The illustrious inkers at Escondido Tattoo Studio have been crafting custom skin portraits for their clientele since the studio's inception in 1975. With one hour of tattooing time, epidermal canvases can receive a small design of a favorite cartoon character or a reminder of important doctor's appointments. The time can also be applied toward the beginnings of larger projects. Thousands of classic designs rest at the ready, and the artists can also whip up a custom illustration.
Under the expert guidance of specially trained physicians, staffers harness the FDA-approved Zerona cold-laser technology, designed to reduce corporeal circumferences by an average of 3.5 inches. During each session, clients relax beneath a beam-slinging apparatus for 40 minutes as it glides low-light lasers over their waistline, back, hips, and thighs, emulsifying adipose tissue so that fat can sneak its way out of the body. The disintegrated lipid depots can then be absorbed by the body’s obsessively tidy lymphatic system and expelled through the body’s natural detoxification process and complex system of water-slides. The noninvasive treatment does not require any recovery time.
Loraine-Dale Hall had packed away more than a decade of experience and numerous awards as an aesthetician and cosmetic tattoo artist before she created spaViolet, a beauty haven bent on having fun while maintaining a no-nonsense approach to skincare. The freewheeling revelry visitors experience has led the spa to devise a list of house rules, which include tongue-in-cheek warnings to refrain from karaoke in the eucalyptus steam room and foam parties in the six-head Vichy shower. The spa's signature violet hue anoints every inch of the cottage-inspired space, where extra embellishments of potted flowers and pastel pillows lure clients in for a soothing escape. In this beauty-centered retreat, Hall helms a team of skin specialists whose skills have landed them on the glossy pages of 944 Magazine and a victory in a face-off against a chain spa conducted by San Diego Magazine. The menu also packs in body scrubs, lash and brow tinting, nail services, and happy-hour waxing, which grants discounts every Thursday and Friday afternoon. Clients can further enjoy their spa experience with complimentary almonds, brownies, tea, and wine, which keep bored tongues from licking off newly applied skin serums when the staff isn't looking.
"My life is making art with the human body," says Dr. Robert A. Shumway on the website for his boutique clinic, Shumway Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Shumway has made an illustrious career out of trimming waistlines with tummy tucks and liposuction and balancing features with nose jobs and face-lifts. He also strives for innovation, adopting new methods of breast augmentation and employing lasers to rejuvenate the skin.
While Dr. Shumway is known for his transformative procedures, his practice also offers surgery-free enhancement. Aesthetic services refresh complexions with lasers and injections. The clinical staff also specializes in medical-grade chemical peels, reducing the appearance of fine lines, age spots, and seemingly permanent milk mustaches.
The rugged beauty of nature meets the comfort of vacation amenities at REO Rafting Resort, a secluded getaway on the edge of Nahatlatch River. Throughout the Fraser Canyon, experienced guides lead groups on whitewater rafting day-trips and multiday excursions, helping beginners and advanced rafters alike to navigate class III and IV+ rapids. Some of the trips take place along the Nahatlatch and others venture to the Stein, Thompson, and Fraser rivers, all of which are less than 45 minutes away from base camp. Relaxation and pampering follow at the resort's facilities, where a hot tub, massage therapists, and glasses of beer or wine await to reward campers for their rugged displays of human heartiness.
At nightfall, guests cozy up around a campfire, but they need not roast hot dogs or trap varmints for sustenance. A team of professional chefs prepares meals for guests, which also helps prevent the risk of forest fires and bears moseying into campsites for a snack.
At the O'Neil Skin and Lipo Medical Center, an accredited surgery center, Dr. Kelly O'Neil enlists SmartLipo technology to remove fat and tighten skin. In preparation for the one- to three-hour fat-banishing treatment, patients receive an intravenous sedation, leaving nerves calmer than a tranquilized sloth in a zen garden. Next, the doctor injects the desired area with anesthetic fluid, which in combination with high-frequency vibrations readies the extra padding for easy removal. The doctor's steady hands lead the SmartLipo—a slim tube containing a laser fiber—into the area to rupture fat cells and make the skin taut and firm.