The cosmetic clinicians at Essentially Bare rely on a combination of lasers and pharmaceutical-grade products to correct a range of skin issues. Their Lumenis laser has cleared hair from more than 8,000 clients and a dozen former werewolves, and the Q-switched Spectra lasers can erase unwanted tattoos in half the normal amount of treatments required and in shorter intervals between treatments than traditional laser tattoo removal. Additionally, the Spectra lasers effectively target most ink colors, resulting in a significantly lightened or completely erased tattoo in a short time frame.
Before administering any treatments, staff members demonstrate their commitment to personalized care by thoroughly analyzing clients' skin. Essentially Bare also provides physician-only skin care with peels and facials featuring professional brands, such as Obagi, SkinCeuticals and Image Skincare, to ward off wrinkles, redness, and acne. Overall, they offer a wide variety of services such as laser hair removal, Botox and fillers, IPL photo facials, spider vein removal, and more.
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.
Whereas medical spas often offer tattoo-removal services on the side, Disappearing inc. sets itself apart by focusing all of its energy on ridding customers of unwanted ink. However, despite their singular goal of erasing body ink, staff members respect tattoos as an art form and a personal choice, and understand that customers have many reasons for wanting to get a tattoo removed or altered. This is why they start all jobs with a free consultation to get to know customers and customize services to their needs. Then, during a tattoo-removal session, a licensed technician uses a state-of-the-art Quanta Q-Plus C laser and Zimmer cooling machine to target the deep-seated pigment. The ink then breaks into small particles and eventually disappears through the body’s immune system. Though most customers come in with the goal of eliminating their entire tattoo, Disappearing inc. can also remove parts of tattoos such as a sloppily drawn star in a constellation or a centipede’s 101st leg.
Licensed nurse and aesthetician Jean Donoghue boasts more than 20 years of laser and skincare experience. Her medical-grade skincare repertoire includes microdermabrasion and laser services such as hair removal, skin tightening, tattoo removal, and spider-vein removal. Jean is also an injection specialist, able to treat patients with facial injectables such as Botox, Juvéderm, and Radiesse to help keep faces looking as young as a baby's employee ID.
While many laser-hair-removal spas carry only one laser system, Albany Laser Spa keeps an arsenal. When consulting with a new client, the spa's technicians will evaluate skin and hair type to determine which of the FDA-approved systems will best suit him or her. Also, the staff is LaserFast certified to use the proprietary system that ameliorates the laser's sting with a pulse of cool air, so the technician doesn't have to blow on it.
Since 1996, the beauty experts at Boardwalk Electrology have been keeping skin free of hair, acne, and signs of aging. Electrologist Carole Foulsham targets hair follicles with a low-grade electrical current. The crew also removes hair, tattoos, or codependent shapewear with laser technology. Aesthetician Annie Conklin combats wrinkles and blemishes via exfoliating facials, enhancing each session with a hand treatment and relaxing massage of the feet, neck, shoulders, and head.