Calming background music and a warm cup of tea greet arriving clients in the lounge at Sonah Medspa, where the crackling fireplace and elegant plush furniture inspire a mindset for calm. In the quiet, cell-phone-free spa, the staff offers traditional relaxing services alongside state-of-the-art technology. Guests descend into infrared saunas to sweat out toxins and memories of outdated locker combinations, or relax on a massage table under a therapist’s skilled hands. Skin treatments rejuvenate visages during facials supplemented with vitamins and muds, and wraps exfoliate the entire body. High-tech procedures such as laser hair removal, photofacials, and noninvasive body contouring are also available, allowing clients to experience the treatments of tomorrow without peeking ahead in the page-a-day calendar.
Katie Marshall's beauty mastery stretches beyond her aesthetics practice. Trained at Vogue Esthetics College and Sternberg College, the certified medical aesthetics practitioner has amassed a deep understanding of how treatments interact with various skin types. During brief consultations, she assesses each new client's skin using a special magnifier that reveals the epidermal effects of genes and lifestyle. Taking into consideration individual goals and whether or not any groundhogs popped out of the pores to see their shadows, she then charts a custom treatment course. Katie is certified to administer an ever-expanding assortment of treatments, including Ultra Sonic facial, waxing, and PCA clinical facials.
Bottles of PCA Skin and Dermalogica products are aplenty inside Aura Skin Care & Laser Services, where skilled estheticians provide clinical facials, as well as restore vibrancy in skin during microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels. For those looking for an all-over change, Aura Skin Care also offers body-shaping services, such as non-invasive body cavitation treatments that eliminate fat in the body where even workouts can't reach.
For close to three decades, Nima and the family members that help her operate her day spa have helped guests enhance the connection between their minds and bodies. This mission was further refined in recent years, when, after working long hours in the stressful, highly competitive beauty industry, the team knew it was time for a change from invasive surgeries and harsh chemicals. So, they set their sights on holistic body-beautifying treatments. Today, their menu of restorative services includes relaxing, organic sugar-scrub treatments and infrared body wraps designed to boost the metabolism with soothing thermal energy. Certified technicians also target stubborn fat cells with LipoLaser treatments or faradic-current sessions that, like doing the Running Man, simulate the effects of physical exercise.
It looks a bit like a distant cousin of the R2-D2 droid from Star Wars: it's a modular, upright unit on four wheels with a display screen that could double for a face. But the Harmony XL laser is a primary tool the technicians at Avante Laser & Aesthetics use to beautify their clients. It addresses more than 60 skin conditions, smoothing wrinkles, fading age spots, and removing tattoos. It's also used during Avante's laser hair-removal sessions.
Avante's other main beautification device is the HydraFacial machine. This is used to suction out debris from pores and push serums deep into the face for intense hydration. It can also slough off dead skin cells and glitter makeup left over from childhood beauty pageants with its diamond-tip microdermabrasion, and it can brighten faces during LED treatments.
At Unwanted Ink, registered nurse Debbie leads a team of adept laser technicians who help dislodge undesired ink, restoring skin canvases to smoothness. Debbie believes in patient comfort and compassion, as evidenced by her thorough study of each patron’s medical history and consultations, during which she explains the tattoo-removal procedure in great detail.
Before each treatment, Nurse Debbie sets up skin with Dr. Numb topical numbing ointment, guarding against the light sting of the lasers and the subsequent landing spacecraft. She then uses an energy-efficient Cynosure laser tailored to the process of tattoo removal, singing away most colours in the spectrum—excluding greens—to erase designs faster than the interior decorator for a supervillian's top-secret lair. A cooling machine soothes epidermis in the targeted area during each step of the removal. Following treatment, Nurse Debbie bestows all supplies necessary to facilitate skin recovery in the first three days, such as bandages, tape, and wrap, as well as necessary instructions to prevent scarring.