Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates take a two-pronged approach to beauty, with a doctor heading up each branch of the practice. Dr. Shabnam Shahabadi takes a top-down approach on the dermatology side of things, using medicine to combat skin conditions, lasers to turn back the clock on skin damage, and Botox to firm up wrinkles. Dr. Reza Mirali, on the other hand, helps patients make more drastic changes with plastic surgery. His expertise includes rhinoplasty and abdominoplasty, though he also specializes in reconstructive surgery for patients with facial trauma, burns, and disfiguring afflictions.
Looking good and feeling good should go hand in hand, which is why the staff at Dante Salon & Wellness Spa has compiled a list of services that go beyond beauty to help treat full-body health. As stylists smother strands in products from Goldwell and Paul Mitchell, the in-house chiropractor stays busy addressing the needs of those suffering from chronic pain, using tender techniques that can include neuromuscular therapy or sport-specific stretches. Meanwhile, aestheticians coddle skin in Image Skincare professional products that soak into pores to remove dirt and exfoliate away dead skin cells before they have a chance to rise again as undead skin cells. Those looking to thwart wrinkles at the source can schedule a consultation with the onsite aesthetic-medicine physician, who can recommend injections of Botox, Juvéderm, or Restylane or write a prescription for Latisse for those looking to fill up sparse lash lines.
As a family practitioner, Dr. Jasmine Moghissi oversees a facility that addresses family medicine and illnesses both acute and chronic. Dr. Moghissi and her team focus on beautifying patients—through cosmetic medicine— with largely noninvasive anti-aging and slimming services that require minimal downtime. Skin creams, laser treatments, and microdermabrasions are now part and parcel of her practice, along with weight-loss assistance and paleo/primal diet plans, which teach patients to live and eat like our ancient ancestors, minus all the dinosaur riding.
When she's not attending continuing-education courses and international meetings to keep her skills up to date, medical director Dr. Nasreen Sheikh, uses what she's learned to helm NoVa Medical Skin Care. There, Dr. Sheikh and her team create customized aesthetic plans that combat skin issues ranging from acne and excess hair to wrinkles and sun spots. Aestheticians reach for M.D. Forte, SkinMedica, Revision, and Obagi products to brighten and smooth the skin during chemical peels, and call on advanced lasers to zap spider veins, resurface faces, and permanently destroy unwanted hairs and rogue daisies sprouting from any skin type. For flagging countenances, the office also erases fine lines with Botox, Restylane, and Juvederm injections.
In the lobby of Parma Spa and Center for Health, a sculpture of a woman balancing on a jade-colored orb acts as an axis for a spiraling, gleaming ribbon. The statue represents the Ayurvedic philosophy of health, a belief that the client will be "on top of the world" when mental, physical, and aesthetic needs are met and balanced. Ayurvedic medicine strives to heal the emotional and physical cause of pain rather than just treat the symptoms. "Well-being is physical, mental and spiritual," owner and founder Dr. S Nicky Singh says in a feature on WUSA 9. "I believe in this with a passion. There is a need for people to look at themselves preventatively."
In addition to med-spa-quality services such as microcurrent facials, staff members trained in Ayurvedic medicine perform massages and body treatments with healing herbal oils that invigorate and detoxify the body. Physicians are on-hand to supervise, and they also provide health care ranging from counseling to cardiology. "The presence of physicians reinforces the idea that there's a quality to what we do that's [more than just a spa]," Dr. Singh says.
But the clinical capabilities of the spa and wellness center don't mean that it feels like a doctor's office. "In a frenzied, frenzied world, it was my goal to create a place where we [could have true] wellness," Dr. Singh says, and that means being kind to the eyes and the sleeping koala clinging to each person's shoulder. Oversize gilded mirrors reflect the twinkling lights of an imported Venetian chandelier, which in turn casts light over Italian linens, chamois robes, and a Limoges tea service filling steaming cups with herbal tea. "We're not trying to create a place which is just glamorous … The idea was to show that we worry about every little detail," she says.