The knowledgeable staffers at Planet Beauty stock the store’s shelves with enough top-quality beauty products to outfit a regiment of beauticians. Guided by experience as aestheticians, stylists, and makeup artists, they help guests navigate the roster of premium brands, which includes bad-hair-day-banishing products from Frederic Fekkai and Kérastase. Skincare potions from Dermalogica and Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
Orange County Plastic Surgery combines a comfortable environment with the latest technology in cosmetic surgery to deliver an array of services to clients. A staff of experts approach bodily reconstructions and alterations with a deft hand and use computer imaging systems to preview the outcome of surgical procedures. The extensive repertoire of beauty-boosting procedures includes lifts, tucks, and other surgical routines, as well as noninvasive methods such as skin-resurfacing facials and laser hair removal. Eschewing the typical clinical environment of Orwellian blandness and expressionless robo-nurses, Orange County Plastic Surgery boasts a lavish and warmly lit italianate interior replete with oil paintings, bas-reliefs, and exposed woodwork galore. The friendly and knowledgeable front-office staff, greet all potential patients and happily field any questions or concerns they might have.
Contour Dermatology bolsters patients struggling with friction-inducing strands and stubble with safe, comfortable laser hair-removal techniques. Over the course of three sessions, medically trained staffers teleport black or brunette fuzz from the face or body to a far-off galaxy by aiming a low-energy GentleLase beam at follicular bases. Charged particles carry enough energy to blast away the melanin inside errant bristles but leave the surrounding skin healthy and unharmed. Like planning a date for your parents, the procedure can be slightly uncomfortable, so technicians employ a cool laser tip, gel, or spray to soothe the skin and help spare nerves undue unpleasantness. Most complexions are acceptable candidates for laser hair removal, but clients with a very dark complexion may be subject to a spot test to ensure effective treatment. Clients need three to six sessions on average to impede ill-placed tufts during the active phase of each follicle's growth cycle.
Headed by Dr. Sanjay Grover, The Center specializes in aesthetic treatments that employ up-to-the-minute technology, which garnered it a segment on Access Hollywood. DermaSweep microdermabrasion sidesteps the drawbacks of other face-smoothing methods with a variable-level vacuum pump that treats skin without resorting to painful, messy crystal abrasions. The vacuum sloughs off old skin from the overburdened backs of younger cells, allowing a newer, smoother epidermal layer to shine through. This treatment reduces the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and nosy in-laws.
• For $150, you get a full facial TCA chemical peel (a $650 value). • For $1,450, you get a full facial Fractional CO2 laser skin-rejuvenating treatment with a complimentary cosmetic consultation prior to the treatment (a $3,500 value).