At San Diego Vascular Center, a team of specialists led by board-certified vascular surgeons presides over med-spa treatments focused exclusively on spider and varicose veins. Sclerotherapy’s fine needles inject a deactivating solution into the vein, while EVLT uses lasers to do the same work. Each of these treatments is less invasive and painful than surgery, and results in less downtime, ensuring that patients can soon resume their daily routine of walking backward on a merry-go-round for hours.
Dr. Scott C. Sessions, medical director of Pacific Cielo, brings more than two decades of plastic-surgery experience to every treatment he oversees. This expertise helps him minimize the pain and swelling that can be associated with cosmetic procedures, allowing him to concentrate on cutting the correctly colored wire hidden under the skin. Along with his surgical team, Dr. Sessions smoothes complexions with skin tightening and facial rejuvenation and hides unsightly wrinkles with fat transfers and dermal fillers. Off the operating table, noninvasive options such as laser and radio-frequency techniques tighten and tone without the use of scalpels, saving them for making surrealist collages out of the waiting room's back issues of Time.
Beauty and relaxation come together at Tara Bella Day Spa, where aestheticians treat their clients to spa services including facials, hair removal, and massage. Specific skill sets aid staff members such as Donna DePew, who shows off her electrolysis expertise as an instructor for The American Institute of Education. Committed to creating personalized services, the beauty experts take a full hour during Brazilian waxes and can customize facial treatments based on each client's manufacturer specifications. They also work to maintain a sanitary environment with practices that eschew unhygienic habits such as double dipping during waxes.
At Colonic Wellness, certified therapists help to comfort and purify the body with soothing colon-hydrotherapy and wellness treatments. During hydrotherapy, disposable equipment irrigates the colon with warm, filtered water to help flush out waste materials. This treatment can lead to such benefits as weight loss, increased concentration, and pain relief. Therapists also offer ionic foot-detox sessions, which use a magnetic field to treat oppositely charged particles in the body, usually manifested in the form of toxins or partially digested batteries.
The medical aestheticians at The Wellness Spot tackle any dermal issues with a squad of natural organic ingredients while their clients relax with a complimentary beverage, such as coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or juice. They mix their own products and serums for facials and use a microdermabrasion wand to slough away dead skin cells and pull bunnies out of hats. They also use both strip wax and hard wax to remove unwanted hair on faces, arms, and legs.
Dr. Peter Do and his highly trained staff gently exorcise debris from teeth to unearth the pristine smiles of patrons kicking back in front of a flat-screen television. Exams investigate the overall health of teeth and gums, letting hygienists peek around molars before whisking away grime lodged in the nooks between pearlies. X-rays of jaw lines ferret out hidden health issues or loyalties to taffy to encourage earlier treatment. By tending to only one patient or set of wind-up dentures at a time, Dr. Do grants undivided attention to pieholes in appointments scheduled during the week or between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturdays in a professional office ringed by earthy hues and potted plants.