Though most people pose the question “if there was one thing you could change about yourself, what would it be?” as a conversation starter, Dr. John F. Hsu asks it so he can fulfill that wish. As a plastic surgeon, he helps build confidence by lifting, reducing, and reconstructing natural features. Aside from surgery, he works to enhance his clients' appearance with other procedures including spider-vein removal and weight-loss programs. Dr. Hsu backs all his treatments with a wealth of knowledge and experience, including a variety of degrees from top universities including UCLA and NYU and time spent training at hospitals such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and researching at institutions such as Harvard and the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
Owner Charlene Papastephanou of Ethereal Oasis combines results-oriented skincare with Eastern healing philosophies to knock down beauty blockages and empower clients through reiki and integrated energy therapy. Customized skincare employs Fenix products, the PCA skincare line, and natural botanicals to purify and exfoliate complexions. Clients seeking a spiritual makeover can enroll in energy-healing sessions to overcome limiting thought patterns, realize their full potential, and remember the location of the volcano where they lost their car keys. Tranquility prevails within the sea-foam-green lobby, and candlelit private treatment rooms lift spirits with natural light and merry statues of Buddha.
To Samson Hair Restoration's physicians, hair restoration is equal measures of art and science. Although some surgeons concern themselves with follicle count and price per graft, the Samson team takes a collaborative, results-based approach, starting cases with artistic renderings of ideal scalps to give patients a clear idea of their post-op cranial canopy or what they would look like with fettuccini for hair. Staffers draw on the Quadrian hairline technique—which focuses on the front hairline to create a natural-looking coif—and plastic-surgery tricks to help to minimize donor-area scarring.
Elemance Holistic Healing's licensed therapist skillfully ousts aches by performing five different types of massage treatments. During the hot-stone massage, the relaxation specialist places heated stones along bodies while administering Swedish-style strokes to melt muscle tension like butter astronauts on an ill-fated mission to Mercury. The multifaceted therapeutic massage tackles soreness with a blend of deep-tissue, myofascial release, neuromuscular, and acupressure techniques, and the classic Swedish massage goes hand-to-hand with tension using long, gliding strokes. Weary passersby in need of holistic healing can stimulate the healthy flow of energy with a vigorous Tui Na massage. Beneficiaries of the Thai massage don workout attire to hide social-security number tattoos and perform yoga stretches as a therapist administers palm and thumb pressure to alleviate pain.
A trio of physicians—a dermatologist, an ophthalmic surgeon, and a plastic surgeon—keeps watch over both DermaBare offices, warding off signs of aging from wrinkles to cellulite. Registered nurses aim to obliterate unwanted hair at the root using one of three advanced laser hair-removal machines: the Lumenis LightSheer Duet, Candela GentleLase, and GentleLase Pro. Heated energy rays can also be pointed at faces to help encourage collagen production or send spider veins scattering off of legs and underneath the floorboards. DermaBare's other aesthetic treatments include dermal fillers, chemical peels, and plastic surgery treatments such as breast augmentation and rhinoplasty.
Dr. Saul Lahijani draws upon extensive experience and education as he works to help clients achieve their aesthetic dreams. He began his education at USC, where he earned his undergraduate degree before obtaining a doctorate of medicine at Ross University School of Medicine, finishing at the top of his class. He next performed several residencies at Yale and Vanderbilt, before staying an international fellowship in Barcelona. Today, he welcomes patients into his clinic for non-invasive and surgical treatments, wielding lasers and scalpels to sculpt bodies with the precision of a bionic Michelangelo.