Plush gray couches and contemporary black tables induce states of calm inside the Philadelphia Institute of Cosmetic Surgery's waiting room. The corridors and reception area inside the beauty-bolstering office eschew the clinical appearance of traditional medical facilities for more a home-like décor, such as warmly lit floor lamps, paneled curtains, and porcelain figurines enveloped in snuggies. In the experienced hands of the office's highly trained staff, led by founder and medical director Dr. Zaki Ftaiha, a slew of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic services, such as Botox, implants, and microdermabrasion, smoothes and reshapes corporeal housings. Philadelphia Institute of Cosmetic Surgery's standards for patient care and treatment match the goals set by hospitals, earning the office accreditation from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Robin Dove Hair Studio’s color and style team consider hair their main artistic medium, sculpting beautiful looks for everyday clients and the high-profile mugs of local celebrities and news reporters. An educator for J Beverly Hills Salon, owner Robin Dove is experienced with hair of all textures and continually enlists in training to keep abreast of the haircare industry's latest trends and grooviest new ideas about running with scissors. These training sessions enable her to pass knowledge on to her staff, which can handle anything from basic haircuts and updos to extensions, weaves, and formaldehyde-free keratin straightening treatments. The studio’s stylists create a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere as they pour complimentary coffee for clients visiting early in the day and arm afternoon guests with glasses of wine.
During the IPL laser treatment, aesthetician Jennifer Morgan beams noninvasive beams of broad-spectrum light onto skin with the aim of abducting age spots, skin redness, and brown pigments from their dermal farmhouses. This photorejuvenation may also stimulate the construction of skin-firming collagen and improve overall texture leading to skin as smooth as James Bond's pet jellyfish. Treatments require minimal downtime and typically eschew serious side effects, although customers interested in learning more about the process can schedule a complimentary consultation with Morgan.
For 15 years, certified colorist Drimaine Mills has approached each client's head as she would a canvas brimming with artistic potential. Emerald Cutz Hair Salon acts as her studio, where she and her stylists craft flattering 'dos with cuts, color services, and spa add-ons such as spray tans and mani-pedis.
As a celebrity hair and style coach, Drimaine is also familiar with the concept of special treatment—she customizes her conditioning methods to suit each guest's hair type, from brittle to curly to fine. By using salon-exclusive products from brands such as Moroccanoil and Goldwell, the staff continue to make patrons feel famous without painting George Clooney's facial hair on every station's mirror.
Thick, red, floral-print cushions top a purple bench looking down at the pedicure stations where feet luxuriate in warm, bubbling water. Nearby, a glossy spectrum of OPI and Essie polishes sit poised on white cubed shelves, ready to lay claim to newly groomed nails. While guests relax amid the modern décor at Polish Nail Salon, licensed and trained nail technicians clean and shape nails before lacquering them in glossy hues and Shellac polishes, which won't chip for up to 14 days, no matter how much the anxious person in the airplane seat next to you chews on them. The staff also gussies up faces with eyebrow shaping and eyelash extensions.
Seven days a week, the stylists at L.A. Vista Salon tend to the hair of anyone who wanders into their shop, which is located right on the outskirts of University City. Although it specializes in treatments such as lock maintenance, coils, and interlocks, the team is proficient in nearly all types of hair services. L.A. Vista Salon also offers clients a range of nailcare services that include basic manicures, pedicures, and Shellac treatments that use a special type of polish that resists chips and nibbling squirrels for up to 14 days.