Aesthetician Lina Yang trained as a medical professional in China before making her way to the United States. After arriving in the States, she studied aesthetics with dermatologist Dr. James Fulton, who went on to codevelop the topical acne treatment Retin-A. Today, Lina?whose numerous credentials include an international certification in Xtreme lash extensions?owns and operates Skin Essence. Stationed in her warmly lit spa, Lina relies on 20 years of experience and a team of skincare professionals to rejuvenate complexions and pamper bodies with a full menu of medical-grade spa treatments. The staff specializes in diamond-peel-microdermabrasion treatments and nonsurgical face-lifts, both of which help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, and discoloration; clients may see noticeable improvement in their skin after one visit.
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The three surgeons at Specialists in Plastic Surgery call upon more than 60 years of combined experience as they transform patients' faces and bodies. The physicians—Roger Russell, Don Oschwald, and Richard Carlino—also boast recognition by professional organizations, with certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ranks as Fellows in the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
At The Museum Spa & Laser Center, an adjacent facility that focuses on nonsurgical procedures, registered nurses certified to handle cosmetic lasers beautify bodies with noninvasive treatments such as hair removal and skin resurfacing. The team's licensed medical aestheticians also use the Visia computerized skin-analysis system to recommend the appropriate services for issues such as sun damage, wrinkles, or the inability to smile during driver's-license photos.
Dedicated to keeping both patrons and the planet looking beautiful, Eco Friendly Beauty Bar strives, like Kermit the Frog's wardrobe, to be 90% green?a feat that earned it recognition on ABC 11. Nontoxic and natural products form the foundation of the salon's services, which include everything from spray tans to hairstyles kept clean with vegan shampoo. Under the glow of repurposed chandeliers, Eco Friendly Beauty Bar's staff members make good on their commitment to a smaller carbon footprint by wearing only narrow-width shoes as they shuffle atop recycled-cardboard flooring, serving complimentary sips of green wine in glasses that are recycled or repurposed from wine bottles. The bright, full-service salon crafted its chic aesthetic using furniture rescued from thrift stores, including bubbling fountains and an antique sewing table, and shelves proudly display chemical-free makeup, bamboo hairbrushes, and locally made skincare products available for purchase.
In December 2011, Park Centre Spa threw open its doors to offer more traditional services, such as massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and body treatments, as well as medically-integrated services, such as the HydraFacial. The medical director approves the services, which include four-hand massage, facials with Image Skincare, myBody Skin Care, and Lindi Skin products, and medical massages and pedicures. With select services, clients don robes and slippers for their stay in the elegant spa, which is replete with golden-hued wood, fresh flowers, pleated toilet paper, and luminous chandeliers.
The spa is open after business hours, so clients can swing by on their way home from the office. Inside private treatment rooms, ambient lighting reveals mosaic wall accents. The havens offer a retreat from everyday concerns, even granting complimentary childcare at Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness next door.
The ancient Aztecs prized dahlia blooms for their healing powers, passing their appreciation for the colorful flowers on to European explorers in the 16th century. Since then, the dahlia has served as a pan-cultural symbol for physical and spiritual wellness, which is why the founders of White Dahlia chose it to represent their spa upon its opening in 2006.
Today, White Dahlia’s aestheticians and massage therapists measure the quality of their service with the same five-star ratings system used by hotels and resorts, drawing on years of experience to soothe their clients with exfoliating facials and therapeutic massages. Their comprehensive pretreatment consultations exemplify the level of care with which they treat each client, as do aromatherapy blends specially formulated to recall the comforting scents of flower petals or teddy bears stuffed with fresh-cut grass.
For licensed massage therapist Yolanda Grant, the effects of each massage session should continue well after the client has left the table. She accomplishes this in two ways: first, by choosing a special tea to enhance the benefits of each massage. If a client has overactive muscles, for example, she brews a cup of cherry-bark blend to help ease spasms. In addition to handpicking a tea for every guest, she educates clients on her approach, telling them how each massage modality impacts the body, from encouraging relaxation to stimulating the immune system. Beyond massage, Yolanda offers select spa services, such as body scrubs, detoxifying body wraps, and aromatherapy in scents such as frying pork loin.