The Skin Center of North Carolina provides the guidance and steady-hand precision of medical professionals in treating the body's pore-patches and freckle-farms. The oxygen facial (a $99 value) rejuvenates jilted skin with a smorgasbord of oxygenating treatments, starting with an automated misting machine that sprays the skin with atomized moisturizers sailing atop a trade wind of pressurized oxygen. An aesthetician blends the oxygen-rich mist to target your specific skin need, whether it be anti-aging, moisture retention, acne axing, or inflammation inhibition. Epidermal fireflies will be ignited, adding a healthy glow to your skin.
Beauty is a family business at Valeria Salon Med Spa Boutique, where co-owner Geri Palillo has been working side by side with her three daughters and a staff of more than 30 handpicked beauty experts for nearly a decade. Born into a family of cosmetic pioneers, Geri's own journey found her graduating from the classrooms of Vidal Sassoon and rubbing elbows with industry big wigs and their wigs at New York's Redken 5th Avenue Exchange. Today, when she's not busy personally selecting the Ray-Ban sunglasses and designer handbags that fill the shelves of Valeria's boutique, she continues to show off her styling finesse in the sunlit, marble-floored salon that constitutes one third of the business, showing her cutting-edge knowledge of the latest hairstyles through cuts, coloring, perms, up-dos, and straightening treatments.
Meanwhile, on the spa side of this three-part beauty haven, guests relax in private, Tommy Bahama-themed rooms as one of Geri's highly trained therapists and aestheticians administers one of six types of massage or body wraps ripe with natural ingredients such as ocean salt, ginger, or white tea. Facials tend to sensitive skin or revitalize dried out visages, and can also address the unique ailments of the male face, such as pores left from make-out sessions with monster trucks. The service menu also includes med spa treatments, such as laser hair removal, skin tightening and spider vein treatments and wrinkle-smoothing injections of Botox and Juvederm, as well as professional teeth whitening that combines the stain lifting powers of peroxide and light.
Dr. Briggs E. Cook Jr.'s prestigious resume includes a medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a residency in ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic, and a fellowship in eye and facial cosmetic surgery at the University of Wisconsin. The board-certified ophthalmologist and surgeon has also published numerous professional papers on oculoplastic and cosmetic surgery.
But Dr. Cook's knowledge isn't merely academic, and he puts his surgical skills to use at Pure Facial Plastic Surgery, where he lifts sagging eyelids, reduces undereye bags, and firms necks. He also relies on less invasive procedures to make skin look more youthful, including cosmetic injections and dermal fillers. A consultation with Dr. Cook can help clients determine which procedure is right for them and get a detailed analysis of their dream journal.
Under the direction of licensed physician Dr. Briggs Cook Jr.—who is also a board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon—Pure Medspa & Facial Plastic Surgery of Huntersville’s dedicated staff help retain clients’ youthful appearances with the latest anti-aging technology. Highly trained and licensed aestheticians reduce the appearance of aging with chemical peels, microderm, vibraderm and DermaSweep. They also offer laser treatments such as Thermage to firm skin, and ultrasonic cavitation to easily and safely melt fat from troubled areas.
Teardrop lights dangle from the ceiling, illuminating each stylist?s workstation. The long, oval mirrors?held upright by storage cabinets on each side?and modern salon chairs are arranged in staggered rows on the sleek hardwood floor, almost as if on display for an audience. Stylists give each client the star treatment with eye-catching haircuts, highlights, and luxurious blowouts.
Jennifer Militello never gives the same facial twice. The Aveda Institute graduate specializes in custom beauty treatments, from exfoliating microdermabrasion to classic cleansing facials. As she works with products from Skinceutical and Yonka, she teaches clients about what makes their skin unique, explaining conditions from an oily T-zone to dry skin.