About L'Essentiel Spa

State of the art non-invasive laser and esthetic procedures provided in a warm and decadent boutique spa environment.


Why Choose L’Essentiel?

By the time you search “Belmont laser hair removal” you've probably been considering laser hair removal, or entrusting someone with your skin, for some time. L’Essentiel is the first and only practice of its kind in Belmont Center that specializes in laser hair removal and advanced aesthetic procedures. The experts at L’Essentiel are trained by and certified by industry leaders, registered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and each is a recognized talent in her field. We are dedicated to making our advanced esthetics and laser hair removal a safe and effective process in Belmont and greater-Boston. Our high standards of quality have highlighted L’Essentiel as a welcome haven among its loyal and savvy clientele. Add that to our un-solicited recognition in Boston Magazine, WCVB TV, and the wonderful reviews we have earned from our clients and the choice becomes rather easy!



L’Essentiel is a results-driven, comprehensive technology-based aesthetics practice, designed to address the total health and welfare of the skin – and we always have been. Since 2004 when we opened our doors, we have proven that in the right hands, advanced technologies and lasers can lead to wonderful changes in our client’s lives. Our technologies are state-of-the-art, they are fully owned (not leased, shared, rented or refurbished), and they are meticulously maintained. We do not outsource for equipment, staff, or "supervision" of an off-site board certified doctor - which is now all too common in the day spa industry. At L’Essentiel, all treatments are performed by superbly trained and expertly appointed nurses, licensed estheticians, and registered electrologists who are all certified laser specialists.



Our technology-based aesthetic approach to skin health has redefined skin care. We are committed to delivering superior customer service, and we have performed hundreds, perhaps thousands of laser hair removal procedures without one major complication. It really requires years of laser experience and an in depth understanding of the protocols to safely use a laser to get great results, and Susanna and her team are in the office each day treating clients, and overseeing each and every clients’ progress. L’Essentiel is invested in offering advanced treatments that are relaxing and comfortable - and not just for hair removal.



  • Treating all skin types
  • Anti-aging technologies and Acne treatments
  • Electrolysis and brow shaping
  • European skin care – with tangible results
  • Long term benefits – “not just a quick fix”
  • Non-invasive laser treatments for anti-aging, firming and collagen production
  • Non-invasive laser treatments for pigmentation and vascular imperfections
  • Non-invasive laser treatments for cellulite reduction and body contouring
  • No recovery time – effective, thorough procedures
  • Tailored treatment regimens and home care
  • Your welfare is our highest priority, we care about you!

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If you are new to laser services, take advantage of our complimentary consultation and our seasonal specials. Please contact us for individual treatment pricing and package pricing. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to call us. Your safety, comfort and peace of mind are our main priority.

Cellulite Reduction

Cellulite Reduction

There are three structural problems that cause the appearance of cellulite. First, the connective tissue bands beneath your skin surrounding your fat cells can become tight and inflexible, pulling the skin down to create depressions. Second, enlarged pockets of fat trapped by the rigid bands push up against skin. Finally, thin skin makes the appearance of cellulite even worse. Other factors associated with cellulite are aging, heredity, hormones, and weight.

SmoothShapes® XV is the first and only cellulite treatment that uses Photomology® to treat the underlying causes and physical manifestations of cellulite by treating enlarged fat cells and brittle or inflexible fibre septae. SmoothShapes uses non-invasive Photomology to restore enlarged cells through a unique mechanism of action that combines light and laser energy with mechanical manipulation (vacuum and massage) to specifically target problem cellulite providing tighter, smoother looking skin, and delivers results that clients can see and feel. A series of 8 to 10 treatments is recommended and a consultation is required.

Laser Facials

Laser Facials

Non-invasive laser is effective for anti-aging, rosacea, solar damage, and mild scarring. The process warms the skin, stimulating collagen within the dermis to improve skin elasticity, skin texture and skin tone, while improving the surface complexion by decreasing pore size, reducing redness and textural imperfections. With a unique combination of leading-edge technologies, our skin revitalization laser facials and light-based treatments target the fundamental layers of photo-damaged tissue, epidermal pigment, mid-dermal wrinkles, and dermal laxity.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal works by emitting pulses of laser energy into the hair follicles. The energy is absorbed by the pigment in the follicles and converted to heat. Your hair's color absorbs the heat from the laser and that heat works to destroy hair follicles that produce hair. So, you see, we are not actually removing hair, we are permanently reducing the number of follicles that are able to make hair. As a result, the process is really called laser hair reduction.

