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.
Skin Spa New York's seven Manhattan locations all represent the same business, but you wouldn't know it by stepping inside. That's because the spa strives to imbue each spot with the feel of its surrounding neighborhood, whether it's the bustling atmosphere of Midtown or the artsy character of Chelsea. Whatever the address, every studio brims with a mix of pamper-centric spa and results-oriented med-spa services using products such as PCA Clinical Skin Care and glo therapeutics. Private massages and full-body waxing complement the purifying effects of facials, which target individual issues such as blemishes and fine lines. Meanwhile, higher-tech treatments can revamp the entire body without a single incision, thanks to light-based techniques such as the collagen-boosting Laser Genesis, skin-tightening Titan laser, and anti-aging Photolight and Limelight facials, which remove signs of sun damage. A company-wide collection of more than 20 lasers can help clients rid themselves of hair by targeting and destroying the follicles that grow it. A plentiful stock of skincare serums is also available for purchase, allowing clients to keep their skin pristine at home.
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.
Starting when it opened in 1994, Rani Spas' image specialists have been polishing impressions through waxing, facials, massage, hairstyling, and mani-pedi services. The expert aestheticians enhance skin with a medley of visage-rejuvenating treatments, including the smoothing crystal collagen facial and the Synergie peel, which combines a powerful chemical peel with microdermabrasion to repair skin damaged from acne, sun exposure, and professional-apple-bobbing careers. The spa's stylists also tend to coifs with strand transformations ranging from cuts and updos to highlights and moisturizing treatments, and fuzz fields are left clean and sleek through gentle waxing and traditional threading methods.
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.