In the lobby of Parma Spa and Center for Health, a sculpture of a woman balancing on a jade-colored orb acts as an axis for a spiraling, gleaming ribbon. The statue represents the Ayurvedic philosophy of health, a belief that the client will be "on top of the world" when mental, physical, and aesthetic needs are met and balanced. Ayurvedic medicine strives to heal the emotional and physical cause of pain rather than just treat the symptoms. "Well-being is physical, mental and spiritual," owner and founder Dr. S Nicky Singh says in a feature on WUSA 9. "I believe in this with a passion. There is a need for people to look at themselves preventatively."
In addition to med-spa-quality services such as microcurrent facials, staff members trained in Ayurvedic medicine perform massages and body treatments with healing herbal oils that invigorate and detoxify the body. Physicians are on-hand to supervise, and they also provide health care ranging from counseling to cardiology. "The presence of physicians reinforces the idea that there's a quality to what we do that's [more than just a spa]," Dr. Singh says.
But the clinical capabilities of the spa and wellness center don't mean that it feels like a doctor's office. "In a frenzied, frenzied world, it was my goal to create a place where we [could have true] wellness," Dr. Singh says, and that means being kind to the eyes and the sleeping koala clinging to each person's shoulder. Oversize gilded mirrors reflect the twinkling lights of an imported Venetian chandelier, which in turn casts light over Italian linens, chamois robes, and a Limoges tea service filling steaming cups with herbal tea. "We're not trying to create a place which is just glamorous … The idea was to show that we worry about every little detail," she says.
Dr. Pat Palumbo marries an artistic eye with advanced aesthetic technology to lead BodySculpture's board-certified staff in restoring patients to natural looking, more youthful versions of their former selves with customized, minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. Clients pad along hardwood floors through the newly renovated haven, passing plush furnishings and contemporary d?cor on their way to comfortable private treatment rooms. Each patient receives a complimentary consultation, where the doctors listen to medical history and aesthetic concerns before clearly and concisely providing all information concerning possible treatment options. Services at BodySculpture NOVA include liposuction, laser hair removal, and aesthetician services. Visitors can opt for facial treatments with non-invasive medspa treatments, such as dermal fillers and professional-strength chemical peels, or achieve more dramatic results with other skillfully executed advanced procedures.
Fine tuning the health and beauty of the human body is the main order of business at Soma Solutions Wellness & Nutrition Centers. The nutrition coaches on staff draft dietary plans and teach clients how to avoid consuming extra calories by never again licking stamps. The certified personal trainers offer one-on-one workouts and all-you-can-sweat group classes.
Medically supervised technicians see to the aesthetic nature of the business, working to rejuvenate the skin with laser treatments and injectable solutions. The GentleMax laser zaps unwanted hair, spider veins, and sunspots on all skin types using high-intensity pulses of light. Noninvasive VelaShape II sessions, which have been featured in Shape, target cellulite and lax skin with robotic massage.
A platinum-plus-level Botox provider who has been practicing minimally invasive cosmetic treatments since 1996, Dr. Scott Gerrish has eliminated more than 10,000 wrinkles in the past year. Let Dr. Gerrish iron out your face's brow, frown lines, cows feet, or crows feet with Botox. Before any treatment has been done, you are required to have a consultation with him to discuss the procedure and determine if you're eligible. In the rare case you aren't, you'll be issued a full refund. You may purchase multiple Groupons for multiple areas, as long as you have them treated during the same visit.
Overseen by Dr. Tania Damavandy, who is board certified in aesthetic medicine, the staff at Impressions MediSpa transform clients' skin and bodies with the latest available technology. The talented team includes a registered nurse, a nurse-practitioner specializing in Botox and dermal fillers, licensed massage therapists and aestheticians, and a certified laser beam.
The crew performs body-contouring treatments with technology such as the Accent XL, a noninvasive radio-frequency device designed to tighten skin and reduce cellulite. They combat signs of aging with fractional CO2 and Pixel fractional lasers, perform relaxing massages and facials, and design medical weight-loss programs that help clients fit into slimmer jeans or squeeze between thinner gaps in jail windows.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jamal Yousefi's attention to aesthetic detail telegraphs his belief that plastic surgery is an art. Dr. Yousefi and the staff of Younger Image Plastic Surgery Center flatten fine lines and wrinkles with precise injections of Botox and Dysport. He also fashions slimmer silhouettes with traditional and laser liposuction, redesigns façades with procedures such as face-lifts, eyelid surgery, and chin and cheek implants, and augments bodies with abdominoplasty, tummy tucks, and breast reductions. The doctor even enjoys using his free time to hone his artistic skills by drawing, sculpting with clay, and removing the appendices of statues.