Dr. M.R. Khalifeh is a pretty busy guy. When the double board-certified plastic surgeon and former Johns Hopkins assistant professor isn't discussing plastic surgery on Fox 5 or publishing research papers and book chapters, he's performing tummy tucks, breast enhancements, and laser liposuction procedures that employ minimal scarring techniques. Dr. Khalifeh and his team have also mastered a number of nonsurgical aesthetic treatments. Five types of dermal fillers including Botox and Restylane plump fine lines and give lips a sultry pout, and laser resurfacing and chemical peels exfoliate the skin to make complexions shine like the North Star does when the galaxy has a voicemail.
In a massage room awash in shades of plum, one of Serenity Spa Wellness Center's licensed therapists plunges deft fingers into muscular structures to weed out pesky pain points and break up congregations of tension. Increasingly relaxed breaths drift out of the private room, past cedar-colored planks, and toward the far-infrared sauna, which uses dry heat in an effort to draw toxins from the body or elicit confessions from ice-cream smugglers. Aestheticians blend ingredients for facial treatments and combine fragrant swirls of essential oils, catering to individual skin and health issues. In the reception area, hands warm around mugs from a coffee bar, and floral-patterned or zebra-print chairs cradle guests.
Revitacell's friendly, knowledgeable staff presents customers with an array of noninvasive skin-sprucing services. Partakers of red-light phototherapy will get to immerse their faces in warm crimson glow three times a week for two months, emerging with visages less riddled with fine lines and discoloration. The system reverses the signs of aging by engaging the skin's own natural healing abilities and can also boost elasticity, moisture, and a client's youthful desire to wage magnifying-glass war on backyard ants.
As an Aveda concept salon, Salon Alure stocks and uses only plant- and flower-based Aveda products, from hair color to skincare products. The staff also pamper guests with complimentary hand treatments, makeup, stress-relieving aromatherapy, and a steaming cup of Aveda comforting tea. Along with haircare services that include cuts, color, and keratin treatments, the licensed professionals also beautify visages with natural facials such as the Perfecting Plant Peel. For toes mired in envy, chakra-balancing foot treatments unite pedicures with aromatherapy and reflexology massages to lavish feet with the attention usually reserved for a tossed glob of pizza dough dangling from the chandelier.
The staff render this bounty of services within the elegant confines of a wood-floored salon. Sunlight hustles its way through the façade’s large window, and wood accents make the ceiling an exquisite complement to the green plants beneath it.
The staffers at Solar Planet do more than lavish visitors with meticulously clean salons, indulgent extras, and the power to don a sun-kissed glow in less than 20 minutes. Each employee is Smart Tan certified, meaning they possess the training to design personalized tanning schedules for clients seeking an instant or lasting glow. The specialists also know every detail of Solar Planet?s fleet of tanning beds, which range from traditional beds to standup capsules, the style most conducive to tanning lawn flamingos. At some locations, custom airbrush tanning sessions enlist the help of a certified airbrush artist who highlights the body?s features with strategic strokes in a custom bronzing hue. Over its 25 years in business, Solar Planet also has sunless tanning booths, a stock of buyable bronzing lotions, and a variety of skincare services including facials and waxing.
Hollywood Tans, one of the nation’s largest chains of tanning salons, turns dermises gold with a special alchemic process known as Tanetics. Skin specialists consider each customer’s tanning goal, skin tone, and skin sensitivity before helping them choose the perfect skin-shading procedure. Four clean and comfortable types of stand-up UV tanning-booth options filter out most pestiferous UVB rays while speedily darkening pigment. Pricing varies, but five 11-minute bouts inside Hollywood Tans’ HT42 booth ($30) are enough to leave any pelt polished with a glossy base tan. For Daphnes fleeing Apollo, a Mystic spray-tan booth (starting at $19) depales pasty parchment with a misty coat of bronze that can last 5–7 days. The Mystic’s cartridges can be changed to allow users great flexibility in choosing their preferred skin patinas, or they can be purchased in bottle form for do-it-yourself home applications (starting at $19). A plethora of lotion is available to give your skin a longer lasting hue and moisturize your dermis until it's a glowing beacon of hydrated human hide.