A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Dr. Mehran R. Lari serves as Lead Mentor at Scottsdale Center for Dentistry, working with other dentists who hope to cull knowledge from his expertise and vast internal library of cosmetic-, surgical-, and general-dentistry techniques. Dr. Lari studied dental surgery in Bangalore, India, before migrating to the University of Southern California, where he received his doctorate. Currently, he logs more than 200 credits annually, taking courses about cutting-edge dental techniques such as dental implants and aesthetics. In addition to keeping himself abreast of the latest dental developments, Dr. Lari preaches the importance of patient education. His staff takes care to explain the patient’s options before treatment so that patients can make informed decisions about their dental destinies. To help to pave the information highway, Dr. Lari’s office reveals hidden goings-on with digital x-rays, which have 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays and 80% less radiation than angry toasters.
At the offices of Goodman Dental Care and Tangerine Dental Care, dentists Pierce Goodman, Aaron Goodman, and Robert Brown help patients maintain and beautify mouth bones with general, preventative, and restorative dental services. During exams and cleanings, hygienists snoop through mouth caves in search of cavities, gum disease, and year-old everlasting gobstoppers, whereas Lumineers and professional Zoom whitening services brighten dulled teeth so patients may flash bright, sparkling smiles. Also specializing in pediatric dentistry, the friendly tooth techs care for budding chompers while setting little minds at ease through education and fun games.
At Blush Permanent Makeup, Michele Konitzer pursues a personal passion for highlighting each client’s natural beauty. Her steady hands amplify facial features with the gentle SofTap method, a skill she also shows off while working as a trainer for the company. After she dots the epidermis with the ultradurable pigment, bolder lashes can better fan the flames of desire, and shaded brows can alternate between arching elegantly and compulsively communicating the "M" in Morse code. Michele also flexes her varied cosmetic expertise as she performs teeth-whitening treatments and hangs full, flirty faux lashes over both eyelids in 40 minutes.
Essenza's professional, Bumble and bumble–certified staff employs a variety of relaxing hair and skincare services to impart hominids with vibrant styles and a glowing, healthy appearance. Skin treatments such as the lotus moon organic facial ($65) and the pumpkin enzyme peel ($45) use natural plant and flower extracts to irrigate pores and plant within them the seeds of a fresh face. Alternately, Essenza's LightSpa teeth-whitening treatment ($99) uses pulsed light, a whitening formula, and a whitening accelerator to whisk away stains caused by chugging coffee, tea, soda, or melted popsicles.
Though An Elegant Smile Dentistry's 16 dentists are spread across nine locations, they all share a common philosophy of dedicated preventive care. The team, whose members have been lavished with numerous Top Dentist awards from Phoenix Magazine, earns its accolades by determining the specific needs of each patient's mouth. Although routine cleanings represent the bread and fluoridated butter of their approach, they also mend smiles with cosmetic and orthodontic services designed to keep aesthetics in line with good oral health.