Since opening its first center in 1999, Laser Skin & Wellness has expanded to two locations, both of which provide medical aesthetic treatments overseen by Medical Director, Gloria Hakkarainen, M.D. And to ensure each patient receives the best treatment for their concerns, a personalized consultation is performed before technicians craft a customized treatment plan, which can include medical weight loss programs, laser tattoo removal, dermal fillers, and permanent makeup treatments. Laser technicians gently remove unwanted hair with a Cutera CoolGlide laser, which keeps the skin comfortable with a built-in cooling device, or a Cutera ProWave 770 system that can banish strands on all skin types including invisible. During acne treatments, a Clear Light system releases blue-violet rays across the skin, killing bacteria deep in the pores. To further beautify complexions, Laser Skin & Wellness’ staff also employs Obagi, SkinMedica, EltaMD, and Jan Marini products.
After more than two decades of practicing surgery in the area, Dr. Luis Viñas—a board-certified plastic surgeon—decided to open L.A. Viñas Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in 2009. Here, he performs and supervises cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries, as well as preventative procedures alongside a well-trained staff of medical assistants, aestheticians, and a physician-assistant laser specialist. The med spa specializes in anti-aging treatments, including injectables, chemical peels, and laser treatments that resurface skin to minimize wrinkles, age spots, and scarring.
The center’s massage therapists specialize in postoperative lymphatic drainage techniques, which help reduce inflammation, prevent scarring, and speed healing by enhancing the system’s ability to filter out toxins hiding behind cardboard replicas of the lungs. In addition to his surgical duties, Dr. Viñas partnered with his daughter to create a skincare line—V Therapeutic—that targets acne without stripping away moisture.
Body art is for anyone seeking self-expression. In an immaculate and spacious studio, Aces High Tattoo Shop respects everyone's right to expression with exquisitely rendered tattoos. Rich colors, crisp lines, and superb detail are characters of all the work its artists apply to skin. They understand the permanence of each piece, and how personal it is to each customer. That's why they accept nothing less than perfection, keeping communication open to ensure clients get the exact piece they envisioned. And they can craft virtually any design or figure, skilled in everything from portraiture to dark fantasy to lettering.
The artists of Black Rose Tattoo create custom body art in a clean, creative space decorated with framed drawings, large mirrors, and trophies from the South Florida Tattoo Expo. Its artists excel at Celtic- and Japanese-style ink, as well as biomechanical tattoos inspired by H.R. Giger illustrations. Sterile body piercings are also available.
South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery's board-certified surgeons harness the latest laser technology, including Smartlipo—a laser fat-reduction treatment that helps sculpt healthy, active bodies beset by lingering paunch. The all-inclusive package includes Smartlipo treatment on a choice of a small area, all pre- and post-op procedures, surgeon and operation-facility fees, any necessary recovery garments, and prescription laughter to aid recovery (a $3,500 value). Smartlipo enhances body contours less invasively and can result in faster recovery than traditional liposuction, and requires only general anesthetic to prep for a series of small, precise incisions, although local anesthetic may be used in addition if needed. In about 90 minutes per treatment area, a laser does its best Death Star impression on fat cells as a tiny tube gently sweeps up the debris. Simultaneously, the laser coagulates blood vessels to minimize bruising and swelling, and it may also stimulate collagen growth and result in a firmer, more toned appearance. Many patients resume normal daily activities such as washing the mail within a day, though strenuous physical activity should be avoided for up to 10 days. Most patients see results immediately and make complete recovery within a month.
Born in Santiago, Chile, and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. John Michael Thomassen grew up with the dream of becoming a doctor. After studying mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Thomassen returned to San Juan to follow his passion and earn his medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico. He spent six years completing an integrated plastic-surgery residency and fellowship at Georgetown University, and is now a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon serving the South Florida community.
Thanks to his years of training, meticulous engineering background, and active role as a researcher, Dr. Thomassen has become an expert in complex reconstructions and cosmetic procedures for the face and body. He also offers a variety of aesthetic treatments, including wrinkle-reducing dermal fillers and sclerotherapy for spider veins caused by prolonged standing and emotional surges associated with watching football games on TV.