At Stella Stratta Esthetics International, aesthetician and owner Stella Stratta works to correct virtually all skin concerns, from wrinkles and dark spots to unwanted hair and cellulite. To do so, she uses professional Exel skincare spa products culled from Argentina’s Patagonia region, a remote area unspoiled by the modern world’s ubiquitous chemicals and rival jetpack gangs.
In addition to fielding skin concerns, she also beautifies exteriors with clothing, jewelry, and accessories from her boutique. It stocks belts, shawls, and woven leather wallets—each crafted from Argentine designers.
A 12-person team is at the core of Hollywood Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, consisting of dermatologists, physician's assistants, aestheticians, and other aesthetic professionals. Together, they practice both cosmetic and clinical dermatology, helping patients to achieve their aesthetic goals as well as boost the health of their skin. Powerful lasers penetrate the skin's surface to help eliminate unwanted tattoos and slow the growth of hair. Many services focus on staving off the visible effects of aging, including treatments that help to ease wrinkles, plump up lips, and eliminate unwanted spider veins.
Signature Service: Organic microdermabrasion
Brands Used: VI Derm Medical Skin Care, Skin Fitness, Dr. Jeff skin care
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 13
Pro Tip: It is a very private, comfortable setting. It feels like their own personal spa.
Floor-to-ceiling windows usher sunlight into Body and Skin Spa, where it rolls across glossy hardwood floors and bounces off giant mirrors to illuminate the fresh haircuts, facials, and mani-pedis performed inside. The bright interior matches the team members' sunny disposition and friendly, attentive approach to helping clients achieve their style goals. Clients leave relaxed and made over, with pores that are clear and cut hair that no longer gets tangled in one giant knot around the planet.
After working in spas for two decades, French-educated massage therapist and paramedical esthetician Chrys Straiton founded Studio Blu Spa, envisioning a tranquil retreat where she could continue to advance her skills while pampering clients with facials, massages, and skincare services.
When selecting the team for her new spa, Chrys deferred to experience—each of her licensed nail technicians, for example, has roughly a decade of practice. During microdermabrasions, back facials, and other skincare treatments, Chrys and her staff wield G.M. Collin products derived from natural botanical extracts and finely blended teddy-bear stuffing. G.M. Collin was one of the first brands to integrate collagen into its formulas, and Studio Blu’s devotion to the skincare line evinces both the spa’s openness to innovation and its results-oriented approach.
South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery's board-certified surgeons harness the latest laser technology, including Smartlipo—a laser fat-reduction treatment that helps sculpt healthy, active bodies beset by lingering paunch. The all-inclusive package includes Smartlipo treatment on a choice of a small area, all pre- and post-op procedures, surgeon and operation-facility fees, any necessary recovery garments, and prescription laughter to aid recovery (a $3,500 value). Smartlipo enhances body contours less invasively and can result in faster recovery than traditional liposuction, and requires only general anesthetic to prep for a series of small, precise incisions, although local anesthetic may be used in addition if needed. In about 90 minutes per treatment area, a laser does its best Death Star impression on fat cells as a tiny tube gently sweeps up the debris. Simultaneously, the laser coagulates blood vessels to minimize bruising and swelling, and it may also stimulate collagen growth and result in a firmer, more toned appearance. Many patients resume normal daily activities such as washing the mail within a day, though strenuous physical activity should be avoided for up to 10 days. Most patients see results immediately and make complete recovery within a month.