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.
Signature Service: Minimally invasive vein treatments
Brands Used: Electrocoagulation (VeinGogh) that close blood vessels
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
According to Vein Medic, an estimated one in four people suffer from some form of leg-vein disorder during their lives. These varicose and spider veins can be painful, and even if they aren't, they can make people feel uncomfortable with their appearance. So Vein Medic's physicians, including board-certified Dr. Michael Kassouf, who has been eradicating unwanted veins for more than 25 years, fight them with a variety of treatments.
Two of the most popular treatments include sclerotherapy and endovenus laser therapy. During sclerotherapy treatments, doctors inject the unwanted veins with an FDA-approved sclerosing solution, which causes the veins to collapse, die, and eventually fade from view. Endovenus laser treatments also collapse veins, though they require a laser fiber to be inserted into the vein. Both minimally invasive treatments can help patients feel more confident walking around in public in shorts, dresses, and figure-skating costumes in a few weeks.
In addition to caring for patients' health at her clinic Le Pavillon Garries, Dr. Rosetta Garries harnesses her medical skills to transform her guests' appearance at Tiffany Elle Esthetics. At the med spa, which is housed within her medical practice, she and her staff beautify guests with a lineup of noninvasive treatments, many of which work to reshape the body, including radio frequency skin-tightening treatments and ultrasonic fat-reduction sessions. The team also helps combat the signs of aging with chemical peels and injectables such as Radiesse and Botox, and aim their laser beams to rid bodies of unwanted hair, tattoos, and unidentified orbiting objects.
Though medically-minded in its approach and effectiveness, this beauty-oriented branch of her clinic is also designed to completely immerse clients in tranquility, providing what Dr. Garries calls "the ultimate oasis in a busy metropolis." Soft music lulls guests into serenity as they're engulfed by panoramic views of the skyline, and plush leather couches comfort guests as they discuss their prospective treatments.
Variety is the best word to describe the menu at Bay Ridge Diner, where breakfasts kick off with dishes such as eggs Benedict and more than 20 styles of omelets. French toast and pancakes join in, flanked by other breakfast favorites such as belgian waffles and homemade muffins. Chefs stack up more than 60 varieties of sandwiches, ranging from the Louisiana-style crab-cake sandwich to the london broil sandwich and the roast-beef-and-swiss triple decker. They also craft classic American plates such as homestyle meatloaf and Italian entrees including spaghetti bolognese and jumbo-shrimp parmigiana. Customers can eat in, pickup, or have their food delivered so as not to interrupt any staring contests.
Dr. Victoria Karlinsky looks for ways to restore patients' self-confidence through cosmetic surgery. After training alongside expert bariatric surgeons, Dr. Karlinsky learned the art of weight-loss surgeries and lifts. Dr. Karlinsky's attention to detail extends to her face-lift, eyelid, ear, and lip surgeries, and also accounts for her winning streak in pickup games of Simon Says. Each procedure takes place after patients explain their beauty goals in a one-on-one consultation and Dr. Karlinsky maps out a viable route to achieve them. Dr. Karlinsky brandishes board certifications in both general and cosmetic surgery and can communicate to clients in English, Russian, or scalpel charades.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Laser hair, Laser Genesis, Laser Veins
Brands Used: Botox, Juv?derm, Restylane, Cutera XEO platform
At Eminence Medical Aesthetics, resident physician Dr. Shawn Yunayev and a staff of experienced medical professionals help patients look and feel younger with a variety of high-tech aesthetic treatments. Sclerotherapy and laser services aim to remove varicose and spider veins, while Juvaderm, Botox, and LimeLight Facial procedures inspire smooth skin and even tone.