For Debbie Stevens, her interest in skin care and laser hair removal is a personal one.
When she was young, she was afflicted with hirsutism, a condition in which people suffer from an extreme excess of hair on their bodies or faces. It's fair to say her exposure to laser hair removal left a lasting impression – one of confidence and beauty.
"I empathize with those who are affected with unwanted hair," she said. "It’s deeper than just a physical appearance. It affected me
emotionally, so I thought I could learn and help people by learning about hair
removal and making it my business."
And so she has. Stevens is an esthetician who opened her medi-spa, Smoothe, on Route 25A in East Setauket more than 10 years ago. Since then, she relocated to an office in Port Jefferson and then her Poquott home, but now, she has returned to a storefront in Three Village at 46 Route 25A – next door to her original office. The spa is open now and will hold a formal launch party on Nov. 14 at 4 p.m.
"It’s a larger space, I have a better facility with more
treatment rooms, and better parking," she said of her new location. "It’s lovelier, it’s more professional, the location is
amazing. I feel like I’m back in the thick of things. The energy is awesome here."
Stevens is certified with the Allied Health Professionals Group and received extensive training from Cutera/Altus, the manufacturer of the laser she uses in her medi-spa. Smoothe is supervised by board certified surgeon Dr. David Benisch. In addition to laser hair removal and facials, Smoothe offers electrolysis, microdermabrasion and laser vein removal.
"A lot of research went into the products and equipment that
we use," Stevens said. "We’re always staying on top of new procedures and products
and we’re happy to share all we know with the community."
The bottom line, she said, is "we do everything to make people feel and look