The Studio at Painful Pleasures isn’t your standard piercing parlor. The 5,000-square-foot showroom has five fully furnished studios, each with their own TV and comfortable TatSoul chairs, as well as an educational center where they hold classes on piercing techniques. Hyperrealistic, ethereal, and vibrantly colored artwork designed by the in-house artists covers the walls—a testament to the detailed work they do. The team is also complemented by two resident tattoo-removal specialists who have mastered the art of buffing off unwanted images, such as the tally marks on your arm that remind you how old you are.
Walls bedecked with vivid artwork make known the heart of Pride & Glory, an artist-formed tattoo and piercing studio, as dedicated to the history and tradition of tattooing as it is to the future of the form. The skilled staffers bring with them artistic backgrounds in painting, sculpting, and invisible-ink portraiture, and pair their well-practiced trades with an impressive stock of body jewelry and after-care products. Free consultations encourage guests to thoughtfully plan their ink, and hundreds of flash-art designs cater to patrons in search of inspiration.
Aesthetic Laser and Vein Center specializes in laser and other light-based beautification treatments, ranging from laser hair removal to body sculpting. Overgrown sections of skin can work their way toward hairlessness with three laser hair removal treatments. These gentle, non-invasive procedures are suitable for all skin types and utilize lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) to destroy the hair follicle and permanently reduce hair growth. Although the trio of treatments will wage short-term war to prevent the arrival of hairs from the future, multiple treatments are recommended for permanent victory over face and body fur. After the sessions, patients can immediately return to normal activities, such as work, school, and unilateral arguments with disposable razors.
Acclaimed surgeon Dr. Craig Person's skilled hands change looks and lives. Doubly board-certified in plastic and hand surgery, he specializes in transforming clients’ appearances with procedures including lifts, augmentations, and enhancements. Nonsurgical alternatives, using injections of products such as Botox and Juvéderm, work to ease the wrinkles accumulated after years of frowning at riddles. Dr. Person also partners with a skincare professional, who consults with patients and provides skin-smoothing treatments.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nia Banks and her team of trained beautifiers offer an eclectic array of appearance-boosting services. Surgical options to fulfill patients’ Christmas wishes include tummy tucks, liposuction, and rhinoplasty. For a lighter touch, nonsurgical treatments include injections of Botox—the wrinkle-fading serum that tricks muscles into thinking they are bears that must fall into deep hibernation for months.
Dr. Dean Kane's pursuit of beauty has led him across the country and beyond. His specialized training in plastic surgery and medicine began at the University of Puerto Rico, then continued with residencies at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore and the University of Florida. Today, Dr. Kane shares his knowledge of plastic and reconstructive surgery techniques with up-and-coming doctors as a clinical professor at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and beautifies patients at his plastic-surgery practice.
From the moment clients enter the couch- and art-adorned waiting room to the time they grapple through the skylight, the attentive staff cater to them with personal attention. Before treatment⎯such as tummy tucks, liposuction, and Botox injections⎯clients consult with Dr. and Lauri Kane to ask questions about procedures as well as outline their beauty goals. Post-procedure, the clinical or operating-room nurse oversees patients through the entire recovery process.