Though Cutera, Cynosure, and Candela may sound like viable names for newly discovered planets, they're actually brands of medical-grade lasers. Still, their wavelengths achieve feats that were once under science fiction's umbrella—zapping away blemishes and unwanted hair from the dermal landscape. The certified technicians and medical personnel at Velvet Effect Lasers have mastered this high-tech arsenal; their machines can shrink spider veins, clear away acne, and tighten wrinkles through the power of light and heat, often allowing clients to return to work immediately after their appointments. The staff acquaints clients with potential treatments during thorough consultations. They even allow them to experience the lasers' effects firsthand, isolating a small section of skin for a test-patch that shows how gentle the beam feels.
In addition to administering focused remedies for rosacea, uneven skin texture, and fine lines, the technicians can combine their laser services into customized packages. For example, a three-step approach includes pulsed light PhotoGenesis sessions, anti-aging Laser Genesis procedures, and further tightening with Titan equipment, which can reduce sagging around the face and abdomen without training both lips and navels to smile indefinitely. The center's menu features non-laser treatments as well; Botox and other dermal fillers help fade facial creases, and skincare products from Obagi exfoliate and pamper pores.
Yin Beauty & Arts Spa's aesthetically driven staffers, who received praise for their skin-pampering facials in two separate issues of Time Out New York, consider their beauty-boosting establishment the nexus where "Eastern philosophy meets Western technology." The earthy environment their spa creates mirrors this sentiment with its rustic clay pedicure basins that bubble with gentle streams of water and dark wood cutouts that accent teal and ochre walls. While visitors bask in Yin's peaceful setting, a team of aestheticians wielding all-natural products soothe bodies and skin with a variety of services, ranging from relaxing herbal footbaths to complex med-spa treatments. Their menu embodies the hybrid of tradition and technology with its rejuvenating acupuncture face-lift, performed by a highly trained chess computer.
The board-certified physician, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses at Aura Skin Spa help to halt the sands of time with FDA-approved technologies and aesthetic services. They glide high-intensity alexandrite and YAG wavelength lasers over dermal layers, which deliver cease-and-desist letters to hair follicles and sculpt comely silhouettes with SmartLipo MPX treatments. A range of skin services including microdermabrasion allow the crew to exfoliate and moisturize fa?ades until they glow more than a radioactive lightning bug.
The technicians at Queens Laser Hair Removal smooth, tighten, and resurface skin with an arsenal of laser treatments, chemical peels, and cosmetic fillers. By passing a beam of laser light through the skin, the team can permanently reduce unwanted hair across the body or erase veins webbed across the legs. Laser skin tightening deeply heats facial tissue to contour loose skin around the face and neck and defrost icicles hanging from the chin.
It generally takes about six laser treatments to completely banish unwelcome hair, which is why you are conveniently able to combine two Groupons for a total of six sessions on one area. Those who don't want to go completely body bald but just want to thin out and lighten up a particularly hairy situation can simply get fewer sessions than the magic six. Upon your first visit, a clinic director will help set up your individualized treatment regimen to establish the frequency and number of visits necessary to achieve desired results. Use this initial consultation to ask pertinent questions or to swap apple-streusel recipes with your lasersmith.
The Blue Bungalow's white-washed brick walls and ocean-themed interior peacefully house handmade art, refinished antiques, and vintage accessories. Dozens of items on display are fashioned by owners Liz and Jeanne, such as wall-gracing beach writings (priced after consultation) bearing thoughtful messages. Browse seaside-inspired décor and knickknacks, from 1920s-inspired bathing beauties ($24 each) to blue distressed frames ($38 each), holding starfish and sand dollars as snugly as an overgrown hermit crab's house. A chic turquoise starfish-encrusted bracelet ($30) adds flair to arm wrestling, and a pair of medium shell earrings ($32) evokes a vacation vibe to keep earlobes from going on strike.