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.
Dr. Gwendolyn Yates and Christopher Yates co-founded A Change of Art to focus on a single area of expertise: laser tattoo removal. Dr. Yates, who has practiced for more than 15 years, serves as medical director, while Christopher draws upon 20 years of medical sales experience in his role as clinic manager and lead laser technician. There's a third member of their team, too: a Quanta Q-Plus C laser, whose three beams can target tattoos of any color, not just the ones done in invisible ink.
Focusing on such a specific service means that the team also devotes a lot of time to client education. Their web site, for example, has resources such as easy-to-read FAQs and primers that tell guests what to expect.
Medical Director Terrance L. Baker isn't afraid of embracing change. In fact, when he started practicing medicine more than 25 years ago, many of the technological instruments he relies on today, including lasers and body-contouring systems, weren't even invented yet. Instead of sticking to what he knew, he and his staff at Sollay Cosmetic Medical & Laser Center quickly adopted and mastered the new technology, opting to provide cutting-edge cosmetic treatments for their patients. The bedrock of their anti-aging services is the laser, which they use to remove unwanted hair, as well as to diminish unsightly veins, cellulite, or skin blemishes. To help clients get even closer to their ideal look, they also offer Botox injections, fillers, microdermabrasions, Neova Renaissance 2 peels, VerlaShape body contouring, E-2 skin rejuvenation, and Bioflex therapy.
Working in the medium of ink and skin, the artists at Black Lotus Tattoo Gallery create custom works of art in a squeaky clean shop. Led by owner Halo, whose portrait-style and freehand work can be viewed here, this crew sends clients home with indelible, one-of-a-kind designs and expertly inserted body jewelry. For those sporting outdated or botched ink, the studio offers Tatt2Away tattoo-removal procedures, which diminish old tats without the use of lasers or giant pink erasers.
Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Markmann spcializes in body contouring and faces, focusing on natural-looking results. Though breast augmentation, liposuction, and body contouring are popular procedures at their practice, his team of skilled medical professionals and nurses also beautify patients with less-intensive treatments, injecting dermal fillers into faces, tinting eyelashes and brows, and laser hair removal. Board-certified Dr. Markmann was rated RealSelf.com's Top Doctor in four different categories in 2010.
The friendly staff of Hulya's Aesthetic & Wellness, which includes a medical director, internationally trained aesthetician, and registered nurse, works to rejuvenate exteriors with a range of holistic treatments. Chemical peels, exfoliating microdermabrasion session, and Isolaz acne treatments form a line of defense against face and body acne as impermeable as a jar of pickles sealed by the Hulk. IPL hair removal treatments also help banish unwanted hair and sun damage. Hulya's menu of services is also etched with ear candling, far-infrared-sauna sessions, dermal fillers, tattoo removal, and therapeutic massages.