Medical-grade lasers, award-winning Jan Marini skincare products, and smooth, warmed massage stones. These accoutrements await clients at Silhouette Spa and Laser, where a host of aesthetic spa services—including cosmetic tattooing, registered massage therapy, electrolysis, nails, lash extensions, tinting, and facials—administered by certified professionals help nourish and beautify bodies.
At Salveo Naturopathic & Skin Care, doctors Allan and Shalon Strauss oversee certified laser technicians who enhance bodily contours using FDA-approved VelaShape, a noninvasive laser lipo procedure demonstrated live on The Doctors. Treatment begins as technicians explain VelaShape in-depth so patients feel comfortable and can set realistic expectations about fitting into their favourite childhood lederhosen. While clients recline, technicians secure two multi-laser probes and two smaller laser probes to treatment areas before gliding the VelaShape hand piece over epidermises. The device applies a cold, low-level laser technology comprised of four fat-targeting modalities—vacuum action, mechanical massage, infrared light, and radio-frequency energy—which combine to melt subcutaneous fat, boost circulation, stimulate lymphatic drainage, and smoothen the appearance of cellulite. Patients may lose up to 3-inches in circumference depending on treatment area, ranging from large zones such as the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen to smaller swaths such as the flanks and upper arms. Patients often experience little to no discomfort and can return to normal activities right away.
Nima's Day Spa, established more than 29 years ago in Vancouver, employs an army of aestheticians and medically trained staff members to target bodies with non-invasive treatments that aim to foster inch loss, cellulite elimination, and fat reduction. In private treatment rooms, skilled hands attach the LipoLaser's small probes and paddles to areas along the waistline, mid and lower abdomen, back, buttocks, and thigh area or arms, spending 30–40 minutes targeting fat cells in an attempt to render inch loss and to find a way to simply get along. U-Shape treatments set out to promote weight loss and firmer skin for approximately 20 minutes per session, and diathermy heat wraps raise subdermal temperatures in an attempt bolster circulation and bring warmth to all areas of the body. The roughly 50-minute wrap contours around men, women, and active houseplants to potentially abate aching limbs, ease joint pain, and quell sore muscles.
At Unwanted Ink, registered nurse Debbie leads a team of adept laser technicians who help dislodge undesired ink, restoring skin canvases to smoothness. Debbie believes in patient comfort and compassion, as evidenced by her thorough study of each patron’s medical history and consultations, during which she explains the tattoo-removal procedure in great detail.
Before each treatment, Nurse Debbie sets up skin with Dr. Numb topical numbing ointment, guarding against the light sting of the lasers and the subsequent landing spacecraft. She then uses an energy-efficient Cynosure laser tailored to the process of tattoo removal, singing away most colours in the spectrum—excluding greens—to erase designs faster than the interior decorator for a supervillian's top-secret lair. A cooling machine soothes epidermis in the targeted area during each step of the removal. Following treatment, Nurse Debbie bestows all supplies necessary to facilitate skin recovery in the first three days, such as bandages, tape, and wrap, as well as necessary instructions to prevent scarring.
Calming background music and a warm cup of tea greet arriving clients in the lounge at Sonah Medspa, where the crackling fireplace and elegant plush furniture inspire a mindset for calm. In the quiet, cell-phone-free spa, the staff offers traditional relaxing services alongside state-of-the-art technology. Guests descend into infrared saunas to sweat out toxins and memories of outdated locker combinations, or relax on a massage table under a therapist’s skilled hands. Skin treatments rejuvenate visages during facials supplemented with vitamins and muds, and wraps exfoliate the entire body. High-tech procedures such as laser hair removal, photofacials, and noninvasive body contouring are also available, allowing clients to experience the treatments of tomorrow without peeking ahead in the page-a-day calendar.