Certified laser professional Marie Giacovas draws on more than a decade of experience with Candela technology to permanently reduce unwanted hair at Westchester Laser Associates. She and her laser-certified partner, Joanne Santorelli, target follicles with Candela's FDA-approved GentleLase system, creating a sensation akin to the rubber-band snaps commonly used in armed thumb wars. Treatments take permanent effect after four to eight sessions, although hair's coarseness and thickness may begin to dwindle after fewer sessions.
Alternatively, the two-person team can contour physiques with as few as four FDA-approved VelaShape treatments, which reduce the circumference of problem areas while smoothing away cellulite. The treatment barrages the targeted body part with radio frequencies and infrared light while ironing out dimples with a vacuum and mechanical massage.
Gentle Touch Lasers' master technicians aim LED light at teeth to brighten them with technology from SmileLabs. In addition to whitening dental dandies, they also harness the power of concentrated light to eliminate unwanted tufts of body hair over the course of multiple 15- to 30-minute sessions. Each treatment series starts off with a consultation and skin analysis, followed by a stint under the warm caress of a laser. Because of the gentle nature of the technology, treatments require no downtime and no lucky pennies to be effective.
Warehouse lights dangle from the high ceilings of Hopscotch Salon, illuminating the styling chairs and leaving guests with the impression that rogue designers snuck in at midnight to erect the upscale cutting station. More than 15 stylists hone their craft in the open area, along with a full roster of colorists, aestheticians, nail techs, and makeup artists. The crew offers haircuts, highlights, and corrective color, along with bridal updos and extensions. Stylists also carefully select product lines such as Oribe—which are scented with French perfumes—and Bumble and bumble—which are designed to be mixed and layered for custom hair effects.
Derma Science Spa founder Olga Misevich, a skincare professional with more than 10 years of experience, shuns harsh chemicals in favor of organic products and homeopathic remedies. Her licensed staff shares her belief in the efficacy of such remedies, as well as her focus on developing individual treatment plans that account for clients’ specific needs. That’s why they begin every visit with a consultation in which they take note of skin conditions, dietary habits, and other lifestyle factors to devise a custom-crafted plan to fight the physical effects of aging.
Such a plan may call for treatments that include chemical peels, body wraps, and exfoliating facials. The clinic lives up to its name by pairing these topical remedies with advanced laser treatments designed to erase blemishes, such as rosacea, acne, and spider veins. Specialists also wield lasers during hair-removal treatments, which save time that would otherwise be spent shaving, waxing, or tying individual hairs to the blades of a high-powered ceiling fan.
Hailing from London, England, Nassrin Shams brings more than 30 years of experience to Quintessence Spa. Amid soft yellow- and lime-colored walls, Nassrin coaxes radiant colors from her clients’ skin with facials that incorporate soothing massages, customized masks, extractions, and exfoliations. She treats an array of skincare concerns, but also offers french green-waxing treatments, and detoxifying body wraps.