Before Steven Trujillo heads to his salon in the morning, he takes a moment to relax in his garden, relish the fresh air, and marvel at the blossoming white roses. When explaining this ritual to reporters from the Rocky Mountain News, Steven said, "This is my peaceful spot. Once I spend some time out here, I can handle the chaos of the rest of the day." And his day certainly can get chaotic—the highly sought-after stylist is the owner of El Salon, where he snips new looks for a never-ending queue of brides and everyday clients pursuing the latest styles. The deftness of his work also has made him a popular man in the fashion world, with magazines such as 303 commissioning his work for photo shoots.
Within Steven’s sunlit salon, clients await appointments on sleek white chairs, admiring the abstract artwork and paintings that adorn the walls. A staff of highly trained specialists darts about nimbly, coloring hair, polishing nails, and pampering skin with facials. In order to stay on top of their craft, Steven and his staff routinely undergo training and take pains to monitor the hairstyle trends perpetuated by recent celebrity events and bigfoot sightings.
Dr. Richard Koch, a former army captain whose family refers to him as a human encyclopedia, and Dr. Doug Koch have been filling cavities, installing implants, and straightening teeth for more than two decades. The dental professionals describe themselves as conservative, ensuring that every procedure they do is necessary, instead of yanking out every tooth with spinach clinging to it.
They work in an office that eases anxiety with treatment massage chairs, and offers a toy tower that rewards children who didn’t eat one of the dentist’s fingers. They use advanced technology such as digital x-rays and a soft tissue laser, and they update their equipment every 1–2 years.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
At Reflections Medspa, clients rekindle natural beauty during highly efficient, noninvasive treatments powered by ultramodern equipment. The tides of time ebb away during a CO2 laser resurfacing that washes away the appearance of wrinkles, scars, hyperpigmentation, and large pores. Trained physicians and nurses expose tired skin to beams of carbon-dioxide-enriched light that heat and vaporize the tissue, stimulate collagen growth, and leave behind a complexion more balanced and smooth than a tightrope walker in a zoot suit. The roughly 30-minute facial buff 'n' shine smoothes visages and improves skin tone, incurring a sunburned look for a short period of time. The complete, regular-strength treatment of the face and neck aims to soften fine lines and sun damage, and requires 2-4 days out of the sun. Patients who chose to receive sedation will need a driver to comfortably return to their cozy abodes. Recent resurfacees should lacquer on ample amounts of sunscreen if they venture outdoors.
Featured on programs such as The Dr. Oz Show and Good Morning America, Aqualipo’s water-assisted fat-removal system sneaks under skin to steal away lipid collections from designated body geography. Licensed physicians Dr. Jeffrey Caruth and Dr. Mauricio Giraldo photograph, mark, and sketch abstract self-portraits on the client's problem area before applying local anesthetic and cutting a small incision to reach the fat layer. Pulsing water jets then flush out fatty tissue with a sterile fluid, evicting lipids without stressing surrounding muscles, nerves, or other tissues. Unlike traditional liposuction, Aqualipo treatments require no general anesthesia and typically last 30–45 minutes, leaving most patients ready for discharge 15 minutes after completion. Clients can expect faster results and less intense side effects—such as swelling, bruising, and uncontrollably transmitting ham-radio signals—than those caused by conventional liposuction procedures.
Dr. Gordon F. Gibbs and his staff of highly trained medical experts exterminate unsightly spider veins with minimally invasive procedures. The skilled sclerotherapists begin each appointment with a free consultation to answer patients' questions and concerns. Then an initial screening is taken to ensure the vein-banishing treatment will be beneficial. One of the medically trained staffers will inject unwanted veins with a sclerosing solution, which can help the veins shrink and sink unsightly vessels. Over the course of a few weeks, the vein can dissolve or diminish greatly. The treated area will be swaddled in stockings or bandages for two weeks after the treatment. Two treatments may be needed to completely eradicate larger spider veins.