Alite Laser?s three locations act as upscale sanctuaries where clients can go to lose spider veins and unwanted fat, but their specialty is hair removal. A trio of hair-removal procedures?waxing, laser removal, and electrolysis?fight follicles more effectively than scaring hair away like it?s a case of the hiccups. When they aren?t performing laser hair-removal procedures, technicians harness the power of light to brighten skin during facials.
For years, bookkeeper and mother Christy Hunter harbored a deep passion for skincare. Now a trained aesthetician, Christy shares this passion with others as the founder of Cherri Bomb Advanced Skin Care. With a keen understanding of how stress and everyday life can take its toll on skin, she helps rejuvenate clients with a variety of services. For instance, she uses Rhonda Allison skincare products during facials to reduce inflammation, boost collagen production, or dramatically brighten skin tone. Alternately, Christy can perform chemical peels or microdermabrasion treatments to exfoliate skin and smooth away fine lines, pigmented blemishes, and extra sticky name tags.
Viva Day Spa?s owners focus on providing all the services and amenities one would expect from a luxurious spa without an ounce of pretentiousness. At both of the spa?s locations, staffers never turn their noses up?the spa was named Best Spa by the Austin Chronicle in 2012 and tied for best in 2011. The staff engages clients with this down-to-earth attitude as they prepare them for massages, facials, and other spa treatments?all of which are administered by award-winning therapists armed with natural and organic products. Both Viva Day Spa locations feature an upscale, modern decor rife with wood accents, and the Lamar location displays perky plants and colorful flowers, as well as whimsical yellow puffy orb lights, natural sunlight, and arched doorways with intricate wood carvings. One of its walls showcases a large expanse of lettering that gives ?suggestions on how to live a happy and rewarding life,? and there?s even a round room with a curved, pillow-topped bench circumscribing its curved wall. With warm, almost romantic lighting and rich mocha-colored walls, the spa is anything but sterile and cold. The female-owned spa works to accommodate people?s hectic schedules by staying open seven days a week until 8 p.m.
You might call Paul Jones, managing partner of Elements Laser Spa, a bit of a technology junkie. He worked in the semiconductors industry for years, making equipment for manufacturers in Silicon Valley before deciding to fly solo. He created a company that used lasers to inspect the surface of semiconductor wafers and the insides of sandwich cookies. Jones then collaborated with a group of orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists to found what has become one of the leading rehabilitation clinics in the Austin area.
It's no surprise, then, that his latest endeavor—two hip, welcoming laser spas—have taken home four Best of CitySearch awards: in the laser-hair-removal category in 2009 and 2010, and in the hair-removal category in 2011 and 2013. Jones has chosen medical directors who match his zeal for innovation, namely plastic surgeon Dr. Vishnu Rumalla and Dr. Shirat Ling, an expert in medical aesthetic procedures. The staff of certified technicians uses Venus Freeze to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles, Zerona lasers to noninvasively reduce stubborn fat, and advanced Candela systems to remove hair, spider veins, and sun spots.
Practicing in aesthetics and pain management since 2004, Leslie Escalante has concluded that natural remedies can enhance the practice of Western medicine. She left her position as an assistant to a board-certified physician to open Balanced Health & Beauty, where she melds medical practices with natural solutions to combat physical aging. She recruited Dr. J. Scott Gaertner, a board-certified family practitioner and graduate of The University of Texas Medical School, to oversee the center's more involved procedures. These include FDA-cleared cosmetic injections that require absolute precision to create firm, smooth skin, and personalized hormone-replacement regimes that mitigate the fatigue caused by winding the town clock daily.
Representing Escalante's interest in holistic wellness, the center also fosters proper nutrition with Xymogen vitamin supplements and a variety of diet plans. Multitalented lasers use radio frequency to gently clear detritus from pores, evict unwanted hairs, or diminish visible sun damage or spider veins. Traditional facials target conditions specific to each patient's skin type with chocolate antioxidants and pumpkin enzymes, and peels rely on serums from PCA Skin and Obagi to reveal healthy, youthful complexions.
At Laser Therapy Clinic Of Austin, highly trained technicians?some of whom have performed more than 20,000 laser procedures?do more than just zap away unwanted hair. They also make sure their clients enjoy custom treatment plans and utter privacy. No two clients are ever in the clinic at once, ensuring total patient-staff confidentiality and exclusive access to the waiting room's stock of Highlights magazines. To keep patients comfortable during treatment, the staff wields only FDA-approved GentleLase lasers by Candela, which are equipped with a skin-soothing cooling device and may also be used to treat spider veins, wrinkles, age spots, and hemangiomas. Complimentary consultations take into account factors such as general health and skin type before determining treatment routes for each client, and technicians keep flexible hours to accommodate all kinds of schedules.