Headline: How sweet it is: The Sugar Spa comes to town

The Sugar Spa in La Jolla is pioneering new ways for men and women in La Jolla to cleanse, beautify and protect their skin with the latest, cutting-edge advances in the industry.

Services at the new spa at 3251 Holiday Court, Suite 203 even go so far as to include professional teeth whitening.

Friends since they were teens, spa co-owners Anne Futterer and Suzanne Lockyer have pooled their talents and resources to open a new hybrid facility that could transform the industry.

"We thought something was lacking in spas," said Lockyer. "Usually, spas are more medical and very doctoral procedural, or are day spas that are more like relaxation."

"We sort of wanted to bring those two together," said Futterer, "a medical and a day spa."

Futterer and Lockyer are marketing their new deluxe spa as using professional, results-based procedures while adding a touch of sweetness. Hence the spa's name.

Lockyer formerly worked with Pfizer in the pharmaceutical industry. Fetterer owns another business, Hollywood Smiles, a teeth-whitening procedure that she sells to spas and related facilities. For them, working as a team has been a winning combination. "We each have brought a piece of the pie as entrepreneurs," said Lockyer, "my love for science, and her love for innovation, this melding of the two."

The Sugar Spa offers a plethora of medical skin care and laser services including an array of facials, microdermabrasion and laser removal of hair, surface veins, age spots and sun damage. The spa also offers a wide assortment of chemical peels, Botox and Restylane anti-wrinkle treatments that help restore volume and fullness to the skin, as well as providing waxing and permanent makeup.

Most procedures are performed in an hour or two in a treatment room. Some procedures need to be performed periodically for maximum effect.

Futterer and Lockyer have been in business in San Diego together for about two years. They moved their operations to La Jolla in December 2006. Lockyer said it was a wise move. "La Jolla is just a mecca for appearance and beauty and taking care of yourself," she pointed out.

Futterer said they chose to set up shop off Via La Jolla Drive because of its prominent location. "There's a lot of competition in downtown La Jolla," she said. "We're right off Interstate 5 here, so it's pretty convenient. We also chose this location so we can bring in clients in Del Mar and Carmel Valley."

Education is integral to the services which The Sugar Spa provides its clients. Said Futterer: "We very much pride ourselves on making sure clients get consulted and everything's explained and they understand the different procedures and treatments, then let them choose for themselves. You have to explain to people how your skin works."

Lockyer noted skin is the largest organ on the human body and the least understood. It's therefore crucial to pass along the latest developments in skin research. "It's amazing to be able to do research for our clients so they don't have to sort through the masses of what's out there, find the best products and the best treatments available," she said.

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