Marc Beccia is all about the little details. That’s why when clients want a tattoo that perfectly resembles a personal photograph, they come to him. His mastery lies in his knack for shading, which accurately captures the subtle highlights of a person’s face, a building’s wood grain, or a favorite suitcase brand’s trademark symbol to give his designs the illusion of three dimensions. The shop continues to cultivate the little details that help make up a person’s style with body piercings, urban clothing, and a selection of gold teeth.
Burrowed among such historical downtown sights as Union Square and the Chinatown gates, Moth and Dagger Tattoo Studio leaves its own permanent mark on San Francisco by outfitting the city's residents with custom tattoos. Well-rounded inksmiths Mario Delgado and Justin Davis run the shop, and both are trained in their own unique styles. Mario specializes in realism, sprawling familiar images across limbs and buzzing them to life in full color or black and gray. Justin represents a more familiar approach with traditional American and Japanese designs. When they're not sketching new images, the duo is fixing or covering up old tattoos, allowing clients to finally have the confidence to leave the house naked.
The gentle stroke of a brush. The artistic flourish of ink. As an award-winning Chinese calligrapher during her childhood, the owner of Faces Plus Skin Spa learned how to control her hands, a skill that she has seamlessly transitioned into her work as an aesthetician for the past 20 years. Now, the owner and another experienced aesthetician—who received advanced training in Paris, Milan, and Hong Kong—use their skills to restore complexions with exfoliating chemical peels, seasonal, antioxidant-rich facials, and permanent-makeup applications. The duo customizes each service, educating spa-goers on proper skincare regimens and using natural and organic products to help complexions glow brighter than a sun-powered campfire. Faces Plus also provides advanced beauty services such as the photorejuvenation treatment, which relies on a combination of LumiFacial therapy, crystal microdermabrasion, and light energy to erase fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
Dr. Jeffrey DeWeese wanted to be a physician when he was just 12 years old, but it wasn't until an emergency-room rotation that he decided to be a plastic surgeon. After watching a colleague reconstruct a young girl's injured face, Dr. DeWeese resolved to dedicate himself to a specialty that combines artistic vision with technical proficiency to improve patients’ quality of life. Now with board certification and more than 17 years of surgical experience, he still relies on this combination of skills, spending ample time with patients beforehand and working with them to select an appropriate treatment regimen.
Surgical procedures comprise a healthy portion of the center's services, but the staff also bolsters confidence, tones and shapes silhouettes, and counteracts aging with less invasive alternatives. Custom facial treatments, for instance, incorporate everything from anti-inflammatory enzymes that conceal signs of acne to soothing masks that leave skin as hydrated as a sponge in a bucket of Gatorade. Microdermabrasion sessions and dermal fillers improve skin tone, whereas a therapeutic massage combines Swedish strokes, deep-tissue pressure, and reflexology techniques to address individual aches.
The stark contrast of elegant white walls and vibrant local artwork greets clients as they walk into Union Street Dermatology. Amid the chic boutique space, board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Elias J. Michael and his experienced staff help to relieve skin issues, such as rosacea, acne, and signs of aging, with advanced skin treatments. When he’s not screening for skin cancer or other disorders, Dr. Michael and his colleague Dr. Sandra Morrow oversee cosmetic and med-spa treatments in the form of laser hair removal, sclerotherapy, and eight types of wrinkle fillers including Juvéderm, Radiesse, and medical-grade silly putty.