At SkinMD, Dr. Tracie D. Swayden, M.D. and her licensed aestheticians team up to help patients achieve healthy, youthful-looking skin and improve their exteriors with treatments ranging from wrinkle-fighting Botox and Dysport injections to Zerona body-contouring procedures. The clinic’s technicians employ advanced technology, such as a Soprano XL laser for hair removal and sclerosing solutions for treating unsightly leg veins that prevent humans from living among cyborgs and masquerading as one of their own. Patrons plagued by skin discoloration, wrinkles, and blemishes can try Laser360 treatments, photorejuvenation, and Pixel Perfect resurfacing. Besides enhancing appearances with cellulite- and age-fighting procedures, SkinMD can also bronze newly toned bodies with airbrush tans and remove tattoos of Michael Dukakis to make room for an inking of a new presidential candidate.
The aestheticians at The Havens Spa trust the body's ability to heal itself—but a helping hand from time to time doesn't hurt. With that in mind, they design their treatments to engender a holistic well-being and to reawaken those natural healing mechanisms. Whether guests stop by for a body wrap or a radio-frequency-based sculpting treatment, they learn about how their physical make up can effect their moods, behaviors, and motivations. Then, once a basic understanding of cause and effect is established, change for betterment can begin.
In The Havens' red-roofed hacienda, an onsite fitness center with personal trainers helps newly purified patrons keep their bodies in top shape. Those looking to banish stress can avail themselves of tension-melting massage, including gentle Swedish and energetic Thai, while those seeking rejuvenation can draw from a list of facials and beauty injections. And to add a touch of natural calm to any treatment, the spa's surrounding 13 acres provides a place where patrons can rest in the shade, soak in some sunshine, and remember their lawn-dart victories of yesteryear.
Founded 20 years ago by Dr. David Perlow, Any Lab Test Now boasts more than 100 centers nationwide where technicians administer thousands of standard lab tests priced to increase access and affordability for uninsured or low-income patients. Each location doubles as a draw center, where technicians acquire the specimens necessary for popular services—including glucose readings, HIV screenings, and urinalysis—before sending them to an offsite laboratory for testing. Any Lab Test Now respects the need for discretion, so each HIPAA-compliant test can be taken anonymously in certain instances. Results are often available within 24–48 hours, and can be mailed, faxed, picked up, or transmitted telepathically for ultimate confidentiality. Though the team doesn’t divulge any medical advice, results can also be passed on to primary-care physicians for further analysis.
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 the 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 that 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.
Using light-based technology to enhance natural beauty may seem like science fiction, but at Elegant Image Day Spa, it's a reality. Here, powerful yet gentle laser beams target cellulite in LipoLaser treatments, smoothing undesired dimples with low-level energy and microscopic irons. Additional services harness laser light to remove blemishes including excess hair, wrinkles, tattoos, and spider veins.