American Tattoo Company founder Shane Robbins worked for many years as a paramedic, so it comes as no surprise that he runs his tattoo shop with hospital-like sterility practices. He and his team of artists have all completed trainings in bloodborne pathogens, protecting clients from nasty bugs such as hepatitis B and vampirism. And the parlor’s artistic work speaks for itself, as the team adorns birthday suits with floral and tribal designs, lifelike portraits, and intricate lettering.
Since sweethearts and body art trends change over time, these artists can also remove old tattoos with the laser-free Tattoo Vanish system. With several treatments, it erases youthful indiscretions or fades them enough to be inked over with a new design.
Connie Pearson of Permetika Cosmetic Specialties, a licensed permanent-makeup artist, draws on her 10 years of experience when lining eyes, shading in brows, and coloring lips. She specializes in filling wispy brows and redefining arches with soft fills, multidimensional brow strokes, and load-bearing keystones. In addition to cosmetics, she completes paramedical procedures for scar revision and areola restoration after mastectomies, citing this as a highlight of her job, "especially when I can help transform a broken woman's spirit and make her feel beautiful again," she says.
Breakthrough Tattoo is the studio of Texas State Board of Health–licensed artists Bill Walker and Wes Demise, who have been inking blank skin canvases for 16 and 17 years, respectively. As the experienced artists add indelible ink to skin, they keep prioritize cleanliness and sterilization by using handmade, single-use needles. They sterilize these needles with an autoclave, which itself is tested for spores each month. Bill and Wes post their portfolios online, which allows clients a preview of the drama they’ll see portrayed on their skin, like a trailer for a movie that Disney animators will draw directly on you.
Dr. Phu M. Do, medical director of Aesthetic Surgery Institute, employs his expertise as a board-certified surgeon as he augments and crops physiques through cosmetic surgery and laser treatments. He instructs other physicians in liposuction and fat grafting, and also delivers national lectures on plastic surgery and other popular Jeopardy! categories.
Dr. Do joins his talents with those of Dr. Wilbur Hah. Dr. Hah boasts a trio of board certifications in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, otolaryngological head and neck surgery, and cosmetic surgery.
At the Smith Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Kevin Smith––a physician with board certifications in otolaryngology as well as plastic and reconstructive surgery––helps his patients live happier and healthier lives by using advanced medical procedures to either alleviate pain or refine individuals' appearances. Dr. Smith's surgical methods can help accentuate a person's natural features by reshaping noses, ears, foreheads, eyelids, or hairstyles. Additionally, these surgeries can correct the structural issues that antagonize conditions such as sleep apnea, chronic sinus pressure, or migraine headaches. Not every appointment has to include surgery, though. The practice also offers noninvasive treatments that use a cosmetic laser system to improve the skin's overall tone and texture.
Trained as a general surgeon, Dr. Kristi Sumpter, founder of Winds Of Change Cosmetic Surgery, discovered her passion for cosmetic surgery while working with breast cancer patients. It was then that she came to understand the emotional impact physical changes can have on a person. Drawing upon this experience, she takes a caring approach to her work, and has been recognized multiple times by H Texas Magazine as one of Houston's top doctors. Her treatments include liposuction and face-lifts in addition to IPL photofacials and chemical peels, which can restore youthful glows better than swirlies in the Fountain of Youth.