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.
Licensed medical aesthetician Phyllis Gasparri performs each facial treatment at Skin Perfect, drawing on more than 25 years of experience as she treats acne and wrinkles during services that emphasize clinical approaches to skincare. Among her weapons of choice are lasers—which she uses to reduce scar tissue and remove hair and tattoos—and exfoliation tools such as microdermabrasion wands and chemical-peel solutions. To keep up their progress, clients can take home products from SkinCeuticals and Cell Renewal Systems or purchase one of the shop’s own line of mini facial steamers, which sterilize and clean the face while discreetly opening envelopes within a 50-yard radius.
Dr. Elizabeth Roya Emami and the aestheticians at Natural Beauty Derma Spa provide minimally invasive solutions to dermal imperfections and extra inches. Within this elegant Japanese-inspired med-spa, they use chemical peels, injections, and laser treatments to help their clients achieve smoother skin and a more youthful appearance. Dr. Roya fixes up unsightly scars and performs outpatient liposuction at a nearby accredited ambulatory surgical facility, where she has access to state-of-the-art equipment.
Guided by Dr. Joelle Vital, the staff at Vital Medical Care & Aesthetics juggles primary care and med-spa services. That means patients can receive physicals, EKGs, and cold and flu treatments in the same place where they can receive laser hair removal, Botox, microdermabrasion treatments, and laser lipo. Moreover, the clinic offers hair-restoration programs designed to stop baldness.
At South Shore Laser, a team of trained aestheticians utilize laser and ultrasound equipment in beautifying treatments for men and women. Procedures include skin tightening and rejuvenation to reduce the appearance of fine lines and loose skin, as well as laser treatments to remove the presence of veins, acne, and hair.
Dr. Joyce Guirand and her staff of technicians at Aesthetic Medical Care of New York perform an array of professional cosmetic procedures for faces and bodies. The menu of services includes Botox injections, facial chemical peels designed to target fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scarring, and i-Lipo body shaping, a non-invasive treatment during which technicians target cellulite with low-level lasers