In 2010, Up Close Beauty tacked ?Max? onto the end of its name to reflect the continued dedication and drive to dole out exceptional beauty services from each stylist, aesthetician, nail technician, and therapist. Owner Michelle Mai?an experienced hair colorist, extension artist, and aesthetician?guides the staff as they beautify exteriors with the latest brands, including Paul Mitchell haircare, Cellex-C skincare, and OPI nail polishes.
As clients relax in the jacuzzi tub or on two massage tables in Up Close's spa room, aestheticians revive lackluster visages in a room of their own, performing facials, microdermabrasions, and chemical peels. Out on the salon floor, stylists beautify manes with snap-on and glue-in hair extensions and hair-straightening services such as the De Fabulous Kerafusion, which irons out strands for up to six months with a protein complex infused with mineral oils, shea butter, and cocoa butter, without including harsh fumes or smoke. Clients can also indulge in a traditional or gel mani-pedi, more than 10 massages, or radial-endodermo-therapy sessions designed to clean out the lymphatic system and help banish cellulite to the body's black hole, located directly behind the spleen.
Until physicists learn how to actually turn back time, Dr. Rosanne Sutter and her team at Aazore Med Spa stay on top of the latest aesthetic trends to keep skin looking young and fresh. Their basic facials wash away oils and fight blemishes, and more advanced techniques, such as microdermabrasion and dermaplaning, slough away dull layers of skin to minimize wrinkles and age spots. For a quick fix to sagging skin, clients can explore Botox and Xeomin injections that firm up facial structures by temporarily disabling discrete muscles.
Dr. Raffi Krikorian, the medical director at New Look Vein and Aesthetic Center, and his staff employ vascular know-how as they treat unsightly, unruly, and painful vessels in the legs. Techniques range from laser, radiofrequency, and chemical-injection treatment of large varicose veins to more dramatic ambulatory phlebectomies and cheese-baited vein traps. In addition to fighting the purple graffiti of unwanted veins, they also ward off the signs of aging with wrinkle-plumping injectables and chemical-peel facials. Vials of Latisse pump up eyelash volume to fortissimo and hand rejuvenation leaves paws smooth and supple, as if they'd been washing dishes in the Fountain of Youth.
Hair-removing lasers and dermal fillers populate the list of cosmetic services offered at Clayton Med Spa. The center's skilled technicians and aestheticians bid dullness adieu with diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wands, skin-rejuvenating photofacials, and other treatments that target the face and body. Those hoping to correct sagging skin sans surgery can receive noninvasive skin-tightening treatments, which use infrared light, magnetic pulses, and bipolar radio frequencies to stimulate collagen production. Injectables such as Botox, Juv?derm, and Restylane help fill in fine lines caused by aging or falling asleep atop a subway grate.
Gourmet FoodWorks Deli is a fully stocked meal stop that serves fresh salads, big burgers, and a veritable cornucopia of specialty sandwiches. The lunch menu testifies to an eclectic selection of noontime nourishment. The white-meat chicken-salad sandwich ($7.55) unites a croissant with sweet peppers and red onions, and the customer-loved twisted BLT deluxe ($7.85) pairs a half-pound of hickory-smoked bacon with FoodWorks' own pretzel bread. The spinach salad ($6.75) comes with an optional sweet poppy-seed dressing for fine dining after a Wizard of Oz reenactment, and the chicken taco salad ($7.85) is crowned with tortilla strips side-kicked by salsa. FoodWorks' soups, sauces, and dressings are always made fresh and in-house; nothing is drawn from frozen stock, unlike the entrees cryo-frozen for future generations at secret research diners scattered across the globe.
Medical director Richard Bligh and his licensed staff at Advanced Laser Clinic subscribe to the idea that there is a correct tool for every job—even cosmetic ones. For starters, they have several lasers at their disposal, including the ProLipo Plus for body contouring, the LightSheer for laser hair removal, and the ClearScan for spider-vein removal. Underscoring a commitment to all realms of aesthetic concern, the staff also offers non-laser yet equally noninvasive services that range from facials to Botox injections. No matter which treatment patients choose, it’s preceded by a thorough consultation. Technicians use state-of-the-art before photos to analyze a patient's treatment plan and set realistic expectations. Once treatments are complete, patients can see their end result with before-and-after photos.