In a cozy, brown-shuttered house that you might mistake for someone's home, Dr. Alfred Sofer is changing people's lives with cutting-edge medical technology. Plastic Surgery Center of Fairfield's impressive facilities include an imaging room, where Dr. Sofer reveals sun damage and other conditions with the Visia complexion-analysis device. Dr. Sofer also uses the Vectra imaging system to simulate the outcome of surgery or the addition of a second head in a realistic, three-dimensional model. He employs the advanced visualization tool to prepare patients for cosmetic and restorative procedures, which he performs either in the center's procedure room or within an accredited surgery center or hospital setting. If you walk up the office's charming, white-and-hardwood staircase to the second floor, you'll find members of Dr. Sofer's medical staff enhancing faces with nonsurgical skincare and laser treatments, including laser hair removal, photofacials, and dermal fillers.
With double board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Sofer has experience in the most delicate procedures. His training includes a microvascular and hand-surgery fellowship at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute, the site of the first hand transplant in the United States. His extensive knowledge and caring nature earned him the 2012 Best Cosmetic Surgeon award from readers of Fairfield County Weekly.
At Shelton-Saxe Aesthetics, the road to supple skin is paved with customized masks, nourishing vitamins, and repairing enzymes. Andrea Ward, the center’s aesthetician, spent eight years at the luxurious Bellagio hotel and spa in Las Vegas creating in-depth facials for guests. Here, she offers high-end hospitality with a clinical edge, customizing treatments to each client's skin type regardless of whether she’s using natural enzymes to repair past skin damage or aromatherapy oils to enliven the senses. Aside from the extensive menu of facials, Shelton-Saxe Aesthetics offers therapeutic massage and waxing services.
Spa Di Bellezza’s owner Pia Lauren revitalizes waning exteriors with tailored treatments and all-natural elixirs culled from her own line of personally blended skincare products. She bring close to 30 years of beauty-industry experience to her work, creating skincare regimens for all types of complexions and clients of all ages. The spa menu also includes body treatments, such as waxing and Cavi-Lipo slimming, in addition to ear candling and mani-pedis.
The seasoned tress trimmers at Intrigue Hair Salon tame unruly locks using top-notch haircare products and fashion-forward techniques drawn from New York and London. Ladies looking to revamp their hairdos can get a design and cut ($60+) or shampoo and blow-dry ($35+), and rugged-maned men can get a thorough head edit with a men's cut ($35+).
Helmed by Dr. Elan B. Singer, The Cosmetic Boutique combines a high-end beauty and cosmetics shop with med-spa treatments. The shop is stocked with a roster of natural, paraben-free, and organic makeup and skincare products, including offerings from Jane Iredale and Mario Badescu, which are ready to help patrons enhance their faces and bodies or beautify their pet parakeet. The staff wields these products, among others, when lavishing clients with the shop's line of facials, makeup applications, and body treatments. In addition to spa services, the on-staff doctor performs more permanent procedures including laser hair removal, spider-vein removal, and Botox injections.
Owner Kate Longo's personal goal is to make every service all about you, but her website echoes Aveda's greater goal: "to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty but around the world." That's why Longo and her staff of expert stylists use Aveda products, which are made from pure flower and plant extracts. Salon guests can keep it light with an invigorating condition treatment, or they can opt for a full-day pampering package that comes with a haircut, highlights, and facial wax.