A team of skillful hairdressers and massage therapists dwells behind Studio U Salon & Spa's light-brick façade, where a bright purple sign welcomes patrons to a world in which beauty services abound. Trained stylists detach split ends, brighten crowns with highlights, and add bouncy layers to hairdos to help patrons update their looks before starting a new job or ending a relationship with a twin. Skin treatments include waxes and a variety of massage modalities help to keep bodies in a state of relaxation, much like a samurai warrior in battle. Pedicures and manicures cloak nails in vibrant colors, and acrylics keep shy keratin sheets under wraps.
In an inviting space with chic decor and elegant draperies, the licensed aestheticians of Regenesis Skin Studio use advanced technologies to improve the appearance and texture of clients' skin. Phototherapy treatments serve a variety of purposes, from fading hyperpigmentation to eliminating unwanted hair, and custom peels exfoliate skin for a more youthful look. Patrons can also shop for home-use products by Rhonda Allison, HydroPeptide, and other esteemed skincare companies.
Board-certified surgeon Dr. Bruce Marko has a light touch for body sculpting and facial rejuvenation at Enhanced Images Medical, eschewing the "no pain, no gain" beauty philosophy. Dedicated to minimally invasive procedures, he has continually sought out new, gentle technology since he completed his surgical residency at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and saw the wrinkles Linda Hamilton developed while screaming in The Terminator. His specialty in microscopic hair transplantation represents both his technical precision—he painstakingly duplicates the original growth pattern with new follicles—and his interest in creating a natural look with small adjustments. He also takes his time with patients, who develop a safe, effective route toward their ideal look during free 20-minute conferences.
Although Dr. Marko can lift slack cheeks with a few deft incisions, he maintains a collection of five cosmetic injections to smooth facial creases with little more than a pinprick. Erchonia and Cynosure lasers help patients to sidestep weight-loss surgery and skin-rejuvenation techniques that abrade cheeks through exposure to Fran Drescher's laugh, and the lasers can also rout toenail fungus and unwanted hair.
Mounted over the repurposed home's entrance, a large American flag patriotically waves above a vibrant floral bed and pillared porch. However, after walking through the bright-red front door, guests discover a European-inspired spa staffed by skilled and licensed stylists, aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians. Using exclusive skin- and haircare products—by brands including Pevonia Botanica and Bumble and bumble—Carmel Day Spa & Salon's specialists pamper guests with services ranging from haircuts to facials to massages. Sleek monochrome furniture and fixtures populate the salon area and treatment rooms, whose walls feature various pieces of art used to conceal wall safes filled with Monopoly money.
Beneath the roof at Satin Med Spa, a team of medical providers, a physician, a nurse practitioner, and a well-meaning juggler specialize in noninvasive medical procedures. The staff emphasizes a patient-first approach, taking part in complimentary consultations to answer all questions and plan customized treatment programs. They then perform treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers to assuage frown lines, laser hair removal to smooth skin, laser tattoo removal to remove unwanted ink, and facial treatments such as refreshing chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
Dr. Carlene Ashley first made waves in the field of cosmetic surgery by becoming Newport Beach's first female plastic surgeon in 1986. Since then, she's worked in a number of practices, all with the promise of accentuating clients' best attributes for a natural look, "mak[ing] you look better, not different." At MedBoutique, Dr. Ashley teams up with staff in order to provide a wide range of services from the surgical?such as blepharoplasty and skin-tag removal?to the noninvasive?including photofacials and laser body contouring. They even offer traditional spa services such as facials and body waxing for clients averse to surgery or secret agents with a serious laser phobia.