Under the steady watch of Dr. Staggers and Dr. Bolling, Eastern Shore Plastic Surgery's staff refurbishes epidermises in a pristine clinic. During a laser hair-removal session, beams scour swaths of skin for unwelcome turf, and a cooling system keeps clients comfortable. Six weeks after treatment, clients return to Eastern Shore to banish any hairs that believed the exile was merely temporary. A total of six sessions may be required to achieve ultimate smoothness.
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.
The aestheticians at Dimitri Dermatology exfoliate face-skin and shrink pores during 30-minute microdermabrasion sessions. Upon arrival, patients discuss their countenance's history with a staff member before handing it over for scrubbing, ensuring that each session is appropriately tailored to account for sensitivity and loose glass eyes. After enjoying a manual cleaning by the hands of an aesthetician, faces find a temporary home under microdermabrasion machines, which aim to shuffle off expired cells to reveal the younger, healthy flesh waiting in the wings. Because wrinkles are caused in part by excess dead skin, microdermabrasion treatments may also reduce lines on the face.
Esthetic MD Med Spa Medical Director Dr. Herbert Ichinose understands that each client is unique and approaches his or her skincare concerns accordingly. The professor and dermatopathologist, who has nabbed the Mellon Award from Tulane and recognition from New Orleans Magazine, restores a youthful glow to faces with Photo Actif light therapy, microcurrent face-lifts, and Clarisonic facial treatments. He also helps clients ward off wrinkles with Botox and uncovers natural beauty with Starflower organic skincare products, Jane Iredale chemical-free makeup, and Nectifirm creams, which aim to make necks wrinkle-free like an origami giraffe. Esthetic MD Med Spa also offers Swedish and deep-tissue massages as well as body peels that incorporate vitamin C and salicylic acid.
The beauty experts at Slidell Aesthetics believe healthy, youthful-looking skin is the direct result of living a balanced lifestyle. They also believe that proper skincare, like changing your socks, is less of an occasional pampering experience and more of a lifestyle choice.
To help clients get radiant skin, Slidell's staff uses only advanced, noninvasive services enhanced with Obagi and DermAware products. The HydraFacial quickly cleanses, exfoliates, and moisturizes complexions using a controlled pressure of antioxidant serum and hyaluronic acid. For those suffering from acne, LED blue-light therapy works with the HydraFacial to eliminate bacteria from newly cleaned pores.
Slidell's body wraps call upon naturally derived ingredients, such as green tea, to stimulate collagen production and grapefruit essential oil to tone the skin, and a hot-cocoa stone massage eases tension from the body with warm volcanic rocks. But of all the services offered at Slidell, the most natural treatment is body sugaring, which gently removes unwanted hairs with a paste made from pure sugar, water, and lemons.
Visitors feel at home lounging in sleek styling chairs and along banks of hair-drying stations while Hairageous Salon and Day Spa's sizable team of beauty experts tend to their every whim. The simple exterior of the 20-year-old beauty emporium hides a bright, relaxing space where minimalist light fixtures create an elegant setting for an afternoon escape. Clients can find hair and nail services in the form of highlights and acrylic nails, or facial treatments that fight signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, or pores complaining about the way kids dress these days.
As an aesthetician at Hair Design by Cathy and Company, Natalia Lichtenberger works under the philosophy that it is best to take a safe and supportive approach to beauty in order to achieve healthy, radiant skin. So, when combating wrinkles, sun damage, and sagging skin, she employs advanced anti-aging treatments that she has selected due to their effectiveness and her own expertise with each treatment. She performs antioxidant-rich multivitamin facials that combine exfoliating and hydrating products to effectively slough-off dead skin cells and add moisture back into the skin, as well as microcurrent treatments that work at the dermal layer, stimulating collagen production to firm and brighten the complexion. And for clients suffering from acne or rosacea, she administers blue-LED light-therapy sessions that focus on eliminating acne-causing bacteria, reducing redness, and smoothing fine lines and stubborn wrinkles the dry cleaner couldn’t get out.