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Esthetician Lauren Prats at Hi-Brow Cosmetics offers eyebrow and body waxing, as well as other services. Brow waxing costs $30-$40, bikini waxing is $30-$60 and other body waxing starts at $30. Hi-Brow also offers brow cosmetics. "When you have really nice brows, you can wear less makeup," Prats says. "Also, our brow products are waterproof, so you can go out on the beach and not worry about it if you really don't have any brows."
Summer is all about a healthy glow, and Fini Beauty Boutique offers Fantasy Airbrush Tanning to give customers the look without harmful UV rays or orange tones. Tans are $55 for a single session or $220 for a package of five. "We customize the colors to suit your skin tone so not everyone gets the same color," says co-owner Monique Bonnaffons. "So you're never orange. It's a very natural-looking color."
From start to finish, the process takes about 30 minutes. "[The color] lasts about a week ... sometimes a little longer, depending on how well you care for your skin, [how often you] exfoliate, swim, that sort of thing," Bonnaffons says.
Dr. Penelope Treece of Southern Aesthetics offers Coolsculpting, a noninvasive procedure that reduces fat cells in a targeted area by freezing them. The service costs $700 to $1,400.
"An area ... is suctioned up into the headpiece on the machine," Treece says. "The core of this piece of tissue ... is frozen on the inside, leaving the skin unharmed and intact. The cells that are frozen on the inside undergo apoptosis. What that means is that they just sort of disintegrate and are taken away molecule by molecule by the body."
The procedure takes one to two hours, depending on the area. The treated area can show initial results within two weeks, but final results take up to three months. Since the procedure is non-invasive, patients are able to continue with their regular schedule with little if any downtime.
"I've had it myself," Treece says. "The area is a little tender afterwards, but I got right up and went to an advanced Pilates class. It doesn't interfere with your life whatsoever."