High-school pals Andrea Veres and Christina Yeates drew inspiration from their own friendship when they opened The Waxing Studio & Spa in 2006, treating skin with the same care they give each other. Their approach is low-tech and gentle, and the airy spa's sleek, black-and-robin's-egg-blue rooms stay chic and tidy with nontoxic, earth-friendly cleaners. Light streams into the quiet massage rooms, where therapists demonstrate camaraderie during tandem and couples massages, before showing commitment to the earth by laundering towels in high-efficiency machines.
Aestheticians gently balance complexions with bronze scales and Hungarian skincare products from Szép Elét, an organic line rich in active ingredients and aromatic botanicals. The Waxing Studio & Spa’s defuzzing specialists created a stage between a traditional bikini wax and a Brazilian—jokingly dubbed the "B.I.T." or Brazilian In Training—to ease women into skimpier swimsuits without cutting support for bacon consumption, and eyebrow specialists will shape arches for men and women with tweezers or the ancient art of threading.
To support their community, the staff invites local vendors to display their handmade jewelry, paintings, and purses in the boutique alongside Szép Elét tonics to take home.
Treating the cosmetic blemishes that can appear on aging skin requires a forward-looking approach. Overseen by Drs. Hratch Karamanoukian and Raffy Karamanoukian, Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa keeps pace with the passage of time by constantly seeking out new advancements in technology, skincare products, and cosmetic procedures.
The center’s cache of technology includes cosmetic laser systems that work to improve skin tone and texture by addressing fine lines, acne scars, and scratch-and-sniff tattoos. Beyond light, these and other systems can also use sound waves or radio frequencies to firm and lift faces. Even the more traditional spa procedures at the clinic pamper clients with medical-grade products and equipment. The crystal-free microdermabrasion system uses a diamond-encrusted titanium wand to smooth away impurities, and facials with botanically derived balms and vitamin C rejuvenate complexions.
The technicians at Buffalo Laser Spa harness the power of light to ease aesthetic woes such as excess fat and unwanted body hair. Their arsenal of equipment includes devices by Zerona, VelaShape, and SmoothShapes, which work hard to contour physiques, smooth out cellulite, and understand human emotions. Laser hair removal and electrolysis zap hairs in their active growth cycles, leaving skin sleek and free of fuzz.
Pat Smith spent 18 years as a registered nurse before trying her hand at skincare. So it's no surprise that she takes a clinical approach to each facial and peel, using the latest technology to treat skin issues at their source. During microdermabrasion treatments, Pat uses a mechanical wand to slough away the top layer of skin and reduce wrinkles. Gentle galvanic currents target acne-prone areas during mechanical facials, and nine types of chemical peels result in skin that's as smooth as a freshly shaved pumpkin.
Get Waxed’s licensed aesthetician eradicates excessive hairs from both men and women, utilizing imported waxes that ensure optimal comfort. Release caterpillar unibrows before they grow into butterflies with an eyebrow wax ($15), or evade debates with picketing razors by opting for an underarm ($15) or bikini wax ($30). Get Waxed's hair harvester can also whisk away wool from the shoulders ($15), chest ($35), and stomach ($15) (click here to see full waxing menu). All services are performed in a sanitary environment that is free of double-dipped, foul-mouthed waxing tools.