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.
Aesthetician Tassie Small believes that a glowing exterior is made possible by a healthy interior. After earning a license in aesthetics and building her knowledge of holistic health and detoxification, she opened Restorations Holistic Skincare to blend her multiple passions. At Restorations, she helps her clients achieve their beauty goals by addressing the needs of the whole body. Ultrasonic and far-infrared procedures rejuvenate faces and bodies, whereas ionic footbaths help expel toxins. Facials and microdermabrasion treatments, meanwhile, sweep away dead skin to reveal façades more youthful than the attendees at a Nickelodeon stockholders meeting.
Tassie is also the creator and formulator of Tacia Essentials, a line of natural and organic skin and hair products that she uses at her spa. During regular workshops, she teaches her secrets to guests, guiding them through the creation of their very own perfumes and bath products.
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.
BodyLase Skin Spa opened in 2002 and focused exclusively on laser hair removal. More than 10 years later, the acclaimed med spa's scope has expanded to encompass a variety of aesthetic services at its two locations. A team of licensed, board-certified medical practitioners still follows its five-step laser hair-removal program to leave clients' skin smooth. But laser technology also helps the staff perform a variety of other services for all skin types, allowing them to eliminate the appearance of spider veins and fade unwanted tattoos. Their advanced methods even extend to noninvasive body contouring with the CoolSculpting system. Complimentary consultations help answer guests' questions about procedures, recovery time, and whether lasers can double as effective flashlights.