Working as a laser hair-removal specialist, Carmen Vanderheiden heard a common sentiment from the clients who had tattoos: "Please, hit it. I want it gone." The Tataway founder told the Back Bay Patch that as many as 80% of these tattooed clients asked her not to shield their ink from the hair-zapping laser. Since opening her tattoo-removal parlor, Vanderheiden has found out why, listening keenly to the story beneath each inky regret. Some clients have told her that they're tired of a tattoo's design or its placement on their uvula. Others have confided that the tattoo feels like a stain from some painful time in their life. These stories make no difference to Tataway's tattoo-removal chart. During free consultations, the clinically published Kirby-Desai scale tells Vanderheiden the number of laser treatments each client can expect based on skin type and the tattoo's pigments, location, and number of spelling errors. After each treatment, topical ointments and sterile dressing help sooth the skin and prevent infection.
The practitioners at Skin Spa Clinic want guests to feel as comfortable as if they were still at home, so they deck the studio with domestic touches. The treatment tables, for example, more resemble high-end couches, inviting visitors to relax atop embroidered pillows and ultrasoft fringed blankets woven from clumps of cloud nine. As clients sink into these creature comforts, technicians focus on their specialties of laser hair removal and photorejuvenation treatments that combat everything from facial wrinkles to leg veins. Some services, such as the acne treatment and MedFacials, combine light and radiofrequency energy, giving clients two forms of therapy with less overall energy output. This in turn lessens the risk of skin damage. Skin Spa Clinic's staff also enhances façades with nonlaser treatments, such as microdermabrasion and peels.
On the tree-lined, bustling Beacon Street, a stately brownstone located at the St. Mary's T-Stop, three blocks from Fenway Park, and a 10-minute walk from the Longwood Medical area offers sanctuary from the frenetic outside world. Here, Southwest Day Spa cossets bodies and minds with more than 30 pampering spa treatments. Its lava-shell massage brushes bodies with polished shells from the Philippines that therapists have gently heated and combined with minerals, algae, salt water, and essential oils. The desert-heat body wrap, with its zinc compound, helps tone and smooth skin by scrubbing, wrapping, and then rinsing in a four-jet steam shower. The zinc compound is also an effective treatment for painful joints and muscles. Plant-stem-cell facials work to delay the appearance of aging much better than denial, and microcurrent technology fades wrinkles. Spa packages include special options for brides, couples, and those who, like NFL linebackers, just want to be pretty and pampered. Additionally, FDA-approved SmartLipo treatments take aim at stubborn fat cells, while laser hair removal banishes unwanted hair for all skin types.
Boston Laser’s staff walk the cutting edge of focused light technologies to treat an array of ocular issues. After a consultation determines the viability of the treatment, a WaveScan maps out the fine topography of each eye so that the treatment can take every angle, curve, corneal shape, and corneal village into account. The laser device then incorporates the precision data produced by the scan into the corrective procedure, along with ongoing readings that adjust for the rotation of the eyes. The blade-free treatment itself only takes a few minutes—the exact time it takes to iron out face crinkles after squinting—and after one year, 96% of queried customers have reported being able to see well enough without glasses to perform most tasks, and 100% of customers reported at least 20/40 vision, allowing them to drive without glasses.
At Sain Visage, visitors can choose from a wide variety of facials, massages, and body treatments that effectively shed stress and dispel voodoo hexes. A 60-minute oxygen facial ($95) enhances blood circulation and rejuvenates skin, while a 40-minute express-treatment facial ($60) includes a light exfoliation, massage, and finishing mask. If you need to relieve tension while on break from the Pop–Tart factory, allow your muscles to become sweet fruit-purée beneath the hands of an expert therapist during a 30-minute de-stressor massage ($50). Or play hookey and languish your relaxation time with a 60-minute Swedish massage ($85), which uses long and smooth strokes with gentle to medium pressure. Body treatments exfoliate fleshoskeletons with services such as the 50-minute salt-glo body scrub ($80) that uses natural salts to polish the skin like a cellophane-wrapped Ferrari. Patrons can kick back and soak in the relaxing atmosphere and striking décor that features soothing lighting, soft tones, and comfy furnishings.