Our award-winning Cynosure Laser combines two proven wavelengths; the 755nm Alexandrite and the 1064nm Nd:YAG. The 755nm wavelength has high melanin absorption characteristics and proven long-term results for permanent hair reduction. The high-powered 1064nm Nd:YAG is the safest wavelength for permanent hair reduction on darker skin types and tanned skin. By offering two optimal wavelengths, we can switch between wavelengths during a single procedure and select the most appropriate laser for any given hair or skin type.

Treatment Areas Include

  • Face and neck
  • Underarms
  • Arms, hands and fingers
  • Chest and abdomen
  • Back and shoulders
  • Bikini and buttocks
  • Legs, feet and toes

The Benefits

  • Permanent reduction of facial and body hair
  • Fast, easy treatments with little to no downtime

Preparing for Treatment

Preparing for Treatment

For laser hair removal treatments you must adhere to treatment protocols, including no sun exposure, tanning beds, spray tans, or self-tanning lotions. Please be sure not to remove the hair from the root 6–8 weeks prior to your scheduled appointment (no tweezing, waxing, threading or depilatories). Please shave and shower the treated area the day before, or the day of your treatment. Numbing cream is available for sensitive skin types, please inquire when booking your appointment. We request that on the day of your appointment you do not apply anything that can interact with the heat and energy of the laser. In other words, do not apply: deodorants, creams, lotions, oils, perfume, cologne, after-shave, make-up, and tinted moisturizer.

Please Note

Laser hair reduction works best on dark and coarse hair. Unfortunately, laser does NOT work on light colored blond, grey hairs, or fine vellus hairs.

L’Essentiel does not treat clients who are taking medications that make them photosensitive (sensitive to the sun or light). These medications include, but are not limited to: Accutane, Isotretinoin and its derivatives, Retin-A and its derivatives. We do not treat pregnant or nursing clients, or clients who are currently undergoing chemotherapy or cancer treatments.


L’Essentiel skin treatments combine the best in advanced facial technologies for men and woman to pamper skin and deliver real results. During your consultation, we will select the appropriate treatment series which addresses your immediate skin care goals and home care to enhance your outcome.



Electrolysis is the permanent answer to unwanted hair no matter your gender, your post-puberty age or your ethnicity, and today it is still the only form of permanent hair removal recognized by the American Medical Association. We use only the most advanced technology for efficacy and for your comfort.

The number of treatments needed varies with each person. Factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair presented, and hormone function influence the treatment program for each individual. It is very important to adhere to the recommended treatment schedule to achieve optimum results.

Minimum Charge of $20

  • 15 Minutes $35
  • 30 Minutes $50
  • 45 Minutes $65
  • 60 Minutes $80

For the protection of our clients and staff, L’Essentiel adheres to the strict sterilization guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control. We use only disposable instruments and dry-heat sterilization of all equipment.


OmniLux Photo Therapy

Using visible infrared LEDs and invisible near-infrared LEDs to stimulate collagen and elastin production, OmniLux therapy works with the body’s own natural processes to counteract the effect of aging and repairs the skin from within. Clients choose from three different dermal conditioning options to improve the appearance of acne and inflammation, fine lines, skin tone and clarity. The OmniLux non-invasively reduces inflammation, reduces redness, softens lines, evens skin tone, and leaves skin plumped and luminous. Great in preparation for a night out or if skin is in need of attention and healing. $125

The Essential Ultrasonic

This essential treatment was a first for Belmont, and is still one of our most requested services today. Suitable for all skin types from acne-prone to rosacea, and especially mature skin - even the most sensitive skin will benefit. Fully customizable, allow us to select the proper serums to nourish and repair your skin. Be pampered and revitalize with this essential and gentle anti-aging therapy resulting in superior exfoliation, deeper pore cleansing, and a better topical treatment. $125


Microdermabrasion helps diminish fine lines, sun damage and mild scars by a process called particle skin resurfacing. Utilizing a device powerful enough to be physician-grade, fine aluminum oxide crystals slough away the dead, dull layers revealing softer, smoother skin, and improved skin tone. The condition specific tips (crystal or diamond) allow for more modernized, customized treatments and a more gentle approach to regain the youthful appearance of skin without chemicals or extended periods of irritation and redness. $125

Rejuvenation Oxygen Infusion

Rejuvenate Oxygen Infusion is a non-invasive treatment that targets the appearance of fine lines and dramatically enhances overall hydration. Cooling, calming, pressurized oxygen increases absorption of the Rejuvenate serum and improves your skin’s moisture levels while vitamins and antioxidants protect and defend. The combination of Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins A, C, E and Green Tea result in instantly smoother skin and increased firmness. Your skin will emerge deeply hydrated, balanced and glowing with vitality. Results are not only instant, but continue to improve in the following days. $150

