At Comfort Laser Clinics, experienced physician Samuel Sunshine, MD, and his staff of trained and licensed registered nurses oust unwanted follicles, tattoos, and inches with an array of treatments. The specialists wield powerful pulses of light to zap follicles for a fraction of a second, permanently stymieing their ability to sneak back onto bodies while disguised as fake mustaches. Permanent body art gradually fades under the exposure of the ConBio laser, while other laser treatments help to tighten sagging skin, hone in curves, and rid toenails of sprouting fungi or topiaries.
Eyebrows are meticulously shaped into graceful, well-defined arches during each session at Pretty Threading. Here, the stylists pull hair from delicate facial areas using a single length of thread, in a process that’s less tedious than using tweezers, neater than using wax, and more precise than using a magnifying glass to burn off each hair individually under the hot sun. Keeping with ancient Indian tradition, stylists also decorate hands with intricate henna and glitter designs, as clients watch them work in mosaic-framed mirrors hung on mottled bronze walls.
Dr. Frederick L. Stafford leads the team at Contours as they reshape physiques and rejuvenate skin. Fat-trimming procedures take the form of high-tech VelaShape and Endermologie treatments or weight-loss programs and personal training. Facials and beauty injectables keep wrinkles at bay, while lasers blast unwanted hair, unsightly spider veins, and slanderous thought bubbles. Meanwhile, large windows grant clients picturesque views of adjacent Lake Mission Viejo, at once calming nerves and lifting spirits.
Beneath shelves of keratin serums, styling products, and color, wreaths of steam rise from complimentary mugs of coffee and tea. Scissors thrum and blow-dryers hum merrily nearby as stylists beautify hair for photo shoots or hours trapped in the penguin enclosure at the zoo.
"Technique is everything," says Tricia Hetherington, licensed esthetician and owner of The Pretty Kitty, a chain of full-service waxing boutiques specializing in bare-all Brazilians. Tricia, who?s been profiled in Luxury Las Vegas and several additional press outlets, personally trains each staff member in her proprietary 10- to 15-minute hair-removal method, which employs high-quality soft wax that?s formulated for delicate flesh and minimizes pain. Her estheticians never double dip into the wax pot, reaching for a fresh stick with every application of the warm substance and leaving only a thin landing strip or functional tarmac in its wake. The Pretty Kitty's menu of services also includes facial and full-body waxing, and though walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended.
If you trained in massage therapy every minute of every day for two weeks straight, you still wouldn't be close to matching the amount of training completed by the therapists at the Knotstop. These licensed and certified professionals all boast a minimum of 500 hours of training?in fact, when they're not at the Knotstop, they're sharing their services at some of the most highly regarded spas and physical therapy facilities.
That level of expertise is part of what makes the Knotstop's massages so luxurious. Therapists provide more than 15 modalities ranging from therapeutic to relaxation massage, eliminating the tension that can build up after a long day of remembering action-movie scenes. But the Knotstop doesn't stop at massages. It also offers customized facials, peels, and waxing, each of which uses organic products for a relaxing, natural spa experience.