Lorine Mikhaeil leads a busy life. A trained nurse and a certified permanent makeup artist, she helms Organic Permanent Makeup (OPM) as well as Zena Day Spa, Derma Blush, and American Permanent Cosmetics Institute. But no matter how busy Lorine gets, she always takes her time with her clients.
At OPM, Lorine uses a semi-permanent organic ink to expertly define brows, lips, eyelids, and even areolas for those affected by breast cancer. This metal-free formulation gives her greater control when she is applying the ink into the upper dermal layer. During these treatments, Lorine uses an advanced power pin and for brows a specialized hairbrush stroke method that she invented herself, which gives the illusion of 3D brow strands. To ensure clients are inked with complementing colors, Lorine refers to the Fitzpatrick skin type chart to make sure brows match their skin tone and auras.
Though OPM's name focuses on one service, the boutique spa's menu is brimming with a range of other aesthetic treatments. Strands stand no chance against OPM's three hair removal systems, which include waxing, threading, and laser hair removal. Alternately, dermal fillers and microdermabrasions keep complexions firm and looking younger than a toddler holding a newborn dolphin.
A makeup artist who honed her eye-enhancing skills at NovaLash Academy, Christine Reed creates fringe-laden masterpieces that adorn the eyes of women across the city. Her rigorous attention to detail and extensive training within programs such as JB Lashes have earned her a loyal clientele that includes celebrities ranging from Joss Stone and Angela Bassett to Jessica Rabbit. Within her eponymous boutique salon, the certified lash technician revamps patrons’ appearances via services ranging from installing mink eyelash extensions to deploying a photon/galvanic skin-tightening facial to revive sagging skin. Along with her signature lash extensions and specialized facials, Christine also performs mani-pedis, airbrush makeup, organic airbrush tans, and facial waxing. She also extends specialized services to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
The therapists at Blue Diamond Spa render skincare services, massage therapy, and energy healing. From facials and micropeels to seaweed treatments and body waxing, experienced skincare specialists remove dead skin cells from surfaces and dirt from pores with products from Dermalogica and Jane Iredale. Massage therapists knead out tension and help prevent injury by applying various degrees of pressure, like parents trying to get a perfect child to eat dessert for once. Alternate therapies treat more stubborn imperfections with plastic surgery and Zerona laser treatments that help patients lose weight. Their energy healing, meanwhile, can relieve chronic pain and fatigue. Blue Diamond Spa offers beauty injectables such as Botox and fillers, as well as Carboxy. In addition, there are two Ayurvedic-medicine practitioners on the staff.
Kalologie's expert beauty gurus offer a first-class selection of pampering services, earning the franchise a spot on Elle magazine's 2008 list of Top 10 Beauty Boutiques. The staff exfoliates faces with more than 10 varieties of facials and peels, using the boutique's own line of products custom formulated from medical-grade ingredients free of parabens and sulfates. Therapists also treat clients with massage modalities such as Swedish, shiatsu, and deep-tissue, as well as waxing treatments that use specially formulated hard and soft wax for all areas of the body. Airbrush spray tans round out the menu of services, leaving bodies with a bronze hue similar to that achieved by bathing in a tub of melted-down doorknobs.
Beyond her extensive training in internal medicine, Dr. Amy Lee completed a fellowship in clinical nutrition and weight management to further her understanding of human health. Dr. Lee and her staff rely on this knowledge and experience when guiding patients through one of four physician-supervised weight-loss programs. Instead of injections or carefully phrased genie wishes, these programs use evidence-based approaches and dietary supplements to foster lifestyle changes, which help patients shed pounds and improve their quality of life. This combination of nutritional counseling and lifestyle advice can slim figures over time, but the center also uses cutting-edge aesthetic technology to effect more immediate cosmetic changes.
Dr. Raphael Darvish sensed he might become a doctor at a very young age. Not because a game of MASH told him he would become one, but because he is the fourth generation in a family of physicians. With Skinpeccable, he has turned his family's history into his own practice. Growing up in Southern California, he quickly recognized the need to create a dermatology and laser center to serve the cosmetic needs of the surrounding area. He and his team of laser nurses and aestheticians practice with advanced and safe laser technology, soothing sun damage, removing veins and unwanted hair, and performing laser facials.