10 Best - February 2011

By Su Byron February 1, 2011


Get Gorgeous


Before the aestheticians at Mandala Med-Spa treat your skin, they use VISIA Complexion Analysis to evaluate it. According to spa director Dr. Marguerite Barnett, this data creates a personalized skincare regimen without guesswork. “VISIA allows us to identify skin types, pinpoint problems, and track improvements in an objective way,” she says. 1715 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota (941) 927-2278.


Want a firmer face without surgery? Little Day Spa owner and aesthetician Maureen Young-Wolff recommends microcurrent toning, a non-invasive treatment that stimulates circulation and production of collagen, eliminates fine lines and tightens texture. A miracle? No—but close. Results can be astonishing after an initial series of 12 sessions, followed by a session per month. 1990 Main St., No. 201, Sarasota; (941) 363-9455.


In the hands of a super villain, a laser can ruin your day. In the hands of the Abrams Dermatology team, it diffuses spider veins, broken capillaries, birthmarks, stretch marks and skin discoloration. They use the Vbeam Perfecta, a micropulse laser that affects the blood vessels below the epidermis, leaving superficial skin layers untouched—reducing post-treatment bruising and minimizing downtime. Easy! 3328 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota (941) 926-2300.


Want a day in the sun—sans the actual sun? Spa Hollywood uses an organic spray tan that’s as close to the real deal as you can get but doesn’t zap your skin with harmful UV rays. Without alcohol, preservatives or dyes, call it instant—and healthy—tanification. 5780 Swift Road, Sarasota (941) 927-2635.


Fat is fashion enemy No. 1. SkinSmart Dermatology fights it with the non-invasive Zeltiq procedure. How does it work? It’s not magic: The procedure uses advanced cooling technology to target fat bulges without harming the surrounding tissues. Fat bulges are visibly reduced in two to four months. Cool! 5911 N. Honore Ave., Suite 210, Sarasota (941) 308-7546.


Relax that brow! Dysport is one of the newest wrinkle-fighting injectables on the block, and they’re using it at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center. This muscle immobilizer relaxes frown lines and forehead wrinkles over a period of a few days, resulting in a more refreshed look. It’s like Botox—only some studies show it works better for crow’s feet and lasts longer. 2255 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 366-8897.


At Holcomb Facial Plastic Surgery, the revolutionary Acculift treatment is a facial contouring laser that eliminates fat deposits in the neck, jaw and middle face. What’s left is a tighter, younger-looking face. This non-invasive procedure gives immediate results—without a lot of downtime. What’s not to love about that? 1 S. School Ave., No. 800, Sarasota (941) 365-8679.


Clinical aesthetician Sandra Day at NeoDerm Aesthetics has seen her share of eyelash treatments and swears by Latisse, the first prescription product approved by the FDA to increase the length, thickness and darkness of eyelashes. Day says that daily use will lead to fuller, darker lashes in as little as eight weeks. “I use it only twice a week, and my lashes are so lush that they touch my glasses!” she says. 1980 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota (941) 951-0388.


There’s nothing more rejuvenating than a trip to the spa—especially the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota’s spa. Pamper your face with the Biodynamic Organic Facial, a luxe treatment using quality botanical extracts that are gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. After a soothing and nurturing décolleté massage, your face will shine with youthful texture and radiance. 1111 Ritz- Carlton Drive, Sarasota (941) 309-2521.


For the ultimate in hair care, John Carl Spa & Salon offers the Kerastase hair treatment, a series of treatments using a premium French product line. Salon owner John Carl says some treatments enhance color, others add volume, while others repair and nourish dry or damaged hair. No matter which treatment, your hair will shine and feel wondrously vibrant afterwards. 1345 Second St., Sarasota (941) 330-8000.


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