The certificates that line the walls of Sugar Land Plastic Surgery’s consultation room do more than simply confirm Dr. John T. Nguyen's credentials. These frames also provide a small glimpse into the major accomplishments he has achieved since relocating from Saigon to the United States as a child. From attending the University of Texas Medical School to earning board certification to founding Sugar Land Plastic Surgery, Dr. Nguyen has continually built upon his expertise while adding to his educational office decor.
Within the practice’s modern treatment rooms, Dr. Nguyen and his staff work diligently to enhance clients’ natural beauty with surgical and medspa services. All appointments begin with an in-depth consultation and exam to chart the patient’s medical history, current health, and beauty concerns before a technician creates an individualized treatment plan. The office’s Visia skin-analysis system allows for further personalization, providing digital images of the face that reveal concerns such as sun damage and hyperpigmentation. The office also tends to aesthetic needs with cosmetic surgery, dermal fillers, and laser hair and tattoo removal.
Guests who come inside any of Malibu Tan’s many locations are greeted with a handshake. Though that might seem like an old-school approach to customer service, Malibu Tan’s owner encourages it as a genuine way for his staff to connect with each client and provide them with customized services. For more than 15 years, Malibu’s friendly staffers have also connected with higher-profile clients—including the Houston Dymano Girls team—by helping them choose the best of each facility’s tanning options for their skin types. With UV tanning, regardless of whether a client prefers a supine or standup system, they are bound to get a strong tan, as all UV bulbs are changed 200 hours before they hit capacity or finally crack open and release a butterfly. There are also plenty of UV-free options such as VersaSpa sunless tanning, which darkens exteriors with a hydrating DHA-based solution. Each location also offers tan-enhancing products from Swedish Beauty and California Tan.
The professional instructors at The Transformation Studio use world-inspired dance classes to teach prospective hip shakers the ways of self-swiveling. Belly dancing flexifies hips with slow serpentine moves and sensual swaying, strengthening the core as it improves pliability to a Gumby-esque degree. Bhangra—a traditional, energetic harvest dance from the Punjab region of northern India—combines Indian hip-hop moves with high-energy aerobics and elements of kickboxing to shimmy up your heart rate. Hoofers wishing to pay homage to New World danceforms can sample a more piquant workout in the hour-long Zumba class, a Columbian export that melds salsa, merengue, mambo, and other Latin American dance and musical styles into a calorie-slaying regimen that tones and strengthens legs and thighs to astonishing, Bond-villain proportions.
Developed in Austria by sports physiologist Dr. Norbert Egger, HYPOXI technology merges moderate aerobic exercise with innovative medical technology. Futuristic-looking capsules surround the cardio machines, providing light vacuum suction and massage compression to augment the flab-busting process. HYPOXI Studio Ballantyne lines its sunlit studio spaces with HYPOXI's contoured capsules, each designed to address stubborn areas of the body. Though the HYPOXI Trainer S120 and L250 both aim to tone thighs, buttocks, hips, and lower abdomens, the L250 is a lower-intensity option ideal for those with high blood pressure or joint problems. The HYPOXI Vacunaut targets cores as joggers don a pressure suit and set their soles atop a treadmill. Requiring no activity, the HYPOXIDermology consists of a specialized suit with 400 pressure chambers that help diminish cellulite and signs of aging. Each body-shaping session lasts about 30 minutes and is ideal for all ages, fitness levels, and time-traveling schedules.
Intense physical training marries relaxing spa services behind the distinctive geometric façade of Lux Fitness Spa. In the fitness arena, the sounds of cardio equipment play against words of encouragement spewed by deft personal trainers, who push clients toward their fitness goals. From helping casual exercisers shed pounds to guiding athletes through marathon running or extended bouts of standing at podiums, the trainers customize each individual fitness plan. They also focus on what goes into the body, enlisting supplements from the onsite store to complement an involved approach to nutrition and meal planning.
The other side of Lux hosts licensed aestheticians and massage therapists who take up the reins to pamper spent bodies. Using top-shelf products by Elemis and Bliss, they customize hydrating and blemish-banishing facials for men, women, and teens, and in the massage room, flush out toxins with special massages.
Imagine losing all of your hair—what would that do to your self-confidence and quality of life? With the belief that hair is much more than a fashion accessory, Untourage Salon Retreat owner Tanissa Carmon uses custom-fitted cranial hair prostheses to help clients to feel good about their appearance when dealing with hair loss, whether due to illness or heredity.
This dedication to giving people peace of mind also shows in Tanissa's other salon services, which range from stylish cuts to smoothing keratin treatments to seamless extensions—all of which begin with a complimentary consultation to determine each client's preferred look and salon nickname. As clients settle into cozy styling chairs, the 800-square-foot space reverberates with the sounds of experienced stylists snipping, smoothing, and lengthening 'dos backed by a soundtrack of instrumental jazz music.