Wisconsin-born Dr. David Janssen began practicing medicine in the Fox Valley over twenty years ago. Since then, he’s dedicated more than two decades to helping his patients look and feel their best with innovative cosmetic and reconstructive surgery techniques. Together with fellow board-certified surgeon Dr. William Doubek and Dr. Marc Serret, Dr. Janssen creates custom treatment plans based on each patient’s needs and desires. In fact, patient input is an integral part of the process, whether the doctors are shrinking silhouettes with non-invasive CoolSculpting laser liposuction, or identifying and fighting the underlying causes of migraine headaches. They treat veins large and small with waves of thermal energy and localized laser beams, while Botox and Dysport touch-ups fight sagging skin and fine lines.
Like the palace of a Venetian doge, or the garage of an eccentric billionaire, the Renaissance Center is built in the image of a Renaissance-era Italian villa. Sporting a picturesque colonnade, peaked clay-tile rooftops, and a façade of sand-colored brick, the center greets patients with old-world charm as soon as they step out of their cars. Inside, parchment-colored walls, cozy furnishing, and potted plants sit in full view of the center’s most stunning feature: a recreation of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
The Hairport Salon’s stylist and owner, Maria, first splashed onto the hairstyling scene by winning first place in a men’s haircutting competition in Minneapolis. Twenty years later, she continues to snip locks at an award-worthy level, drawing on advanced training from the Aveda Institute and the Presage Company as she adds dimension to manes with precision cuts, expert coloring, and extensions. Her skills even attracted the notice of the Style Network, which invited her to assist on a 2009 promotional tour that provided complimentary makeovers and milk-mustache removal to patrons across the Dairy State.
At Maria’s side, stylist and nail technician Miranda helps people achieve their desired looks by giving them a new ’do or painting pretty designs on nails. She’s also passionate about educating her clients on It Works toning and firming body wraps. Joining them is skilled aesthetician Leah, who pampers skin with facials and body scrubs or employs wax to liberate bodies from unwanted hair.
The MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.
Absolute Transformations' trio of stylists, who are also the owners, use Refine skin-care products and Spa Ritual body products to boost beauty from forehead to toenails beneath the exposed-brick walls of the earth-tone-hued salon. The anti-aging facial begins with a gentle cleanse as patrons recline and light shimmers across the hardwood floor. A professional then paints small circles onto faces with a microdermabrasion-peel sugar scrub, which employs vitamin C and microcrystals designed to slough off dry skin and reveal firm, smooth skin, along with a much younger-looking self. During the up-to-60-minute treatment, specific facial pressure points let visages relax without pressing against the windows of a yogi's house.
Sprawling across three sections of a centuries-old building, Salon Mode & Daydreams Spa welcomes guests into a homey, historic space with hardwood and tile floors, an etched tin ceiling, and a warm fireplace filled with flickering logs. Patrons relax in salon chairs while stylists refresh their hairdos using scissors, dye, and Aveda products based on pure flower and plant essences. In more-private settings, massage therapists aim to relax the mind, body, and soul. They glide their hands along tense musculature and incorporate aromatherapy to help clients calm their minds or hot stones to further soften knots. The beauty pros also focus their attention on smaller areas, such as tinting eyelashes or pampering faces with a selection of facials.