Working from their sole location at 149 Madison Avenue and unaffiliated with any other laser center or beauty lounge, owners Kimberly Schanzer and Michelle Moyer and their team of technicians have earned a top spot on Yelp's Best of list for hair removal in New York, and they've even been cited as experts on YouBeauty, a website co-founded by TV's Dr. Oz. The beauty experts are not only licensed aestheticians and certified cosmetic laser technicians, but also certified laser-safety officers. Coming from a variety of backgrounds, the women utilize their wide range of skills to make each client's visit to the boutique-style space personal and comfortable. The team has chosen some of the most advanced laser hair-removal technology available—Candela's GentleLASE, GentleLASE Pro, and GentleYAG lasers—which they can use on light or dark skin. They also diminish acne and deep wrinkles with Candela's Smoothbeam laser.
Editor of American Spa Magazine Heather Mikesell tried out the center's Candela GentleLASE procedure. She said, "Although I’ve had my share of laser hair-removal sessions, I have to say this was one of the most hassle-free." Mikesell appreciated the system's ability to treat a large body area and its patented cooling mechanism, which relieves discomfort better than a blanket sewn from strings of frozen peas. Pulse Laser and Skincare Center has also received accolades from a variety of other press.
Inside Antoinette Boudoir Spa's private treatment quarters, gilded drapes and plush beds furnish privacy and comfort for holistic therapies. Owner Clara Raykin styled the spa to resemble Marie Antoinette's castle, outfitting chambers with royal décor such as oil portraits, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, and chairs carved to accommodate modern petticoats. "You feel like you're in a spa in Paris here," said a reporter for Fox 5. "It's like a French powder room." The royal theme extends to the services, which aim to rejuvenate and pamper clients with the highest-quality products and technologies. In addition to standard treatments including massages and body wraps, the spa offers new therapies such as colonic hydrotherapy, ionic foot detox treatments, and ear candling. Employing organic products and years of experience, aesthetic professionals slough away dead skin cells with body scrubs and soften cellulite deposits with body wraps. Detox and general spa packages are available for singles and couples.
Laser Touch Aesthetics' team of licensed laser technicians overhauls dulled complexions and flawed skin with a roster of laser treatments and dermal fillers. Using FDA-approved Candela, Cynosure, and Cutera lasers, they aim to reduce the appearance of acne, wrinkles, and sunspots, and strive to do the same to dimples and lines caused by cellulite. During laser treatments, skin surfaces are kept at a comfortable temperature thanks to patented cooling devices.
When they're not aiming state-of-the-art laser beams at unwanted hair or moles, staffers smooth out wrinkles caused by stress or using a porcupine as a pillow with Botox, Dysport, and Juvederm treatments. Before each appointment, laser practitioners perform test spots and assess skin and hair, so they can safely customize each treatment to their client?s specifications.
Owner Dominick Ameno brings tanning to a whole new level with an arsenal of UV and UV-free tanning beds and booths. Nominated by Time Out NY as a top spray tanning destination in NYC and included on CBS New York's list of Best Spray Tan Salons in New York, this West Village spot has also received a place on the hot list by the NY Post and Beauty Guide Magazine. Future Tan's Tanning Spa, which has been open since 1998, swathes physiques in deep, even glows inside a serene, spa-inspired atmosphere. Lining a low-lit hallway, private rooms boast a variety of tanning technology from high-pressure beds to base-tan builders and facial tanners to leave bodies as golden and glowing as a nuclear-powered Oscar statue. Certified male and female airbrushing artists contour corporeal landscapes with custom hues, and fully automated Mystic Tan booths bathe bodies in a DHA-based solution that reacts naturally with skin to create a deep, even-looking tan.
Cindy Barshop may have a familiar face. She gained reality-TV fame as a cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City, but she found success much earlier when the Madison Avenue spa she founded more than 10 years ago grew into a hair-removal brand known throughout the country. Completely Bare’s waxing specialists dab bikini lines with the shop’s proprietary blend of ouch-less wax, which adheres to hair instead of skin to avoid the painful pull that often accompanies a waxing session. The blend is hypoallergenic and does not cause acne, which makes it ideal for depilating sensitive skin and touchy bodily zones. Routine waxing sessions add extra sparkle with the salon’s vajazzling service, which bedecks newly hair-free spots with up to 70 Swarovski crystals arranged into such shapes as hearts, stars, peace signs, and MPAA ratings. The spa specialists also migrate beyond the below-the-belt area to polish the rest of the body with facials, laser hair removal, spray tanning, and teeth whitening.
Dr. Kevin Tehrani's vast knowledge of plastic surgery keeps him in demand––he's a published author, an international speaker, an assistant clinical professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and a go-to source for publications such as New Beauty magazine. But all this activity doesn't keep him from his patients. He typically spends an hour with them during their initial consultations, answering their questions, reviewing images of them on a computer, and projecting what they'd look like if they were made of pixels. Sometimes these consultations lead to cosmetic surgery, and sometimes Dr. Tehrani and his patients instead turn to such non-invasive aesthetic equipment as the Zeltiq CoolSculpting system. Ever the innovator, Dr. Tehrani launched an iPhone app called iLipo, which helps patients to alter their image on the spot to see how a given treatment will transform their body.