Times Union: Cool spaces, Looking their best
Originally published by Leigh Hornbeck of the Times Union
Photos by Cindy Schultz
When The Plastic Surgery Group approached middle age, the company did something a lot of people do — they had a face lift. The practice had a complete makeover, actually.
Late last year, The Plastic Surgery Group relocated from Washington Avenue in Albany to Patroon Creek Corporate Center, an office park at 455 Patroon Creek Blvd.
Spa services have become more prominent within plastic surgery, said Jeffrey Rockmore, one of the six doctors at the office, and so part of the office is called Spa One. The field now includes many noninvasive treatments — CoolSculpting which freezes fat off, chemical peels, microderm abrasion and laser hair removal. These treatments are done on the premises, while surgery that requires general anesthesia is done elsewhere. The spa staff teaches clients how to apply makeup so they can maintain their new looks, Rockmore said.
The doctors worked with Albany-based Kerry Turnell of KT Interiors to create a contemporary, urban look. The guidelines were “open and airy, lots of glass and stay in the grays,” Rockmore said. The result is a monochromatic space with clean lines and exposed ductwork (painted white) in the lobby. For sparkle, they covered a couple of walls with raw white stone and highlighted it with indirect LED fixtures. Flat screens advertise services available at the office, and products are displayed on glass shelves suspended from wire cables. The doctors had square, modern sinks installed in the exam rooms you might find in a home, rather than a typical doctor’s office. Instead of vinyl tile common to medical offices, they used a slip-resistant tile that was again, more homey looking. Patients use chairs, not benches, in the exam rooms.
“We wanted something functional that still looks good,” Rockmore said.