Spark a renaissance of healthier, younger looking skin with the IPL photofacial, a skin-rejuvenation procedure that targets sun damage, age spots, rosacea, and spontaneous cat masks. IPL is a gentle, noninvasive procedure. Its results can vary according to individual skin tone. Alternately, the advanced Lumenis LightSheer Duet laser barrages unwanted bristles with focused energy penetration, attacking fickle follicles at the root to ensure that permanent hair reduction is eventually achieved. Thanks to vacuum-assist technology, the experience is nearly pain-free, unlike laser hair addition, With today's Groupon, clients can prohibit unwanted hair for good on one small area or get a good head start on a medium-sized skin area.
When aestheticians Vanessa Hurlburt and Shelby Meyers teamed up to found a beauty boutique for women, they wisely turned to Audrey Hepburn for inspiration. Hepburn’s famed saying—“happy girls are the prettiest girls”—became their guiding principle as they filled their spa menu with airbrush tans, eyelash extensions, and facial treatments.
Thanks to the owners' warm personalities or the airbrush’s equally warm mist, clients often have a difficult time holding back smiles during UV-free tans that burnish skin with a bronze glow. The same proves true for facials, which incorporate medical-grade Image Skincare products to diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, and lion scratches that the aestheticians will call fine lines without asking too many questions. When Vanessa wants some inspiration for her signature eyelash extensions, she needs only to look at the boutique’s damask walls, where elegant tendrils flow in a repeated pattern from floor to ceiling. The pair’s sugaring treatments achieve a more streamlined aesthetic, removing unwanted hair at the root with an all-natural blend of sugar, water, and lemon. For a shirt or dress to go with your freshly smoothed skin, look no further than the spa’s boutique, which houses apparel from brands such as daftbird, Only Hearts, and Woodleigh.
Licensed aesthetician Deborah Bonjouklian, a graduate of Gary Manuel Aveda Institute, sees no sense in working so hard to beautify faces while leaving the other visible parts of the skin untouched. That’s why she examines the face along with the arms and hands during her consultations, ensuring all exposed areas look sufficiently smooth.
Yet her specialty remains treating faces. After learning about each client’s skin, she blends formulas of pumpkin, alpha peptide, and salicylic acid to gently remove dead skin and reveal the healthy-looking layer resting beneath. The resulting cellular turnover helps reduce the appearance of skin conditions such as fine lines, acne, age spots, and scarring.
Triple board-certified surgeon Dr. Jan Zemplenyi of Bel-Red Center for Aesthetic Surgery—which opened in 1989—makes himself available 24/7 after every patient’s reconstructive, cosmetic, or otolaryngology surgery. He can reach for Botox injections to ward off facial wrinkles, or use a Reaction by Viora system, which combines three radio-frequency modes and a vacuum effect, to tighten skin while simultaneously spooking cellulite until it runs away. The doctor also performs noninvasive treatments such as chemical peels and laser resurfacing, and donates his services to victims of domestic violence.
When you picture the judges of an international beauty pageant, you likely think of media moguls, celebrities, star athletes, or former beauty queens. The idea of a cosmetic dentist would never cross your mind, and yet that is exactly what international beauty-pageant judge Dr. Aalam Samsavar is.
As the official cosmetic dentist of the Mrs. Washington pageant, a member of numerous accreditation societies, and the head of International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Samsavar is well equipped to judge a beautiful smile. He also wants to help everyone have one, which is why he pairs complimentary smile consultations with cosmetic and concept dental services and improves grins with veneers, Invisalign, and Smilercise—a series of exercises he invented that tones face and jaw muscles without requiring tongues to lift barbells. At his dental spa, guests can even feel like pampered beauty queens as they sip on herbal tea, recline in massage chairs, watch movies, and wear a crown. Dr. Samsavar ensures that each patient is well taken care of with these amenities and a policy of admitting only one patient to his office at a time.
Parlor Elan ensures its aestheticians are more than qualified by putting each of its employees through three months of rigorous training. By the time they hit the floor, Parlor Elan’s team knows how to use cutting-edge technology to spruce up appearances. They apply permanent makeup, embellish eyes with lash extensions, and darken hues with spray tans.
After receiving degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, Dr. Samson Lee teamed up with Dr. Alice Kuntz, a Stanford University and University of California School of Medicine at San Francisco graduate listed by Seattle magazine as one of the top doctors of 2011. Together with licensed aesthetician Bethany Capodanno, these board-certified surgeons operate a pair of offices where they perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries with a focus on facial and neck rejuvenation.