Ideal Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery's offices, associated with Straka & Mcquone, Inc., are all designed to make patients feel comfortable and safe. Yale graduate and board-certified surgeon Dr. Paul Leong performs all facial treatments, except for laser hair removal, which is done by a trained technician and supervised by Leong. Each option includes a full, personal consultation with Dr. Leong to discuss treatment options and design individualized plans. Laser hair removal works over six sessions to gradually reduce hair growth, and is considerably less painful than getting dipped in hot wax and coated in feathers. The sessions may be used for underarms or any small areas—upper lip, chin, fingers, toes, or ears—but may be upgraded to a medium-sized area (such as bikini line) for an additional $59 per treatment.
Skin Beautiful's safe, gentle whitening treatment combines an LED light with a hydrogen-peroxide gel for fast whitening action that yields long-lasting results. After your treatment, you’ll also receive futuristic touch-up teeth-whitening pens to eliminate pesky gravy stains. The treatment contains twice as much hydrogen peroxide as store-bought treatments, and it works with sensitive teeth. You can expect immediate results, and, like a tiny toy clown that grows in water, your teeth will continue to whiten for 24 hours.
Featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for its hair-removal expertise, Brows R Us employs the ancient Indian technique of threading to eliminate unwanted follicular fuzz. This organic method shapes eye accents by using special cotton threads and nimble fingers to quickly remove brow bristles from their roots, leaving frontispieces as smooth and refined as a shrink-wrapped ballroom dancer ($12).
Capristo Salon & Wellness Spa is more than just a beauty haven—it's a family legacy. The late founder, Bruce Capristo, started styling hair at the age of 19. He owned and operated many successful salons in the Pittsburgh area beginning in the 1960s, including his flagship site—Capristo International—where he worked alongside his wife, Cheech. Bruce established a strong reputation while working in fashion, film, and television; he even styled hair on the set of the 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead.
The location that Bruce opened on Ellsworth Avenue has now been going strong for more than 25 years. When Bruce passed away in 2006, his son Roman—a master stylist who trained with the likes of Vidal Sassoon and Bumble and bumble—took over the business, continuing his father's dream. And although she no longer works as an aesthetician and stylist, you might still see Cheech helping out behind the scenes.
The laid-back atmosphere at the salon and spa keeps both clients and staffers happy; in fact, some of the stylists have been with the company since the very beginning. The crew hands out complimentary martinis on Wednesday evenings, pampering guests with custom facials and body wraps. In a private spa-party room filled with padded chairs and sheer drapery, the beauty experts ply brides-to-be or birthday girls with complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres.
East Side Laser Center's owner, Bridget Miller, keeps current with skin-perfecting techniques and technologies and has compiled a collection of services that employs lasers, peels, microdermabrasion, and intense pulsed light. Bridget's lasers excise the body of unwanted accouterments such as hair or a tattooed map of the place you used to hide your Junior Mints. Photofacials and peels reduce age-related blemishes such as wrinkles and age spots and inspire skin to regenerate in a younger-looking incarnation.