A MANHATTAN AND STATEN ISLAND BASED MEDICAL ESTHETICIAN’S DIMENSIONAL PATHWAY TO BEAUTY
BY AMANDA INTOCCIA PHOTOS BY ROBERT NUZZIE
A staring 64 percent of respondents indicated in an Allure magazine survey that the first thing they notice about someone is how attractive he or she is. Cortney Swartz, owner of the Manhattan and Staten Island located Aesthetic Artistry, doesn’t argue those figures, exactly, but is quick to add dimension to them. To her, beauty both begins and finds it real poetry deeper down and she clings tenaciously to the notion that there is more to lovely skin than what meets the eye.
Swartz, a medical esthetician, began detailing the services at her business by describing the differences between her professional classification and that of a traditional esthetician of the kind one might find in a spa. Medical estheticians, she said, are trained and licensed skin care specialists who often work in conjunction with other medical professionals in plastic surgery and dermatology offices, medical spas, and other facilities. After working at a medical spa in Manhattan for a number of years, Swartz decided it was time to venture on her own. Now, as her own boss, she can “be my truest self, using communication to form deep connections and relationships with patients, and offer a true VIP experience to her guests,” she explained.
Swartz was, for example, the first to bring the patented Hydra Facial procedure to Staten Island, which uses proprietary technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate skin. It is a service, she said, “that everyone can benefit from. It is completely safe, noninvasive, and gives a total resurfacing of the skin.”
Pairing patients with the right services is a pivotal component of service, the owned added. Upon arriving at either facility, an in depth consultation is conducted and a plan created, based on realistic expectations. Her spa’s services include a range of facials, peels, microdermabrasion treatments, laser hair removal, and fillers. Swartz prides herself on sensitive approaches clearing up cystic acne without the use of strong, sometimes harmful, antibiotics, for example. She also has helps patients suffering with the aesthetically unpleasant side effects of services gone wrong, such as improper waxing and hair removal practices that have left patients with scars or other unwanted marks.
Aesthetic Artistry also offers services tailored to meet the skincare needs of the modern male, including full body waxing, laser hair reduction, facials, men’s express Hydra Facials, and skin bleaching. Additionally, because the spa has an association with Dr. Elliot Heller, who completed neck and plastic surgery training in NYC Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center, the office also offers Botox, filler, and other enhancement services, both invasive and non-invasive.
All results, however, are driven by commitment, Swartz said, and that healthy skin has to be achieved from an inside out approach. So, she also advises patients on lifestyle, dietary practices, and other healthy habits. She also noted that it is important to change a skin care regime with each season. Her summer skin care recommendations include oxygen treatments and vitamin treatments to address excess oil production that comes in the warmer months.
“Skin behaves differently this time of year,” she said, “so discontinue use of hydrating products. You want to keep skin dewy and glowing. Looking your best is a process, and we’re here to help.”
Aesthetic Artistry / Cortney Swartz,
LE 150 East 61st Street, Manhattan
1424 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island
718.608.5433 / aestheticartistrynyc.com