For more than 13 years, Topnotch Tattoos' team of artists has been adorning bodies with vibrant custom artwork. The tattooing trio—composed of Andrew Mullen, Steve Sims, and Nate Bjork—boasts a range of stylistic tendencies, from Steve's mastery of the iconic sailor jerry style to Nate's portraiture of Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney in their classic horror-film makeup. Resident piercing expert Oscar Martinez has made a study of all types of body modification, including surface-to-surface piercing, scarification, stretching, and permanent hand raising.
The staff at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa aims to balance both art and science in each surgical and nonsurgical procedure they perform. Whether patients seek tattoo removal, a face lift, vein therapy, or lip augmentation, the specialists outline custom solutions tailored to their clients' wishes and their skin's fear of falling. These plans accompany detailed information about each procedure to help patients to make the best health decision.
Decked in Renaissance–inspired art, stately wood accents, and plush leather furniture, the medical spa of Ritacca's upper level focuses on bringing inner beauty outward. The spa's skin specialists use lasers, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion treatments to help to reverse the signs of aging without subjecting faces to hours of Saturday-morning cartoons. Customers can further enhance silhouettes with expert waxing, gentle facials, and applications of permanent makeup.
Dr. Robert S. Kagan has been enhancing figures and rejuvenating faces for more than two decades. Board certified in general and plastic surgery, Dr. Kagan's work has led to numerous reconstructive and cosmetic successes for his patients, and he works to further bolster his skills by continuing his education and regularly attending conferences nationwide. He shares this expertise at his practice, where he performs a variety of services, including many types of cosmetic surgeries, breast reconstruction, skin-cancer reconstruction, and facial and body contouring to boost clients' confidence.
At Clear Vein Center, Dr. Yariv Cohen and his staff clear darkened veins from the skin with a trio of treatments that result in very little downtime. For sclerotherapy treatments, they inject an irritant into problem veins, which can cause them to fade in about three to six months. During phlebectomy treatments, they remove varicose veins through incisions tiny enough that no stitches are needed to close them. Laser treatments send light into veins via a thin fiber, which can cause the vein to seal shut.
From mending battle wounds to performing breast enhancement, Dr. Taek Kim has had a long and storied career. After graduating from medical school in Seoul, South Korea, the young Dr. Kim became a captain in the South Korean armed forces and flew the skies as a flight surgeon for Korean and American troops. He relocated to the United States, where he performed more than 8,000 surgeries and began specializing in cosmetic procedures. Today, as the founder and medical director of Renaissance Cosmetic Laser, Dr. Kim uses his years of experience to help both men and women enhance their appearance with services ranging from water-assisted liposuction to wrinkle-smoothing injections. Light technology also takes a polishing role in his service repertoire via laser spider-vein therapy, IPL photofacials, and procedures to install theater spotlights on a client's favorite features. When Dr. Kim isn't highlighting natural beauty, he channels his impressive resumé and renowned skills as a surgeon into mentoring young physicians as a faculty member of Hinsdale Hospital's residency program.
Although tattoo artist Gonzalo Cervantes only founded Dream City Tattoos in 2011, his experience with ink goes back much further. As a young artist with burgeoning needle skills, he mentored under Richard “Tapeworm” Herrera, who instilled in his apprentice the techniques necessary to transform human canvases into works of art. In the 10 years since, Gonzalo has amassed a wealth of experience and now specializes in versatility, covering skin in black-and-white and full-color portraits, tribal designs, decorative lettering, and biomechanical creations. Patrons need only show him—or his equally adept brother Gabriel—their desired ink with a picture or describe it with semaphores.