Helmed by registered nurse Marie Reyes, SkinSpa Med's staff of licensed aestheticians and massage therapists pampers appearances with a wide variety of cosmetic treatments. The med spa's stable of six noninvasive lasers zaps away sagging skin and undesirable texture, rendering faces or cellulite-afflicted areas smooth and taut enough for quarter-bouncing contests. Alternatively, Dr. Kevin Light consults with guests interested in invasive procedures to dramatically alter features through cosmetic surgery. To accommodate frequent customers, SkinSpa Med offers memberships that allow guests to mix and match multiple treatments each month.
Dan Schildgen, owner and general manager of Calista Skin & Laser Center, has put together a skilled team of medical professionals that specializes in nonsurgical aesthetic treatments. Medical director Ann Nolen, DO, is not only board certified in both family-practice and regenerative medicine, but also a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Nolen oversees the work of a certified senior laser technician with more than 15 years of experience, a registered nurse who helps people reach their weight-loss goals, and a highly trained laser-tattoo-removal expert who erases evidence of past fascinations with unicorns.
Aside from its knowledgeable beauty mavens, the center sets itself apart with some of the most advanced technology available. The eMax system's elōs technology combines bipolar radiofrequency, light, and diode-laser energies to target wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and unwanted hair. The eMatrix sublative rejuvenation system addresses acne scars and lesions, whereas ReFirme skin-tightening treatments create smoother, firmer appearances. The crew can also reduce fat and cellulite with VelaShape body contouring, giving clients enough confidence to stroll the beach in bikinis or participate in their offices’ Hot Pants Days.
Aestheticians and laser technicians come together for the common good of skin at Skin Studio & Laser Boutique, combining their expertise to rid the body of unwanted hair, visible veins, and hyper-pigmented or dulled complexions. After a consultation and a skin analysis, aestheticians customize facials to each client’s needs, helping clear acne, treat rosacea, fight aging, and unfreeze funny faces. They also apply custom airbrush tans to camouflage cellulite and stretch marks and enhance eyes with lash tabbing—a process that adds length and volume to natural lashes and lasts about a week. When not targeting problem follicles or splotchy capillaries, laser technicians calibrate their equipment to hone in on sagging skin, using the painless, light-based technology to increase production of collagen and elastin and restore lost firmness.
At the Wellness Med Spa & Laser Center, board-certified medical director David Kaner leads a team of licensed massage therapists and aestheticians who perform a suite of treatments for the face and body. Through a blend of traditional and technologically enhanced techniques, they reawaken youth with services customized to specific skin needs. Classic facials hydrate and clean the pores, and microdermabrasion uses mechanical instruments to lift away sun-damaged skin. Therapists deliver a range of massage modalities, and aestheticians enhance the natural outlines of the eyes with traditional makeup application. For more advanced treatments, staff members use laser and light therapies for skin tightening, hair removal, and curing fears of the dark.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa 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.