Aura Skin Spa

4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 stars from 3 reviews
Aura Skin Spa
118 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, California 94133

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Treatments (62)

Acne Scars Treatment

89% Worth It Rating

Acne treatments refer to any method used to lessen acne, both non-inflammatory (blackheads, whiteheads, and milia), or inflammatory (pustules, papules, nodules and cysts). Treatments can include topicals that include retinoids, like Retin-A, or a prescription oral medication like Accutane. Other common treatments include: salicylic acid peels, laser and LED therapies, photodynamic therapy (Levulan), Fraxel laser, and intense pulsed light (IPL).

Acne Treatment

90% Worth It Rating

Everybody’s had a zit and everybody’s wanted it zapped. Acne treatment ranges from prescription medication to surgery. And that doesn’t even begin to cover all the ways to treat acne scars.

Age Spots Treatment

89% Worth It Rating

Age spots are patches of hyperpigmented skin. They can be treated in a number of different ways: laser resurfacing, chemical peel, dermabrasion, and more.

Belotero

84% Worth It Rating

An FDA-approved hyaluronic acid-based injectable filler, Belotero temporarily adds volume to the face and smooths skin, much like Restylane and Juvederm.

Birthmark Removal

94% Worth It Rating

Birthmarks are either vascular (the result of abnormal blood vessels) or pigmented (the result of pigmentation inconsistencies). The treatment for both types typically includes either laser resurfacing or light therapy.

Botox

89% Worth It Rating

Botox (also known asVistabel in the UK)is an injection that temporarily relaxes facial muscles to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as prevent new lines from forming. Common injection sites include the forehead, the area between the eyebrows, the corners of the eyes, and the sides of the chin. Botox can also be used for a wide variety of other conditions, including migraines, excessive sweating, and psoriasis.

Chemical Peel

80% Worth It Rating

Chemical peels remove old skin so that new layers can grow in their place. This controlled removal ranges in strength, from superficial peels that use mild acids to deep peels that penetrate several layers of skin. Depending the type of peel you get, you might have a reaction similar to a sunburn, which may involve scaling, swelling, and blisters. This may last anywhere from three to 14 days, after which time your skin should be smoother, brighter, and softer.

Clear & Brilliant

92% Worth It Rating

Clear + Brilliant is a gentle laser technology designed to fight the early signs of facial aging. A handheld device is rolled over the skin, creating micro-injuries that jumpstart the production of collagen. In clinical trials, users reported a visible improvement in skin tone, texture, and clarity after four to six 20-minute treatments. Clear + Brilliant is intended for those looking for minor improvements, not dramatic corrections.

Contour Thread Lift

31% Worth It Rating

In a contour thread lift, clear threads with tiny barbs are inserted into the facial skin tissue and then used to tighten the skin. It is designed to deliver the results of a facelift without the recovery time or cost.

Dysport

77% Worth It Rating

Dysport is an FDA-approved, prescription injection for the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows in adults under 65. Results typically last for four to six months, though they can sometimes last for a year.

Fractional Laser

73% Worth It Rating

Fractional lasers are used in skin resurfacing—to minimize wrinkles, help reverse sun damage, and generally improve skin's appearance.

Fraxel Laser

64% Worth It Rating

Fraxel is an FDA-approved laser treatment intended to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, skin pigmentation, sun damage, acne, stretch marks, and, in some cases, the pre-cancerous skin condition actinic keratosis (AK). A handheld device is passed across the skin, sending laser light energy below the surface. This energy stimulates your body's natural production of collagen, rejuvenating the cells and smoothing the skin on the surface.

GentleLase

81% Worth It Rating

GentleLASE is a form of laser hair removal that is intended to permanently remove hair, regardless of follicle depth.

Glycolic Peel

83% Worth It Rating

A glycolic peel, or alpha hydroxy acid peel, removes thetop layer of skin, prompting the production of new collagen and elastin.

IPL

67% Worth It Rating

Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a technology used in various skin treatments, including hair removal and photofacials. A handheld flashgun is passed across the skin, delivering a spectral range of light that targets the hair or skin issue. These types of treatments may also be calledlaser skin rejuvenation, photorejuvenation, orlaser resurfacing.

