Sci-fi movies make it seem like a collection of lasers could only belong to a villain who’s up to no good. However, at Dr. Laser, the stockpile of Candela GentleLase, Lumenis LightSheer, Lutroinc Spectra, and Hoya ConBio lasers are used only for good. Dr. Richard Mantell uses beams of light to zap unwanted body hair or break up permanent ink after a falling out with a former favorite anchor. IPL and laser skin rejuvenation treatments rejuvenate appearance by removing acne, scarring, signs of aging, and discolorations, and the staff uses products from Obagi to clear facial surfaces and Latisse elixirs to grow lashes. In addition to laser treatments, Dr. Laser also offers juvederm and botox treatments to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Minimally invasive and laser beauty treatments are the main order of business at Beverly Hills Aesthetics, a state-of-the-art medical facility helmed by Dr. Sam Assassa. Here, medical cosmetologists use modern equipment, such as the LightSheer Diode Laser System or the laser-tipped SmartLipo handpiece, to permanently reduce unwanted body hair or melt fat and suction it out of troublesome bulges. The doctor makes innovative use of beauty injections and dermal fillers, revising imbalanced facial features in a way that was once only possible through surgery or paper bags with eye holes.
Licensed massage therapist Cyndi Bogacki is a Body Therapy Center and School of Massage graduate and muscle-melter extraordinaire. Drawing on more than six years of experience, she and her team administer flowing Swedish strokes to promote relaxation or untie lower-layer knots with deep-tissue pressure. Clients may also request a specialty bamboo-fusion massage, which can improve range of motion in achy shoulders and dietary habits in baby pandas.
Visitors to Beneveda's salt room enter with wizened lungs and leave with breath-balloons bursting with praise for the center's practitioners and philosophy of comprehensive medicine. The restorative effects of breathing salinated oxygen were first observed by European salt miners, who noticed a marked improvement in the breathing of their canaries. According to Beneveda, salt-mine air is rich in negative ions, which it says can improve chronic ear, nose, and throat ailments; allergies; and overdrawn positive-ion balances. Three 45-minute sessions in Beneveda's therapeutic microclimate aim to alleviate symptoms of respiratory ailments and the consequences of maintaining a throat-length tar-luge track.
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