The most innovative STL beauty treatments you never knew you wanted
ACNE SCARS, stretch marks, smile lines, that last inch that just won’t evacuate your midsection—we all have those little beauty maladies that we obsess over. And while plastic surgery is a valid way to combat trouble spots, there are now many effective nonsurgical treatments available as well that require little downtime. We scoured the city for some of the most innovative and interesting beauty treatments you never knew you were missing.
Dermaplaning, also known as microplaning or blading, is a gentle, non-surgical procedure that removes the outermost layers of dead skin cells from your face. The treatment involves exfoliation of targeted areas of the surface layers of the skin using a very small blade. The blade is stroked along the skin at an angle, just like a fresh shave (which explains why dermaplaning also serves as an alternative way to remove unwanted hair). Unlike exfoliating peel procedures, it doesn’t use any chemicals—which means less irritation and skin that is immediately revitalized.
Where To Find It: Infinity Laser Hair Removal, 141 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton, 314.862.1000; The Lifestyle Center, 7642 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.863.5556.
Cosmetic surgery and fillers have been used to combat signs of aging in the face and neck for years, but there’s a new way to get results. Ultherapy is a non-invasive treatment approved by the FDA to tighten and lift skin on the neck, chin and brow—and it does so gradually, giving you a more natural look. The procedure uses a medical device that sends ultrasound waves beneath the surface of the skin. These waves deliver heat to the inner layers—without affecting the surface layers—causing the tissue to contract and stimulate your natural healing process, which creates new collagen that will contribute to the tightening of your skin without any downtime.
Where To Find It: Ultherapy Center St. Louis, 1034 Brentwood Blvd., Ste. 1200, Brentwood, 314.496.6264; Synergi Med Spa, 17000 Baxter Road, Chesterfield, 636.530.6100; Eternity Med Spa, 12401 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.469.2946.
KEEP YOUR COOL
Sometimes no matter how much you focus on your problem areas at the gym, you just don’t see results. For those looking to ditch that last bit of flab, there’s CoolSculpting. This FDA-approved non-surgical procedure uses a patented fat-freezing technique to target and destroy fat cells without harming nearby tissue. Once the fat cells are destroyed, your body naturally metabolizes and eliminates them like it does for other dietary fats. Most commonly used to eliminate those midsection woes we give cute names to (muffin tops, love handles and the like), CoolSculpting produces results in a single one-hour session, with no downtime and the option of adding more sessions for more dramatic results.
Where To Find It: St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa, 17300 N. Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, 636.530.6161; Wildwood Dermatology, 16516 Manchester Road, Wildwood, 636.458.8400; West County Plastic Surgeons, 1040 N. Mason Road, West County, 314.996.8800.
SEE THE LIGHT
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) just became our new best friend. That’s because when used in different ways, IPL can help permanently remove hair as well as rejuvenate the skin. As an alternative to the constant chore of shaving or laser treatments, IPL is a great way to safely say goodbye to unwanted follicles. In IPL Hair Removal, rapid pulses of highintensity light are delivered to the treatment area. That light is converted to heat, destroying hair follicles from the base and preventing further growth. It’s safe for both men and women and is effective in treating different hair colors and skin tones.
Where To Find It: BodyBrite, 138 Concord Plaza, South County, 314.270.9222 and 9534 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314.395.3603; Infinity Laser Hair Removal, 141 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton, 314.862.1000; The Lifestyle Center, 7642 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.863.5556; Vanity, 8027 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, 314.727.8027.
In a similar technique, IPL Skin Rejuvenation uses small pulses of light applied to the skin that transform into heat. That heat then stimulates the creation of new collagen and elastin coils, increasing elasticity and luminosity, as well as lightly filling out the skin. It’s most commonly used on those areas where we tend to see aging first—the face, neck, chest and hands—and you’ll be able to see results after the first treatment.
Where To Find It: BodyBrite, 138 Concord Plaza, South County, 314.270.9222 and 9534 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314.395.3603; The Face Company, 1034 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, 314.335.7761.
AIR IT OUT
Most of the time when we think of oxygen, we think of the air we breathe. But our skin is just as dependent on oxygen to be at its very best. Unfortunately, by the time we turn 25, the skin’s normal oxygen supply starts to decrease, resulting in a tired complexion. Schedule a DermaOxy O2 Oxygen Treatment to replace your lost oxygen and strengthen existing collagen and elastin. Through a 45-minute facial treatment, concentrated oxygen paired with different herbal mixtures sprayed on the face and décolleté will stimulate blood circulation and cell renewal from the inside out. DermaOxy O2 also strengthens the immune system against acne-causing bacteria and fights wrinkles, skin redness and pigmentation issues.
Where To Find It: BodyBrite, 138 Concord Plaza, South County, 314.270.9222 and 9534 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314.395.3603.
Thermage, also known as radiothermaplasty, is a non-surgical skin tightening treatment that helps you iron out those pesky wrinkles. Using radio-frequency energy, Thermage remodels collagen and strengthens the skin’s inner collagen makeup. The technology combines gentle deep-tissue heating with cooling effects to both stimulate and protect your skin. After just one session, you’ll notice tighter, firmer skin. The treatment is most commonly used on the face and neck, especially as an alternative to a surgical brow lift or fillers.
Where To Find It: Hart Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute, 621 S. New Ballas Road, Creve Coeur, 314. 251.6250; St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa, 17300 N. Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, 636.530.6161.
SUCK IT UP
Pockets of cellulite and flab can form everywhere you don’t want them. For a non-invasive, yet effective way to remove cellulite, tighten skin and contour the body, the FDA-approved Viora Reaction Extreme Tightening System is your answer. This treatment uses consistent penetration of heat, using CORE technology that incorporates multi-channel radio frequency with vacuum therapy through three different processes: deep-tissue heating, mechanical stretch and mechanical message. There’s no downtime for the Reaction treatment, and results can be seen after just one session. The treatment is also perfect for new moms who are facing post-pregnancy issues like stretch marks and inelastic skin.
Where To Find It: The Face Company, 1034 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, 314.335.7761.
Sometimes a little relaxation goes a long way. If you are looking to improve your skin health while taking a little “me time,” the Green Science Skin-Renewing Treatment is what you want. This anti-aging facial gives you a more lifted appearance and reduces fine lines and wrinkles through a combination of the Green Science masque and a skin-rejuvenating massage. Customize your treatment to benefit your specific problem areas, whether it’s under your eyes or on your neck, then sit back and relax.
Where To Find It: Ginger Bay Salon and Spa, 437 Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, 314.966.0655.
Photo credit: Darin Wood of Film That House