Injectable Fillers

92% Worth It Rating

Injectable fillers, like Juvederm or Restylane, can be used for everything from lip augmentation to wrinkle treatment to scar removal. There are lots to choose from, and the Real Self community has tried them all.Injectable fillers may be used to correct a variety of cosmetic concerns, such as wrinkles, thin lips, acne scars, and dark or puffy under-eyes.

Juvederm

83% Worth It Rating

Juvederm is an FDA-approved collection of injectable fillers used for a variety of reasons, including lifting the cheeks, smoothing marionette lines around the mouth, and plumping the lips. It may also be used to fill pitted acne scars or reduce the appearance of aging hands. Juvederm fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin. Results typically last between nine months to a year.

Laser Genesis

63% Worth It Rating

Laser Genesis is a YAG laser treatment that's intended to improve skin texture, reduce wrinkles, reduce acne scars, and diminish pore size.

Laser Resurfacing

80% Worth It Rating

Laser resurfacing uses an intense light beam to treat several skin issues, from acne scars to age spots. There are two categories of lasers: Ablative, which removes thin layers of skin and is more invasive, and nonablative, less invasive lasers that tighten skin and stimulate collagen.

Laser Surgery

78% Worth It Rating

Lasers are used in cosmetic procedures for everything from skin resurfacing to teeth whitening to liposuction to vision correction. All lasers are either ablative or non-ablative. Ablative lasers remove the top layer of your skin, and treatments typically require some recovery time while skin heals. Non-ablative lasers are less invasive, and use heat to stimulate cells to thicken the underlying collagen resulting in improved skin tone and elasticity.

Laser Treatment

83% Worth It Rating

Lasers can be used for several cosmetic procedures, including skin resurfacing, teeth whitening, liposuction, and vision correction. Lasers come in two forms: Ablative, which remove the top layer of skin, and non-ablative, which are less invasive and use heat to stimulate cells to improve underlying collagen.

Lip Augmentation

86% Worth It Rating

Lip augmentation increases the fullness of the lips, using one of a variety of surgical or minimally invasive techniques. While the most popular methods use fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm, fat grafts, and lip implants may also be options.

Melasma Treatment

70% Worth It Rating

Melasma is a discoloration—marked by brown spots and uneven pigmentation—commonly found on the face. Treatment options include chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser, IPL, and more.

Microdermabrasion

70% Worth It Rating

Microdermabrasionis a non-invasive treatment that gently exfoliates to smooth, brighten, and rejuvenate skin.

Non Surgical Nose Job

94% Worth It Rating

Those not interested in a traditional, invasive nose job may decide on the non-surgical option. This procedure makes use of injectable fillers such as Radiesse or Juvederm to smooth out bumps and humps and, at times, correct breathing issues.

Pelleve

87% Worth It Rating

Pellevé is a non-invasive wrinkle reduction system. It uses radiofrequency technology to heat deep layers of the skin, stimulating the production of new collagen in the face, including the skin around the eyes.A series of monthly treatments is recommended with yearly touch-ups for optimal results.

Perlane

78% Worth It Rating

Perlane is an injectable filler used to treat facial folds, wrinkles, and lips. Some have used Perlane to augment the chin and cheeks as well. In July 2015, Perlane was rebranded asRestylane Lyft and FDA approved to correct both smile lines and loss of volume in the cheeks.

Photodynamic Therapy

86% Worth It Rating

This non-invasive procedure was created to increase cell turnover and stimulate collagen production in an effort to treat sun damage, severe acne, and even superficial skin cancers .

Photofacial

80% Worth It Rating

Photofacial, also known as photorejuvenation, is another name forIPL therapy. It uses intense pulsed light to treat skin with sun damage or excessive redness.

Radiesse

70% Worth It Rating

Radiesse is an FDA-approved injectable filler used to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and smooth marionette lines around the mouth. It can also be used to correct volume loss in the back of the hands. In many patients, results can last a year or more.

Restylane

80% Worth It Rating

Restylane is an FDA-approved collection of injectable fillers used to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles, smooth marionette lines around the mouth, and plump the lips. Restylane fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin. Results typically last between three to six months.

