Since Oakridge Laser & Skin Care Clinic's service menu leans so heavily on advanced medical procedures—think laser vein removal and even intense-pulsed-light skin rejuvenation—it's a good thing the centre is run by Dr. Shihab, a physician with an impressive background. He has concentrated on laser technology for more than 12 years, and he shares his knowledge with students at the Laser and CosMedic Academy, which he founded.
The clinic is also home to a spa side, where staffers relieve muscle tension with five kinds of massage, groom hands with peppermint-sugar scrubs, and cleanse faces with minerals and skincare products from Bhoomi Minerals.
As soon as smock-clad clients settle into the styling chairs at Ciao Bella Studios, seasoned stylists spring into action. They can snip up sleek new haircuts, arrange locks into formal up-dos, or smoothen locks with an innovative Dickson Keratin Action treatment—an intensive formula that penetrates cuticles to repair and protect hair. As the stylists work, nail technicians keep busy at mani-pedi stations, decorating fingers and toes with durable gel polishes. Meanwhile, in private treatment rooms, skincare specialists strip away unwanted fuzz with professional wax. The versatile specialists also offer advanced laser treatments that can remove hair, wrinkles, and tattoos that read "Bob Dole '96".
It looks a bit like a distant cousin of the R2-D2 droid from Star Wars: it's a modular, upright unit on four wheels with a display screen that could double for a face. But the Harmony XL laser is a primary tool the technicians at Avante Laser & Aesthetics use to beautify their clients. It addresses more than 60 skin conditions, smoothing wrinkles, fading age spots, and removing tattoos. It's also used during Avante's laser hair-removal sessions.
Avante's other main beautification device is the HydraFacial machine. This is used to suction out debris from pores and push serums deep into the face for intense hydration. It can also slough off dead skin cells and glitter makeup left over from childhood beauty pageants with its diamond-tip microdermabrasion, and it can brighten faces during LED treatments.
Dr. Henry Ngai was an early adopter of IPL, introducing the equipment into his cosmetic practice in 1991. Today, he continues to stay ahead in the industry by constantly seeking out new technologies. His clinic currently houses more than 15 lasers, each designed to treat skin issues including acne, scars, fine lines, pigmentation, hair removal, leg veins and tattoos removal.
Helmed by experienced aesthetician Nazia Bajwa, Beautyland Salon’s team of expertly trained pamperers restores radiance to weary visages via relaxing facial treatments and arch-ameliorating eyebrow-threading services. During the 45-minute European facial, complexions undergo thorough revamping that leaves skin looking as smooth and youthful as a newborn beach ball. The glow-inducing treatment whisks away dull, dry skin, leaving dewy cutaneous planes in its wake. Once smile machines have been streamlined, knowledgeable depilatory artists sculpt unkempt brows with a speedy threading service. Aestheticians meticulously lasso each individual strand with a cotton thread, harvesting hairs from their roots. Patrons grapevine out of appointments in possession of eyebrows so well-defined they draw admiring stares from passersby and other eyebrows going through their own identity crises.
At Unwanted Ink, registered nurse Debbie leads a team of adept laser technicians who help dislodge undesired ink, restoring skin canvases to smoothness. Debbie believes in patient comfort and compassion, as evidenced by her thorough study of each patron’s medical history and consultations, during which she explains the tattoo-removal procedure in great detail.
Before each treatment, Nurse Debbie sets up skin with Dr. Numb topical numbing ointment, guarding against the light sting of the lasers and the subsequent landing spacecraft. She then uses an energy-efficient Cynosure laser tailored to the process of tattoo removal, singing away most colours in the spectrum—excluding greens—to erase designs faster than the interior decorator for a supervillian's top-secret lair. A cooling machine soothes epidermis in the targeted area during each step of the removal. Following treatment, Nurse Debbie bestows all supplies necessary to facilitate skin recovery in the first three days, such as bandages, tape, and wrap, as well as necessary instructions to prevent scarring.