Though she enjoys conversing with her patients, Dr. Marilyn Pelias's ultimate goal is to get them out her office quickly. The seasoned surgeon tries to minimize the downtime following her procedures, thus enabling clients to resume work and daily activities with little hassle. Even before her treatments begin, she puts guests at ease. During pretreatment consultations, she answers questions and describes her services thoroughly to educate her patients.
Dr. Pelias's surgical treatments range from minor changes such as brow lifts and earlobe repair all the way to tummy tucks and liposuction. With the S-Lift, a faster, simpler alternative to a traditional face-lift, she reduces the appearance of sagging skin on the neck and lower face. Nonsurgical sessions often incorporate lasers, which the doctor uses for skin resurfacing, body contouring or the removal of body hair, spider veins, and tattoos that say I Love My Body Hair and Spider Veins. She also uses skincare products from Obagi to complement chemical peels and microdermabrasion sessions. Dr. Pelias doesn't do it all on her own, though. Aesthetician Shannon Eckler jumps in with the assist on all matters beauty-related, including corrective make-up, microdermabrasion, and hair-removal.
Salon Tropics' technicians, who are Smart Tan certified, apply spray-tans and oversee UV beds, imparting bodies with a beachy glow throughout the winter months and preparing them for special occasions. Thirteen UV beds—divvied up into three levels of tanning intensity—line the salon where clients bronze bodies in a lay-down Sun Kissed bed or embrace the more intense rays and bedtime stories of a standup Sun Struck capsule. Being the only salon to offer VersaPro in southeast Baton Rouge, the automated booths spray a pigmented solution evenly over the skin In less than five minute for a natural-looking, streak-free bronze that lasts for up to ten days. Salon Tropics friendly staff can recommend an array of lotions, shower gels, and tan-extending moisturizers—from such brands as Designer Skin, Australian Gold, Devoted Creations, Supre Tan, and Ed Hardy—that are designed to help darken and lengthen the life of tans.
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Like artists, stylists often learn tricks of the trade from mentors, continuing a rich tradition and forming a solid base from which to grow. Kara Staats, for instance, draws upon the knowledge and fashion savvy of stylist Tricia Anderson, who, according to Forum magazine, studied at the Vidal Sassoon Academy. Staats is also an alumna of that renowned hair-design school, and since tossing her graduation cap into the air has undergone further training to become certified as a GKhair educator. In addition to leaving hair silky and smooth with GKhair's protein-rich formula, Staats transforms looks with cuts and highlights, airbrush makeup, and DreamCatcher extensions that prevent hair from having nightmares about bear traps mistaken for barrettes.
In Louisiana, all aestheticians endure at least 750 grueling hours of cosmetology schooling before they can obtain a license. Difficult scientific classes aren’t part of the required curriculum, but they were essential for Elite Skin Suite’s Lessie. After obtaining her cosmetology license back in 1978, the aesthetician became completely enamored with skin. So she headed to Tulane College and enrolled in classes such as genetics, mutation, and cellular biology, all in hopes of truly understanding the ins and outs of her favorite organ.
So far, her schooling has served Lessie well. For more than 30 years, she has helped clients of all ages maintain healthy skin with treatments tailored to their individual needs. Every service at Elite Skin Suite begins with a complimentary assessment, which gives Lessie the knowledge she needs to administer any one of a dozen or so of the facial treatments in her repertoire, including glycolic-acid peels, LED therapy, and detoxifying acne facials. And though most spas and licking puppies tend to focus on the face, Lessie focuses her aesthetic eye on the whole body with cellulite wraps, coconut-infused hydration treatments, and waxing.
With a wide assortment of brand-name fashions, Brother's bedecks men and women alike in stylish threads for all occasions. While gents dress in sophisticated Michael Kors suits and Calvin Klein tuxedos, female fashionistas can drape themselves in designer dresses from Kay Celine and Fabrizio Gianni. For more casual wear, women can don floral print skirts, Juicy Couture sweatshirts, or a Michael Stars vanilla tank ($46), while male meatsuits nab a mix of polos and embroidered button downs. To keep your body’s bottom half covered and ward off attacks by Ninja Turtle underoos, customers can browse the selection of premium denim from brands such as True Religion and 7 For All Mankind. Meanwhile, feet occupy themselves by wrestling with fashionable footwear such as Cole Haan loafers for men and women's Chinese Laundry shoes ($49.99). Brother's also boasts an assortment of accessories, including watches, necklaces, bags, and money clips for those who carry their cash around instead of burying it in their backyard until it multiplies.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable visitors to fortify their physical well-being with a cornucopia of advanced fitness equipment and certified personal trainers. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or one of his many secretaries tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength-training gear or top-of-the-line cardio machines, which feature televisions and other media diversions. A friendly, unintimidating atmosphere provides a refreshing change of pace from aloof gym employees and ear-splitting pump-up jams. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.