A Best of Philly 2009 poster from Philadelphia Magazine hangs proudly in the window of Salon Charisse, recognizing Patricia Oelbaum's waxing prowess. As Patricia strips away hair from bikini lines, limbs, and faces in the backroom, a talented hairstyling crew bustles in the airy styling arena. Amid french-vanilla walls and floral paintings, the stylists reshape 'dos and add luminous dimension with highlights. Frizzy locks cascade like waterfalls of butter with help from Express Keratin treatments or the more powerful Japanese hair-straightening technique. The salon's stylists and aestheticians also host birthday parties, where they primp partygoers with manicures and makeup.
Ellen Ehrlich's 30-minute Clinical Facial incorporates cleansing and a milia removal, leaving skin with that warm, just-lit glow ($70). The Clinical Facial Deluxe ($90) offers the same features of the Clinical Facial, but adds a specialized mask treatment into the mix. A wheatgrass and sage purifying mask sooths blemished skin and renews the balance of oils, calming a stormy face-sea. Sufferers of parched pores can indulge in the Norwegian blueberry and honey mask to restore moisture and Valhallan luminescence. To combat the effects of aging brought on by J.J. Abrams plots, consult one of the medical aestheticians to determine which peel is right for your skin. Available in 30% ($70) or 70% ($80) varieties, the glycolic-acid peel reduces the appearance of fine lines, evens out skin tone, stimulates collagen production, and makes your face shine like Ken Jennings at trivia night. Other areas of treatment include neck, arms, décolleté, back, and legs.
During the IPL laser treatment, aesthetician Jennifer Morgan beams noninvasive beams of broad-spectrum light onto skin with the aim of abducting age spots, skin redness, and brown pigments from their dermal farmhouses. This photorejuvenation may also stimulate the construction of skin-firming collagen and improve overall texture leading to skin as smooth as James Bond's pet jellyfish. Treatments require minimal downtime and typically eschew serious side effects, although customers interested in learning more about the process can schedule a complimentary consultation with Morgan.
Jardin Medical Spa springs several spa services on Philadelphia's faces, but only two have been set aside for Groupon users. The chemical peel efficiently and effectively treats skin that's been damaged by the harsh winter sun, unevenly pigmented, unfairly wrinkled, or unwisely replaced with a hologram. The spa's sugarcane-based glycolic peel improves texture and tone, adding a healthier look to faces while helping reduce future aging agitators such as age spots or faded pigmentation. At 15 minutes, the chemical peel is also one of the fastest cosmetic procedures available, topped only by a goblet of vitriol tossed in the face by a spiteful Victorian mistress.
The certified physicians of Philly Lipo Laser target fat cells with the FDA-approved Lapex 2000 BCS, whose noninvasive laser technology gradually trims away unwanted inches. Immediately after treatments, they can provide a 10-minute vibration-platform session to burn the same amount of calories as 30 minutes of exercise or two hours spent chewing gum vigorously. To complement treatments, doctors can also create a three-week exercise and nutrition program for patients to follow.
Along with Philly Lipo Laser's body contouring, its strategic partner, Morgan Chiropractic Center, administers physical adjustments and treats back injuries with a combination of medical expertise and holistic procedures.
Dr. Harold Farber's technique has been described by some as "artful poetry in motion." It could have something to do with his state-of-the-art equipment?which he uses to assess patients' health and dermal conditions?or the fact that he allays concerns by explaining his every move during treatments.
At Center for Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, he oversees a team of dermatologists who correct issues such as acne, sun damage, and signs of aging. The team follows Dr. Farber's lead by keeping abreast of the latest techniques, be it the sloughing off of dead skin cells through microdermabrasion or the illuminating of complexions with chemical peels or a steady hand with a spotlight.