The white tulip chairs, sleek charcoal and orange d?cor, and recessed lighting may give Wink Threading Salon a modern feel, but their specialty service is rooted in tradition. Instead of relying on harsh wax, chemicals, or duct tape, the hair removal experts reach for a simple length of antibacterial thread. By twisting the threads together and sweeping them across the skin, the stylists are able to swiftly and precisely uproot stray hairs, creating smooth, sure lines on the brows, upper lip, chin, or forehead. A writer for D Magazine in the feature "The Best Eyebrow Job I've Ever Had" called Wink?s threadong process "less painful?than wax" and "less tedious than tweezing," and even claimed that afterwards she was so pleased that she "could [not] stop looking at [her brows] in the rearview mirror."
A former Miss Seattle, board-certified physician Dr. Amy Miller knows firsthand how important it is to feel confident in your own skin. Having always possessed an interest in skincare and a desire to help others feel beautiful, she traded her pageant gown for a white lab coat and now spends much of her time training other physicians in the use of medical lasers. At St. Louis Skin Solutions, Dr. Miller helms a small staff that includes a licensed aesthetician and supervises all skin treatments, including laser hair and tattoo removal, Botox, and cellulite reduction. Beyond cosmetic enhancement, staff use their skincare expertise to screen for skin cancer, and can also harness laser energy to remove spider veins that don’t respond to being slapped with a shoe.
Dr. Raffi Krikorian, the medical director at New Look Vein and Aesthetic Center, and his staff employ vascular know-how as they treat unsightly, unruly, and painful vessels in the legs. Techniques range from laser, radiofrequency, and chemical-injection treatment of large varicose veins to more dramatic ambulatory phlebectomies and cheese-baited vein traps. In addition to fighting the purple graffiti of unwanted veins, they also ward off the signs of aging with wrinkle-plumping injectables and chemical-peel facials. Vials of Latisse pump up eyelash volume to fortissimo and hand rejuvenation leaves paws smooth and supple, as if they'd been washing dishes in the Fountain of Youth.
Supervised by Dr. Gurpreet Padda, the staff at the Padda Institute beautify bodies with a lengthy list of procedures, including laser hair removal and cleansing facials. A russet-toned lobby with natural stone detailing houses guests before technicians lead them to a private treatment room to discuss procedures and cover pop songs on the rims of crystal goblets. Before leaving, clients can stock up on jane iredale mineral makeup or Padda's signature line of skincare products from the clinic's shelves.
Medical director Richard Bligh and his licensed staff at Advanced Laser Clinic subscribe to the idea that there is a correct tool for every job—even cosmetic ones. For starters, they have several lasers at their disposal, including the ProLipo Plus for body contouring, the LightSheer for laser hair removal, and the ClearScan for spider-vein removal. Underscoring a commitment to all realms of aesthetic concern, the staff also offers non-laser yet equally noninvasive services that range from facials to Botox injections. No matter which treatment patients choose, it’s preceded by a thorough consultation. Technicians use state-of-the-art before photos to analyze a patient's treatment plan and set realistic expectations. Once treatments are complete, patients can see their end result with before-and-after photos.
In 2010 and 2011, St. Louis Magazine crowned The Face & The Body Spa & Salon the city?s Best Salon and Spa. KSDK Channel 5 also found the spa entrancing, and its profile highlights the flagship location?s Oasis room, calming waterfall, and a crackling fireplace. Potted plants join the scene at all of the spa locations, and visitors lounge among them while wearing plush robes and sipping complimentary designer teas, coffee, or wine.