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Web Exclusive: From Surgeon’s Office to Spa-Like Oasis

Oct. 24, 2014

Doctor’s office meets spa/resort experience in new design of SKY Facial Plastic Surgery.

When it comes down to it, plastic surgery is all about one word—beauty. “There is so much focus on external beauty,” said Kelly Hinchman, design principal for Studio H Design Group. “When it comes to designing an office in the field of plastic surgery, if a patient walks into a beautiful, clean, and calm space where everything is balanced, polished, and refined, they will feel at ease even before meeting the skilled and accomplished doctors.”

It was a major focus for Hinchman, who designed the new SKY Facial Plastic Surgery in San Diego, Calif. Unveiled in March 2014, the new space infuses copious amounts of light, texture, and custom touches throughout the nearly 2,000 square feet of space. Whether it’s the 12-foot ceilings, Calcutta marble floors, or a wall of luxurious ivory quartz, the space feels as if you are walking into a spa or resort.

“During the interview process, the client mentioned that she loved the look and feel of the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel Spa and was hoping to achieve a similar look and feel,” Hinchman said. “I was very excited about this concept because this particular spa presented a glamorous yet tranquil setting and provided a great ‘base’ to work from.”

Working from this spa-like base, Hinchman used 90 percent custom-made pieces throughout the space. “The art in the reception was created by a very talented local La Jolla artist, Leslie Saris,” Hinchman said. “She used the company’s branding and custom furnishings as inspiration to develop the custom piece. We also incorporated the doctor’s own photography into the space.”

The use of custom products didn’t stop there, with a coffee/hospitality station using leather wrapped panels and glamorous hardware features, as well credenzas featuring leather wrapped panel doors with wood molding that mirrors the design of the floors. The end result was a space that is one-of-a-kind, beautiful, and functional for both doctors and patients.

“I’ve heard many times over that the patients feel like they are at a luxurious spa,” Hinchman said. “That’s the exact reaction we were hoping to receive when we started out with the initial design concept of the space.”

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