Opulence Oxygen Infusion

Opulence Oxygen Infusion contains lightweight Hyaluronic Acid, a powerful combination of vitamins and antioxidants, and a blend of botanical brighteners. Hyaluronic Acid helps to instantly hydrate the skin resulting in increased firmness, reduced appearance of fine lines and facial contours. Botanical brighteners help balance skin tone and Vitamin C protects and helps to defend against environmental damage and the visible signs of premature skin aging. In just one soothing treatment your skin will look supple, brighter, and luminous. $150

MicroLux – A Signature Treatment

The MicroLux treatment is a powerful cleansing and exfoliation process to decongest and slough away the dead, dull layers of your skin. Corrective serums are applied, followed by OmniLux Therapy to enhance the treatment, while promoting collagen and elastin through the OmniLux wavelengths. Your skin is instantly repaired, supple and smoother, with immediate improved texture and tone. Results continue to improve in the following days. For an anti-aging regimen, this is it! $150

Elite Laser Facial

A L’Essentiel favorite and ‘Red Carpet’ must! This non-invasive Laser Facial is effective for anti-aging and tightening pores. The process warms the skin stimulating collagen within the dermis to improve skin elasticity, skin texture and skin tone, while improving the surface complexion by decreasing pore size, smoothing skin surface, reducing redness and the blush of rosacea. You will feel and see immediate results. Expect to leave the Spa luminous! $175+

Elite Firming Facial

This Laser Firming treatment safely works by delivering non-invasive laser energy into the dermis for improving the appearance of skin firmness and elasticity. There is minimal to no down-time with this treatment. A series is necessary for optimal results, and a consultation is required.


L’Essentiel therapeutic facial treatments, featuring Guniot Paris Skin Care, provide not only corrective benefits for the skin, but also deep relaxation and relief from stress. These luxurious treatments are tailored to meet your individual skin care needs by targeting specific concerns and promoting optimal skin health. A thorough consultation precedes each treatment to ensure maximum results, while suggesting a home care plan to prolong and enhance the benefits of your treatment.

Hydradermie Facial

Hydradermie Facial

Hydradermie is an amazing treatment with an international reputation for providing visible and lasting results. Gentle galvanic current allows active ingredients to penetrate deep into the skin for visible and lasting results. Micro-circulation is stimulated and oxygenation of the cells is improved, providing an antibacterial and antiseptic effect to heal the skin. A light pressure massage with smoothing movements helps to relax the face and promote a radiant glow. $125

The Benefits

  • Deep cleansing
  • Deep hydration
  • Brightening
  • Controls oil secretion and break outs
  • Calms sensitive skin
  • Oxygenates and increases radiance

Hydradermie Lift

Hydradermie Lift Treatment

All the benefits of the Hydradermie Facial, plus a mild muscle-stimulating treatment firms and lifts the skin for a younger, more toned look while promoting oxygenation for a firmer, radiant appearance. By blending the best of botanicals and science, this facial will bring out the very best in your skin. $125

The Benefits

  • Deep cleansing
  • Deep hydration
  • Brightening
  • Controls oil secretion and break outs
  • Calms sensitive skin
  • Oxygenates and increases radiance
  • Firms and lifts the skin
Beaute Neuve Double Peel

Beaute Neuve Double Peel

The Beaute Neuve treatment utilizes fruit acid and Vitamin C to eliminate dead cells and brighten the skin. An exfoliating gel helps unclog pores, soften lines and fade brown spots, promoting a softer, clearer complexion, while the concentrated serums deeply nourish the skin. A pure Vitamin C mask ends the treatment, revealing a more even complexion. $95

The Benefits

  • Reduces pigmentation
  • Deeply exfoliates to remove dead skin cells
  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
  • Hydrates
  • Firms and brightens the skin
Liftosome Facial

Liftosome Facial

Pro-collagen concentrate is applied with light effleurage movement to the face. This marine-derived collagen firms the skin while Alaria Esculanta and stabilized Vitamin C stimulate collagen synthesis. The special heating action of the Thermolift face mask encourages the penetration of the Pro-Collagen Face Concentrate to firm and tone the skin. Serum Anti-Age is massaged into the face, neck and décolleté in light strokes. The serum contains Biopeptides and Vitamin A to help restore surface elasticity and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing the skin and rejuvenating cells. $95

The Benefits

  • Helps tighten the skin
  • Tones and improves the skin's texture 
  • Improves the appearance of dull, tired skin
  • Hydrates
  • Firms and brightens the skin


New to L'Essentiel Spa?

