The artists at The Missing Piece Tattoo decorate appendages with permanently inked masterpieces. Artists draw upon their respective portfolios to emblazon emotional statements upon unblemished skin or to cover up tats bearing the names of unrequited loves and lost pet monkeys. Clients seeking personalized embellishments may consult with artists to forge custom-crafted images, and laser removal services erase unwanted tattoos. Skin-painters open single-use needles from sterile packages in front of their clients before work commences, and tools and countertops receive routine chemical sterilization overseen by a registered nurse.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries?Planet Beach A Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
With three levels of UV beds and an organic, FDA-approved spray-tanning solution at their hands, the Smart Tan–certified staff at Coconutz Tanning Spa can create a customized tanning regimen to match nearly any skin type or desired level of darkness. The salon’s UV beds contain up to 56 bulbs that bronze skin, and optional high-pressure tanners show embarrassing home videos to quickly add color to faces. The spray tan’s natural, organic ingredients diffuse across skin in a hand-sprayed mist, imbuing your body with a summery sheen that lasts five or more days. When the golden mist clears, shelves stocked with a lineup of sunless-tanning and tan-enhancing lotions come into view. These specially formulated products further darken the skin’s hue and protect it from drying out with added moisturizers.
Housed inside Azure Aesthetics, Good Vibrationz specializes in Laser Lipo treatments that work to sculpt bodies without invasive needles or tubes. The Lapex 2000 Laser Lipo reduces the appearance of cellulite and shrinks fat cells with the help of diode lasers and Shrinky Dinks plastic. The paddles send specific wavelengths of light beneath the skin's surface, penetrating cells so they release the fatty acids within. With the help of a whole-body vibration platform and the body's own metabolism, these fatty acids are flushed from the body, and clients can get back to their normal routines with no downtime or long, protracted goodbye letters to their unwanted fat.
Dr. Nathan Cotton and his staff of mandible mavens treat tusks to one-hour Lumibrite whitening, designed to brighten smiles by up to eight shades. The process combines an application of a patented substance that reduces tooth sensitivity with a specialty whitening gel, enhanced with fluoride to help prevent cavities and enamel landslides. The gel’s powers activate with a UV-free light, which eliminates the need for sunblock or a face mask, as the client relaxes into a vibrating massage chair. After a thorough rinse and removal of the gel, the friendly technician sends gleaming mouth ivories on their way. Cotton Family Dental also invites purchasers of this deal to take 30% off a cleaning, exam, and x-rays. For the best results, a standard cleaning is recommended prior to Lumibrite whitening.
Valley Dermatology’s Dr. Scott A. Smith curtails signs of aging with a host of minimally invasive cosmetic treatments. Dysport, a skin-smoothing serum, temporarily irons out cranial creases for up to four months. The 15-minute treatment targets facescapes wrought with creases and lines by dispersing a dewrinkling solution that calms hyperactive facial muscles. The dewrinkling solution can smooth furrows on the forehead, crow's feet, or between the eyebrows; and the minimally invasive treatment requires no downtime, so faces can resume everyday activities such as smiling and catching whipped cream pies.