New England Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center's Harvard-affiliated and board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. John Lazor, applies 19 years of medical mastery to bestowing patients with impeccable images and alluring expressions using the latest in cosmetic technology. Botox injections aim to allay furrows and crow's feet around the forehead, eyes, and brow area that form over years of smiles, frowns, and eyebrow-raising to indicate extreme suspicion. In an approximately 10-minute treatment session, Lazor will administer several small injections around the crease-bearing areas, often resulting in lessened lines within three to five days of treatment and lasting up to six months.
Salon LaRue's staff preps hands and feet for prettier punches and kicks with a classic one-hour manicure and pedicure. First, hands and feet are dunked in a soothing soak until their nails agree to soften up enough for clipping and filing. After the nail wizards have pushed overly assertive cuticles back to their proper positions, they'll exfoliate, massage, and moisturize hands and feet. Nail beautification culminates with a coat of OPI nail polish, leaving fingers and toes ready to dazzle every keyboard and sidewalk in sight.
The spa at Mirbeau Inn & Spa covers 14,000 square feet, and it uses that sprawling space wisely. It encompasses a rest area perfect for naps, with its own heated foot-massage pool, and steam rooms full of eucalyptus-infused vapor. Surrounded by these glamorous amenities, the spa's aestheticians administer facials, and massage therapists knead physiques in myriad styles, enhanced by an arsenal of 12 essential oils.
ABEO MEDSPA lives up to its name by transforming bodies with advanced laser and skincare services. Seven days a week, techs erase unwanted hair with an Alma Harmony Elite laser, clear complexions with a combination of infrared, IPL, and radio-frequency technologies, and smooth away fine lines with four types of injectable solutions, including Botox. Aestheticians also handle more traditional spa treatments, from diamond-tip microdermabrasion sessions to customized chemical peels.
Heads Up Hair Salon's stylists finesse frazzled locks with fashionable cuts and products from brands including Redken, Chi, and Onesta. A shampoo and scalp massage set the stage for the talented trimmers' handiwork and release genie apprentices. Then wig wizards set to snipping, informed by a close consultation with clients and any photos of celebrities or ancestors they bring in. Foil highlights or lowlights precisely illumine or shade strands with hues ranging from subtle to dramatic, or opt for all-over color to give every thread equal attention. In about two hours, the friendly Heads Up staff will send heads on their way with a blow-dry and a promise to write.
Violet Skin Boutique has been the go-to spot for Boston complexions since 2004, but its story actually starts about 30 years prior. In 1975, Violet Mkhitaryan first began concocting skin products in her native Armenia. She cracked open old books to mine eastern European recipes for inspiration, and when she wasn't whisking oils and herbs into face-rejuvenating salves, she was running spas. Over the following decades, Violet helmed spas in Armenia and Moscow, all while earning degrees in aesthetics and biochemistry, and finally staked her claim in Boston.
Violet's products have appeared not only on customers' faces but in numerous press outlets, including the pages of Martha Stewart's Whole Living and the Improper Bostonian, which called her line the city's best local beauty products. She makes her lauded serums surrounded by glass jugs, dried flower petals, and everything nice in a lab that the Boston Globe described as resembling a pastry chef's kitchen. At her spa's two locations, she beautifies her clients with facials and body treatments celebrated by Every Day with Rachel Ray.