Most cosmetic surgeons know a lot about the face. But as a dentist and plastic surgeon, Dr. Alex Rabinovich knows how the mouth plays a big role in determining ideal facial aesthetics. Rather than only focusing on lifting the skin, reshaping the nose, or combining two eyes into one, Dr. Rabinovich considers the role teeth and jaws play in the overall harmony of the face. No matter what facial-sculpting procedure he performs, Dr. Rabinovich mostly uses local anesthesia or twilight anesthesia to help prevent complications.
Before any treatment, patients can take advantage of thorough consultations at the homey treatment center with brick walls, hardwood floors, and a large flat-panel television. Dr. Rabinovich occasionally leaves the comfort of these confines to participate in medical missions abroad that provide children in need with free reconstructive surgery.
A European education and training at Estée Lauder give Regina, the eponymous founder of Regina European Skin Care, a unique take on skincare. The popularity of her services grew over the years, leading her to open her own salon in 1995. Armed with high-end products, such as Éminence, Peter Thomas Roth, and Yon-Ka, Regina cleanses complexions with a gentle, massaging touch and leaves flesh glowing brighter than a jack-o'-lantern full of comets. Her waxing treatments depilate faces and bodies, and microdermabrasions send dull, tired cells packing.
Stylists at Red Union Salon wield products from lines such as Phyto, Logics for Matrix, Redken, and Goldwell to add layers of color or imbue strands with rich shine. Like the world’s slowest carousel, colorful displays of local art rotate every season, and houseplants and hardwood floors imbue the space with an apartment-like feel. Besides trimming tresses, hair helpers can also sweep strands into updos for weddings and or long, looped braids for hands-free lasso contests.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert A. Harvey relaxes facial creases with FDA-approved treatments. While patients rest, the steady-handed doctor injects Botox or Dysport into the wrinkle-plagued area with a tiny needle, smoothing away flaws for 3–6 months with all the ease and grace of a pirouetting Zamboni. The injections treat crow's feet, ease furrowed brows, and can prevent future facial fault-lines from forming. For most patients, the procedures require no downtime, so they can return to their daily lives without further ado.
Signature Service: Organic skincare services and lash extensions
Brands Used: Eminence organic skincare products, CosMedix peels
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
What are some of your most popular services? What do you think clients love them so much?
Some of our more popular services are our organic skincare treatments, eyelash extensions, and airbrush tanning sessions. We also offer hair removal services, including threading and waxing.
Do you use any products or brands you're particularly proud of? What makes them uniquely effective?
We carry Eminence organic skin care products, which is 100% organic, and CosMedix, which offers a full line of chemical peels. We also have a peel for every skin type.
How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
Organic Shimmer started out three years ago as a one-room, one-person airbrush tanning service. After a year of building a loyal clientele, Organic Shimmer moved to the Marina District in San Francisco as a brick and mortar tanning spa. After yet another year, we decided to expand into the spa world and offer skin care, waxing, and eyelash extensions, as well as other beauty services.