Certified by the American Board of Surgery and an affiliate of seven surgery centers, Dr. Clayton A. Frenzel completed more than 2,000 surgical procedures during his training at some of the nation’s most competitive surgical programs, honing an expertise he now brings to his practice at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery. Aiming to put clients at ease, the personable Dr. Frenzel consults each patient one-on-one before performing cosmetic procedures such as breast or body surgery, facial rejuvenation, or postbariatric contouring, designed to remove loose skin after significant weight loss. Additionally, Frenzel and his team noninvasively enhance physiques through nonsurgical procedures ranging from Botox injections to chemical peels.
Fleur-de-lis accents pop up throughout the sage-green walls of Nola Salon & Tan and punctuate paintings of silhouetted saxophone players against Technicolor backdrops. After checking in at the curved reception desk, waiting clients can stretch out on plush sofas and quickly compose farewell poems to their split ends. Around the salon's perimeter, creamy, shabby-chic wainscoting supports gold-framed mirrors, where clients can watch their transformations as stylists carve and color tresses. UV tanning beds enhance less hirsute zones, waxing sessions remove peach fuzz from catsuits made of peach skin, and manicures add vibrancy to fingertips to boost their visibility when waving to overhead airplanes.
By the age of 5, Leigh Schroer had already developed an interest in hair that later grew into a passion for styling. After attending beauty school, Leigh gained invaluable industry knowledge and learned every possible synonym for "hair" while working as a stylist in area salons. Leigh built Oasis Salon and Spa of Bossier from the ground up in June of 2010 and now oversees the 3,000-square-foot facility and a team of skilled staffers, who she credits for her success. Inside the salon and spa's earth-toned interior, stylists and aestheticians perform haircuts, pedicures, waxing, and other services. As stylists straighten out tresses or soothe skin, they wield brand-name products from lines such as Redken, Image Skincare, and Kenra Professional. Leigh specifically chose to build Oasis Salon and Spa of Bossier somewhere off the beaten path so guests could enjoy a peaceful retreat without hearing cars constantly rushing by or people shouting at each other about stock-car-racing results.
At a time when most kids are just excited to be playing outside, Sarah LeMoine was already thinking about her career. "By the time I was 10 years old, I told my mom I wanted to do hair," she remembers. By then she was no stranger to the necessity of salons; her mom got her hair done every eight weeks with the same stylist. "It was like a religion for her," LeMoine jokes.
At The Parlor Too, antique-style furniture allows clients to sit and relax in the reception area, which has the feel of a comfy front porch. LeMoine presides over a station generously stocked with Joico hair products and Wella color. Though she specializes in hair coloring, her true love is boosting her clients' confidence with tailored cuts that can give them a new lease on life or at least an excuse to update their driver's license photo. "It amazes me how much hair can change someone's personality and make them a better person," she says.
Doctors L. Gregory Blanton and Scott Robertson promote well-being and beauty for women inside and out through gynecological and obstetrical care and medical spa services. Aiding in all phases of womanhood—including annual checkups, pregnancy, and menopause—the doctors tend not only to health, but also to aesthetic needs. Facial treatments including peels, microdermabrasion, and dermaplaning help treat acne, signs of aging, and dull skin. Skilled technicians wield Cutera's CoolGlide laser to target errant vessels, from wispy spider veins to darker blue reticular veins. Meanwhile, FDA-approved injectables help erase fine lines and undo scarring.
Supervised by a staff physician, Pretty Medical Spa's team of experienced aestheticians renovates weathered facades with top-notch products and a devotion to pore-sized details. During MegaPeel microdermabrasion, a delicate pen-sized wand frolics about skinscapes while spraying tiny crystals and suctioning away expired cells. Upgrading facial texture from “tree bark” to “Marvin Gaye,” the noninvasive procedure also minimizes the appearance of scars and fine lines and unveils a healthy, youthful glow.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles. Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.