During an interview on WLNK's Matt & Ramona Show, Vanish-Ink owner Mick Biddy described one of the tattoos he was in the process of treating. "A young gentleman came in with a heart on his shoulder, with a banner across it and his ex-girlfriend's name. We're just taking the name off, so we can put his new girlfriend's name in." Ended relationships are just one reason people visit Biddy's practice. Many want to get rid of a tattoo because of poor craftsmanship, because they have outgrown their body art, or because a former favorite anchor refuses to apologize for something. Whatever the reason, Biddy helps them using a MedLite C6 laser that can move quickly across the skin. The beam breaks down the particles of ink, allowing them to be absorbed into the body and flushed away. The spa's lasers can also reduce hair growth with vacuum-assisted lasers that draw flesh into the beams for more effective treatment.
Founded by lifetime Charlotte resident and certified laser specialist Franklin Thigpen, Tattoo Bill’s Tattoo Removal frees customers from the yoke of youthful decision making with an FDA-approved MedLite C6 laser, which zaps away unwanted black and color designs. After pumping $10,000 into comparative research trials, the shop settled on the MedLite system, pairing the powerful machine with a dye hand-piece to remove the staunchest of dragons and most slippery of carp. Customers can share relevant medical concerns during a free pretreatment consultation, during which Frank describes the minimal pain of the procedure and discusses realistic outcomes. Much like the tattoo parlors whose work they must erase, the staff heartily welcomes spontaneous walk-ins.
At Sinners and Saints, visitors can obtain high-quality body art in a clean and sterile environment. A talented staff of friendly tattooists is led by owner Big Nick, who boasts years of experience from working at his previous shop, Ace Custom Tattoos. Customers can outfit themselves with permanent pizzazz that won’t wash away during pool parties thanks to customized tattoos ($60 is the minimum price for the smallest tattoo possible). Budding tattoocionados can also opt for an elaborate and deftly detailed piece in a simple one-color format or one boasting a bouillabaisse of colorful hues.
Both co-owners of HealthPoint RX help patients decide what to put in their bodies—family nurse practitioner Ginger Dailey by recommending medications and delivering injections of Botox and Juvéderm, and licensed dietician Annsley Ulrich by designing nutrition plans. Together, they run a facility where sclerotherapy vanquishes spider veins and appetite suppressants curb the urge to splice your genes with those of a cake. Perhaps most importantly, their monthly nutritional counseling outfits clients with personalized meal plans, a practice that helps them lose weight without endangering their health.
Owner and aesthetician Katrina Barringer opened Skin Essentials Laser and Medical Spa in 1999, and has since recruited an elite team of eight that includes a physician and a licensed acupuncturist. Each of the women on staff boasts a specialty such as bamboo-fusion massage, eyelash extensions, or aromatherapy that smells like colors. Barringer's interests are of an academic complexion, as she penned an award-winning paper and is one of 67 laser technicians without an M.D. degree to be accepted into the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.