The silhouette professionals at Zespa enhance physiques with non-invasive, FDA-approved Zerona laser treatments, the Venus Freeze skin-rejuvenation system, and Lipo-Light technology. Comprehensive body-contouring plans encourage healthier habits and lasting inch loss by harnessing Zerona's cold-laser technology, which liquefies lipids at the cellular level, allowing the fat to run screaming from the body like a donut that mistakenly ends up in a health-food store. A series of treatments can shrink the circumference of the waist, hips, thighs, or other target areas. Venus Freeze, which Zespa compares to a hot-stone massage, works to tighten skin, reducing wrinkles and cellulite and making skin appear as youthful-looking as a puppy wearing pigtails. The non-invasive Lipo-Light uses LED technology to directly target fat cells in problem areas such as the abs, arms, and neck.
Miriam Figueroa, a holistic wellness counselor, licensed massage therapist, and aesthetician, spent more than 20 years in the health and beauty industry, staffing five-star hotel spas and then founding her own luxurious center, Spatini Holistic Health. Her spa specializes in M’lis wellness programs, treatment packages that reduce stress and target specific ailments—from cellulite to arthritis—by drawing on the interrelations between mind, body, and soul.
A suite of traditional spa treatments flanks the holistic programs. Facials run the gamut from deep cleanses to nonsurgical face-lifts. Seven available styles of massage encompass the gliding strokes of Swedish and hot-stone massage, which the ancients discovered using stones warmed by confused mother chickens. Body polishes exfoliate away dry skin, an ideal prep for a botanical Bronze Biologic formula that leaves behind sunless, natural-looking tans.
Led by owners Irma and Henry Fuentez, the cosmetologists and massage therapists at Above and Beyond Day Spa beautify and pamper bodies from head to toe. As a licensed aesthetician and certified microdermabrasion technician, Irma seeks out the latest technology to restore clients' youthful appearances, including light therapy that promotes collagen production and a microcurrent machine that targets cellulite.
Massage therapists perform relaxing hot-stone sessions in semiprivate "gazebos" swathed with sheer, shimmering fabrics. The open, airy tents create an ambiance reminiscent of a royal caravan in the Arabian Desert or the winning submission for a Boy Scout's interior-design badge.
Holding an MD and a PhD in immunobiology, Dr. Reza Ghohestani heads up an institute devoted both to the treatment and clinical study of hair, skin, and nail diseases. The more than 100 scientific papers and dermatology-themed comics he has published or presented reflect Dr. Ghohestani's continuing quest to find the most efficient remedies for acne, psoriasis, fungal infections, wrinkles, cellulite, and unwanted body hair. His clinic won both the Talk of the Town award for excellence in customer satisfaction and the Patients’ Choice Award in 2011 and 2012 thanks to the staff's caring attitude toward patients and their privacy.
Dr. Delio Ortegon, the president and director of San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery, believes there is no set definition of beauty. As he explains in an interview on his website, aesthetic appeal rests not in a certain nose shape or specific earlobe measurement but rather in the symmetry and balance of the face and physique. The board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializes in reshaping bodies to enhance this pleasing proportional harmony. But before Dr. Ortegon ever picks up a scalpel, he learns his patients' goals and vision for themselves during in-depth consultations.
Part tech-reliant med spa, part peaceful wellness center, Skin Bliss Health & Wellness Spa delivers results without losing sight of the client's experience of each treatment, which are overseen by medical providers. The vengeful beams of an IPL machine and radio frequency lasers rain down on acne and blemishes, and antioxidants and acids derived from fruits strip faces of dead skin cells during medical-grade chemical peels. In addition to cosmetic services, the center also treats clients to aromatherapy massages, sells nutritional supplements, and distributes healthy recipes.