Synthetic lashes are applied with a safe specialty glue that helps them look and act like natural fibers. This adhesive ensures that extensions last as long as natural lashes, and fill sessions every one, two, or three weeks can help maintain the faux fringe.