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, such as 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 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.
Advanced Skin Fitness’s Laser 360 treatment caught the attention of CBS 11’s Health Watch crew, which covered it during a 2011 segment. The trio of laser-based treatments—fractional laser, IPL photofacial, and radiofrequency—is scheduled over a 60-day period to reduce what the clinic considers to be the top three signs of aging: texture, tone, and cravings for prunes. “These treatments provide a noninvasive way of keeping up that youthful appearance,” said patient Amy Brubaker, who underwent all three procedures as news cameras shadowed her.
All of Advanced Skin Fitness’s treatments use this high-quality technology to reverse epidermal imperfections, such as unwanted hair, age spots, veins, and overzealous curves. The 2,700-square-foot spa houses six treatment rooms and a private consultation room where patients and skilled staffers work together to decide which treatment will be most effective.
Medical aesthetician Diana Luna has developed her touch for topical skincare during the past eight years, teaming up with a physician to expand their ability to treat skin at Spa d'Luna. Luna's focus is healthful, youthful skin, which Diana cultivates with Image Skincare tonics that resurface damaged areas and refine pores. The resident medical director plumps aging skin with cosmetic injections and oversees the use of noninvasive lasers, which stimulate cellular turnover and collagen production in the epidermis to create a smooth surface for playing air hockey. For a spell of relaxation, the day spa helps knead stress out of bodies with massage offerings and hair removal via sugaring.
Dr. Joel Potasznik’s steady, experienced hand guides the treatments at Dallas Tattoo Removal Clinic, where he and his staff aid patients in bidding adieu to inked artwork, excess inches, or toenail fungus. With the Medlite Q-Switched laser system, they fade unwanted drawings or parking tickets from skin surfaces. Their knowledge with the Sonic Body Shaping Station enables them to foster slimmer shapes without the use of invasive surgery or multiple rounds through a taffy puller.
Total Nutrition amplifies weight-loss regimens and fitness routines with a vast roster of vitamins, health supplements, and other workout boosters. Protein supplements, such as Lean Active 7 protein shakes, fortify muscles' tiny carpenters with the tools they need to build new additions, and multivitamins and health boosters spur energy levels and aid weight loss by infusing the body with the same extra nutrients found in unappetizing algae bars. Staff members, all of whom are certified sports nutritionists, also discuss goals, diets, and other needs with clients, and share tips on maintaining a healthy BMI or choosing the best triple cheeseburgers to use as dumbbells.
The pistachio green walls, floor lanterns, and modern, elegant furniture?it's all arranged to foster tranquility. Free-standing mirrors rest against walls and ambient sounds trickle through the space. Artful white vases sit atop wood tables and small potted plants rest on singular white shelves. It's an attention to detail that makes the appearance of Novopell's spa stand out, and it almost perfectly articulates the med-spa's attention to its clients.
The beauty consultants and techs focus their aesthetic acumen through the prism of various corrective skincare and medical weight loss services. With programs designed around proprietary vitamin and supplement blends, as well as scientifically designed diets, their clients drop as much as 15- to 30-pounds per program period. When problem areas prove insurmountable, they can administer non-invasive Novo Lipo treatments. Those treatments use ultrasound, radio frequencies tuned to Richard Simmons's tank top, infrared, and microcurrents to emulsify fat cells. It also tightens skin and reduces cellulite.
To continue improving skin conditions, they treat clients with a variety of facials and peels. Treatments clear up issues such as acne and can minimize the appearance of scars, hyper pigmentation, and wrinkles. With GentleYAG and GentleLASE lasers, they also leave skin smooth and free of unwanted hair. Vein removal procedures and injectables such as Botox round out the slate of beautifying treatments.