You might call Paul Jones, managing partner of Elements Laser Spa, a bit of a technology junkie. He worked in the semiconductors industry for years, making equipment for manufacturers in Silicon Valley before deciding to fly solo. He created a company that used lasers to inspect the surface of semiconductor wafers and the insides of sandwich cookies. Jones then collaborated with a group of orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists to found what has become one of the leading rehabilitation clinics in the Austin area.
It's no surprise, then, that his latest endeavor—two hip, welcoming laser spas—have taken home four Best of CitySearch awards: in the laser-hair-removal category in 2009 and 2010, and in the hair-removal category in 2011 and 2013. Jones has chosen medical directors who match his zeal for innovation, namely plastic surgeon Dr. Vishnu Rumalla and Dr. Shirat Ling, an expert in medical aesthetic procedures. The staff of certified technicians uses Venus Freeze to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles, Zerona lasers to noninvasively reduce stubborn fat, and advanced Candela systems to remove hair, spider veins, and sun spots.
Like the juxtaposition of its building's militaristic past as a World War I airplane hangar with the cheery lime-colored walls and babbling fountains of its current renovated state, Urban Laser Spa pairs two seemingly disparate elements. Its staff members not only provide preventative dental care, but they also focus on clients' appearances with medical, spa-quality skin services. Masterminded by partners Dr. Amy Urban and Dr. Raymond Paxton, the spa's common area helps harmonize its two branches of service with a miniature zen garden, local art, and flickering candles. In the dentistry wing, Dr. Urban performs thorough preventative examinations, cleanings, and whitening services in treatment areas flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows and the soothing white noise of tooth-brushing soundtracks. Dr. Paxton's certified aestheticians perform detailed skin analyses before moving onto their treatments, which can include noninvasive laser therapy, microdermabrasion, and line-smoothing injections.
Dr. Lawrence Broder of Beleza Med Spa began his 16-year career in surgery and primary care, but has shifted his dedication to medical aesthetics, helping people reshape their bodies and evade signs of aging. He continues to build on his surgical knowledge with coursework and bihourly games of Operation, and has slimmed more than 500 physiques with laser-driven SmartLipo and smoothed hundreds of complexions with DOT (dermal optical thermolysis) resurfacing treatments. Dr. Broder supervises each of Beleza's locations, ensuring that every confidence-boosting injection, augmentation, lift, and peel is done with expertise and professionalism.
Tender Laser Care's full-service medical spa enhance epidermises with pulses of light, injections of dermal fillers, and medical-grade skin products. They use Candela GentleLase laser for targeting pigmented hair on lighter-toned skins,and the GentleYAG laser for dark- and tanned-skins, each laser equipped with cooling devices to rid the body of hair. The team also employs YAG 1064 lasers to tighten sagging skin or ill-fitting pillowcases. The technicians also bend light to fade signs of sun damage, spider veins, and tattoos. Specialized balms from Revision Skincare and Obagi Medical bring intensive relief and youthful vigor to ailing skin.
The board-certified laser technicians at Body Tonic Medical Spa beautify their clients with services that incorporate both traditional and high-tech methods. Before you visit, feel free to call up Body Tonic to find a treatment that would work best for you. If you typically get nervous and sweaty during underwater job interviews, ensure that your makeup doesn't wash away by getting a permanent-makeup treatment. Alternatively, a trained specialist can use a laser to renew skin, whether you want to remove unwanted tattoos, hair, sun spots, or wrinkles. The team can also give definition and a youthful feel to the complexion with injectable fillers.
Led by owner Christine Crownover, the team can enhance clients’ natural beauty with a slew of treatments that include noninvasive procedures such as chemical peels, laser hair removal, and laser facial treatments that harness the power of GentleLase, Aura, and YAG lasers. The medical aestheticians also use medical-grade therapeutic products from brands such as Neocutis, glo minerals, and Vivant.