For the past 14 years, the needle-wielding professionals at Dragonfly Tattoo Studio have inked skin surfaces in their sanitary workshop. Drawing inspiration from customers' ideas, classic tattoo designs, and recent crop-circle appearances, body branders whip up striking stencils before transferring client-approved images to the skin. Tattoo artisans insert indelible ink into the dermis layer using a multineedled machine, which changes the skin's pigment and permanently modifies the area. Once healed, the skin is branded with a desired image or line of text, such as the name of a close relative or the numbers of a gym-locker combination.
If you're not sure which high-quality service best matches your skin condition, one of Quinn's experienced skin aestheticians will help you decide during the assessment. A microdermabrasion treatment utilizes mechanical exfoliation and a Ouija board to gently blast away the skin’s uppermost layer—smoothing skin, improving collagen growth, and undoing love bites from the sun's angry face. The treatment usually leaves a healthy and radiating glow without the peeling process of a chemical peel. The SkinMedica Illuminize chemical peel, on the other face-hand, can be effective for individuals and chameleons suffering from facial blemishes, acne, superficial lines, sun damage, uneven skin tone, and clingy face-hugger aliens. The chemical peel pairs a newer generation of alpha-hydroxy acids with phytic acid and commonly used peeling agents to maximize skin rejuvenation while ensuring a low level of irritation.
“Give me 45 minutes and I will take off 15 years,” says Midwest Medical Aesthetics' president Kathleen Stegman on the company's website. As a registered nurse with a quarter-century of experience in the beauty industry, she has the knowledge to do just that. Stegman's expertise lies in beauty injections such as Botox and Dysport, which she's been using to tighten faces for more than 17 years. Along with her team of associated physicians, she also harnesses the power of laser energy to help clients remove unwanted hair, shed fat, and erase tattoos of ex-lovers' favorite species of fungus.
A Pivot Point–trained stylist with numerous hours of continuing-education courses, Carrie Thomas nimbly trims tresses and fashions strands into modern coiffures. Carrie lathers locks in a rich shampoo to rinse away dirt, excess oil, nesting barrettes, and tangled strands of phone cords acting as hair ties. Holstering her scissors, Carrie Thomas deftly drafts haircuts for men, women, and children to frame faces and match personal tastes before snipping manes into the desired shape. After cleansing and cutting curls, Carrie unfurls follicles under the warm breeze of a blow dryer and soothing strokes of a brush.
• For $49, you get an initial Invisalign examination, x-rays, and impressions (a $235 value), plus $1,000 toward the full teeth-straightening treatment. • For $59, you get a new-patient exam, x-rays, and one-hour cleaning (a $215 value).
Perfect Sense Eye Care’s rock-star ophthalmologist, Dr. Stephen Wiles, has performed more than 30,000 ophthalmic surgeries to date, and that number keeps on growing. From removing cataracts to correcting blurry vision, the doctor's trusted hands can almost instantly eliminate the need for glasses and contacts. During his LASIK procedure, for example, he carefully reshapes the outermost layer of the eye⎯the cornea⎯thereby allowing the retina to better focus incoming light. Within 24 hours, patients who previously suffered from astigmatism or constantly forgot to open their eyes each morning can enjoy crisp, clear vision.