Connie spent a good portion of her career focused on looking flawless, working as a model and television actress in New York City. But once she embarked on a cosmetology career, she started dedicating her energy toward making others look flawless, too. Connie managed a number of salons in New York before making the move to Florida, where she opened Illusions Spa & Salon. Connie helps beautify her clients with a number of services, including facials, hair treatments, and Cavi-Lipo treatments.
Since opening its first center in 1999, Laser Skin & Wellness has expanded to two locations, both of which provide medical aesthetic treatments overseen by Medical Director, Gloria Hakkarainen, M.D. And to ensure each patient receives the best treatment for their concerns, a personalized consultation is performed before technicians craft a customized treatment plan, which can include medical weight loss programs, laser tattoo removal, dermal fillers, and permanent makeup treatments. Laser technicians gently remove unwanted hair with a Cutera CoolGlide laser, which keeps the skin comfortable with a built-in cooling device, or a Cutera ProWave 770 system that can banish strands on all skin types including invisible. During acne treatments, a Clear Light system releases blue-violet rays across the skin, killing bacteria deep in the pores. To further beautify complexions, Laser Skin & Wellness’ staff also employs Obagi, SkinMedica, EltaMD, and Jan Marini products.
To permanently spruce up faces, Eylsa Ross blends clinical skill with artistry that's landed her work on celebrity mugs, television, and the pages of Shape, Real Simple, and InStyle magazines. In her experienced hands, which have dusted the faces of Matthew Perry and Christine Baranski, brows become bolder and lips become fuller. Elysa's work isn't limited to faces however; mastectomy patients rely on her for repigmentation.
Elysa also exposes complexions' natural glows with peels, microdermabrasion, and candelabra hats. She applies makeup to prep façades for weddings and events and hosts private parties.In addition to being an official Laura Mercier makeup artist, Elysa is a medical aesthetician in plastic surgery and dermatology offices. She started out by training with Pamela Taylor––who's made up the famous faces of the Rolling Stones and Billy Joel––and apprenticed with Laura Geller herself, whose line of cosmetics bears her name in stores across the nation.
After more than two decades of practicing surgery in the area, Dr. Luis Viñas—a board-certified plastic surgeon—decided to open L.A. Viñas Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in 2009. Here, he performs and supervises cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries, as well as preventative procedures alongside a well-trained staff of medical assistants, aestheticians, and a physician-assistant laser specialist. The med spa specializes in anti-aging treatments, including injectables, chemical peels, and laser treatments that resurface skin to minimize wrinkles, age spots, and scarring.
The center’s massage therapists specialize in postoperative lymphatic drainage techniques, which help reduce inflammation, prevent scarring, and speed healing by enhancing the system’s ability to filter out toxins hiding behind cardboard replicas of the lungs. In addition to his surgical duties, Dr. Viñas partnered with his daughter to create a skincare line—V Therapeutic—that targets acne without stripping away moisture.
Body art is for anyone seeking self-expression. In an immaculate and spacious studio, Aces High Tattoo Shop respects everyone's right to expression with exquisitely rendered tattoos. Rich colors, crisp lines, and superb detail are characters of all the work its artists apply to skin. They understand the permanence of each piece, and how personal it is to each customer. That's why they accept nothing less than perfection, keeping communication open to ensure clients get the exact piece they envisioned. And they can craft virtually any design or figure, skilled in everything from portraiture to dark fantasy to lettering.
Chicago Inksters has a cadre of tattoo artists, body piercers, airbrush artists, and apprentices that pool their creative talents to help clients express themselves through body art. The shop's tattoo artists can create a variety of detailed images, whether that image is designed by the customer themselves or pulled from the company’s gallery. The studio’s body-piercing specialists can decorate eyebrows, lips, navels, and ears with variety of bars, hoops, and studs. Customers can also adorn their walls with the same art that graces their skin—feel free to purchase prints from the shop's on-site art gallery, where artists display their custom works and customers' personal ideas.