We’d love to meet you! Try any one of our pampering Guinot Facials or an Advanced Technology Facial Treatment at 15% Off!  And the best part is, we will not try to ‘sell you’ – just come in and enjoy!

Happy Birthday to You!
We are so grateful to all of our clients who entrust us with their skin care. Sincerely. As a thank you for your continued patronage, for your birthday we would love to offer you 50% Off a Facial service of your choice! It’s your special day! Be pampered and leave with a complementary gift! 

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Advanced Skin Technologies

Today, transforming aging skin function is possible; with proper nutrients, essential skin care and specific systems you can transform your skin so that it looks and acts younger and healthier. Our advanced systems include Cynosure Laser technology, Palomar IPL technology, OmniLux Photo Therapy, HydraFacial MD, DermaMed International, and Intraceuticals. With a unique combination of leading-edge technologies, our skin revitalization treatments target the fundamental layers of the skin.

Laser Hair Removal

L’Essentiel achieves permanent hair reduction on all skin types, including tanned and darker complexions. For fair skin types, we use the strongest laser in the industry called the Alexandrite Laser. Fondly referred to as "Alex", this laser can help eliminate even the lightest brown, almost blond hairs from all parts of the body, however, black and dark brown hairs respond the best. For darker skin types we offer the Nd:YAG Laser. It is the safest in the industry. The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery concluded that patients need in excess of 6-9 laser hair removal treatments for optimum results. While multiple treatments are necessary, you will see a reduction after each and every treatment.

Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Non-invasive laser is effective for anti-aging and reducing the blush of rosacea. The process warms the skin, stimulating collagen within the dermis to improve skin elasticity, skin texture and skin tone, while improving the surface complexion by decreasing pore size, reducing redness and textural imperfections.

Laser Firming

Non-invasive laser is effective for anti-aging on the face, neck, and décolleté through thermal stimulation of collagen and elastin within the dermis to improve skin elasticity and volume.

Pigmentation Reduction

Using the principle of selective photothermolysis, laser and light-based treatments target different chromophores in the skin. Chromophores selectively absorb the laser or light energy as heat and yield the desired response. These optimal wavelengths of light clear pigmented lesions by targeting melanin. The damaged pigmented lesions are then cleared by the body. They undergo a mild desquamation and slough off, removing the appearance of the lesion from the skin. Pigmentation changes must always be examined by a doctor first. A consultation is required.

For Pigmentation Reduction – Avoid sun exposure 4 weeks before and after treatment.

Vascular Therapy

Using our Elite laser technology we treat vascular imperfections on the face, including unwanted telangiectasia (blood vessels), spider veins and broken capillaries. Lasers allow for quick treatment of vascular lesions without damaging the surrounding skin. Light is absorbed by hemoglobin, destroying the vessel. Over time, the vessel disappears, restoring the skin’s natural appearance. A consultation is required.

For Vascular Therapy – No aspirin, Vitamin K, or alcoholic beverages should be consumed, or blood thinners taken 72 hours prior to treatment.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Therapy

Our RejuveLux™ Photofacial removes the appearance sun damage and sun spots with quick and effective treatments. The process uses concentrated pulsed light to eliminate epidermal pigmented imperfections. Treatments are spaced three to four weeks apart until your desired results are achieved. Pigmentation changes must always be examined by a doctor first. A consultation is required.

For IPL Therapy – Avoid sun exposure 4 weeks before and after treatment.

OmniLux Photo Therapy

OmniLux Therapy works with the body’s own natural processes to counteract the effect of aging by using visible infrared (Red Light) LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) and invisible near-infrared (White Light) LEDs to stimulate collagen and elastin production. The OmniLux non-invasively reduces inflammation, reduces redness, softens lines, evens skin tone and leaves skin plumped and luminous. Protective eyewear is worn during the treatment; if you are sensitive to light please inform us.

Cellulite Reduction

SmoothShapes® XV addresses the underlying causes and physical manifestations of cellulite by treating enlarged fat cells and brittle or inflexible fibre septae. SmoothShapes combines light and laser energy with mechanical manipulation (vacuum and massage) to specifically target problem cellulite providing tighter, smoother looking skin, and delivers results that clients can see and feel.

Our Experts
We believe each and every treatment should be individualized and conclude with your complete comfort and satisfaction.

