As a nurse working in intensive care, Antonette "Toni" Dardeno, an RN and certified medical laser safety officer who was a contributing author in CMLSOs' Best Practices in Medical Laser Safety, saw firsthand how advanced medical equipment could change lives. It wasn’t until her personal experience with a dermatologist, however, that she understood the effects lasers could have on the skin. Though this experience became the catalyst for her interest in skincare and medical-grade lasers, it was her passion to help others that led her to establish Laser Enhanced Therapies.
At this laser-centric med spa, Toni and medical adviser Dr. Elliot Lach treat patients with two types of advanced Candela lasers designed to effectively eliminate unwanted hair and leg veins and firm aging skin on a variety of epidermal types. A trained laser technician or nurse reaches for the GentleLase 755 system for pale complexions, while employing GentleYAG 1064 system for those with a darker skin tone. In addition to laser treatments, Toni and crew also clear complexions with facial treatments, such as microdermabrasion, which they enhance with paraben-free MyChelle Dermaceuticals, IMAGE, and Aubrey Organics products.
As the seasons change, so too do the styles. The stylists at Bangs of Boston understand that the haircut that gets you through the winter might not be the one that makes a splash during your spring debut. That’s why they consult with each client before the first snip, collaborating to craft a new cut that’s both fashionable and functional. From traditional to funky, they can create any desired look, and provide Keratin treatments and Brazilian blowouts in addition to cuts and colors. Plant-derived Aveda haircare products enhance the already relaxing styling experience with whiffs of soothing scents like rosemary mint, signifying the botanical therapies taking place within the serums.
Many an aesthetic problem has yielded to Norma Cataldo, the clinical director of Cosmetic Laser Solutions. She has been fixing dermal flaws with noninvasive beams of light for more than 10 years, remedying conditions such as wrinkles, sun spots, cellulite, and spider veins.
At the clinic, she is supported by Dr. Patrick Marasco, a board-certified plastic surgeon. With their combined skills, they are able to treat patients to more invasive procedures in their in-office surgical suite as well as lively harmonies over the intercom system.
Inside Athena Salon and Spa, each of the beauty experts uses the famously botanically derived Aveda products—as Athena is an Aveda Lifestyle Salon. They wield the all-natural products while performing a variety of salon and spa services, from hair coloring and deep conditioning to signature massages and facials to spa manicures and pedicures. In fact, before any hair service, they perform complimentary light stress-relieving treatments by using Aveda essential oils on the scalp, neck, and shoulder.
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Signature Service: Microdermabrasion aromatherapy facial
Brands Used: Decleor (French line) and Murad acne and anti-aging line
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Metered street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 14
Pro Tip: A very quaint, intimate setting, with a heated table to cater to all your skincare needs.
Do you use any products or brands you're particularly proud of? What makes them uniquely effective?
I have used both Decleor and Murad for 20 years. Decleor is a beautiful aromatherapy French line for all skin types. Murad is for more specific, problematic skin issues such as severe acne and sun damage.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
The first thing our clients look for is the chocolate bowl.
What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
People tend to avoid sunblock in the winter. I have to reiterate to clients how vital it is to wear sunblock everyday of the year.