More than 15,000 patients have passed through Parish Vein Laser Lipo Skin Center?s doors since it opened in 1995. Dr. Timothy Parish has been at the helm the entire time and, although he?s added several skills to his resum? since, he still takes the time to personally outline a treatment plan and perform ultrasounds for each patient with varicose veins. A registered vascular technician and registered physician in vascular interpretation, Dr. Parish eschews painful vein-stripping procedures for innovative methods including endovenous laser treatment, which uses laser fibers to damage the vein walls, eventually causing them to break down, pack up their belongings, and disappear. Beyond vanquishing problem veins, Dr. Parish and his team have also mastered several cosmetic procedures, including laser hair removal, chemical peels, and dermal fillers such as Botox and Juv?derm.
People sometimes compare applying permanent makeup to getting a tattoo, but at Softouch of Birmingham, that comparison couldn't be more wrong. Owner Heidi and her certified staff don't even use machines, instead relying on the SofTap hand method. This results in a gentler procedure, faster recovery time, and a softer, more natural effect than can be achieved with machines. Using hypoallergenic pigments, the artists permanently enhance lash lines, eyelids, eyebrows, and lips with designs that are virtually indistinguishable from regular makeup. But what's even more remarkable is that the procedure, like a feather boa with a stethoscope inside, has both cosmetic and medical applications?they have been known to help sufferers of alopecia and vitiligo as well as survivors of cancer.
During one-hour personal instruction sessions, professional makeup artist Danielle Lee—whose work has been featured in numerous publications including Southern Bride magazine—teaches clients step-by-step application techniques that can be used to augment their already existing facial features or to polish a miniature bust of Jennifer Lopez. Faces are exposed to a wide range of high-end cosmetics, including pigments by MAC, Bobbi Brown, and Trish McEvoy. A focus on delivering custom-tailored tips ensures that all clients leave the studio with the know-how to dress their dermises appropriately for upcoming bridal parties, birthday bashes, or KISS concerts.
The friendly staffers at Aura Salon Spa work their pampering wizardry in a large, modern space. The 30-minute express pedicure kicks off with a sole-softening soak, preparing feet to meet with the buffer and file. Next, cuticles and calluses are removed, stems are moisturized, and tootsies are topped with enough shiny color to garner envy from the Las Vegas Strip. The 30-minute basic manicure converts nails from their natural state of corporate-ladder-climbing claws to elegant, unruffled shapes. Cuticle care and a candy-colored coating complete turkey-stencil transformation.
Spa Works and Wellness is a chic, luxurious health and beauty spot, created to help clients look and feel their absolute best. Amid the purple velvet coach and shining hardwood floors, spa-goers can get smooth, silky skin with full-body waxing services from certified cosmetologist Amy Raneses, who works her waxing magic on eyebrows, bikini areas, and legs. Clients can also indulge in deep-cleansing facials, airbrush tanning services, professional makeup applications, and decadent infrared body wraps.
Each of Hollywood Tans' 140-plus locations, scattered from coast to coast, houses UV tanning booths that allow patrons to tan while standing for 8?11 minutes. With an average of 15 hygienic booths per salon, patrons rarely encounter waiting times and can stop in without an appointment. Hollywood Tans also offers UV-free methods of adding color to one's skin, including Mystic Tan's DHA-infused spray tans, and tanning lotions.