Since graduating from the Milan Institute as her class?s salutatorian, Andrea Fouts, owner of Skin Essentials, has never stopped learning new, noninvasive ways to care for the body's largest organ. Adding to the aesthetician's repertoire of standard facials and waxing are technologically advanced answers to fine lines and acne scarring, such as microphototherapy FSD, microcurrent face-lifts, electroporation, LED light therapy, and oxygen-infusion treatments. She and the technicians on her staff also spritz bodies with 100% natural tanning solutions to create bronzed looks for weddings, proms, and spelling bees.
Miriam Figueroa, a holistic wellness counselor, licensed massage therapist, and aesthetician, spent more than 20 years in the health and beauty industry, staffing five-star hotel spas and then founding her own luxurious center, Spatini Holistic Health. Her spa specializes in M’lis wellness programs, treatment packages that reduce stress and target specific ailments—from cellulite to arthritis—by drawing on the interrelations between mind, body, and soul.
A suite of traditional spa treatments flanks the holistic programs. Facials run the gamut from deep cleanses to nonsurgical face-lifts. Seven available styles of massage encompass the gliding strokes of Swedish and hot-stone massage, which the ancients discovered using stones warmed by confused mother chickens. Body polishes exfoliate away dry skin, an ideal prep for a botanical Bronze Biologic formula that leaves behind sunless, natural-looking tans.
Led by owners Irma and Henry Fuentez, the cosmetologists and massage therapists at Above and Beyond Day Spa beautify and pamper bodies from head to toe. As a licensed aesthetician and certified microdermabrasion technician, Irma seeks out the latest technology to restore clients' youthful appearances, including light therapy that promotes collagen production and a microcurrent machine that targets cellulite.
Massage therapists perform relaxing hot-stone sessions in semiprivate "gazebos" swathed with sheer, shimmering fabrics. The open, airy tents create an ambiance reminiscent of a royal caravan in the Arabian Desert or the winning submission for a Boy Scout's interior-design badge.
Holding an MD and a PhD in immunobiology, Dr. Reza Ghohestani heads up an institute devoted both to the treatment and clinical study of hair, skin, and nail diseases. The more than 100 scientific papers and dermatology-themed comics he has published or presented reflect Dr. Ghohestani's continuing quest to find the most efficient remedies for acne, psoriasis, fungal infections, wrinkles, cellulite, and unwanted body hair. His clinic won both the Talk of the Town award for excellence in customer satisfaction and the Patients’ Choice Award in 2011 and 2012 thanks to the staff's caring attitude toward patients and their privacy.
Dr. Delio Ortegon, the president and director of San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery, believes there is no set definition of beauty. As he explains in an interview on his website, aesthetic appeal rests not in a certain nose shape or specific earlobe measurement but rather in the symmetry and balance of the face and physique. The board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializes in reshaping bodies to enhance this pleasing proportional harmony. But before Dr. Ortegon ever picks up a scalpel, he learns his patients' goals and vision for themselves during in-depth consultations.
White Pearl Medical Spa specializes in a range of image-enhancing approaches, Cutera's Genesis technology, the same technology found in podiatrists offices to treat fungus. Aside from laser services, the staff smoothes skin with injectable dermal fillers, purifies pores with facials, and sloughs off dead cells with microdermabrasion treatments.