Despite her title, licensed acupuncturist, massage therapist, and reiki healer Shilamida isn’t actually a healer—She’s a helper. That’s because she believes “it’s your body, mind, and soul that does the work,” and as such, she guides clients on the path to healing themselves naturally. At Balanced Soul Bodyworkers, LLC Shilamida increases her clients’ natural energy flow with reiki sessions to alleviate pain and stress and create more youthful skin. She also provides massage services that work to stimulate the flow of oxygen, alleviate discomfort, and improve range of motion.
Dr. Jeffrey Wise specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck. Dr. Wise graduated from Yale College before attending med school at Cornell University and completing his residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Penn with the department’s highest award for research and innovation in his field, and he now teaches facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the New York University School of Medicine. When he’s not lecturing students, publishing medical articles, or fine-tuning his surgical skills on miniature dolls, Dr. Wise can be found at New Jersey Facial Plastic Surgery, repairing broken noses, pinning back protruding ears, and lifting eyelids and faces. He also subtly improves appearances with minimally invasive laser tattoo removal, facial peels, and Botox.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Luis A. Zapiach reconstructs bodily fixer-uppers with a combination of surgical procedures and minimally invasive med-spa treatments. Invite fine lines and wrinkles to their own vanishing act courtesy of Dysport, a prescription injection that temporarily removes creases and furrows from the facial area. Following the 15-minute procedure, skin looks smoother and more youthful, leaving ample space for kisses to land and panther tattoos to prowl. Similar to Botox, Dysport’s FDA–approved solution prevents facial muscles from contracting near targeted areas such as furrows between the eyebrows. Patients typically require little to no downtime, though some may experience some redness or swelling. Like summer-camp romances, results from treatment generally last up to three to four months.
At M.D. Aesthetics Medispa and Laser Center—named one of the top spas in Bergen County in 2011 by Bergen Health & Life—board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Michael Macri helps clients enhance their outer beauty with treatments such as liposuction and laser skin resurfacing. An arsenal of high-tech lasers guards the clinic’s rare Egyptian jewels by night and rejuvenates faces and bodies by day, delivering intense pulses of light during hair-removal sessions and photofacials. Dr. Macri deftly handles injections such as Juvederm and Botox to tackle the effects of aging, and six varieties of liposuction help slim silhouettes better than controversial 2-D conversion techniques.
Natalya—a certified permanent-makeup artist and a board-certified cosmetologist—draws on 15 years of experience as she embellishes the faces that find their way into her Permanent Makeup Zone. While working in New York and Europe, she honed her micropigmentation skills, which she uses to subtly accentuate lips, eyes, and brows. Under her adept hands, lips receive soft outlines and sparse brows regain their boldness, which she creates with her soft hair-stroke technique and cauldron full of natural hues.
In addition to elective adornments, Natalya also obscures scars and beautifies clients who suffer from makeup or Crayola allergies. She also primps men by applying small dots of color around their lash lines, which makes glances more seductive without hampering their ability to blink in code. While she works, she uses sterile and disposable supplies—as well as and topical anesthetics—all with the approval of the local health department. She also performs an allergy test on each of her clients 24 hours before she indelibly dolls them up, to avoid adverse reactions.