Pool-Ready Beauty Primer
Get your summer polish with the latest easy and minimally invasive local med spa treatments.
So you need a little nip-tuck before confidently hitting the pool, beach or lake this summer? Luckily, no major cosmetic surgeries are needed to get in tip-top beauty shape. In fact, the procedures below – from vein treatments to laser therapy – are all performed as easy outpatient visits in the comforts of a professional medical spa office. These expert treatments will have you feeling sleek, chic and bikini-ready, with little to no down time.
photo courtesy of sciton.com/halo/
The Halo Facial
Get the best of both worlds with this unique, Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser that simultaneously delivers non-ablative and ablative wavelengths. An ablative laser is considered one of the most effective treatments for reversing the signs of aging. It removes the outer layers of skin, which forces the skin to heal itself, increasing collagen production to create tighter, rejuvenated skin. The non-ablative laser heats the outer layers of skin, but does not remove them, to stimulate collagen and elastin. The Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser “focuses energy on the deeper collagen layer of skin, leaving the surface of your skin largely intact for a quicker healing time.” AesthetiCare is the only med spa in Kansas City that has this state-of-the-art technology. The procedure improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, sun spots and more with little to no down time.
11100 Ash St., Suite 210, Leawood, Kan., (913) 338-5476, greatskinkc.com
photo courtesy of coolsculpting.com
Associated Plastic Surgeons
We all have a “problem area” of stubborn fat we wish would just disappear and that no amount of gym-going seems to diminish. Enter CoolSculpting, the non-surgical procedure that freezes fat cells without damaging skin or other cells. Using a method called cryolipolysis, involving a suction cup device and mild icy sensation, the one-hour procedure freezes fat cells causing them to gradually die, and then the body absorbs and eliminates them harmlessly over several weeks. Freeze the fat away from your abdomen, back, thighs or flanks. No incisions, no anesthesia and no down time and expect visible results within weeks from the first treatment.
11501 Granada Lane, Leawood, Kan., (913) 451-3722, apskc.com
Micro-Laser Vein Treatment
Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz
This procedure, call Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) is the latest minimally invasive update to the old, painful vein stripping technique performed in hospitals. A microscopic laser (about five human hairs wide) is inserted into the affected varicose vein, and the thermal energy of the laser seals the vein shut. The blood reroutes to healthier veins, restoring normal circulation. The Sciton Pro-V 1319 nm Laser System makes no incisions and is one of the most comfortable laser treatments on the market. There is little to no downtime and minimal bruising and scarring (if any). Finally, get rapid relief from swelling and discomfort.
11409 Ash St., Leawood, Kan., (913) 214-0729, premierveinandbody.com
Monarch Mini Facelift
Monarch Plastic Surgery
If you’ve considered getting a facelift, but the invasive process has you running for the hills, perhaps Monarch’s mini facelift is for you. Using only local anesthesia and an oral pain medication, “…the surgeon makes small incisions to separate skin from tissue. Excess fat is removed, and facial muscles are tightened using sutures and restored to youthful positions.” Expect wrinkles to disappear and skin on the face and neck to tighten. The procedure is performed in-office and generally takes about three hours. There is minimal bruising and swelling compared to a full facelift, and you can return to work in three to seven days.
Two area locations, monarchps.com
LaserFast Hair Removal
Premier Laser Spa of Kansas City
LaserFast Hair Removal “uses a proprietary laser and cooling system to eliminate unwanted hair.” In a process called selective photothermolysis, the technician determines which laser and energy source works best for your hair and skin type. Selecting the proper laser and wavelength for each individual delivers the best results. The treatments are much faster than electrolysis, and you will see results much faster too. LaserFast is nearly painless, whereas electrolysis is painful and can cause burns. Premier Laser Spa of Kansas City is the only spa that offers this type of permanent hair removal. Treat unwanted hair anywhere on your body, and say goodbye to shaving, plucking and waxing for good.
8644 N. Boardwalk Ave., Kansas City, Mo., (800) 639-3335, premierlaserspaofkansascity.com
Eclipse PRP Facial Filler
RSVP Med Spa
Eclipse PRP is a procedure that draws a small amount of the patient’s own blood into a 10-mililiter tube containing a proprietary separator gel. The tube is placed into a centrifuge and spun to isolate the platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The contaminating red and white blood cells are separated from the PRP below the separator gel in the tube. The PRP is then injected into the face as a natural filler (combined with hyaluronic acid) to restore lost volume. Also marketed as the vampire facelift, “The Eclipse PRP continues over time as the growth factors in the blood stimulate the body to create collagen and new blood vessels, creating a beautiful complexion…” Expect immediate results with minimal bruising and swelling.
133300 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kan., (913) 703-4772, rsvpmedspa.com
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Facial and Skin Rejuvenation
Rajeunir Medical Spa
This non-invasive, non-laser, light therapy technique treats an array of skin conditions, including sun spots, age spots, spider veins, rosacea, acne and uneven skin tone. The IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatment uses a broad spectrum of light that is FDA-approved to give you healthier, younger-looking skin. Since the IPL technique is non-ablative (skin cells are heated up, not destroyed), a series of treatments is the most effective strategy play to stimulate collagen and elastin and diminish fine lines. Expect a gentle warming sensation and perhaps the effect of a mild sunburn for 72 hours or less. IPL therapy can be used anywhere on the body to reverse the signs of aging: face, neck, chest, arms, hands and legs.
Three area locations, rmedspa.com
Bonus Beauty Treatment:
photo courtesy of roloxin.com
The 12-Hour Facial
If you are still wary of lasers, Roloxin Lift, a revolutionary topical product, is your new friend. This latest beauty trend, recently buzzed about in Harper’s Bazaar as the 12- to 24-hour Facelift, “…uses hydrophilic and hydrophobic silica particles to form a latticework on top of your skin…” Simply warm the packet to activate the formula and apply the cream to your face. Wash your hands and wait 10 minutes until the formula has dried, then rinse the residue off with warm water. Apply moisturizer and your regular makeup or SPF and have visibly tighter, smoother skin for 12 to 24 hours.
$110 for 10 treatments or $270 for 30, roloxin.com