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.
Inside Forever Beauty Day Spa's homey, welcoming space, the spa staff pampers and beautifies guests with top-notch facial and bodycare services. Custom, organic skincare treatments include a rejuvenation facial that restores elasticity to leave skin radiant; other organic facials brighten, detoxify, and refresh skin, depending on the client's specific needs. Guests can also combine services with spa packages, such as the two-hour relaxation combo, which includes a full-body massage and signature facial. For more high-tech services, clients can look to the roster of IPL laser treatments designed to remove unwanted body hair or even firm skin and reduce redness.
At Advanced Dermatology Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, a team of dermatologists featured in magazines such as Glamour and Men's Fitness oversee an array of treatments. Together, they alleviate skin conditions, such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Alternatively, they beautify skin with lasers, tightening sagging areas or removing unwanted hair. Their cosmetic surgeries, meanwhile, tweak physiques while maintaining a natural look.
Bobby Buka, MD, and his experienced skin technicians coddle rough cranium covers in a welcoming downtown office, complete with a tranquility-enhancing Zen garden. Patrons with dull complexions can gift their facades with a chemical peel, designed to whisk away rough epidermises to exciting tropical-beach locations and stimulate new skin cell and collagen production. Adjusted for each individual face, the glycolic peel can assuage wrinkles, unclog pores, and help repair skeleton shucks after acne or sun damage, leaving clients with skin that's smoother and more brilliant than Galileo's juggling skills.
A board-certified dermatologist with more than 30 years of skin-buffering experience, Dr. Westfried is ideally qualified to aid distressed dermis damsels and dudes alike. Let him scrub stains out of your spirit suit with carboxytherapy, a 15- to 30-minute cosmetic treatment. During this procedure, small doses of heated medical carbon dioxide are injected into stubborn stretch marks, stimulating new circulation. Skin-gussying gusts of oxygen then blow into the stretch mark and broken collagen is thought to begin repairing itself, using nothing more than scotch tape and Charleston Chew filling. The treatment works on most skin tones, and smooth-seekers should start to see results within weeks with no downtime or side effects. Each hide-healing session must be performed two to four weeks apart.
Bare Body Laser Spa's team of laser technicians expertly guide Soprano XL and NaturaLase QS devices across skinscapes to rejuvenate and tighten appearances or evict unwanted hair and tattoos. Touted to be as gentle as a hot stone massage, laser hair removal sessions quickly destroy follicles and grafted Chia pets to prevent further regrowth, and tattoo removal sessions fragment ink pigments, allowing the body to fade them from epidermal memory over the course of 6–12 sessions. Time-worn coverings, meanwhile, bask in the therapeutic glow of warm infrared light, which picks up epidermal slack along the body, face, or neck without discomfort or downtime.