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The Future Is Here: Seattle’s Tech-Driven Beauty Treatments

Having work done’ doesn’t mean what it used to—and that’s a good thing. These tech-driven treatments, most of them for the face, will leave you looking like your best natural self, no scalpel required

By Andrew Hoge and Chelsea Lin April 15, 2019


This article originally appeared in the April 2019 issue of Seattle Magazine.

This article appears in print in the April 2019 issue, as part of the Local Beauty Secrets cover story. Click here to subscribe.

Light Therapy
Seattle Sun Light Spa
Bellevue, 10708 Main St., Suite 200; 425.452.2700
There is a light at the end of the tunnel for beauty enthusiasts searching for an easy, topical solution to acne and inflammation. Seattle Sun Light Spa offers innovative photofacials, including a Blue Light Anti Acne Photofacial that focus a combination of FDA-approved blue, red and infrared light to destroy acne-causing bacteria and stimulate cells to increase collagen production; treatment is given in 25-minute sessions ($55), three to five times a week. “Blue light photofacials destroy acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation and redness, heal existing blemishes and minimize future breakouts,” says consulting internist Eli Kramer, M.D.

A Dermaspace aesthetician performs extractions before using the Iderm Facial Treatment’s patented machine and mask. Photo courtesy of Dermaspace

Iderm Facial Treatment
Downtown, 509 Olive Way, Suite 1501; 206.849.6620
At Dermaspace, you can give your skin a workout via the Iderm Facial Treatment (from $130). The treatment, administered by a licensed aesthetician, relies on a patented machine and mask to deliver a low amount of electrical current that pushes a topical solution of vitamins and minerals evenly into the skin’s top layer. Clients typically notice a reduction in pore size, fine lines and wrinkles, along with brighter, more radiant skin. “The treatment works from the inside out rather than just superficially,” says owner Jody Leon. “We have clients who experience dramatic and long-lasting results.”

A COLD WIND BLOWS: Glacial Cryotherapy blasts the face with subzero air to freeze out dull skin in the cryofacial. Photo courtesy of Glacial Cryotherapy

Glacial Cryotherapy
Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Suite 16-B; 206.417.1808
The cryotherapy facial—dubbed “frotox” by some—gives the phrase “in cold blood” a whole new meaning. A form of wellness used by athletes and beauty enthusiasts alike to treat achy joints and inflammation, this new iteration of the subzero experience uses liquid nitrogen to blow freezing air (minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit) over the face for approximately eight minutes. Enthusiasts of the facial say the procedure exfoliates the outer layer of the skin, increases collagen production and makes the skin appear brighter ($25, first treatment; $45 per session).

Fractionated Carbon Dioxide Laser Resurfacing
Modern Dermatology
South Lake Union, 1021 Mercer St.; 206.489.2530
This treatment, helpful to those with more severe facial scarring or wrinkling, utilizes fine-tuned lasers that are split into hundreds of separate pixels to remove problem skin and boost collagen production ($1,600 for the face, excluding the eye area, $1,000 for the eye area only or $2,500 for both). While this technique does not require as much recovery time as some traditional ablative lasers, which completely remove the top layer of skin, you can expect a noticeable progression of swelling, crusting and redness for up to 28 days after your treatment. The results could be worth the wait. “This is my favorite laser, and I do a great deal of these treatments to reduce deep wrinkles, improve texture and blend scars,” says Heather D. Rogers, M.D., cofounder of Modern Dermatology. If you are considering this treatment, plan ahead. A consultation is required with Rogers, who also says that these treatments are not done in the summer, as a precaution against sun exposure.

Penelope & The Beauty Bar
Downtown, 411 University St. (inside the Fairmont Olympic Hotel); 206.438.1750
The likelihood of a fairy godmother waving a magic wand to solve our problems is next to nil, but the HydraFacial ($299) may be the next best thing. Ideal for all skin types, the treatment uses a patented machine, resembling a wand, to extract skin impurities while simultaneously infusing the skin with vitamin-packed serums. “The treatment is soothing, refreshing, nonirritating and immediately effective,” says Angela Rosen, owner of Penelope & The Beauty Bar. Clients can also opt to add four different “boost” treatments to address a variety of skin concerns, including dullness, aging and pigmentation.

OxyGeneo Facial
Antonio Spa
Belltown, 114 Virginia St.; 206.448.2684
It’s a no-brainer that oxygen is an essential part of our existence, but Antonio Spa co-owner Masumi Hill is betting it will become a must for your beauty routine. The OxyGeneo Facial (from $180) uses a three-step patented process that exposes your skin to high amounts of carbon dioxide, which causes oxygen to rush to the skin. As a result, blood flow is maximized and a series of serums and minerals is more effectively absorbed into the skin. This, in turn, supports collagen repair, which leads to plump skin and reduced fine lines.

PRP Face-lift
Glow Medispa
West Seattle, 4409 California Ave. SW, Suite 100; 206.800.7379
Made popular by celebrities, the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) face-lift ($900) has become a sought-after treatment. Proponents say it’s effective and has a short recovery time. But if needles make you queasy, this might not be for you. A physician or nurse practitioner draws a patient’s blood, which is then spun in a centrifuge that separates the platelet-rich plasma. Part of that PRP is converted to platelet-rich fibrin and used for direct injections. The remainder of the PRP, which contains natural growth factors said to stimulate collagen production, is spread over skin that has recently been microneedled (a process that pricks the skin with small needles), which allows the substance to soak deeper into the skin.

FACE TIME: Locally made technical devices are an essential part of the Layered Technology Facial at Bio-Therapeutic Skin Spa. Photo courtesy of Bio-Therapeutic

Layered Technology Facial
Bio-Therapeutic Skin Spa
SoDo, 2244 First Ave. S; 206.501.2466
Bio-Therapeutic has been manufacturing products and equipment for spas around the world since the 1970s. You can experience the same treatments as the aestheticians who try out these products by visiting the company’s flagship spa, which specializes in tech-based skin care. The Layered Technology Facial ($100 for 60 minutes) uses high-tech gadgets such as a microsonic cleansing brush and a microcurrent device (designed and manufactured in Seattle), along with Bio-Therapeutic’s house-made Aquafuse product line, for smoother, hydrated skin.

Chin Contouring Treatment
SkinSpirit Skincare Clinic and Spa
University Village, 2613 NE University Village St.; 206.522.2613
If you are hoping to get rid of that pesky double chin, SkinSpirit has a combination of specialized treatments designed to literally melt away your problems. First, CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling to kill fat cells (from $695); then, Kybella (an enzyme said to break down neck fat) is injected (from $700). While you might experience some localized tenderness and swelling from the latter, this treatment promises long-lasting results.

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