Susanna Barmakian

Susanna Barmakian, RE, LME, FOUNDER

It is Susanna Barmakian’s goal to provide her clients with a compassionate and contemporary approach to skin health that incorporates both technology and aesthetics in a private, nurturing setting, where pleasing the individual person is strongly emphasized, and L’Essentiel is just that; dedicated to the one-on-one treatment care of the total person. Innovative and knowledgeable, Susanna is frequently sought out for her specialized treatments for multi-cultural skin health, from hair removal to acne and anti-aging. She is recognized for introducing technologies to the greater-Boston area, and has gained a loyal following of clients and industry peers.

Susanna is a Registered Electrologist and Medical Esthetician. She is a graduate of the Electrology Institute of New England, the Esthetics Institute of New England, and holds advanced certifications from The International Dermal Institute, DermaMed International, Palomar Medical and Cynosure of Massachusetts. Susanna is also certified in Reiki and is an Access Bars Practitioner. In addition to having worked with a respected Cosmetic Dermatologist, Susanna has been a guest speaker at EINE for esthetic education, a member of Cynosure’s Research and Development team, consultant to the ALME Center, and has been featured on Boston’s WCVB TV Chronicle and in the Boston Globe.

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Appointments are preferred, but not always necessary. If we have availability upon your inquiry, we will be happy to provide your desired treatment. However, laser procedures are booked well in advance. A credit card may be required to secure your treatment of 1 hour or more. Our receptionist is available Tuesday through Friday. Should you call during business hours and receive our voicemail, please know we are assisting clients. All messages are returned at our first opportunity, and based on appointment accommodation.


If it is your first visit with us, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to prepare for your treatment. As we are a specialized skin spa, we require that all new clients fill out skin care history information and treatment consent forms. Please do… leave babies, children and pets at home… this is your time to relax. Please inform us if you have a change in your medical history, or if you have any special needs or concerns to allow us to ensure your time spent with us is a memorable experience.

Late Arrivals:

Scheduling is designed to permit the correct amount of time to complete your service. In fairness to others, your treatment must end on time so that the next client’s session can begin on time. If you are not able to be on time we will do our best to complete as much of your treatment as possible, however with some treatments, it may be necessary to reschedule you. If you are 15+ minutes late for your scheduled appointment you will be considered a "no-show" and may be charged up to 100% of your service fee. For electrolysis, if you are 15+ minutes late you will be considered a "no-show" and charged 100% of your service fee and forfeit your scheduled treatment.


Your scheduled appointment is reserved exclusively for you. Should you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please notify us 24 hours in advance. We are realistic as well as understanding and know things happen; we simply ask that you notify us as soon as possible so that we may adjust our schedule accordingly. All services cancelled on the same day of your appointment, or missed without notice, 100% of treatment price will be charged or will result in that treatment being deducted from your course without a refund. Any changes to the initial treatment date(s) will be subject to availability.

Payment and Refunds:

L’Essentiel accepts Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover, and local personal checks. Payment is due at time of scheduling or appointment. Price quotes are valid for 30 days. Please purchase wisely; NO CASH REFUNDS – NO EXCEPTIONS; L’Essentiel credit only. Credit for a discounted series will be adjusted back to the full price/single priced treatment.

Product Returns:

If you are not satisfied with one of your products, please bring in the product with your receipt within two weeks of the purchase. We will gladly exchange the full value of the returned product for a product or products that are more suited to your desired result. If you do not wish to have a product exchange, we would be happy to give you a credit towards one of our services.

For Your Comfort:

To ensure you receive the utmost L’Essentiel Spa experience, we encourage you to communicate with your service provider regarding your room temperature, treatment pressure and technique.


Gratuities for exceptional service are at your discretion, and are not included in any service or package. L’Essentiel does not process gratuities on credit cards, we apologize for this inconvenience. Susanna herself does not accept gratuities.

L’Essentiel reserves the right to refuse services at our discretion.


  • “Belmont’s Most Upscale Pampering Spot”

    2012 Boston Magazine

  • Proudly featured on WCVB TV News 2012. Body Contouring Segment, News Center 5 Mid Day

    2012 WCVB TV News

  • L’Essentiel Anniversary Celebration featuring Blue’s Legend, James Montgomery

    2010 Boston Herald 2010

  • L’Essentiel Fundraising and Charity Event Contributors

    2010 Stuff Magazine & Boston Globe

  • Interviewed by Mary Richardson, Susanna’s technology-based treatments were twice featured, and L’Essentiel was proudly recognized for being the first location in Massachusetts to offer the Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion Facial.

    2008 & 2009 Chronicle

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