Dr. Mira Mahajan of Golden Glow Medical Spa says she loves making her patients and customers happy about the way they look and feel. The spa won first place in the business/service category in the Best of Largo contest, which took place in November.
LARGO – In the mid-1980s, Billy Crystal, impersonating Fernando Lamas on “Saturday Night Live,” would often say, “It’s better to look good than to feel good.”
Doctors Ranjan and Mira Mahajan say why not both.
It’s that kind of attitude that led to the Golden Glow Medical Spa winning first place and Mahajan Medical Center second in the business/service category of the Best of Largo contest last month.
“We are very thankful to all of our patients for being so connected to us and so kind to us, because when you look at our practices, they are very unique,” Ranjan said. “Most of the cosmetic medicine, primary care medicine is becoming corporate, so mom and pop businesses like us are becoming less and less. They are becoming dinosaurs.”
The personal relationships that the Mahajans foster with their patients has led to their second straight victory in the contest, as it was the Mahajan Medical Center next door that took first place last year.
“They are like our family. I know them, their first names, I know their families,” said Mira, who performs all of the procedures and is director of the spa. “And they know when they are coming to see me, it’s going to me always taking care of them. It’s not going to be my 10th partner covering me or my nurse practitioner.”
Doctor Mira’s practice has been so successful since it opened in 2009 that on Dec. 3 it celebrated its expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their offices at 150 Clearwater-Largo Road N. It is also rebranding as the Mahajan Cosmetic Center, a name that the Mahajans say does justice to all of the services offered.
“She is fantastic in what she does,” Ranjan said. “The patients come to my side after she takes care of them on the cosmetic side and they just go gaga about her because she has a touch of an artist.”
The spa provides minimally invasive and noninvasive skin-care treatments, including botox injections, dermal fillers, laser treatments, laser hair removal, chemical peels and more. It also employs some cutting-edge technology, such as injectable radio frequency to help with skin tightening.
Doctor Mira’s passion for cosmetics began back in India, where she was an OB-GYN physician. While continuing her education, she would do modeling on the side. It wasn’t long after that she would meet Ranjan and join him in the U.S.
“The cosmetic, the glamour, the aesthetic was all part of me,” said Mira, who also is a board-certified family practice physician. “I was a surgeon, trained in surgery and love to do procedures, so this area gives me it all. I can meet beautiful people, make them more beautiful, do procedures, which I love to do. … So this is like if your hobby becomes your job. What could be better than that.”
Another reason the mother of two feels so good about her work is that she gets to make her patients feel better about themselves. While most of the treatments at the spa focus on making patients look better on the outside, the couple says the effects can do wonders for the mental health of patients as well. And having a primary care office next door gives them the unique perspective of seeing the results firsthand.
“To some people it may look superficial, but to other people, that’s important to them,” Ranjan said. “And that translates to being confident in their job and that translates to being confident in their relationship. … So I think it’s important to look good, feel good about yourself, and I think they are all connected.”
Doctor Mira agrees and notes that her customers, who range in age from those in their 20s to their 70s, just want to look as good as they feel.
“Nowadays baby boomers are taking care of themselves,” she said. “They go to the gym, they are as healthy as they can be, their cholesterol is fine, they are working out, and inside they are 50 years old, but they are actually 70. So they want to look what they feel. Age is just a number.”