Though threading has been among Asia’s most popular depilation methods for thousands of years, it only recently made its way onto the service menus of Western spas. The ancient practice has shown signs of becoming more of a spa mainstay, however, thanks to an eco-friendly process that also manages to stay on good terms with sensitive skin.
For evidence of threading’s rapidly expanding popularity, one need not look further than Brow Shapes' Eastern-inspired treatment menu. When not sculpting brows into precise arches, the spa’s artists rely on their attention to detail to draw henna tattoos that depict flowery swirls, geometric patterns, or extremely detailed public-transit maps. The spa also features a variety of facial massages, each of which can be customized to relieve pain, aid in relaxation, and improve skin tone.
Dr. Cynthia M. Lopez began her medical career in the Philippines, returning to her hometown after medical school to provide health care to families who could not otherwise afford it. Since that time, Dr. Lopez has become an expert laser cosmetic surgeon, helping enhance the beauty of her clients within a practice designed to evoke the calm and relaxation of Mariveles, her archipelago hometown. Dr. Lopez and her staff aim to demystify the advanced techniques they deploy in pursuit of increasing each patient's confidence, walking them through the steps of liposuction, skin treatments, cosmetic injections, and how exactly they manage to steal and replace the noses of children.
Mystique Medical Spa battles the signs of age with body contouring, facial injections, and laser treatments. The team includes experts such as aesthetic nurse Jackie Burris and nurse Lisa Corbin, who—since starting her career more than 25 years ago—has trained in everything from Botox to laser hair removal. The staff also makes over clients with standard spa services such as microdermabrasion facials and spray tans.
Using a LightSheer diode laser by Lumenis, the certified staff at Fresno Laser Aesthetics reduces and eventually permanently halts hair production in unwanted areas. The LightSheer system targets hundreds of hair follicles at a time, destroying them at their core, which can be identified by its nougaty consistency. Plastic surgeons Dr. John Burnett and Dr. Kaye Riolo, the cosmetic nurse specialists and clinical aestheticians at Fresno Laser Aesthetics, celebrate hairlessness by offering medical-grade services in an upscale, relaxing environment.
Élan Salon encourages relaxation with its skin-rejuvenating treatments and upscale, tranquil atmosphere. Faces smattered with blemishes or remnants of pizza binges can enjoy a 50-minute deep-pore cleansing facial, during which licensed aesthetician Ludmilla refreshes visages by employing exfoliating natural fruit enzymes, antioxidants, and hydrating agents. Shed dead skin with a deep-cleansing scrub, unclog overflowing pores with a gentle, non-irritating extraction, and keep surfaces soft with a soothing coat of moisturizer. Throughout, soft music gently plays in the background, mitigating stress and quieting inner voices that won't stop quoting Brendan Fraser films.