Under the guidance of Ramesh G. Patel, a board-certified doctor of internal medicine, the staff at Nivika Medspa beautifies patients with a range of advanced technologies. Technicians harness the power of specialized lasers to help to improve clients? skin tone, reduce wrinkles, or remove unwanted hairs, and they wield multiple tools?including ultrasound devices and HCG injections?that can assist customers with weight-loss programs. Chemical peels that employ PCA Skin products join forces with FDA-approved facial injections such as Botox and Juv?derm, working to reverse the signs of aging or prolonged exposure to the sun. With a setting as groomed as its clients, Nivika Medspa features sleek, high-contrast furniture and colorful accents of modern artwork.
Dr. Michael Perline and Linda Perline, PA-C, understand the importance of looking at a pretty face, and not just because the husband and wife work together. The duo helm Between the Lines Medispa, twice voted Best of Howard County by Howard Magazine. These medical specialists—Michael an M.D. and instructor at John Hopkins Hospital, and Linda a nationally certified physician assistant with 26 years of clinical experience—aim to give all their clients personalized care, which they do through services such as their “liquid facelift.” Using Botox and Dysport, dermal fillers, and prescriptive skin care products, this treatment can improve lines around the eyes and forehead, soften deep folds around the mouth, and reshape the chin and jaw. During this treatment, clients are given a mirror so that they can give feedback, such as asking the clinicians to focus more on frown lines. Afterward, clients are typically able to return to normal activities the same day. Between the Lines Medispa is located inside Mason & Friends Salon·Spa; together, their menu of services includes facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, haircare, Vi Peels, and ultrasound Clarisonic brushes.
The aestheticians at Lash Cosmo call themselves artists, which is fitting, considering the manual dexterity it takes to fill in clients’ lash lines one-by-one with extensions. The team’s ultimate goal is for clients to be able to nix mascara, growth stimulator, and eyelash curlers in favor of custom sets of faux lashes that emphasize baby blues and middle-aged greens. Lashes come in three varieties—Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and Diva—that vary in noticeability and oomph, giving peepers a subtle boost or a more dramatic look.
Helping customers enhance their looks and boost their self-esteem is the mission at Georgeana Enhancements, where staff members offer an array of cosmetic services. For weight loss, they prescribe meal plans, administer B12 injections, and perform Liposonix treatments that break down fat cells using ultrasound energy. They can also remove facial lines with Botox injections and erase enamel discoloration with either Boost or Zoom! teeth-whitening technology, instead of a fire hose.
Medical director Dr. Subash Duggirala and president and CEO Jennifer Swalwell drive Serenity Zone Med Spa ever forward, using their expertise to lead a team of physicians, aestheticians, and nailcare technicians. Dr. Duggirala?a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians?has treated patients for more than a quarter century and has taught at prestigious institutions such as Georgetown University School of Medicine. Swalwell, on the other hand, focuses on mind-body transformations as a health coach. She became versed in more than 100 dietary theories and numerous lifestyle-coaching methods at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where her studies included training with renowned health experts Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra.
Since its founding, Serenity Zone Med Spa has remained up to date on the technological front. Two Syneron lasers and a Matrix IR system perform advanced skin treatments, adding youthful vigor to lax skin with a combination of radiofrequency, infrared energy, and motivational speeches. In addition to clinical skin treatments, the crew offers relaxing massages, mani-pedis, and spa packages.
Massage for the masses. That's the mission for the team at M3 Massage, who perform massages that work for a variety of skeletomuscular issues. They use deep-tissue techniques for chronic tension, Swedish massage for general relaxation, and prenatal massage for pregnant clients in need of a soothing session. And their efforts have certainly paid off: in 2013, readers of Washington City Paper named M3 Massage Best Spa. In private treatment rooms, aestheticians can also wax clients from head to toe or administer medspa treatments such as Lipomassage, which targets fat deposits and promotes lymphatic circulation.
Even the decor puts visitors at ease. Stepping into the M3 Massage lobby is like entering the living room of a friend, the one who decided to install a reception desk. Comfy couches, a coffee table stacked with ample reading materials, and a few other well-placed decor items set an easy and casual tone.