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A Spa That’s More Than Skin Deep
Comments () | Published February 1, 2007
Expecting more “med” than “spa,” I was relieved to see sweeps of orchids when I entered the Medical Spa at Nova. A tiled fountain poured water onto a bed of smooth stones.

The tranquility room had all the right stuff: expensive teas, glossy magazines, cushy seating. There are no hair or nail services, but that’s not what I wanted. Interested in wellness, I considered meeting with a naturopathic physician about custom vitamins. Or I could get frown-line plumping, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, a facial, body scrub, or massage. I chose skin analysis, a therapeutic bath, and weight-loss consultation.

Digital photos revealed my face’s skin texture, wrinkles, pores, and pigmentation. It wasn’t as dry as various cosmetics salespeople had proclaimed, but I had moderate sun damage. The evaluation is used for skincare treatment and tracking, but there was no sales pitch—just a few product samples.

After, I soaked in a massaging bubble bath surrounded by candles. I was a relaxed and happy camper as I dressed to visit with the dietitian. We had a stimulating exchange about food choices and trends. It would take more appointments to design a personalized meal plan, but I learned enough to feel inspired.

Many medispas are add-ons to cosmetic-surgery practices. Here, doctors at Nova Medical Group oversee treatments. The nurturing, knowledgeable staff does not take tips or earn com missions. I’m already planning my next visit.

Medical Spa at Nova, 21785 Filigree Ct., Ashburn (703) 554-1130  novamedspa.com


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