Within a black-and-white 1,500-square-foot facility embellished with tropical accents, Kucumber Skin Lounge's physician-supervised medical aestheticians enhance earthly edifices with hair removal sessions performed with lasers or customized wax, Botox injections, and cutting-edge skin treatments such as hydrafacials, photofacials, and chemical peels. Tattoo removal services rid bodies of the names of ex-lovers or outdated maps leading to safe-deposit boxes hidden during the Y2K scare. Other body beautifiers include tanning and specialized cosmetic treatments.
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Long before he opened Westcoast Piercing and Ink, professional piercer Kelly began to reconsider his own body’s potential as a template for artistic self-expression. As a pre-teen during punk rock’s heyday in the early 80s, he became fascinated with big chains, spiked bracelets, and large rings—pretty much anything that would showcase his style and increase his radio signal. The scene’s do-it-yourself ethic often led his friends to experiment with unsanitary piercing methods, but Kelly thankfully knew better and decided to take the true D.I.Y. route: he became a certified piercer himself and opened Westcoast Piercing Guy.
Today, years after his initial stroke of inspiration, Kelly operates out of a health-board approved studio that has been given the seal of approval from the local medical community and clients alike. He continues to outfit ears and other body parts with piercings; only now he works alongside a band of piercers and tattoo artists who decorate skin with everything from colorful custom sleeves to blank crossword puzzles that help clients pass the time during morning commutes.
When it comes to beauty treatments, the team at Soft Touch Day Spa & Laser doesn't just stick to the classics. Instead, they're committed to keeping up with new technology—so it's no surprise that their service menu seems to include almost everything.
For example, the spa's aestheticians perform radio-frequency skin rejuvenation in addition to airbrush makeup applications. Massage therapists reduce tension with reflexology treatments, and laser technicians zap away hair or help to improve skin tone. Out in the salon, nail technicians massage limbs and count toes free of charge during mani-pedis.
Abbotsford Imagine Laser offers a variety of low level laser therapy treatments to address ailments that range from stained teeth to drug addictions. Acting much like acupuncture sessions, these therapies can stimulate the release of serotonin to combat depression, suppress appetites to help clients lose weight, reduce nicotine cravings to help them quit smoking, and can help alleviate stress. Infrared light therapy is also used to treat pain, stress, and depression.
During LipoLaser treatments, the practiced technicians at Body Forming Clinic use low-level laser paddles designed to reduce fatty tissue on specific areas of the body. Approximately as painful as a kiss from an oversized butterfly, the non-invasive treatment requires no surgery or recovery time and is Health Canada approved. After consulting with a counselor about trouble spots’ checkered pasts, patients relax comfortably while a trained assistant applies two treatment paddles on the skin for 10 minutes at a time. Basking in wavelengths of light, fat cells bid adieu to resident padding and release it into the lymphatic system, allowing the cells to shrink and finally buy the velour catsuit they’ve been eyeing. The treatment, which can last up to 50 minutes, culminates in 15 minutes of cross-training to keep cells on their toes. Body Forming Clinic’s staff explains the benefits of weight-bearing exercise to maintain the laser’s results and then introduces patients to the relaxation of a 30-minute infrared sauna session.
At Face Beautiful Cosmedic, highly trained medical aestheticians carefully craft customized treatments to restore visages of all skin types and conditions to glowing splendour. A skincare analysis discerns each face's singular needs and ability to balance spoons on its nose, after which an able aesthetician applies customized serums to combat nefarious facial afflictions such as acne, fine lines, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation. Finally, a face and décolletage massage soothe clenched jaws, leaving skin radiant enough to attract winks from passing fireflies.