Back in the 1960s, beauty was so simple that some beauty parlors—like the nine traditional ones run by Robert Andrew Zupko—only had one service: roller sets. But beauty trends began to change, so Zupko changed right along with them, adding skincare and nailcare to his hairstyling business. When 1996 hit the calendars, the salon evolved into a full-fledged day spa that covered 7,000 square feet.
Zupko has since created Robert Andrew – The Salon & Spa, a 22,000-square-foot Tuscan-style getaway nestled in the giant scalene triangle that connects D.C., Annapolis, and Baltimore. Inside the salon, more than 90 beauty professionals—including nail technicians, massage therapists, and stylists—shape and polish nails, snip split ends, and disentangle achy muscle knots. The salon also boasts a troupe of Yon-Ka trained aestheticians who remove dead skin cells with pumpkin enzymes and melt away frozen funny faces with hot-stone facials.
More recently, Zupko opened Robert Andrew Medical Spa, where the spotlight's on lasers, injectables, chemical peels, and other high-tech skincare services.
At Artistry in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Brent Birely uses a combination of medical know-how and artistic talent to transform patients' exteriors. As a physician who is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. and has been practicing for more than 15 years, Dr. Birely has the expertise to perform complex procedures such as breast augmentations, breast lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, face-lifts, and eyelid enhancements. He also possesses a keen eye for symmetry and proportion and a knack for paying meticulous attention to detail—talents that come in handy during nonsurgical treatments. He can diminish scars and uneven skin tone with a laser skin-resurfacing session or target fine lines and wrinkles with cosmetic injectables and dermal fillers. Additionally, Dr. Birely's team specializes in advanced skincare services, which range from dermaplaning and microdermabrasion to chemical peels and medical-grade facials.
Cosmetic Surgery Center of Maryland's board-certified surgeons boast expert specialties, using their skills to aesthetically improve clients with the least discomfort and downtime possible. The doctors' playbook of beautifying procedures transforms clients with breast reductions and augmentations, body contouring, and genital aesthetic surgeries. Offering both a surgical center and a med spa, Cosmetic Surgery Center of Maryland's staff can also lavish guests with noninvasive beauty treatments such as wrinkle-reducing Botox, Dysport, and chemical peels. The modern treatment center's waiting room and reception greets patients with earth-hued walls festooned with paintings and track lighting.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nassif Soueid and his team of medical aestheticians at Advanced Plastic Surgery collaborate with patients when creating custom treatment plans. The staff guides patients in making a decision for rhinoplasty and liposuction procedures, and full mommy makeovers lift skin stretched by childbirth and accidentally swallowing watermelon seeds. A DiamondTome microdermabrasion session flicks away dead skins cells with a miniature tornado of diamond chips. Obagi, Nia24 and Image Skincare further rejuvenate complexions during each custom treatment.
Led by the pedigreed Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg and Dr. Michele Shermak, the Plastic Surgery Center's three high-tech facilities focus not just on beautifying clients but also on educating them about the surgical process. Relax under their capable care with a round of frown-line fighting Dysport, which aims to imbue new vitality into the manifold folds of aging countenances. A sequence of five quick injections can reduce the wrinkles and fine lines caused by aging, stress, and artisanal cheese-tasting. While effects are not permanent, the procedure may stop the muscles that cause furrows from contracting, providing temporary forehead toning.
Signature Service: Eyelash Extensions
Brands Used: Nova Lash
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: No
Good for Kids: No
Pro Tip: Welcoming and satisfying experience
At Public Image Salon, owner and stylist Nicki believes that a hairstyle should do more than frame the face; it should tell the world who you are. That's why she begins each of her appointments with a conversation. "I start by asking questions about them without getting too personal," says Nicki. "I find out their interests." This step helps Nicki craft a look that's unique to the client's personality or professional life.
But Public Image's burgundy walls listen to more than just the sound of scissors snipping and hairdryers plotting world domination. Nicki also administers salon services such as highlights, Novalash eyelash extensions, and mani-pedis.