Under the watchful eye of medical director Dr. Mary Campbell-Fox, the physician's assistants, laser specialists, and aestheticians of Reflections Medical Spa revamp skin with advanced technologies and products. Using the Visia Complexion Analysis system, the staff performs a computerized evaluation of clients’ spots, wrinkles, and other blemishes to help customize a treatment plan. These plans may include the Cutera laser, which reduces the appearance of veins, unwanted hair, and wrinkles, or Aurora Precision Diamond Peel microdermabrasion, which sloughs off dead skin cells and penned phone numbers. Products from Jan Marini Skin Research, glo therapeutics, and glo minerals makeup further aid in improving the skin.
The trained technicians at Houston Tattoo Removal Clinic help delete unwanted tattoos using an FDA-approved, noninvasive laser. An initial consultation factors in everything from the tattoo's depth and age to skin type to determine the most effective treatment. During the procedure, a handheld laser hovers over the ink, delivering short bursts of energy to fade the pigmentation without damaging the skin around it. Though some designs may take up to 12 treatments to fully banish, many require only two visits, and virtually all patients observe no scarring afterward.
The laser technology can also fight age-related blemishes with services such as liver-spot removal and scar reduction, but Houston Tattoo Removal Clinic's true passion is in helping Texas youngsters erase the mistakes of their past. Aside from its outreach work with the Texas Youth Commission, the clinic proudly expunges tattoos from the faces and hands of kids aged 17 and younger for free—an act of benevolence that has helped wipe troubled teens' slates clean for a healthy, happy future.
In 2010, Up Close Beauty tacked ?Max? onto the end of its name to reflect the continued dedication and drive to dole out exceptional beauty services from each stylist, aesthetician, nail technician, and therapist. Owner Michelle Mai?an experienced hair colorist, extension artist, and aesthetician?guides the staff as they beautify exteriors with the latest brands, including Paul Mitchell haircare, Cellex-C skincare, and OPI nail polishes.
As clients relax in the jacuzzi tub or on two massage tables in Up Close's spa room, aestheticians revive lackluster visages in a room of their own, performing facials, microdermabrasions, and chemical peels. Out on the salon floor, stylists beautify manes with snap-on and glue-in hair extensions and hair-straightening services such as the De Fabulous Kerafusion, which irons out strands for up to six months with a protein complex infused with mineral oils, shea butter, and cocoa butter, without including harsh fumes or smoke. Clients can also indulge in a traditional or gel mani-pedi, more than 10 massages, or radial-endodermo-therapy sessions designed to clean out the lymphatic system and help banish cellulite to the body's black hole, located directly behind the spleen.
Getting and staying in shape is not just about working out, but creating habits to maintain a healthy life style and having the support system to focus on fitness goals. Each day holds a new challenge at Life Fit Personal Fitness Studio because each day is dedicated to developing a different group of muscles. On Monday, trainers work upper bodies with functional exercises that are geared toward boosting metabolism. Tuesday takes care of the lower body and strength training. Wednesday focuses on leg circuit training, and Thursday's routines challenge the entire body. Finally, Friday and Saturday mean it's time for TGIF Fitness Camp's team workouts, which incorporate boot-camp-style exercises such as tire flipping, monkey-bar climbing, and rope swinging.
Interspersed with the daily workouts on the class schedule are some fun breaks from routine. These range from cardio kickboxing and Power Hour??which works both the upper and lower body at once??to Zumba.
For some people, a treat is a donut and a warm latte; for others, it is a new haircut. At La Petite Salon, those indulgences are just a door apart. Professional hairstylist Fadia Saadi performs a wide variety of services in her salon, which is connected to the La Petite Market café and bakery. There, she transforms frizzy 'dos with keratin treatments, adds dimension with highlights, and uses a simple cotton thread to pluck unwanted hairs.
Head & Sole revitalizes the entire body, top to bottom, through services ranging from microdermabrasion facials to foot massages. Within a relaxing environment, aestheticians treat skin ailments such as wrinkles, acne, or rosacea, though the spa's specialty lies in treating our first point of contact to the earth—the feet. During reflexology treatments, massage therapists help ease tension in the body by focusing on specific points on the soles that correspond with specific organs, tissue, and body parts. Other times, they simply focus on reducing pain and tension in the foot itself, such as when athletes strain their heels after running a marathon or standing on a bed of coals.