Cultivating his bedside manner during a career as a board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Michael Carter swiftly switched over to the med spa world where he now happily serves as the medical director of Atlanta Medical Spa, overseeing traditional spa treatments and transforming patients with cosmetic procedures. Though not a certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carter has spent many hours training in the cosmetic field, completing intensive course work and honing the ability to identify celebrities from only their pores. The doctor can safely and effectively treat patients with advanced cosmetic treatments, including laser hair removal and fat-reducing Tumescent bodysculpture. In addition to performing procedures, Dr. Carter also shepherds a team of skilled aestheticians and laser technicians who perform more traditional beauty treatments, from nourishing facials and European body wraps to dermal fillers and permanent makeup.
At X-Clusive Tan Studios' two locations, tanners can bask in the glow of UV beds or the mist of spray tans. The facility boasts five levels of tanning beds, and spray tans come courtesy of a Mystic Tan spray booth or from airbrushes loaded with custom blends of Norvell tanning formula.
Those seeking a sun-kissed look choose from two options at Copper Bottom Tanning Salon. They can recline in tanning beds, where UV rays draw out stores of melatonin as fans provide a cooling breeze, or forego tanning beds’ bulbs for a Pura Sunless spray tan, which mists skin with color that can last up to a week.
Banana Beach Tan wants to darken the world—by making it shine with the brilliance of a beautiful bronze glow. The tanning center helps clients acquire natural-looking tans gradually through the use of beds or in an instant through the use of advanced spray-tan technology. During UV-tanning sessions, clients relax in beds by Matrix or Alpha. Inside the Mystic tanning booth, patented jets evenly coat the skin with a solution designed to leave a natural-looking glow. And from within the comforts of the Pure Collagen booth, red light therapy restores cellular activity and skin elasticity.
Opening doors for 24 hours a day, seven days a week is an exhausting proposition for any doorman, unless he's a robot. That's why Anytime Fitness—having redirected its robot budget into tanning beds, cardio equipment with built-in TVs, and Precor weight machines—installed a keycard-activated security system instead. The electronic guardian keeps gym members secure while admitting them at any time of day or night for their workouts.
During daylight hours, certified instructors incinerate calories with Les Mills–designed group fitness classes or Latin-inspired Zumba dancercise. Personal trainers coach clients in one-on-one sessions, tailoring regimens to each individual's level of fitness, past injuries, or number of tentacles. To relax after workouts, staffed tanning beds stand by to bronze bodies, while water-jet-powered HydroMassage beds blast away tension.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.