If it turns out practice doesn’t make perfect, Ethos Spa’s medical director, Dr. Hardik Soni, will be very disappointed. Dr. Soni, who specializes in non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, has performed more than 35,000 laser treatments over the course of his career. At his spa, he works with a team of plastic surgeons and aestheticians to perform even more, turning to laser beams’ power for a variety of purposes: minimizing the visibility of unsightly veins, tightening skin, and soothing acne. The med spa’s services extend beyond laser treatments, too. The team also instills clients with a youthful glow via microdermabrasion, Botox injections, facials, and making them sleep in glow-in-the-dark cribs.
Drawing from her family's catalog of natural wax recipes, the proprietor of Girl from Ipanema Spa evicts fuzz with homemade waxes designed to play nice with sensitive skin. The spa's aestheticians also rejuvenate visages with facials that rely on either organic ingredients or high-tech methods, as in the photofacial, which skips PPx pulsed light across skin ponds to break up rosacea, sun damage, and other imperfections. Amidst green-tea-hued walls, exfoliating sea salts and essential oils remove dry skin and prepare bodies for airbrush tanning. Visitors can cop a full range of Éminence handmade organic skincare products to continue their bodycare at home or on the giant hamster wheels they've agreed to live on for science.
An armory of products by Mitch, Paul Mitchell's selection for men, brings order to scraggly heads, which peer hopefully at The ManCave's poker table and flat-screen television. Gents twirl in padded styling chairs, listening to the shouts of excitement that drift beneath sports memorabilia and a tyrannosaurus rex bust. Neon beer signs cast their colorful warmth across the ebony-hued leather of long couches, and a puck ricochets sharply off the rim of an air-hockey table, allowing patrons to showcase athletic skills far from the suit-ruining fur of shedding mascots.
Like many med-spas, Health & Wellness Center uses lasers to combat unwanted hair and beam away wrinkles. But unlike most, the facility's lasers are also calibrated to help patients quit smoking or lose unwanted pounds. Medical aestheticians help lift sagging faces sans surgery with IPL skin-tightening treatments that inundate collagen with waves of infrared light, causing tissues to contract and faces to appear more youthful. Injections of Botox and Juvederm also smooth and shape facial contours, and chemical peels with glycolic or salicylic acid dislodge dead skin by accelerating the natural process of exfoliation. To ensure patients leave healthy from head to toe, they also aim the cosmic technology to conquer toenail fungus, preparing feet for display in flip-flops or glass clogs.
Cosmetic and laser surgeon Dr. Susan Stevens Tanne and her staff provide clients with advanced skincare solutions that promote healthy, refreshed looks. Along with age-defying injectable and filler treatments, they beautify exposed epidermises with LED and laser treatments, facials, and chemical peels. Body Bling bronzing treatments flawlessly illuminate skin while eschewing usual tanning concerns such as UV exposure, spray tan odors, or the sun’s creepy, rictus grin. Soothing aromatherapy and hot towel treatments also imbue the med spa with a relaxing retreat-like vibe.
In the waxing world, soft wax tends to be less painful for a client, though it's often not used for Brazilian treatments because it poses a higher degree of difficulty for aestheticians. Not so at The Pretty Kitty, where the experienced team featured in InStyle's October 2013 Beauty Black Book deftly applies soft wax to deliver more efficient and comfortable treatments than traditional hard wax allows. Using only high-quality products, they often finish skin-smoothing full Brazilians in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. With the same gentle touch, this full service waxing boutique will also dismiss unwanted body hair from all body regions, including legs, lips, and eyebrows.