When she graduated at the top of her aesthetics class nearly 20 years ago, Lisa Kahan was certified in both makeup artistry and skincare. She went on to earn several additional certifications, including one in chemical peels, which she performs at Total Skin Care II. The spa's menu is rounded with full-body waxing in addition to traditional facials, because facials from the future haven't been invented yet.
Robert Berberian has been running salons since he was just 24 years old. He and his wife Elizabeth, both master stylists and colorists, have assembled a team of equally qualified hair experts who cut, color, and condition hair at Roberts Salon and Spa. Several of them are specially trained with So.Cap hair extensions, which are made with real human hair, much like an alarming greeting card. The aesthetician on staff pampers skin with facials and waxing treatments, and the nail tech adorns digits with OPI varnish and nail art featuring flowers and abstract designs.
Skintelligent Face & Body Spa pampers bone bags with an array of relaxing and beautifying treatments. Tickle your visage with one of the spa’s facials, such as the Ultimate exfoliating facial ($95), which draws on the powers of glycolic or lactic acid to remove outer layers of dead skin, revealing youthful undercells that glow like a snowman in a bowling alley full of black lights. Carcasses are relaxed into states of blissful torpor with bodycare services, such as the hot-stone back treatment ($85), which exfoliates and detoxifies skin with a mud scrub before a hot-stone application and massage sap out muscle-bound stress. Nail services such as manicures ($17) and pedicures ($38) keep extremities safely coated in chromatic polish, and waxing removes unwanted hair from areas ranging from the upper lip ($8) to entire legs ($80), leaving skin drag-free for office water-polo retreats.
The recipe for beautiful skin is simple: combine attentive care with innovative technology. At least that's the view of L'Essentiel's Dr. Vatche Seraderian and Susanna Barmakian. They draw from a well-curated collection of epidermal therapies to create custom regimens for their clients, saving skin from the embarrassment of arriving at parties with identical glows. Six different chemical peels, four injected dermal fillers, and two means to permanent hairlessness form the crux of the spa's smoothing repertoire.
At Smile & Skin Aesthetics, a talented staff boosts patients' self-esteem with a host of dental and skincare services. According to Damian D. Meola, DMD, a second-generation dentist with more than 20 years of experience, "there is a synergy between the smile, the skin and a sense of confidence that having both in great shape brings." He tackles the dental side of services with specialties including smile makeovers, full mouth reconstruction, and successful mediations with tooth fairies. Board-certified aesthetician Stacey Powell, alternatively, enhances the skin with nonsurgical treatments such as facials, microdermabrasion, and waxing services.
With more than 40 years of combined experience, the clinical staff at Finesse Cosmetic Laser & Lipo Center works to beautify faces and bodies with a wide range of medical aesthetic procedures. Medical director and founder Dr. Peter Kruy performs laser- and ultrasound-assisted liposuction designed for reduced trauma and faster recovery times, while a team of nurses and medical aestheticians handles non-invasive treatments such as VelaShape body contouring or laser hair removal. The staff prioritizes client comfort by listening carefully to questions and concerns, and by outfitting their well-appointed waiting room with cushy chairs, a burbling wall fountain, and a choir of whales crooning lullabies.