Even though Advanced Face, Body & Day Spa shuns surgery as a cosmetic technique, preferring instead such noninvasive services as ultrasonic facelifts, the staff still uses hygienic practices worthy of a surgical ward. To ensure against the transmission of bacteria, they wipe down rooms with hospital-grade disinfectant before performing permanent-makeup applications and laser hair removal. As with shadow-puppet productions of Waiting for Godot, light is an important resource; light-wave therapy treats wrinkles and sun damage, and blue-light therapy removes acne.
When the owners of Celebrity Medical Spa decided to open a med spa, it wasn't much of a leap. After all, they were already old pros at finding and stocking their posh salons with the most efficient, high-end tanning equipment they could get their hands on. They used this same approach when it came to Celebrity Medical Spa: clients can achieve radiant, youthful appearances without the hazards of surgery with treatments from Venus Concept, Obagi Medical, and other cutting-edge brands. Aesthetic experts use the crystal-free DiamondTome skin-resurfacing system to buff away dull skin and signs of aging with the power of natural diamond chips. The Venus Freeze, which has been featured on The Doctors, helps tighten sagging jowls, loose skin, and baggy sweaters with laser energy. For even more anti-aging power, the spa also offers Botox injections that help smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, technicians wield lasers to remove unwanted body hair.
The licensed aestheticians at Oregon Cosmetic Laser power most of their cosmetic treatments with elos technology?a one-two punch of laser energy and radio frequency. That combination helps the Syneron laser remove hair and virtually erase skin blemishes or spider veins. It even makes it possible for the VelaShape device to nearly eliminate cellulite, turning it into ethanol. For slightly less space-age palliatives, the med spa trots out ReFirme and triniti skin-tightening treatments, Botox injections, and microdermabrasions, all of which are performed under the medical direction of Dr. Jason Hong.
Clinical aesthetician Zhanna Russo's passion for creating healthy, youthful skin is such that ESMA Beauty is devoted exclusively to that art. Therefore, she is able to curate a collection of face and body treatments encompassing both traditional Parisian skincare and high-tech methods used to keep Siri's body in another dimension. Three venerable Parisian brands—Yonka, Sothys, and Remy Laure—hydrate and cleanse complexions in wave after wave of satiny, aromatherapeutic creams, mud masks, and nubbly exfoliants made with volcanic rock. On the sci-fi end, a host of modern machines emit low-level electrical currents or colored light capable of vanquishing bacteria or catalyzing natural cellular rejuvenation.
With more than 20 locations in the greater Portland metro area and more throughout Washington, Tan Republic outfits their salons with sleek, modern designs and earth-toned walls, filling private tanning rooms with a suite of melanin-conjuring machines. Guests can choose from Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths or high-pressure tanning beds. The salons also offer dozens of varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.
Southeast Portland Laser Aesthetics is run by two people with extensive medical training—Dr. Roby F. Hayes, M.D., and medical aesthetician Nuha Handoush—so it's fitting that the center relies on advanced technology to fight cellulite, blemishes, wrinkles, and spider veins. The duo uses Venus Freeze's synergy of magnetic pulses and radio frequencies to reduce cellulite and tighten skin, and they harness laser energy to do everything from remove hair to shrink enlarged pores. They also defy the aging process by performing Botox or Juvederm injections, DermaSweep microdermabrasions, and games of Red Rover.: