Since completing his residency in obstetrics and gynecology more than 20 years ago, Dr. James Kern has helped women maintain their inner well-being. Now, with the addition of medical aesthetics, Kern helps men and women alike showcase their outer beauty through both surgical and noninvasive procedures, from Botox to weight loss. Transformations can take place under the doctor-directed HCG diet, which deploys the HCG pregnancy hormone to speedily release unwanted fat cells in both men and women. Through the Body-Jet liposuction system, water flushes out fat to help sculpt and contour the body more effectively than a slip ‘n’ slide souped up with a pressure washer.
The eco-minded team at Island Day Spa nourishes skin with naturally derived formulas that demonstrate respect for the environment. Whether hydrating feet in warm paraffin wax or exfoliating skin with a walnut scrub, staffers employ Aveda products, which are formulated with ingredients such as organic essential oils and cage-free herbs. Microdermabrasion and microcurrent therapy combat fine lines or skin laxity, and Aveda's enzyme- and nutrient-rich products add curative benefits to aromatherapy massages and reflexology sessions.
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Vera Auvil's passion in life has always been cultivating knick-knacks and odds-and-ends—her "sweet nothings," as her husband used to say—so when the opportunity to purchase her own store came her way, she knew she wanted to fill its shelves and aisles with her favorite little things: clothes, jewelry, home décor, and makeup. She christened the shop Auvil's Sweet Nothings and set to work cultivating local artisans and national vendors who proffer goods such as De Novo, Waterford crystal, and Yellow Box Shoes. The skilled staffers at her vendor-based store can even help clients brighten smiles with Beaming White teeth-whitening services, make-over mugs with Jane Iredale cosmetics, and learn to cheat during shopping-cart races.
Using state-of-the-art pore-purging technology, the team at American Laser Centers rejuvenates debilitated dermis, bestowing even the most Skeletor-like complexions with the eternally youthful radiance of Liberace. Sit back and relax as one of the center's gentle skin sorceresses goes to work on your tired visage using ultra-sonic sound-wave technology. The safe, noninvasive vibrating blade quickly and efficiently removes the top layer of skin, blowing the pores clean and leaving clients with a softer, smoother, less Gollumy frontispiece. Ultra-sonic technology can also be an effective means of treating acne, blackheads, and other husk hindrances, and the face-freshening treatment can be administered in as little as 15 minutes.
Employing a small, motorized treatment head, Contours' Endermologie treatment helps reduce the appearance of cellulite by gently lifting and rolling the skin. During the course of 10 treatments, Contours' lipomassage device stimulates the lymphatic systems, eliminating toxins and increasing collagen production. Treatments also help to smooth the dermis by softening the connective tissue and exfoliating excess breadcrumbs. The skin-soothers at Contours will provide epidermis owners with the personal body suit necessary for each relaxing 35-minute treatment. All treatments are performed by a trained and certified lipomassage therapist, and help to tame tawdry cellulite without the use of lasers, invasive surgery, or bullwhips.
For 19 years, the staff at Class Act Salon and Spa has been doling out dozens of salon and spa treatments designed to meet the needs of every face, body, and head of hair. Along the way, the salon's hairstylists have earned a reputation for repairing strands suffering from bad dye jobs or perms, carefully applying corrective color treatments and softening frizzy poufs with the CHI permanent-straightening system or custom-designed root perms. To help clients choose the best cut for their face shape, a computer-imaging system lets them see what they would look like capped in various styles or with George Clooney's chin and presents them with a take-home DVD or VHS as a reference. Heads boasting little hair to work with can find several options for filling out their follicle count, including laser hair therapy, hair integration, and wigs or permanent attachments. For those with too much hair, needleless electrolysis swiftly evicts up to 10 hairs at a time without lasers or a court-ordered removal, and microdermabrasion and herbal peels escort dry, dull skin cells from the skin's surface to let softer, smoother skin move in.