At Electrolysis Clinic & Laser, Teri Wians and Liz Sterk marshal the focused power of light and science to bring about dramatic aesthetic change. The center's LightSheer laser system harnesses laser-light energy to noninvasively zap the follicles, closing down hair production in the same way the FDA closed down the Broadway hit, Mountain of Unrefrigerated Raw Meat: The Musical. Alternatively, electrolysis treatments target stubble of any hue—including blond, gray, and red—and erase it with a combination of high-frequency heat and magic.
Licensed aesthetician Marie Cerrajero brings a wealth of experience in the art of beautification and skincare to her focused, one-on-one spa. Previously the owner of Escape du Monde in Fitchburg, Marie opted to scale down the size of her practice so that she could administer more custom services to each client, such as the herbology body texturizer, European facials, or Brazilian waxes. Throughout each skincare service, Marie spritzes clients with professional Dermalogica products. These products eschew all irritants, oils, and alcohols that can cause the skin to break out or the skin’s owner to break out in song in court. Patrons can continue their skincare regimens at home by shopping Marie’s shelves, which she stocks with the full Dermalogica line.
Board-certified dermatologist Harry Sharata, M.D. PhD is a man of many talents. Not only does he serve as clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, but he is also the medical director for both Advanced Dermatology, Inc. and Madison Skin & Research Inc., a research clinic that conducts clinical trials on dermatological therapies. In his work at Advanced Dermatology, Inc., he leads a staff of nurses, physician’s assistants, and pharmacists through medical dermatology procedures that target eczema, skin cancer, and acne and cosmetic dermatology treatments. These include laser hair-removal as well as other outpatient procedures such as photorejuvenation, glycolic chemical peels, and Botox, which noninvasively target signs of aging including wrinkles, age spots, and lips that continually whistle “Ragtime Gal.”
The threading experts at The Brow Boutique specialize in threading—a hair-removal method that originated in Southeast Asia and India more than 2,000 years ago. At the beauty salon, the techs roll a special cotton thread over areas of the face and neck to remove unwanted hair and sculpt brows. Afterward, they spread a cooling aloe-vera gel on the treatment area to soothe skin. Clients with sensitive skin often prefer threading to waxing and tweezing. For an informative video on threading, click here.
Led by Dr. Lydia Savic-Durnas, the skilled technicians at True Laser use Candela GentleLase and GentleYAG lasers for hair removal and collagen-stimulating skin-rejuvenation treatments. They calibrate the laser's wavelength to suit either purpose, and a cooling device spritzes skin with cryogen immediately after the laser's pulses to make treatments more comfortable for clients.
But not all of True Laser's services are laser-based. Aestheticians polish away dead and dull skin with microdermabrasion treatments, using pure baking-soda crystals—rather than the more commonly used aluminum oxide—to avoid unnecessary skin irritation. They also stock glo therapeutics skincare products—infused with vitamin C and ultrafine fairy dust—for facials tailored toward each client's needs, and they administer facial peels to target signs of aging.
Helmed by certified physician Richard Parfitt, AestheticA Skin Health Center staffs a squad of experienced medical professionals all skilled at the art of hair eradication using the concentrated heat of a high-power Intense Pulsed Light laser. IPL is known to reduce hair in a virtually pain-free procedure that some have said is less painful than waxing or whittling with a dull stick. The included initial consultation (a $30 value) takes about 30 minutes, with the procedure itself lasting roughly 15 to 30 minutes per session. AestheticA's experienced, licensed staff will do its best to make customers feel comfortable in a relaxing spa-like environment. Laser therapy can ensure a relentlessly smooth surface that won't compromise times at the human-dolphin relay leg of the upcoming swim meet.