During an interview on WLNK's Matt & Ramona Show, Vanish-Ink owner Mick Biddy described one of the tattoos he was in the process of treating. "A young gentleman came in with a heart on his shoulder, with a banner across it and his ex-girlfriend's name. We're just taking the name off, so we can put his new girlfriend's name in." Ended relationships are just one reason people visit Biddy's practice. Many want to get rid of a tattoo because of poor craftsmanship, because they have outgrown their body art, or because a former favorite anchor refuses to apologize for something. Whatever the reason, Biddy helps them using a MedLite C6 laser that can move quickly across the skin. The beam breaks down the particles of ink, allowing them to be absorbed into the body and flushed away. The spa's lasers can also reduce hair growth with vacuum-assisted lasers that draw flesh into the beams for more effective treatment.
Founded by lifetime Charlotte resident and certified laser specialist Franklin Thigpen, Tattoo Bill’s Tattoo Removal frees customers from the yoke of youthful decision making with an FDA-approved MedLite C6 laser, which zaps away unwanted black and color designs. After pumping $10,000 into comparative research trials, the shop settled on the MedLite system, pairing the powerful machine with a dye hand-piece to remove the staunchest of dragons and most slippery of carp. Customers can share relevant medical concerns during a free pretreatment consultation, during which Frank describes the minimal pain of the procedure and discusses realistic outcomes. Much like the tattoo parlors whose work they must erase, the staff heartily welcomes spontaneous walk-ins.
At Sinners and Saints, visitors can obtain high-quality body art in a clean and sterile environment. A talented staff of friendly tattooists is led by owner Big Nick, who boasts years of experience from working at his previous shop, Ace Custom Tattoos. Customers can outfit themselves with permanent pizzazz that won’t wash away during pool parties thanks to customized tattoos ($60 is the minimum price for the smallest tattoo possible). Budding tattoocionados can also opt for an elaborate and deftly detailed piece in a simple one-color format or one boasting a bouillabaisse of colorful hues.
The soothing massage strokes deployed at Massage Contour have a purpose beyond relaxation. Massage therapists rely on methods such as Lipossage and lymphatic-drainage massage to promote the body's purge of unwanted fat cells. They partner these tailored services with more traditional massage styles—Swedish, deep tissue, laying in a ball pit during an earthquake—as well as body wraps, facials, and waxing.
Charlotte Spine & Pain Relief Center's licensed chiropractors want to make it clear that they're healers, not treaters. That means that they use a combination of medical knowledge and technology to heal pain rather than soothe it temporarily. To that end, they specialize in traditional chiropractic treatments, such as spinal adjustments, as well as laser-based therapies; the cold laser, for one, shines painless, high-intensity light over achy areas to boost cells' power to heal and repair themselves.