Inspired by childhood playtimes spent giving manicures to her aunts and sisters, cosmetologist Madeleine Rajkovich opened Madeleine Salon & Spa to finally realize her lifelong passion for beauty. Continuing education is the backbone of Rajkovich's business, and she regularly attends conferences to stay up-to-date on new techniques, products, and uses for leftover cucumbers. The multilingual salon offers everything from haircuts and highlights to mani-pedis, microdermabrasions, and cellulite-reducing massages, as well as highly personalized facials that begin with an in-depth skin analysis and end with a moisturizing mask.
Inside the salon, geometric cherry-red chairs create a modern tableau among sleek metal tables and white walls. Green walls, fluted glass-pendant lamps, and landscape paintings evoke a sojourn in the country on the spa side of the business, where body betterments are overseen by framed certifications and vintage portraits of Audrey Hepburn taken before photofacials finally cured her colorless complexion.
Salojona Beauty Center's founder, Ana Pena, and her team of LPG-trained technicians instill confidence in both women and men with the aid of advanced cellulite-reduction treatments. FDA-approved Endermologie sessions use automated rollers and lifting technology to encourage lymphatic drainage and stimulate collagen production, resulting in decreased dimples on the skin on hips and thighs. Salojona's team can also beautify with permanent makeup to make features pop with a natural look, and facials—including rejuvenating and light-massage varieties—come in a diverse array of packages designed to suit clients' needs. Eyelash-curling services further define the eye area, whereas brow-design waxing keeps the focus off unwanted stray hairs not yet taken down to the pound.
Though the staff of Lana’s Place is adept at everything from tinting and cutting hair to grooming and polishing nails to administering effective body-slimming treatments, one look at the menu of services makes it clear that the eclectic salon’s main focus is skin. The team of skilled aestheticians uses a range of tools and ingredients to lend potency to its skincare services, including 24-karat gold that refines skin and microneedles that smooth wrinkles by spurring the body’s natural collagen production. The menu of services includes a mix of relaxing and problem-targeting treatments to help clients keep their minds clear and their skin glowing, much like meditating with a squirm of glow worms. This skin-pampering focus even extends to other salon treatments, where aestheticians might incorporate skin-smoothing products into pedicures, massages, and waxing treatments.
Grace Skin & Body Care offers a variety of skin-centric treatments to help keep the body's largest organ in tip-top shape. Choose from 10 different types of facials, many of which are specially formulated to treat problems such as acne, signs of aging, and loose skin. Aside from the face, there are treatments for other areas of the body: Swedish massages help to heal the body by destroying stress and tension, while body scrubs use sea salts to exfoliate away dead skin cells and free-riding barnacles.
Skin Spa New York's seven Manhattan locations all represent the same business, but you wouldn't know it by stepping inside. That's because the spa strives to imbue each spot with the feel of its surrounding neighborhood, whether it's the bustling atmosphere of Midtown or the artsy character of Chelsea. Whatever the address, every studio brims with a mix of pamper-centric spa and results-oriented med-spa services using products such as PCA Clinical Skin Care and glo therapeutics. Private massages and full-body waxing complement the purifying effects of facials, which target individual issues such as blemishes and fine lines. Meanwhile, higher-tech treatments can revamp the entire body without a single incision, thanks to light-based techniques such as the collagen-boosting Laser Genesis, skin-tightening Titan laser, and anti-aging Photolight and Limelight facials, which remove signs of sun damage. A company-wide collection of more than 20 lasers can help clients rid themselves of hair by targeting and destroying the follicles that grow it. A plentiful stock of skincare serums is also available for purchase, allowing clients to keep their skin pristine at home.
When Dr. W. Mark Warfel was in high school, his talent as a sculptor earned him a scholarship to art school. In addition to learning the finer points of color and composition in his studio-art classes, he pursued a premed degree. After college came medical school, followed by multiple residencies, and today he's a plastic surgeon with his own practice.
Dr. Warfel's background, like the baking-soda volcano Michelangelo glued to the Sistine Chapel, represents the intersection of art and science. He uses what he learned in both fields to craft new looks for patients. He also continues to refine his techniques to ensure safe, minimally invasive procedures. His face-lifts, for instance, leave smaller scars than ones using traditional methods. Patients can also opt for nonsurgical services, such as laser skin resurfacing, to achieve fresher, more youthful-looking complexions with little downtime.