Armed with more than two decades of beautifying experience, skin guru Leah Chavie leads a team of aestheticians to enhance appearances in a feng shui studio that Examiner.com writer Kathryn Garcia Schuster noted, "can take your skin from so-so to ooh-la-la after just one trip." The spa and its non-invasive clinical treatments have earned attention from the likes of Time Out Chicago, NBC, and Pop Sugar for using cutting-edge skincare technology ranging from bioelectrotherapy facial remodeling to lash and brow tinting.
Aestheticians help patrons to embark on a mug-refining path that can mix and match any of the salon’s clinical and relaxing facials with laser hair-removal sessions, sunless tanning, and mineral cosmetics that polish façades until they’re radiant enough to qualify for alternative-energy tax credits.
At A Better Weigh Medical Weight Loss Center, physician Umair K. Nazeer and his clinical team set patients up for success. Just ask staff nursing manager Chanay Walton, LPN, who lost 42 pounds using their methods. She and the rest of the crew provide one-on-one support during programs that incorporate healthy recipes and tools for lifelong weight management. Before clients begin a regimen, a doctor or nurse performs a thorough medical exam in order to recommend lifestyle changes and the FDA-approved medication that best suits their needs. Vitamin-B12 injections, appetite suppressants such as phentermine, and hCG might be an appropriate choice for some patients, whereas others may require fat-burning chromium supplements or water pills that shed unwanted moisture and fears of the ocean.
Ellehomme Holistic Med Spa soothes clients as soon as they step into its 4,000-square-foot realm, which is overseen by a medical director, registered nurses, and aestheticians. They specialize in cosmetic treatments, from injectables, such as Botox and Juvederm, to laser hair removal and other services that smooth skin and eschew sandpaper.
In one of the massage spa's five treatment rooms, licensed therapists plunder ligaments for stashes of stress, using more than five modalities such as reflexology and deep tissue. Terry-lined waffle robes and cozy spa slippers escort clients to treatments and the relaxation lounge, where they mentally prepare themselves for reentry into a society filled with stress and evil robots.
Ageless Medspa’s team of board-certified physicians, professional aestheticians, and certified massage therapists revamp patrons’ façades inside a clean, state-of-the-art facility. A licensed M.D. examines clients’ skin and Rorschach birthmarks during a complimentary consultation, paving the way for a flurry of wrinkle-smoothing Botox or Dysport injections. Knowledgeable aestheticians also treat skin maladies such as acne and sun damage with an array of facials and chemical peels, and whisk away dead skin cells with SkinBella’s crystal-free ultrasound microdermabrasion. From an expansive menu of body treatments, the staff whittles forms with Swedish Miracle body wraps, ousts dimply cellulite with Dermosonic treatments, and zaps hirsute Shave Me signs with low-energy lasers.
Artist Jeffery Lyle Segal discovered his passion for drawing at age 12. By high school he’d mastered makeup application, and by college he found himself teaching makeup-application courses, eventually commanding the classrooms of Empire Academy in Costa Mesa and the Cinema Makeup School in LA. Along the way, the steady-handed professional worked as a special-effects makeup artist for film, theater, and print, honing his beauty-application techniques on models and willing key grips. It wasn't until 1991, however, that he found the perfect merger between his appreciation for fine art and love of beautiful faces in the world of permanent makeup. Today, he's renowned as an expert in the field and has served for more than 20 years as a certified member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals and as a fellow of the American Academy of Micropigmentation. He strives to help women look their naturally beautiful best and literally wrote the book on the subject, penning his design prowess into a highly regarded training program titled, The Shape of Permanent Beauty.
As the saying goes, "an artist is only as good as his tools," and so Segal favors high-end equipment such as the digital German cosmetic-tattooing devices from Harmonix and Nouveau Contour. Beyond making makeup routines easy for busy folks or those with poor vision or cosmetic sensitivities, his talents can also be used to help correct asymmetrical features, sparse hair or brow lines, scars, or discolored areolas following breast surgery.
Amid the thriving Indian marketplace on Devon Avenue sits Santhigram Wellness Kerala Ayuerveda Center, a satellite location of a renowned healing center in India. A mash-up of the Sanskrit words ayur (meaning life and longevity) and veda (science), Ayurveda originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is still widely practiced today as a side-effect free alternative to modern medicine.
On Devon, patients can find ancient treatments used for both preventive and curative purposes. An herbal steam treatment known as Swedana helps the body release impurities through perspiration. In another treatment, Shirodhara, the practitioner pours a steady stream of warm aromatic oils over the forehead to calm the mind and soothe the nervous system. Though the primary goal of Ayurveda is to restore internal balance, the center offers a variety of holistic and aesthetic treatments as well, including anti-aging packages and hair treatments that reduces hairs' tendencies to turn grey or into a nest of snakes.