Many an aesthetic problem has yielded to Norma Cataldo, the clinical director of Cosmetic Laser Solutions. She has been fixing dermal flaws with noninvasive beams of light for more than 10 years, remedying conditions such as wrinkles, sun spots, cellulite, and spider veins.
At the clinic, she is supported by Dr. Patrick Marasco, a board-certified plastic surgeon. With their combined skills, they are able to treat patients to more invasive procedures in their in-office surgical suite as well as lively harmonies over the intercom system.
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 body. 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, lifestyle, 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.
At Simply Aesthetic Specialties, nurse practitioner Julie Cahill-Hollingsworth whisks away facial furrows with quick injections of Botox. Administered in 15- to 30-minute sessions, Botox relaxes the subdermal muscles responsible for epidermal turbulence and misplaced freckles. The injections can subdue crow's-feet, forehead lines, and wrinkles around the eyes for up to four months.
Although it's not an NFL place kicker's living room, Mozi Foot Spa pays tons of attention to the feet and happens to air sports games on its flat-screen TVs. The staff pays ample attention to kicking tools by using ancient Chinese reflexology techniques—massage therapists apply their kneading techniques to the feet, stimulating blood circulation and promoting detoxification. They enhance foot-spa treatments with soothing soaks that include the relaxing power of jets and a steam, followed by a bunny spooning with your ankle. The massage therapists also help guests relax with a variety of bodywork, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.
The salon's decor promotes serenity as much as the services. Plush off-white treatment love seats are divided by flowing white curtains, and pink flowers loom overhead.
Zen Zone Acupuncture and Spa’s original menu of services included traditional acupuncture and Chinese herbal-medicine treatments, but has expanded over the past five years thanks to a growing team, which includes a medical director who is also a plastic surgeon, an acupuncturist/herbalist, and a laser specialist. The team now treats clients with dermal fillers and detox programs, wields the Candela GentleLase laser to remove unwanted hair, and supervises a smoking-cessation program to wean clients off nicotine. Massage therapists deploy hot stones and natural essential oils to relieve aches and pains, and those trained in Chinese and Japanese acupuncture aim to erase facial wrinkles, soothe digestive issues, and rebalance people who feel off-kilter.