Final Inches' board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Motoki, uses an FDA-approved laser to eliminate gym-resistant fat cells. Following an initial consultation, Liposculpture patients receive a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. The doctor then injects a paperclip-sized cannula equipped with an FDA-approved laser that melts reserves of fat. Afterward, a small stitch, band-aid, or mother's kiss closes the booboo. Most patients can return to work the next day with minimal swelling, soreness, and bruising compared to the week-long effects of traditional liposuction. Four to six weeks of donning a compression garment or of being a camel aids fluid retention to minimize swelling in treated areas.
If a person is a reflection of her environment, then there is only one word to sum up Marie, one of A La Mode Studios' resident beauty experts: style. Chic decor hits visitors in the face as soon as they step through the studio's doors. On the left is a wall striped in off-white and light brown, and on the right is a wall of solid turquoise. The color schemes are completely different, but they complement each other perfectly—much like Marie and her fellow staffers.
A La Mode Studios isn't a typical salon or spa, and not just because it isn't located underwater. It's a collective of talented aestheticians, stylists, and other beauty professionals, each of whom leases a personal studio space. There, each independent contractor can add his or her personal decorations and products, and of course, administer their own lineup of beauty services. For Marie, that means cutting, styling, and coloring chic hairdo's for men and women. Between appointments, she and her fellow professionals often collaborate and share expert tips.
European Tan fosters healthy glows with a well-curated collection of sun-simulating tanning beds and VersaSpa spray-tan booths. Six flavors of horizontal and upright tanning beds feature various amenities such as surround sound, 360-degree tanning-bulb arrays, and high-pressure lamps; a dedicated leg-tanning unit bronzes appendages paled from shaving or an unchecked pants addiction. The center's fully automated VersaSpa spray booth doles out UV-free radiance via a fine mist of hydrating tanning solution. Clients can extend the life of their newly furbished tans with a full line of products from Australian Gold and Designer Skin.
Except for the stream of bronzed bodies emerging from its doors, Tahiti Sun Tanning could be confused with a traditional day spa. A hallway of private treatment rooms suggests the seclusion typically associated with facials and massages, because staff members believe tanning deserves this same luxurious feel. Clients bronze in ultra-ruva or high-pressure beds from brands such as Wolff and Ergoline as stereos keep ears entertained. In another room, customers can get custom spray tanning with Norvell spray-tanning treatments. On their way out, clients can buy tan-enhancing lotions and creams from the boutique to prolong their skin’s golden hue.
Makeup artist and licensed aesthetician Natalie Puikkonen, of Pelle: Makeup and Skin, understands just how important it is for brides to feel beautiful on their special days. She specializes in creating the perfect look—unique to each woman—with professional makeup applications. Along with beautifying with makeup, she also helps her clients create glowing, healthy skin with facials and microdermabrasions. Waxing services, body polish treatments, and lash or brow tinting are also available.
As a certified dermagraphic technician and micro-pigmentation specialist, Melissa Johnson spends her workdays treating scars and applying permanent cosmetics to faces. She also removes unwanted tattoos using a saline/salabrasion method that forces ink to the skin’s surface through osmotic pressure. When not bolstering the appearance of her clients, Melissa teaches her students the art and practice of Dermagraphics in permanent cosmetics, scar treatment, and tattoo removal.