The vitality virtuosos at MedAesthetics Spa & Wellness treat clients to a sundry menu of spa services performed in a 3,000-square-foot facility. A botanical peel ($110) exfoliates faces with a heady blend of glycolic and lactic acids, which helps alleviate uneven pigmentation and diminishes fine lines attributable to stress or years of sleeping on pleated pillowcases. Kinked muscles flee the scene during one of five massage services ($45–$140), and aestheticians sculpt svelte figures with 50-minute detoxifying body wraps ($85), which shape contours and inspire pottery-making hobbies using a trio of drawing clays and Klamath blue-green algae. Clients can supplement each spa session with a 20-minute soak in a hydrotherapy tub seeped in calming, balancing, or energizing bath powders and oils ($35). Warm colors dominate the spa, where the gentle gurgle of a waterfall whispers in a tone that’s softer than a lamb swaddled in an even softer lamb's wool. Complimentary robes and steam-room access further enhance the day's relaxing treatments.
Dr. Melinda Silva specializes in balance. She earned a Compassionate Physician Award from her patients for balancing emotional connection and clinical savvy, but she can also balance more concrete entities: hormones. Her bioidentical-hormone therapies alleviate the imbalances that can cause issues from mood swings to obesity. To complement them, Dr. Silva prescribes lifestyle changes such as diet alterations, new fitness regimens, and healthier sleep routines. Her clinic handles aesthetic concerns just as adeptly as medical ones, with noninvasive physique-contouring Exilis treatments, wrinkle-smoothing Botox injections, and chemical peels.
At Dermatology Laser Center of San Diego, a team of physicians lends their medical expertise to aesthetic treatments, clarifying skin with lasers and cosmetic injectables. The teams employs a range of lasers, each with its own aesthetic application ? including hair and tattoo removal, skin resurfacing, spider vein treatment ? as well as medical-grade wrinkle-removers such as Botox, Restylane, and Juvederm.
Spa owner Anke Stoner hand selects each of the therapists and aestheticians at ASerenity Skin | Body based on experience and expertise in their field. She herself has more than 20 years of industry experience—the California board-certified aesthetician originally trained in Germany, where she focused on microdermabrasion, galvanic techniques, chemical peels, and manual lymph drainage.
Now at ASerenity, she and her staff have high, results-oriented expectations for each skin and bodycare treatment they perform using professional products from Image Skincare, Christina Cosmeceuticals, and Clarisonic. The spa was ahead of the curve more than a decade ago when they began to perform microdermabrasion and chemical peels, each of which employ varying degrees of exfoliation to help diminish facial discoloration, fine lines, and compulsive winking.
Even before opening his own private practice, Dr. Jason Lupton was intensely familiar with the rigors of the medical profession. After attending Georgetown University's prestigious medical school, Lupton completed a one-year laser-surgery fellowship at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, making him one of the few fellowship-trained cosmetic dermatologists in southern California. His sterling reputation has led him to give lectures at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and inside the minds of various schizophrenic celebrities. These days, his expertise is sought by publications such as Cosmopolitan, which he provides between medical and cosmetic dermatology services. In treatments such as laser hair removal, Botox, or sclerotherapy, Lupton wields high-end skincare products from brands such as Glo Minerals and SkinMedica.
The newly renovated Spa Kingston, formerly known as Lush spa, offers a fresh approach to the spa experience in San Diego. Owner and lead aesthetician Renee started her career like many others in the spa business: after graduating from the Douglas J Aveda Institute, she earned her license and got a skincare job in a high-traffic spa. But eventually, she longed for a new challenge. Wanting to learn the medical side of the beauty world, Maloney went to work for a plastic surgeon and became certified in a list of aesthetic medical treatments as long as the instructions for building a spaceship. With her new knowledge of IPL photofacials, peels, and laser hair removal, Maloney opened up her own business and never looked back. Each day, Maloney and her team of trained aestheticians combine the power of medical-grade treatments with the luxurious and relaxing elements of a top spa?including facials and waxing?to give clients warm and professional experiences that meets all their needs.