Balanced Beauty

New Yorkers seeking balance and beauty now have a chic new Midtown spot offering holistic help. Russak+ Aesthetic Center (New York City) opened in fall of 2015 as an extension of the practice of board-certified dermatologist Julie Russak, M.D. Unlike many aesthetic centers, the focus here is on optimizing internal health to promote beauty from within with a therapeutic treatment menu. “We educate patients and provide them with tools to maintain the results that we achieve with the office-based procedures,” says Russak. “We do that by starting with a wellness analysis to first understand what is going on in the body, as that can often explain what we see on the skin.” Treatments, such as the Rejuvenating SkinCeuticals Decollete Treatment with Red Light Therapy ($450, 45 minutes), feature SkinCeuticals products matched with advanced technology for a customized and quick solution to common skin concerns. “Educating my patients on how to care for their skin is key, which is why SkinCeuticals is an excellent partner,” says Russak. “Our approach is more holistic, because we focus on education and prevention for overall wellness. If you are knowledgeable on how the skin as an organ responds to internal and external stress, which in turn accelerates the aging process, you have won half the battle.”

The physical space is just as aesthetically pleasing as the treatment results. The interior is clean and modern, with shining white walls and gold molecule accents. “Russak+ exudes luxury and promotes the fusion of science and fashion,” says architect Antonio Tadrissi. “The original premise of spatial and functional duality extends further into the DNA of this project, fusing timeless design and functionality.”