Before Dr. Michelle Place—a specialist in aesthetic and cosmetic surgery—began helping clients discover new looks for themselves, she went on a journey of self-discovery herself, receiving her credentials through her own version of the Great American Road Trip. Born in South Africa, Dr. Place studied biology in California, attained her medical degree in Texas, and completed a surgical internship in Virginia before moving back to the Golden State to complete general surgery and plastic surgery residencies. At her private practice, the board-certified plastic surgeon and her team enhance clients’ faces and bodies with procedures ranging from breast augmentation and liposuction to face-lifts, laser hair removal, and eyelid surgery to make the eyes appear younger in lieu of covering them with funky dorm-wall tapestries.
The staff at Dermal Essentials' three locations takes skin seriously. With backgrounds and certifications in aesthetics and makeup artistry, they know how to cleanse skin and enhance appearances whether they are performing microdermabrasions, organic peptide peels, or makeup applications. During treatments, they use high-quality products from Image Skincare, a chemical-free, pharmaceutical-grade skincare line, and Follique, which calms skin after waxing, shaving, or a stern talking-to in the mirror.
The aestheticians at iCandy Eye Salon & Academy funnel all their energy into a single task—making eyes beautiful. Permanent makeup accentuates sparse brows or lash lines, and individually applied extensions make lashes stand taller without the need for posture lessons.
European Waxing Center uses hard wax made from beeswax, which is all natural, requires no painful paper strips, and is the equivalent of catnip for Pooh bears. There is also a bevy of waxing services available for both women and men. Ladies can experience up to six weeks of razor freedom with a full leg wax ($58), or add a boost of beach confidence with a bikini ($32) or Brazilian wax ($39). Evict rent-skipping hand-hair ($10 for women, $12 for men), or let freshly de-stranded piggies ($10 for women, $13 for men) go "wee wee wee" all the way to your flip-flops. Gentlemen can cut down on wind resistance during shirtless rollerblading excursions with a chest ($23), neck ($14), and full back ($50) wax.
At Advanced Electrolysis Hair Removal, licensed professionals administer small electrical currents designed to permanently remove hair without damaging the surrounding skin. As hair growth is a process that occurs in cycles, and electrolysis targets hair when it’s in the active-growth cycle, some patients may need additional sessions for the best results. Some people have likened the sensation to a stinging or pricking feeling.
It looks so simple: a length of twisted cotton glides across the face, grazing the upper lip, eyebrows, and hairline. This is threading, an ancient hair-removal art with roots in India and the Middle East. Masters of this art, M&M Thread Salon’s staff members quickly ensnare bristles in their threads, creating lines as sharp and clean as the battle ax that chops soap into bar form. The treatment is particularly beneficial for people with sensitive skin, as it uproots hair without chemicals or harmful products. The salon also performs waxing and facials.