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.
The board-certified doctors at Waterside Dermatology and Laser Center invigorate and heal the skin of patients through an extensive suite of medical services. One such service, the DiamondTome MicroExfoliation (a $95 value), assists patients in evicting pernicious old skin cells, and is customizable to specific skin types. The DiamondTome wand exfoliates using diamond and chocolate chips, vacuuming away dearly departed cells of skin in a sterile manner, and clearing the way for younger, more rebellious skin to flourish. Next, clients will be on the blissfully receiving end of the Laser Genesis treatment (a $250 value), during which uses non-invasive lasers to treat fine wrinkles and erase embedded timestamps. The procedure mitigates excessive rosy redness, while helping to manage large pores and scars. After Laser Genesis, patients are able to wear sunscreen and return to normal activities, such as driving a car and challenging chickens to a road-crossing contests. The staff will teach newly rejuvenated faces how to truly shine with a makeup consultation, where a skilled makeupologist will match colors to each individual's face to create a super natural look.
Guided by plastic surgeon and owner Dr. Martin Blue, the staff at Mirage Medi Spa cleanses and exfoliates complexions with treatments customized to clients' skin concerns, from hair-removing Brazilian and bikini waxes to medical-grade chemical peels. To ensure the staff meets high standards, each employee is handpicked based on their medical training and then encouraged to further develop their skills with prescription Obagi advanced training and PCA medical skincare line advanced training. At the med-spa, the aestheticians draw on their extensive knowledge during consultations. Understanding that each client's skin is as unique as a snowflake?s thumbprint, the staff scrutinizes skin with a complete analysis. Then, their creativity comes into play. The team uses that information to customize a facial, chemical peel, or microdermabrasion treatment, blending medical-grade ingredients to address concerns ranging from acne to rosacea.
Vein Center of Charlotte's Dr. James Altizer lays claim to a stout resume of medical accomplishments, with decades of professional medical experience, service in the first Gulf War as a naval medical officer, and the successful completion of more than 1,200 endovenous catheter treatments for varicose veins. As a registered vascular technologist, the doctor employs a sophisticated arsenal of equipment and procedures to diagnose and treat patients. Foam sclerotherapy treatments dissipate small spider veins from the inside, and ultrasound techniques lay out a hyper-accurate map of deeper veins and gold deposits. In addition to removing unsightly hyperpigmentation from blood vessels, Vein Center of Charlotte applies its high-tech philosophy to a wide range of aesthetic procedures including skin-smoothing laser hair removal.
Beneath the roof at Satin Med Spa, a team of medical providers, a physician, a nurse practitioner, and a well-meaning juggler specialize in noninvasive medical procedures. The staff emphasizes a patient-first approach, taking part in complimentary consultations to answer all questions and plan customized treatment programs. They then perform treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers to assuage frown lines, laser hair removal to smooth skin, laser tattoo removal to remove unwanted ink, and facial treatments such as refreshing chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
The staff at Elite Laser Care aren't one-trick ponies. Dr. Maureen Whelihan is not only a certified laser expert but also a board-certified gynecologist; her sister and colleague, Gina Whelihan, is a certified medical electrologist with special trianing in laser facial treatments and vein removal. Together, they have provided laser treatments at Elite Laser Care for more than 14 years. They rely on lasers to remove clients' unwanted body hair, pigmented lesions, and spider veins; the staff also uses the high-tech equipment to rejuvenate facial skin.