Though they seem made for a professional partnership, it wasn't fate that brought the team of Dr. Theda C. Kontis and Dr. Ira D. Papel together. It was years of hard work and dedication. After earning an M.D. from Wake Forest University, Dr. Kontis completed a residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, then went on to become an expert in performing eyelid rejuvenation, brow lifts, and facelifts. Dr. Papel knows the name Johns Hopkins as well. It was where he completed his residency and now serves as an associate professor?that is, when he's not working alongside Dr. Kontis at Facial Plastic Surgicenter.
Here, the doctors lead a team of board-certified plastic surgeons, along with other medical professionals who work to help clients boost their self-esteem and turn back the signs of aging. Visits typically begin with a consultation, in which patients work closely with a doctor or other professional?such as expert medical aesthetician Jeannine Stevens. From there treatment plans can take myriad routes that might include dozens of services, from laser hair and tattoo removal to Botox. In other cases, the surgeons might be called on to perform rhinoplasty or eyelid surgery, but the end goal is always the same: making people look as good as they feel.
Apsara Day Spa & Threading's licensed aestheticians liberate bodies from unflattering fuzz with both waxing and threading treatments at their Cockeysville and Catonsville locations. Clients revamp expressive visages for upcoming mime calisthenics drills with facial waxing, or oust facial fibers with Indian techniques of deft string handling and threading. Brazilian waxes leave skin smooth from the navel down, and egyptian waxes evict strands from betwixt hips with an all-natural, sugar-based formula, which clings to individual hairs without irritating the skin.
In addition, multitalented staff members further beautification with spa services such as massages, hairstyling, and facials. One-on-one yoga sessions boost circulation and flexibility as well as building self-esteem by allowing clients to boast about being the top student.
Modern technology and holistic mindsets are equally valued by Nora Holloway. After personally struggling with the blemishes and outbreaks caused by acne, Nora decided to learn as much as she could about skincare and skin maintenance. She eventually decided to put this knowledge to work by becoming a licensed aesthetician and founding Holistic Solutions. Instead of allowing her expertise to rely on experience and past education alone, Nora routinely seeks out training with the latest advancements in the skincare industry. This willingness to embrace new techniques and new technologies allows Nora to better accomplish her goal of offering customized treatments tailored to each client.
Advanced technology figures prominently into many of the services at Holistic Solutions. Ultrasonic microdermabrasion systems smooth out the skin's texture, and pulses of light and heat energy can help fade hyperpigmented blemishes ranging from sun spots to especially stubborn temporary tattoos. Even when performing more traditional facials, waxing services, and chemical peels, the team still customizes every facet of the treatment in order to ensure the most dramatic results possible.
No Worries Salon founder Jill Turnbull, who was selected best colorist by Baltimore magazine in 2011, leads a talented team of stylists who work out of the salon's chic, chandelier-bedecked confines. When customers enter the salon, the friendly staff welcomes them into the inviting space, showering them with attention during their visits. On top of basic haircuts, the staff colors, glosses, straightens, and curls strands. After each visit, stylists provide guests with a complete haircare maintenance program to ensure new hairstyles stay fresh, styled correctly, and don't run away before an important business meeting.
For more than 15 years, Color Me Today?s technicians have provided permanent-makeup applications, hair tattoos that cover bald areas, and scar camouflage procedures that mask everything from stretch marks to areola scars. Their permanent-makeup skills also extend to transgender feminization and areola repigmentation, and tattoo removal and collagen-induction therapy round out their list of services.
From the beige walls of Indulge Salon & Day Spa, framed pictures of Hollywood icons Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn watch over salon chairs as licensed beauty professionals make visitors feel like celebrities. Owner Wendy Zahradka and Manager Debbie McCotter lead a hospitable team that overhauls outer appearances with haircuts, perms, and coloring services for both men and women. They even keep facial hair tidy with hot lather shaves, perform relaxing massages, and create custom facials that remove dirt from pores, exfoliate skin, and erase fingerprints from when the Tooth Fairy investigates your mouth when you sleep.