Dr. Gwendolyn Yates and Christopher Yates co-founded A Change of Art to focus on a single area of expertise: laser tattoo removal. Dr. Yates, who has practiced for more than 15 years, serves as medical director, while Christopher draws upon 20 years of medical sales experience in his role as clinic manager and lead laser technician. There's a third member of their team, too: a Quanta Q-Plus C laser, whose three beams can target tattoos of any color, not just the ones done in invisible ink.
Focusing on such a specific service means that the team also devotes a lot of time to client education. Their web site, for example, has resources such as easy-to-read FAQs and primers that tell guests what to expect.
Medical Director Terrance L. Baker isn't afraid of embracing change. In fact, when he started practicing medicine more than 25 years ago, many of the technological instruments he relies on today, including lasers and body-contouring systems, weren't even invented yet. Instead of sticking to what he knew, he and his staff at Sollay Cosmetic Medical & Laser Center quickly adopted and mastered the new technology, opting to provide cutting-edge cosmetic treatments for their patients. The bedrock of their anti-aging services is the laser, which they use to remove unwanted hair, as well as to diminish unsightly veins, cellulite, or skin blemishes. To help clients get even closer to their ideal look, they also offer Botox injections, fillers, microdermabrasions, Neova Renaissance 2 peels, VerlaShape body contouring, E-2 skin rejuvenation, and Bioflex therapy.
Working in the medium of ink and skin, the artists at Black Lotus Tattoo Gallery create custom works of art in a squeaky clean shop. Led by owner Halo, whose portrait-style and freehand work can be viewed here, this crew sends clients home with indelible, one-of-a-kind designs and expertly inserted body jewelry. For those sporting outdated or botched ink, the studio offers Tatt2Away tattoo-removal procedures, which diminish old tats without the use of lasers or giant pink erasers.
Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Markmann spcializes in body contouring and faces, focusing on natural-looking results. Though breast augmentation, liposuction, and body contouring are popular procedures at their practice, his team of skilled medical professionals and nurses also beautify patients with less-intensive treatments, injecting dermal fillers into faces, tinting eyelashes and brows, and laser hair removal. Board-certified Dr. Markmann was rated RealSelf.com's Top Doctor in four different categories in 2010.
The friendly staff of Hulya's Aesthetic & Wellness, which includes a medical director, internationally trained aesthetician, and registered nurse, works to rejuvenate exteriors with a range of holistic treatments. Chemical peels, exfoliating microdermabrasion session, and Isolaz acne treatments form a line of defense against face and body acne as impermeable as a jar of pickles sealed by the Hulk. IPL hair removal treatments also help banish unwanted hair and sun damage. Hulya's menu of services is also etched with ear candling, far-infrared-sauna sessions, dermal fillers, tattoo removal, and therapeutic massages.
Though they seem made for a professional partnership, it wasn't fate that brought the team of Dr. Theda C. Kontis and Dr. Ira D. Papel together. It was years of hard work and dedication. After earning an M.D. from Wake Forest University, Dr. Kontis completed a residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, then went on to become an expert in performing eyelid rejuvenation, brow lifts, and facelifts. Dr. Papel knows the name Johns Hopkins as well. It was where he completed his residency and now serves as an associate professor?that is, when he's not working alongside Dr. Kontis at Facial Plastic Surgicenter.
Here, the doctors lead a team of board-certified plastic surgeons, along with other medical professionals who work to help clients boost their self-esteem and turn back the signs of aging. Visits typically begin with a consultation, in which patients work closely with a doctor or other professional?such as expert medical aesthetician Jeannine Stevens. From there treatment plans can take myriad routes that might include dozens of services, from laser hair and tattoo removal to Botox. In other cases, the surgeons might be called on to perform rhinoplasty or eyelid surgery, but the end goal is always the same: making people look as good as they feel.