By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein
Remember when you were a little kid and you used to play house, store, school, or restaurant? Well, I’d bet that Rachael Cunningham, Licensed Esthetician and the Director at New York Laser & Aesthetics, scrapped the apron and pieces of chalk and played ‘spa’ instead. Fortunately for Rachael and for her clients, that foray into the world of make-believe has turned into a reality and a very fulfilling career in Esthetics.
Located in midtown Manhattan (58th and 5th Ave to be exact), New York Laser & Aesthetics is not your conventional spa. Getting any number of treatments there is like stepping into your best friend’s cozy house, which just happens to be complete with a couple of rooms for facials, IPL, laser hair removal, laser vein therapy, micro-dermabrasion, photo facials, enzyme and acid peels among other treatments. Rachael’s the type of person you feel like you’ve known for years – like she was your college roommate or your best camp friend. At what can best be described as a medi-spa, at NY Laser and Aesthetics, there are no intimidating locker room scenes or judgmental receptionists – just personalized, friendly service delivered with expertise.
After relaxing in the ‘living room’ for a few minutes, I spent some time talking with Rachael and explaining my ‘skin’s history’. She determined that the best course of action for my particular skin type would be a deep cleansing facial to remove the dry, dead skin cells that flake up my skin every summer, a chemical peel specifically on my forehead to combat any sun-induced breakouts and finally, a new technique called laser genesis to even out my skin tone and give me that after-facial glow.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Smith, MD, FRCPC, Dermatology
Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada
More specifically, laser genesis utilizes non-invasive laser technology to safely treat fine lines, large pores, uneven skin texture, and diffuse redness and scars. By heating the upper dermis well below your skin’s surface, Laser Genesis stimulates collagen regrowth. There’s no pain or discomfort involved. If anything, the treatment is soothing and relaxing and the laser doesn’t even directly touch your face. Unlike some places that have been getting a bad rap for using unsafe lasers in both skincare and hair removal (i.e. ones that are not properly cooled before contacting the skin), Rachael uses only the best and latest technology.
Visit their website for impressive before and after photos and to learn more about other laser techniques that can help solve some beauty issues without surgery. I’m sure my mom will be particularly interested in ‘Titan‘, a laser treatment which can help improve the appearance of sagging skin on the neck by stimulating collagen contraction. Of course, if surgical procedures are more up your alley, NY Laser & Aesthetics enlists the expertise of Plastic Surgeon Dr. Kleinman, who also maintains a private practice in Westchester.
So if traditional spas aren’t your thing, but you still want a relaxing, rejuvenating and result-producing experience, this place might just be the answer. With a full line of skincare products from Eminence and 2 highly qualified experts in the field offering personalized attention, NY Laser and Aesthetics is truly a one-stop shop for all of your skincare needs.