Restylane Lyft

96% Worth It Rating

Restylane Lyft is an FDA-approved injectable for smoothing smile lines and increasing volume in the cheeks. Restylane Lyft is a hyaluronic acid gel that contains a small amount of a local anesthetic (lidocaine) to help to reduce the pain of the injection.Results can be achieved in one visit and last roughly 10-18 months.

Restylane Silk

94% Worth It Rating

Restylane Silk is an FDA-approved injectable for plumping the lips and filling fine lines around the mouth. A doctor injects the filler, which is made from hyaluronic acid, one or two times over the course of two weeks. Results such as fullness and definition of the lips are temporary and last for about six months.

Retin-A

81% Worth It Rating

What’s the “A” in Retin-A stand for? That'd be vitamin A. Retin-A is one of many topical prescription medications that uses tretinoin, an FDA-approved drug derived from vitamin A which stimulates skin cell turnover. Retin-A is often used to combat acne. Prepare to use sunscreen, though. Tretinoin-based drugs can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Rosacea Treatment

87% Worth It Rating

Constant blushing? Though rosacea doesn't have a known cure, there are non-surgical treatments to try to reduce facial redness like antibiotics, dermabrasion, andlaser resurfacing.

Skin Rejuvenation

91% Worth It Rating

Improving your facial skin tone and repairing skin damaged by aging, sun damage, or injury often involves skin rejuvenation.

Skin Tightening

88% Worth It Rating

As we age we lose volume in our face, primarily fat. As a result skin can hang down as gravity acts on it creating droopiness,wrinkles and bands. This can be thought of as excess skin and is similar in concept to a dress that becomes too large as its owner loses weight. In cases where you have a significant amount of this loose skin, you may find no other solution than plastic surgery (e.g. facelift, body lift, arm lift, etc.) because the underlying muscles need to be addressed and repositioned.

TCA Peel

72% Worth It Rating

The TCA chemical peel uses trichloroacetic acid to dry the top layers of skin so they peel off over a period of several days. The treatment is used to reduce discoloration, improve melasma, and reduce fine lines.

TITAN

53% Worth It Rating

Titan, an infrared device used to heat to firm and tighten skin by restoring collagen for younger looking skin on the face and body.

Thermage

40% Worth It Rating

FDA-approved Thermage uses radiofrequency energy to smooth and tighten skin. A non-invasive treatment, the applicator targets energy to stimulate collagen production beneath the skin's surface. There is no downtime, but it can take months and multiple treatments to see results.

Thread Lift

48% Worth It Rating

Created to address sagging cheeks and jaws, this lifting technique literally leaves the face with non-absorbable stitches. Like other surgical procedures, a thread lift can be painful and possibly complicated.

Vi Peel

66% Worth It Rating

Medical grade chemical peels from VI Aesthetics are designed to treat several skin problems, including aging skin, sun damage, and acne. More than one treatment is usually required for desired results.

Voluma

91% Worth It Rating

Voluma is an FDA-approved filler that's part of the Juvederm collection of injectables. It's designed to be used specifically in the mid-face, adding volume to the cheeks. Voluma is made with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin. Results typically last between nine months to a year.

Wrinkle Treatment

83% Worth It Rating

Wrinkles can’t be helped but they can be treated. Dermatologists may employ everything from injectable fillers to laser resurfacing to leave you fresh-faced.

Yag Laser

40% Worth It Rating

Commonly used for anti-aging treatments (think spider veins, sun spots, wrinkles), the YAG laser penetrates the skin so the tissue can absorb the energy, without removing the top layer of skin.

Age Spots Treatment

89% Worth It Rating

Age spots are patches of hyperpigmented skin. They can be treated in a number of different ways: laser resurfacing, chemical peel, dermabrasion, and more.

Asclera

100% Worth It Rating

A form of sclerotherapy,Asclera is an FDA-approved medication injectedto treat spider and small varicose veins. It works by damaging the cells lining the inside of the blood vessels, causing clotting thatis eventually replaced with tissue.

Birthmark Removal

94% Worth It Rating

Birthmarks are either vascular (the result of abnormal blood vessels) or pigmented (the result of pigmentation inconsistencies). The treatment for both types typically includes either laser resurfacing or light therapy.

