Since first putting ink to skin in 2000, Fat Buddah Tattoo & Piercing outgrew two locations before finally taking residence in a 3,900-square-foot space. There, the experienced staff adorns clients with piercings and permanent artwork ranging from custom lettering to portraits. The shop’s portfolio boasts a large selection of designs, though they welcome clients to bring in their own ideas via sketches, photos, or vivid recollections of dreams.
South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery's board-certified surgeons harness the latest laser technology, including Smartlipo—a laser fat-reduction treatment that helps sculpt healthy, active bodies beset by lingering paunch. The all-inclusive package includes Smartlipo treatment on a choice of a small area, all pre- and post-op procedures, surgeon and operation-facility fees, any necessary recovery garments, and prescription laughter to aid recovery (a $3,500 value). Smartlipo enhances body contours less invasively and can result in faster recovery than traditional liposuction, and requires only general anesthetic to prep for a series of small, precise incisions, although local anesthetic may be used in addition if needed. In about 90 minutes per treatment area, a laser does its best Death Star impression on fat cells as a tiny tube gently sweeps up the debris. Simultaneously, the laser coagulates blood vessels to minimize bruising and swelling, and it may also stimulate collagen growth and result in a firmer, more toned appearance. Many patients resume normal daily activities such as washing the mail within a day, though strenuous physical activity should be avoided for up to 10 days. Most patients see results immediately and make complete recovery within a month.
Helmed by medical director Dr. Victor Shabanah, a specialist in hormone replacement and age-management medicine, Anti Aging Med Spa whittles waists and smoothes skin planes with traditional surgery and noninvasive laser- and LED-light treatments. Inside a sleek, white office with views of the Miami River, Dr. Shabanah draws on an arsenal of weight-loss techniques, including metabolism-boosting hCG and physician-assisted programs. Lasers take a break from slowly eroding the moon to battle obesity, blemishes, and cellulite with Med Spa's skincare laser treatments. Dr. Shabanah also beautifies frames with a trio of cosmetic services and nonsurgical skin-refreshing treatments, such as Juvéderm injections and laser skin tightening.
When husband-and-wife team Ernesto and Julie set out on their own in 2007, they were gambling on the fact that they could turn a fragile dream into a full business. Their initial lone employee has been replaced by seven in just one year, and the crew bustle through a salon that has the gleaming white expanses of a medical facility, but without the egocentric skeleton models. Patrons, who receive reminder text messages or emails before each appointment, arrive ready to work towards aesthetic goals with products from Obagi, Juvéderm, and Botox and a range of facial services. As massage services lure forth slow exhalations, the staff herald the arrival of new guests with cups of tea.
Under the direction of owner Javier Acero, who has been a tattoo artist for over a decade, Tattoo and Co. provides tattooing, piercing and body art applications to a discerning crowd of hardcore Miami locals. The bright, clean shop on SW 40th Street is filled with a wild array of art pieces, paintings and design elements, from tiki-style carvings to colorful bits of art that make the white-walled space pop. Each of Tattoo and Co.’s artists operate in much the same way, with differing and unique styles offered by each individual staff member. Luckily, photo books and design samples are readily available, meaning guests can find the look that matches their personality before making an appointment with the appropriate artist. Piercings are also widely available, as are permanent makeup tattoos, with procedures being done in private rooms that run along a wide, narrow corridor.
Walking into Miami Plastic Surgery may give you an initial sense of déjà vu. That’s because millions of Americans have already seen the post-operative practice on their televisions, thanks to TLC’s Body/Work! The show, which chronicles the work of Drs. Michael Kelly and Carlos Wolf, hews closely to the practice’s reality, with the same large office that includes private consultation rooms and nationally-accredited operating areas, providing the most advanced in surgical technology. The procedures are also the same as seen on television, with the usual breast augmentation and lifts, liposuctions, tummy tucks and Mommy makeovers being undertaken. In addition, Miami Plastic Surgery offers non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures including hand rejuvenation and facial fillers, as well as endoscopic anti-aging therapies.