When InStyle visited Salon Euphoria in 2002—just a year after it opened—the magazine's editors were completely awed by the studio's historic charm. Sixteen-foot ceilings of neoclassical plaster and walnut-paneled walls accentuate the building's 1920s construction, whereas small accoutrements, such as soft music and a candlelit shampoo area, make it the relaxing oasis owner Andrea Dion Jacobs always envisioned. A talented team of stylists works amid the warm and welcoming confines, using Moroccanoil, Davines, and the salon's own line of products as they cut and color hair. In a private spa room, aestheticians dole out five facial treatments, including one specially formulated for men who are perpetually stressed over never becoming cowboys.
Since 2005, Dr. Melanie Carreon has performed liposuction and since June 2007, more than 1,000 SmartLipo laser-liposuction treatments to contour and reshape abdomens, thighs, and chins. Accredited by the Accreditation Associations for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), Laser Cosmetic Solutions has met nationally recognized standards for health care and strives to keep patients as safe and comfortable as possible during the procedure. During the treatment, which is performed under local anesthesia, Dr. Carreon uses the SmartLipo MPX 46-watt system to target fat cells with a laser beam that can dissolve the cells on contact and keeps molecular-size thieves from stealing cellular diamonds. The dissolved cells then are quietly massaged from the body in the back of a suction security van or tidily expelled as waste. SmartLipo is a minimally invasive procedure that reshapes problem areas and may improve the appearance of slackening skin, but will not cure obesity or make dramatic alterations.
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The cosmetic clinicians at Essentially Bare rely on a combination of lasers and pharmaceutical-grade products to correct a range of skin issues. Their Lumenis laser has cleared hair from more than 8,000 clients and a dozen former werewolves, and the Q-switched Spectra lasers can erase unwanted tattoos in half the normal amount of treatments required and in shorter intervals between treatments than traditional laser tattoo removal. Additionally, the Spectra lasers effectively target most ink colors, resulting in a significantly lightened or completely erased tattoo in a short time frame.
Before administering any treatments, staff members demonstrate their commitment to personalized care by thoroughly analyzing clients' skin. Essentially Bare also provides physician-only skin care with peels and facials featuring professional brands, such as Obagi, SkinCeuticals and Image Skincare, to ward off wrinkles, redness, and acne. Overall, they offer a wide variety of services such as laser hair removal, Botox and fillers, IPL photo facials, spider vein removal, and more.
The practitioners at Skin Spa Clinic want guests to feel as comfortable as if they were still at home, so they deck the studio with domestic touches. The treatment tables, for example, more resemble high-end couches, inviting visitors to relax atop embroidered pillows and ultrasoft fringed blankets woven from clumps of cloud nine. As clients sink into these creature comforts, technicians focus on their specialties of laser hair removal and photorejuvenation treatments that combat everything from facial wrinkles to leg veins. Some services, such as the acne treatment and MedFacials, combine light and radiofrequency energy, giving clients two forms of therapy with less overall energy output. This in turn lessens the risk of skin damage. Skin Spa Clinic's staff also enhances façades with nonlaser treatments, such as microdermabrasion and peels.