Before her passion for aesthetics brought her to the United States, England native Nicola Cattle, who trained in the United Kingdom, France, and Switzerland, worked with a dermatologist and plastic surgeon in London. There she learned how to treat patients suffering from severe acne and how to combine aesthetic treatments with dermatological treatments.
Now, at Nicola of London Body & Skin Care, she continues this work alongside her international team of licensed aestheticians. They transform clients using a blend of European and American beauty techniques potent enough to erase fine age lines from even the most grizzled sea captain.
They customize treatments to each client’s skin type, sometimes veering from their extensive menu of spa services. The beauty experts perform European and green-tea facials, microdermabrasions, five PCA peels, ultrasound and red-light skin therapy, and a range of relaxation massages. They also perform Lymphobiology treatments—a process that relies on an enzyme peel, glycolic peel, or exfoliating grains used in tandem with steam and lymphatic drainage.
The beautification experts at Prima Hair & Day Spa keep their clients' appearances in tiptop shape via salon, spa, and clinical skincare services. In addition to designing haircuts and painting in highlights, stylists can apply relaxers to type-A strands and craft up-dos for special occasions. During a microdermabrasion treatment, a specialist exfoliates skin with a diamond-tipped wand, sloughing away the top layer of cells most susceptible to sunlight, aging, and holiday cheek pinches. Below-the-neck pampering treatments include waxing, massage, and laser hair removal for lasting smoothness.
Smooth Exposure's medical microdermabrasion services help clients smooth fine lines and wrinkles while treating blackheads and signs of aging. An applicator sweeps across the skin to clear away the top layer of cells and fade surface imperfections to reveal younger skin. The procedure brightens skin's tone and evens its texture.
The same advanced technology contributes to much of Smooth Exposure's menu. From laser hair-removal sessions to treatments for sun damage, age spots, and acne, their offerings take advantage of IPL tools to leave the skin silky and refreshed. The staff also administers facials, chemical peels, spray tans, and specialized injections, which include energy-lifting B12 shots and dermal fillers such as Botox and Restylane.
When it comes to beauty, Maxime Coupe Salon and Spa pretty much does it all. Inside this large salon and spa in McLean, a fleet of licensed stylists cut clients' hair to match the latest trends and add rich color to highlight features, all while using their favorite professional Redken, Paul Mitchell, and Schwarzkopf products. Meanwhile, experienced nail technicians buff and polish nails, and aestheticians offer customized facials and wax away unwanted hair from brows, lips, legs, and kiwi fruits.
Just because each service at TLC Medispa relies on laser energy, that doesn't mean the center's equipment isn't versatile. That's because the center uses the Palomar StarLux 500 and Cynosure Elite laser systems, a practice which means the staff of certified laser technicians can treat any skin type, and the newer Palomar Vectus for quicker treatments.
During laser hair-removal treatments, techs aim these machines' intense beams of light at hairs to seal off the blood vessels that feed the follicles, thereby permanently preventing regrowth. The technicians also use lasers to clear away wrinkles, scars, acne, pigmentation, and spider veins. Because TLC Medispa's staff includes board-certified doctors, clients can also ascertain whether stethoscopes can detect disloyalty in pets.
Esthetic Laser Clinic’s certified laser specialists and licensed master aestheticians bolster clients’ outer beauty with laser skin systems, soothing spa treatments, and techniques gleaned over a combined 25 years of skincare experience. Four different laser systems from Candela and Lumenis help tailor treatments to individual bodies, dispersing light beams at custom wavelengths to help tighten skin and banish fuzz from most skin types. In photofacials, the clinic's IPL machine uses quick pulses from a flashbulb to help enhance elasticity and soften wrinkles better than sleeping on a pillow of dryer sheets. More than 10 laser-free facial treatments also elevate façades of all ages with serums that cleanse, hydrate, and oxygenate the skin.