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.
At Chrysalis Salon, seasoned staffers enthusiastically ply the beautician's trade as fall floral accents bedeck the chocolate-colored walls around them, creating a scene as warm and lush as an open house held inside a jack-o'-lantern. Employing more than 20 years of experience, the salon's master hairstylist, Maura, specializes in color treatments including highlights, lowlights, and color correction. The salon's licensed aesthetician, Frances, customizes her facial services using the skills and knowledge it took to become certified as a beauty therapist by ITEC.
The licensed therapists at Somatic Massage Therapy, P.C. dedicate themselves to helping to relieve a range of muscular ailments, including stored tension, chronic pain, and aching joints accrued from excessive slam-dancing at retirement parties. One-hour sessions include such modalities as Swedish and hot stone, which relax back muscles while increasing circulation. Specialized treatments target problem areas and include trigger-point therapy, during which knots of tension in muscles are located and unraveled with the determination of a string-hungry housecat.
At First Impressions, aestheticians spruce up faces, relax backs, and pamper nails in 90-minute mini spa excursions. Technicians rub hands and feet with lavender- or honey-infused exfoliating scrubs, polishing skin to a healthy glow before coating nails in gel or Shellac polish, whose persistent grip clings to talons for up to two weeks, much like a shy toddler clutching a store mannequin’s leg. Toes can stretch out and luxuriate in a complimentary paraffin treatment, and faces emerge looking fresh and youthful after a treatment using all-natural products.
Sincede, a certified hair colorist and haircutting specialist, re-hues hair with products from Organic Salon Systems, a cruelty- and ammonia-free vegan line that can keep hair hydrated without depleting protein levels. Sincede can choose from a whopping 65 colors, concentrates, brighteners, and lighteners from this line—enough options to make an average person's head spin or a 65-headed person feel just right. To defrizz hair, alternatively, Sincede uses formaldehyde- and paraben-free Keragreen products, which enrich hair with nutrients that aim to restore elasticity and reduce brittleness. She renders these customization-friendly services beyond the quaint red-brick walls and cheery green awning that greet visitors.