Though they seem made for a professional partnership, it wasn't fate that brought the team of Dr. Theda C. Kontis and Dr. Ira D. Papel together. It was years of hard work and dedication for the both of them. After earning an M.D. from Wake Forest University, Dr. Kontis completed a residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, then went on to become an expert in performing eyelid rejuvenation, brow lifts, and facelifts. Dr. Papel knows the name Johns Hopkins as well as it was where he completed his residency after earning his M.D. at Boston University of Medicine. Dr. Papel is an expert in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and facial aesthetic
Here, the doctors lead a team of board-certified plastic surgeons, along with other medical professionals who work to help clients boost their self-esteem and turn back the signs of aging. Visits typically begin with a consultation, in which patients work closely with a doctor or other professional?such as expert medical aesthetician Jeannine Stevens. From there treatment plans can take myriad routes that might include dozens of services, from laser hair and tattoo removal to Botox. In other cases, the surgeons might be called on to perform rhinoplasty or eyelid surgery, but the end goal is always the same: making people look as good as they feel.
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.
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.
After training in the cosmetic-enhancement bastions of New York City and Miami, Dr. Terri Hill returned to her native Maryland to enhance her patients' appearances with both plastic surgery and noninvasive procedures. Before any treatment, Dr. Hill educates her patients about their options to determine whether a surgical procedure, such as a face lift, or a less invasive method, such as a round of injectable fillers, is the best fit. Dr. Hill has used radio-frequency technology—including Thermage and other procedures—for more than 10 years in performing nonsurgical skin-tightening treatments, and is introducing Viora technology in 2015. Below the neck, Dr. Hill performs liposuction, tummy tucks, all types of breast enhancements, as well as noninvasive Endermologie treatments, which help minimize cellulite without putting patients under the knife.
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 and lead laser technician, while Christopher draws upon 20 years of medical sales experience in his role as clinic manager. 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.
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.