Within Broadway Smartlipo's warm, friendly clinic, board-certified gynecologist and surgeon Dr. Francine Fradella and her experienced staff take the utmost care when performing shape-shifting treatments and procedures. Cosmetic enhancements range from laser hair removal to facial peels to Smartlipo TriPlex, a state-of-the-art laser-assisted lipolysis procedure that melts and removes fat, ensuring skin remains as tight as the lid on a jar of secrets.
The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
At South Shore Laser, a team of trained aestheticians utilize laser and ultrasound equipment in beautifying treatments for men and women. Procedures include skin tightening and rejuvenation to reduce the appearance of fine lines and loose skin, as well as laser treatments to remove the presence of veins, acne, and hair.
At Spa Jolie, aestheticians, massage therapists, and laser technicians cull techniques from a variety of cultures to beautify their clients. Reflexology, a 4,000-year-old Chinese method of applying pressure to specific points in the hands and feet, joins traditional Swedish and deep-tissue modalities to soothe weary physiques. Fresh, European seaweed makes up one of the layers in the four-layer facial to help tone and tighten the skin. When performing the ancient Indian technique of threading, technicians capture unwanted facial hair between twists of cotton fibers. These culturally diverse practices appear alongside a roster of lasers, made from all-natural, locally harvested machine parts, which help reduce cellulite and even whiten teeth.
Licensed medical aesthetician Phyllis Gasparri performs each facial treatment at Skin Perfect, drawing on more than 25 years of experience as she treats acne and wrinkles during services that emphasize clinical approaches to skincare. Among her weapons of choice are lasers—which she uses to reduce scar tissue and remove hair and tattoos—and exfoliation tools such as microdermabrasion wands and chemical-peel solutions. To keep up their progress, clients can take home products from SkinCeuticals and Cell Renewal Systems or purchase one of the shop’s own line of mini facial steamers, which sterilize and clean the face while discreetly opening envelopes within a 50-yard radius.
The cosmetic enhancement professionals at Laser Clinique aesthetically improve the human form with or without sending it under the knife. Nonsurgical solutions to dermal imperfections include laser treatments and microdermabrasion, whereas surgical procedures more dramatically bolster physiques with implants, laser-assisted liposuction, and laser face-lifts.
Were it not for the sweet scent of pomade and the constant buzzing of clippers, it would be easy to mistake Park Ave. Barbers for a cozy after-work hangout. After receiving a warm welcome, men with mussed hairdos hop into leather thrones and entrust their styles to the shop’s expert barbers. Flat-screen televisions keep eyes distracted from the scissors behind them as the barbers work assiduously to dress up scalps in timeless fashions. A hot lather softens whiskers before a traditional straight-razor shave coaxes out facial tattoos cowering in the darkness of a five o’clock shadow.