"There is nothing better than seeing the smile on my patients? faces when they come in for office surgery checkups," says Dr. Jan V. Karlin, medical supervisor at Nova Cosmetic Center. He and his team elicit these satisfied faces with a full menu of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries, as well as slimming and rejuvenating spa treatments. To stay abreast of developments in these fields, Dr. Karlin regularly attends conferences and surgeons-only book clubs, honing his expertise on topics such as laser technologies, anti-aging hormones, and less-invasive liposuction.
Stigma Tattoo Bar compiles a trifecta of signifiers of lighthearted vice in its combination tattoo and piercing parlor, bar, and pole-dancing studio. Red vinyl couches line brick walls, and poles reach from floor to ceiling for classes scheduled along with lap-dance and burlesque lessons. Flat-screen TVs entertain customers as they're inked or studded, and a dramatic metal cage in the center of the room contributes to an edgy club atmosphere where you never know if a lion might appear from behind the bar.
Boiling Crab and Seafood’s chefs craft a host of plates featuring favorites from the great blue yonder. Thirteen types of poboys populate a menu, which also catalogs crab legs served with rich Cajun garlic-butter, Maryland blue crabs, and butterfly shrimp baskets. They offer 55 food items in total, and their drink menu complements that slate with Corona, Michelob, and French coffee.
With more than 25,000 laser treatments under its belt, the certified staff of Breeze Laser Center wields modern technology to soothe and improve skin. Omnilux treatments focus nonheating LED lights on acne-afflicted faces for 16–20 minutes per session to produce clearer skin with little discomfort. Like a timid sea monkey, fresh skin emerges gradually, typically after four sessions. Fight off hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, blackheads, or the advancing armies of face gophers with a Silk facial peel. The peel, lasting 30–45 minutes, exfoliates epidermises, then a topical serum soothes freshly-uncovered layers and eliminates the need for downtime. Prior to each treatment, Breeze's benevolent skin-sorcerers will meet with clients for a complimentary consultation, answering any questions they may have, and teaching soothing strokes that calm visages nervous about adopting a new look.
Under the steady guidance of medical director Dr. John van Wert, Cascades MedSpa carves a path toward beauty with the sharpest, most advanced techniques, earning it a feature in Central Florida Lifestyle magazine. Dr. van Wert and his team chisel bodies and smooth complexions with more than a dozen treatments designed to restore confidence to patients so that they can show off their swimsuit at the beach or the next board meeting. The med spa's services range from noninvasive microdermabrasion and massage therapy to LipoSelection treatments, which break up and remove excess fat from the love handles and thighs.
Co-founders Spooks "Spooky" Joya and Legion Avegno preside over a chorus of humming needles at Fallen Sparrow Tattoos, where a team of talented, professional artists customizes bodies with unique tattoos and piercings. After serving in apprenticeships under some of New York City’s most renowned inkers and pulling his first tattoo needle from an immovable stone, Spooky continues to decorate skin with pristine line work and elegant scripts. Co-artist Legion sits beside Spooky in the hygienic studio as he converts clients’ half-formed ideas into colorful sleeves or black-ink tuxedo jackets. Piercers Billy and Tyler work alongside their tattooing counterparts, busily bedecking bodies with custom surface and deep-tissue piercings.