Cellulite Treatment

65% Worth It Rating

Cellulite is caused by fat pockets protruding between layers of connective tissue beneath the skin. Treatment is challenging, but new technology, likeCellfina, holds promise.

Chemical Peel

80% Worth It Rating

Chemical peels remove old skin so that new layers can grow in their place. This controlled removal ranges in strength, from superficial peels that use mild acids to deep peels that penetrate several layers of skin. Depending the type of peel you get, you might have a reaction similar to a sunburn, which may involve scaling, swelling, and blisters. This may last anywhere from three to 14 days, after which time your skin should be smoother, brighter, and softer.

Fractional Laser

73% Worth It Rating

Fractional lasers are used in skin resurfacing—to minimize wrinkles, help reverse sun damage, and generally improve skin's appearance.

Fraxel Laser

64% Worth It Rating

Fraxel is an FDA-approved laser treatment intended to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, skin pigmentation, sun damage, acne, stretch marks, and, in some cases, the pre-cancerous skin condition actinic keratosis (AK). A handheld device is passed across the skin, sending laser light energy below the surface. This energy stimulates your body's natural production of collagen, rejuvenating the cells and smoothing the skin on the surface.

GentleLase

81% Worth It Rating

GentleLASE is a form of laser hair removal that is intended to permanently remove hair, regardless of follicle depth.

Hyperhidrosis Treatment

91% Worth It Rating

There are several treatments available for hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, including underarm Botox injections and miraDry.

IPL

67% Worth It Rating

Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a technology used in various skin treatments, including hair removal and photofacials. A handheld flashgun is passed across the skin, delivering a spectral range of light that targets the hair or skin issue. These types of treatments may also be calledlaser skin rejuvenation, photorejuvenation, orlaser resurfacing.

Kybella

87% Worth It Rating

Kybellais a non-surgical injectable for reducingmoderate to severe fat on the upper neck, otherwise known as a "double chin."The injection contains a naturally occurring molecule which eats away at fat. When injected properly, all other cells are left healthy and intact. Using Kybella for treatment on areas other than the double chin is not approved or recommended. The treatment is calledBelkyra in Canada, Australia, and U.K.

Laser Genesis

63% Worth It Rating

Laser Genesis is a YAG laser treatment that's intended to improve skin texture, reduce wrinkles, reduce acne scars, and diminish pore size.

Laser Liposuction

85% Worth It Rating

Laser liposuction is a variation on traditional liposuction that uses low-wave laser energy to liquefy fat before it's removed through a thin tube called a cannula. This technique makes the fat easier to remove, resulting in a less aggressive procedure, which may lead to faster recovery times. In areas with thin layers of fat, like the face and the neck, the cannula might not be used at all. In this case, the liquefied fat is absorbed and naturally eliminated by the body. The procedure is not intended to significantly reduce weight, but to address fat that isresistant to diet and exercise.

Laser Surgery

78% Worth It Rating

Lasers are used in cosmetic procedures for everything from skin resurfacing to teeth whitening to liposuction to vision correction. All lasers are either ablative or non-ablative. Ablative lasers remove the top layer of your skin, and treatments typically require some recovery time while skin heals. Non-ablative lasers are less invasive, and use heat to stimulate cells to thicken the underlying collagen resulting in improved skin tone and elasticity.

Laser Treatment

83% Worth It Rating

Lasers can be used for several cosmetic procedures, including skin resurfacing, teeth whitening, liposuction, and vision correction. Lasers come in two forms: Ablative, which remove the top layer of skin, and non-ablative, which are less invasive and use heat to stimulate cells to improve underlying collagen.

Liposonix

56% Worth It Rating

Liposonix is a non-surgical fat reduction procedure that uses high-intensity ultrasound energy.

Melasma Treatment

70% Worth It Rating

Melasma is a discoloration—marked by brown spots and uneven pigmentation—commonly found on the face. Treatment options include chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser, IPL, and more.

Mole Removal

91% Worth It Rating

Moles can be removed for aesthetic or medical reasons, especially if there are signs of melanoma. Mole removal uses one of three methods: a shave excision (cutting it off with a sharp scalpel blade); a punch excision (a small apparatus is placed over the mole and "twists" it out); or a surgical excision for larger moles.

