Sara Elizabeth Skincare & Nail Boutique founder Sara Elizabeth Kuite has traveled the country to build her acute knowledge of bodily betterments, studying specialized skincare in New York City with celebrity facialist Ling Chan and scaling the Rocky Mountains to learn Japanese kobido massage techniques under sensei master Shogo Mochizuki. Today, she fuses Eastern ideas with Western technology in her current practice, which places an emphasis on deep healing and prevention of unnecessary epidermal wear. Her highly trained eyes carefully scan skin to spot specific conditions and create a personalized skincare regimen for each individual, and she gives each patient the time and attention they need to learn how to use products correctly and finally set the clocks on their VCRs.
Celery green walls and white overstuffed chairs provide a tranquil setting for all services, which include everything from anti-aging, hydrating, or exfoliating facials to hair removal with sugar paste or blue chamomile wax. Clients awaiting treatment may soothe sore eyes by browsing through a boutique stocked with raw vegan skincare products from brands such as Astara and Priori and high-powered CoffeeBerry antioxidant, or wander over to the elixir bar to nourish bodies and wilted houseplants with phytonutrient-rich beverages.
At Avalon Laser, Dr. Tirgari and his staff of registered nurses rejuvenate skin with non-invasive treatments, earning several features on Channel 6?s ?San Diego Living?. Whether they?re looking to permanently eliminate body hair or lift away fine lines and wrinkles, every Avalon client receive a customized treatment plan tailored to their individual needs and skin type. Dr. Tirgari might call upon laser technologies to combat acne and unwanted hair, or use medical-grade skin treatments, such as salicylic acid or Jessner peels, to smooth uneven skin textures. FDA-approved VelaShape treatments work to contour the body, reducing dimpling caused by cellulite or excessive impersonations of Mario Lopez, while shots of Botox and Juvederm smooth wrinkles confined to the forehead.
Like a restaurant uniting different cuisines to find the best blends of flavor, Renew Integrative Health Center combines Western and alternative medicines to develop treatment plans for each patient that can meet all of their needs. Patients can choose the type of doctor that most closely reflects their own thoughts about health, and that doctor then collaborates with the rest of the Renew team. Together, they aim to help patients achieve and sustain optimal health, applying the diverse skill set they collectively possess: naturopathy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, physical therapy, counseling, massage, and more. Lifestyle change receives particular emphasis, taking the form of weight loss, anti-aging treatments, or getting patients to stop eating their stress balls.
Set in a charming Craftsman-style house, this med spa meets beauty lounge is helmed by Chi Nguyen, a registered nurse and expert in the health and beauty business since 1992. Nguyen and her team at Beauty and Body Medlounge on Washington Street excel at medical aesthetics like laser, injectible and IPL services, along with treatments that include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, dermaplaning and removal of skin irregularities. The laid-back but professional staff also offers non-invasive procedures like Ultherapy, which lifts and tones loose skin using ultrasound therapies. The Beauty and Body Medlounge is known for its brow bar and excellent waxing services for both men and women, and can discreetly handle issues ranging from acne and pigmentation problems to wrinkles and Brazilian waxes.
When the aestheticians of The Upper Level Spa blend water, lemon juice, and sugar, they're not making lemonade. Rather, they're forming a paste that uproots hair and temporary tattoos without causing skin damage. Unlike traditional waxing, sugaring eschews artificial ingredients, scents, dyes, and even heat?though the paste is warm, it will never burn skin, making it ideal for large or highly sensitive areas. In addition to sugaring, the skincare specialists offer vitamin-infused facials, 15 types of chemical peels, and natural airbrush tans. A massage therapist complements these and other spa services with bodywork sessions in a variety of modalities.
A trio of physicians—a dermatologist, an ophthalmic surgeon, and a plastic surgeon—keeps watch over both DermaBare offices, warding off signs of aging from wrinkles to cellulite. Registered nurses aim to obliterate unwanted hair at the root using one of three advanced laser hair-removal machines: the Lumenis LightSheer Duet, Candela GentleLase, and GentleLase Pro. Heated energy rays can also be pointed at faces to help encourage collagen production or send spider veins scattering off of legs and underneath the floorboards. DermaBare's other aesthetic treatments include dermal fillers, chemical peels, and plastic surgery treatments such as breast augmentation and rhinoplasty.