At John James Salon, a Paul Mitchell Salon, continuously educated nail artists brush on complexion-flattering shades during the one-hour Shellac manicure and express pedicure. After buffing and shaping nails, artists finish fingers with a no-chip topcoat and efficiently polish toes, leaving extremities as colorful as a sailor’s vocabulary. Alternatively, stylists clear stubble from an area of a client's choosing, chasing fuzz off of cheeks, underarms, or brows. Three Brazilian waxes leave bikini lines smooth and hairless for months, and three neck waxes are great for getting Cerberus ready for a date.
The physicians and certified medical practitioners at Physicians' Laser Center educate their patients on the gospel of lasers with a broad menu of cosmetic laser services. Under the supervision of physicians, the practitioners calibrate FDA-approved lasers to each patient's hair color and skin type. They bend the beams to zap body hair, smooth wrinkles, heal scars, kill nail fungus, fade tattoos, and blind a passing cyclops. Physicians' Laser Center distributes its ace doctors and versatile lasers among five locations in the DC area.
Dr. Debra A. Coats-Walton—a native Washingtonian, a Georgetown University–trained physician, and a board-certified dermatologist with a tsunami of credentials—balances the candlelit serenity of a spa with medical-grade beautifying techniques. Addressing a wide spectrum of cosmetic issues, the good doctor puts her hours spent studying aesthetic laser technology, liposuction, and dermal fillers to practice, and she has designed a signature line of physician-grade skincare products.
Smartlipo surgeries contour silhouettes by liquefying fat deposits with controlled pulses of laser light energy, an improvement over traditional, less-effective lipo that uses a witch doctor to chant fat away. On the other end of the spectrum, a number of FDA-approved injectable treatments add volume to cheekbones and smooth away fine lines.
Because she splits her time as an attending physician at Washington Hospital Center, she put together a team of health-care professionals and technicians to man Cutera and Fraxel laser systems. The laser treatments can zap away rogue hairs, firm skin tone, or diminish the appearance of blemishes, sun damage, and semipermanent clown makeup. Additionally, the staff mollycoddles frazzled bodies with traditional spa services, including custom facials and massages with warm essential oils.
Helping customers enhance their looks and boost their self-esteem is the mission at Georgeana Enhancements, where staff members offer an array of cosmetic services. For weight loss, they prescribe meal plans, administer B12 injections, and perform Liposonix treatments that break down fat cells using ultrasound energy. They can also remove facial lines with Botox injections and erase enamel discoloration with either Boost or Zoom! teeth-whitening technology, instead of a fire hose.
The proprietor of The White Peacock named her salon after a unique animal that, despite its unadorned feathers, often draws more oohs and aahs than its more ostentatious kin. The animal's subtle, yet striking look embodies the salon's philosophy: "Beauty is bold in its simplest form." Here, a skilled aesthetician reveals her clients' own natural good looks through facials, artful waxing, and herbal body retexurization treatments. Add-on services fight acne and the signs of aging, and brow tweezing sculpts eyebrows into arches, tapered lines, or Morse code messages. To improve features even further, she also delivers makeup applications, lash extensions, and lash tinting.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. A. Miller Alonso brings more than 25 years of experience to his practice, two decades of which was spent as chief of plastic surgery at St. Agnes Hospital and Harbor Hospital. He specializes in cosmetic treatments such as face lifts, tummy tucks, and thigh lifts, in which he deftly hones curves, tightens sagging skin, and transforms dimpled surfaces into smooth laminate countertops. When he's not whittling figures at Creative, Dr. Alonso is traversing the globe organizing surgical missions and teaching surgeons how to perform techniques of his own invention.