Scars Treatment

88% Worth It Rating

Got a scar you’d like gone? Treatments to remove them differ based on the particular scar’s size, texture, and location (that includes any marks left by acne). Plan to hear about laser resurfacing, injectable fillers, and microdermabrasion.

Sclerotherapy

75% Worth It Rating

Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment for varicose and spider veins. It involves injecting asolutioninto the vein, causing it to scar, and rerouting blood to healthier veins. Thetreated veins then collapse and arereabsorbed into nearby tissue and fade. Results can be seen within a few weeks, but multiple treatments may be needed to achieve the desired results.

Smart Lipo

82% Worth It Rating

Smart Lipo is a variation on traditional liposuction that uses laser energy to liquefy fat before it's removed through a thin tube called a cannula. This technique makes the fat easier to remove, making Smart Lipo a less aggressive procedure that may have a faster recovery timeline. In areas with thin layers of fat, like the face and the neck, the cannula might not be used at all. In this case, the liquefied fat is absorbed and naturally eliminated by the body. The procedure is not intended to significantly reduce weight, but to address fat that has been resistant to diet and exercise. This procedure may also be referred to asSmartlipo Laser Lipolysis orLaser Lypolysis.

SmartLipo MPX

84% Worth It Rating

Smartlipo MPX is a specific brand of laser lipo treatment that uses two different wavelengths for body contouring. The manufacturer claims this results in reduced treatment times.

TCA Peel

72% Worth It Rating

The TCA chemical peel uses trichloroacetic acid to dry the top layers of skin so they peel off over a period of several days. The treatment is used to reduce discoloration, improve melasma, and reduce fine lines.

Thermage

40% Worth It Rating

FDA-approved Thermage uses radiofrequency energy to smooth and tighten skin. A non-invasive treatment, the applicator targets energy to stimulate collagen production beneath the skin's surface. There is no downtime, but it can take months and multiple treatments to see results.

Vein Treatment

78% Worth It Rating

Varicose to spider, this form of treatment helps reduce the appearance of enlarged veins. Common treatments often includesclerotherapy and lasers.

Velashape

44% Worth It Rating

VelaShape III is a non-invasive body shaping treatment used to reduce cellulite, as well as slim the area around the stomach, hips, and thighs. The machine combines four different technologies — infrared, bi-polar radio frequency, pulsed vacuum, and massage rollers — to improve skin texture and reduce overall volume of the treated area. You have the option to undergo one longer treatment session or three shorter ones.

Weight Loss

97% Worth It Rating

RealSelf doctors "weigh in" on the most effective and safest treatments to help you achieve the healthiest you.

Eye Bags Treatment

94% Worth It Rating

Treament for undereye bags may range from cold compresses to invasive surgery. Those who don't want to undergo a lower eyelid surgery may opt for fat transfer or injectable fillers, which can restore a youthful appearance by blending the eye bag with the upper cheek.

Latisse

83% Worth It Rating

Latisse is an FDA-approved topical treatment used to stimulate the growth of eyelashes. Latisse is typically applied to the base of the upper eyelashes once per day. Most users begin to see results within four to eight weeks, with the most dramatic results appearing between weeks 12 and 16. If you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes will eventually return to their original state. In some cases, Latisse may cause permanent changes to eye color.Latisse is approved for salein the U.S. andCanadabut not in the U.K. or Australia.

Laser Hair Removal

83% Worth It Rating

Laser hair removal is a treatment that uses lasers to target the roots of hair beneath the surface of the skin. Though it's not guaranteed to be permanent, a majority do experience permanent hair removal after a series of treatments. There’s a variety of lasers on the market, some more effective than others on certain skin tones, hair colors, and treatment areas. Laser hair removal can be performed on any part of the body.

Reviews (3)

Overall rating

4.3 out of 5 stars

4 out of 5 stars Liposonix

Abs, Flanks, and Arms - San Francisco, CA

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4 out of 5 stars Photofacial

Worth It - California

My one complaint is that I found out later that they do a free skin analysis, but they never offered me that.

5 out of 5 stars Fraxel Laser

Fraxel - No Pain, No Gain - San Francisco, CA

I had previously use Aura Skin Spa's services for laser hair removal and loved them. I was so pleased to come back to the same level of service and professionalism for my Fraxel treatment.