Pearls, crystal chandeliers, and white roses grace the country-chic interior of The Sanctuary Day Spa, once a 1950s cottage. But as attention grabbing as these embellishments are, it is the lack of patronage that is more noticeable. To make each guest feel like a VIP member, owner Tracy Duhs and her team only schedule one client at a time. This approach, coupled with cups of hand-blended organic tea, has earned the private spa high praise from local and national press. DiscoveredSD.com, for example, gave high marks to the spa’s ultimate facial, which blends vacuum massage, microdermabrasion, and red-light therapy with fragrant skincare products. Numerous publications have raved about the spa's Synergie vacuum-massage treatment, which can reduce cellulite as it detoxifies the body.
The spa space is also packed with high-end products, from herbal-infused Jadience creams, used during customized massages, to Jane Iredale mineral cosmetics, used to cover imperfections and age spots that relay one’s true birth date in Morse code. Clients are also invited to browse a collection of Arcona, Enessa, Bella Luxx, and Fenton Fallon products, which Tracy handpicks from around the world.
Led by medical director Dr. Ariel Cortes, owner and founder Gita Izadi and the rest of the medical team at Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center help people feel youthful and confident. Izadi opened the business in 2003 with that very goal in mind, drawing upon her more than 25 years of experience as a registered nurse. She started out with clinical services—ranging from Botox to advanced laser procedures—before adding an array of relaxing spa treatments to the lineup in 2009. Now, patients can schedule a fractional CO2 laser skin-resurfacing procedure to combat signs of aging and follow it up with a fragrant pumpkin-apple-spice facial or a soothing body scrub with mineral-rich sea salt.
The waiting area welcomes guests with a soft, pale-blue sofa next to an iridescent wall flanked by twin waterfalls. Patrons nosh on complimentary refreshments as they enjoy fragrant aromatherapy, while a centerpiece of elegant, white orchids provides a tasty snack for any visiting toucans.
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.
At Avalon Laser, Dr. Tirgari and his staff of registered nurses rejuvenate skin with non-invasive treatments, earning several features on Channel 6’s “San Diego Living”. Whether they’re looking to permanently eliminate body hair or lift away fine lines and wrinkles, every Avalon client receive a customized treatment plan tailored to their individual needs and skin type. Dr. Tirgari might call upon laser technologies to combat acne and unwanted hair, or use medical-grade skin treatments, such as salicylic acid or Jessner peels, to smooth uneven skin textures. FDA-approved VelaShape treatments work to contour the body, reducing dimpling caused by cellulite or excessive impersonations of Mario Lopez, while shots of Botox and Juvederm smooth wrinkles confined to the forehead.
Seasoned, board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Charles Sarosy helms the team of certified technicians at San Diego Body Contouring and its sister location, the Vein and Liposculpture Center in Temecula. Drawing from years of experience that earned him a membership to the American Society of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Sarosy wields state-of-the-art laser technology to help lift visages, oust excess fat, and erase unwanted tattoos and body hair. He can also forge svelte physiques with comprehensive mommy makeovers, designed to restore new mothers' post-pregnancy bodies to the state they were in before babies filled them with gaudy futons. Spider-vein therapy and skincare treatments such as microdermabrasion and Botox round out the center's slate of aesthetic services.
The technicians at Rapid Results Bodywraps use the highest level of mineral solution to help their clients reduce the appearance of cellulite, tighten lax skin, and fit into an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, yellow polka-dot bikini. In addition to their suite of body-wrap services, the team of beauty experts also offer waxing treatments, facials, XpressSmile teeth whitening, and ionic footbaths.