Intense pulsed light. Ultrasound. Salicylic acid. These aren’t just terms you’d find in a science textbook; they’re also elements that SkinOvation MedSpa’s licensed aestheticians use to bring out skin’s beauty. With waves of intense pulsed light, for instance, they can permanently eradicate unwanted hair on the face, bikini line, or underarms, or gradually diminish signs of aging during photofacials. They also restore youthfulness to skin with salicylic, lactic, or glycolic chemical peels, or wield a microdermabrasion wand to buff away dead cells and notes-to-self scrawled on your forehead. The center’s multifunctional ultrasonic treatment speeds up blood circulation and stimulates the nerve system, resulting in improved skin texture and color.
Twin Cities native Dr. Wallace Lunden continued his dental education after graduating as a DDS from the University of Minnesota, and he actively participates in dental organizations like the Academy for the Study of Dental Occlusion, the American Dental Society, and the Minnesota Dental Society. He tends to teeth with a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. In addition to preventing cavities with cleanings, the doctor specializes in keeping evidence of dental work a secret. He spruces up smiles with porcelain veneers, fits teeth with natural-looking ceramic crowns, and replaces conspicuous metal amalgam with tooth-colored composite material. He also applies Invisalign and ClearCorrect braces that stay out of sight like teenagers at family functions as they guide teeth toward healthier positions. Dr. Lunden runs a family practice, and he loves kids; he himself has four children, four grandchildren, and a wife who teaches kindergarten.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota Dental School in 2006, Dr. Max Barsky didn't rest on his laurels. Instead, he extended his education by five years, taking post-graduate courses in aesthetic dentistry. That extra training gave him insight that now helps many of his patients, including knowledge of how the appearance of teeth relates to the overall shape of the face. That's just one of the extra ways Dr. Barksy attends to his patients and is always part of his thinking when he's performing checkups, installing implants, fitting braces, and figuring out who took a bite of his sandwich.
Inside Cities Dental Studio's homey office, Dr. Said, Dr. Kellie Molin, and Dr. Jennifer Watkins serve and protect pearly whites from the world's oral antagonists with an arsenal of preventive and cosmetic services. Cities Dental Studio's elegant interior showcases luxurious fixtures such as rich wood accents, cozy leather furniture, sparkling water, and dental chairs kept warm by the rumps of kings. Each treatment room puts the patient at ease with mounted TV screens, which can be used to watch TV or read. In addition to routine cleanings, fillings, bridges, and inlays, Cities Dental Studio's staff offers both in-office and take-home whitening solutions to remove stains caused by smoking or drinking wine.
Using all-natural gels and fully customized tooth trays, Pro Smile Teeth Whitening brings professional-caliber dental treatments to homes across the country. After molding the kit to their own teeth?a process that takes just over a minute?customers fill the tray with gel and start their smile-brightening journey. Enhanced with an optional LED treatment, the whole procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes a day for 7 to 14 days, and results last up to six months with regular brushing. The trays retain their shape permanently, so unless customers lose them or sprout a set of tusks, they can repeat the whitening process as often as necessary by ordering gel refills.
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.