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 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 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.
From his seven offices, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Christopher Ewanowski and his knowledgeable staff help restore epidermises with cosmetic, medical, and surgical skin treatments. With a stable of seven lasers, including the Candela GentleLase, Palomar StarLux IPL, and the 2,940-nanometer Whisper, Suncoast?s trained technicians rid skin of unwanted hair, sun damage, broken blood vessels, and tattoos of broken blood vessels. For more invasive procedures, including eyelid-lifting blepharoplasty and Dr. Ewanowski's specialty, the cancer-ridding Mohs micrographic surgery, the doctor treats clients in the in-office surgical suite. Suncoast?s resident aesthetician pampers with medical-grade spa services, using products from such skincare brands as SkinMedica, Av?ne, and glo.
At The Little Vintage Salon & Spa, an ensemble of nail technicians, stylists, and aestheticians buzz back and forth across as they beautify bodies from tip to tip. Staff scurry about administering soothing spa treatments, lavishing visages in a relaxation-inducing cucumber facial and treating paws to a deluxe spa pedicure's mint sea scrub. Experienced hair gurus employ Redken and Pureology products to perform strand-reviving feats with salon services such as partial foils, special-occasion styling, and sculpting coifs into David.
At 7th Heaven Hair Salon, nail maven Pam Brooks deftly wields advanced polish technology from CND into long-lasting mani-pedis. During the two-hour session, Pam begins by buffing, trimming, and shaping keratin cubes with professional precision. A soothing hand-and-foot soak leaves limb ends feeling soft and clean, and an aromatic massage relaxes palms and peds, leaving them stress-free, tender, and easier to chew. The shiny gel-like Shellac gloss can last up to two weeks without chipping or smudging, and treatments take place in a private corner of the salon so as not to suffer any interruption from other salon patrons or traveling blow-dryer salesmen.
There are many paths to self improvement. The Laser and Cosmetic Center recognizes both internal and external routes to perfection. Hypnotherapist Maureen draws on experience accumulated at Temple, Barry, and Harvard universities to help patrons use their own hidden inner strengths to quit smoking, lose weight, or improve their general mindsets.
Dr. A. Valdes, the resident physician at the center, helps work on the surface to work towards beauty. He isn't fond of scalpels, preferring to rejuvenate his clients' faces without surgery, smoothing out wrinkles and adding volume with dermal injections. He administers injections of Botox, Juvederm, Radiesse, and other fillers, targeting areas such as crow's feet and smile lines. He can even perform non-surgical face-lifts and lessen double chins without hiding one beneath a Victorian ruff.
The center's expert staff also performs a variety of other cosmetic treatments. Their Candela laser removes unwanted body hair, as do electrolysis sessions. Facials, microdermabrasion, and clinical peels help to clarify complexions, while permanent makeup lends definition to eyebrows and lips. There's a Harvard-educated hypnotherapist on staff as well, who strives to curb bad habits and addictions.