60 The New Sexy: Women Staying Fit And Fab As They Age – ABC 7 – 5.22.17

Posted: May 22, 2017 10:20 PM EDT
Updated: May 22, 2017 10:20 PM EDT
By Krista Fogelsong, Anchor

Is 60 the new sexy?

Celebrities like Christie Brinkley, who just posed in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and Kim Basinger make aging look like a breeze.l

A Naples woman is also bringing sexy to her 60s.

Vianna Briscoe, 69 and a mother of two, prides herself on staying fit to look good.

“I want to feel good, and it doesn’t matter how old I am.”

She works out and runs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and plays golf on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

“And bocci. And I started tennis and aerial yoga,” she adds.

To her, age is just a number.

“I feel that as long as I keep doing what I’m doing, then I’m going to ride it out,” she said with a laugh.

But let’s face it — anti-aging innovation has advanced in the last few decades to help women look younger with procedures like Botox and fillers.

Jonathan Sigg from the Laser Lounge treats 150 patients a week with Botox and fillers, a tool we have that our mothers and grandmothers didn’t.

“Average age is between 30 and 70 but being in Southwest Florida, we have a lot of 50 to 60, but it is getting younger and younger,” Sigg said.

Briscoe says she too has had Botox but credits good genes, moisturizer, sunblock, diet, exercise, and especially attitude for her youthful appearance.

“I feel that I lead a very happy life; a very happy and healthy life.”

She says that means getting rid of bad influences, having good friends and a husband who is just as active as she is.

She has no plans of slowing down as she rides her way into her 70s later this year.

“I’m so appreciative and so grateful for this life that I’m living, and I want to stay in it,” she said.

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Are Customizable Beauty Products Worth The Money? – ABC 7 – 5.15.17

Posted: May 15, 2017 4:06 PM EDT
Updated: May 15, 2017 6:34 PM EDT
By Emily Burris, Weekend Anchor

Any woman who’s tried to find her perfect shade of foundation or a new kind of conditioner knows just how frustrating trying new products can be.

Companies are now using technology to help you find the perfect products just for you.

The idea of blending it yourself is quickly becoming the hottest trend in beauty, but is creating your own recipe always a good idea? We put old methods, and new tech, to the test.

Roots Studio in Naples was our first stop, where we met with Laura Danzer. The former fashion designer specialized in color and trend forecasting for more than 20 years and now puts her eye for color to work blending her custom makeup line, FaireBella Cosmetics.

“It’s never easy, because everybody’s undertones and overtones are different,” Danzer explained, “Everybody has different skin issues; some people are more red, some people have dark circles, and those are things that over-the-counter foundation is not going to fix for you.”

These days, many companies say they can match a custom blend like Danzer’s with new high-tech scans and machines to find your perfect match.

Big name brands like Lancôme and Clinique are developing new custom products that mix up a customer’s perfect shade or allow them to blend their own.

Meanwhile, MatchCo takes it a step further, putting a custom blend in the palm of your hand. Their app uses your iPhone’s camera to focus on your true shade, then blends it into a personalized foundation.

The company, which started as a small tech start up in 2015, was just acquired by cosmetic giant Shiseido.

“We created this technology, this tool, to solve that specific problem in the industry,” explained Andy Howell, strategy officer for MatchCo. “There wasn’t tech readily available to address it until platforms like the iPhone became sophisticated enough to address it through scans.”

The app’s program easily guides users through a scanning process of several different body parts, then users can buy their custom blend and have it delivered to their doorstep.

“It’s very rare that our blend is not a perfect match but it does happen,” Howell said, explaining that their 100% Shade Match Guarantee ensures they work with customers to find the right shade if for some reason the first scan isn’t quite right.

The custom trend goes beyond cosmetics.

ABC7 producer April Reilly tested out Function of Beauty, a new personalized line of shampoo and conditioner.

“It’s always been a struggle finding a product that really works for me,” she said.

Reilly says when new beauty products are a bust, it’s usually the buyer who feels bad.

“I always felt like something was wrong with me, like I don’t have that beautiful hair that someone else had,” Reilly explained, “Now, it’s like, ‘Maybe I just didn’t have the right formula.’”

The customizable trend is also moving into the realm of skincare, with products like Curology and Skin Inc. offering customers the chance to blend their own cocktail of anti-aging, acne-fighting, skin-brightening ingredients.

But, a word of warning from experts. When it comes to creating your own formulas, estheticians like Sharon DeLaura, from the new Laser Lounge Spa in Naples, say it’s a good idea to have professional guidance.

“There’s no FDA approval, you don’t know exactly what’s in them, the percentages, you don’t know if you’re going to have an adverse reaction,” DeLaura explained. “Sometimes the mixing of those products, maybe those ingredients don’t go together.”

So what’s the cost of personalized beauty?

A one fluid ounce bottle of MatchCo foundation costs $49. The same size of Danzer’s own custom blend is $59. They cost a little more than many of the premixed products which typically run anywhere from $10 to $60 in stores. Fans of the products say it’s well worth the cost to avoid trying shades that may not work.

A set of custom shampoo and conditioner starts at $36.

The price is well worth it for customers like Reilly, who says it’s changing the way she looks at shopping.

“It takes all the stress out of having to go and keep trying products that don’t work,” she said, “If it’s made for you, then I might put in a little more money towards it.”

Specialist Provides Tattoos for Breast Cancer Survivors – ABC 7 – 3.1.17

Posted: Mar 01, 2017 8:22 PM EST
Updated: Mar 02, 2017 8:26 AM EST
By Emily Burris, Weekend Anchor

Most of the time, Marie Benson, a permanent makeup specialist, uses her tattoo gun creating beautiful features like eyeliner, eyebrows, even lipstick.

But some appointments in her studio at The Laser Lounge Spa are much more than cosmetic. Benson also specializes in areola tattoos, a service she offers to breast cancer survivors pro-bono.

“We’re doing a photo-realistic tattoo,” Benson said, explaining how she uses a custom design with handpicked colors and shading to create what looks like a 3-D image of a female areola and nipple.

For some, it’s hard to explain how something underneath your clothes — that most people never see — can have such a big impact.

“People have different favorite body parts or body parts their self-esteem is tied to, for a lot of women that’s their chest,” she said. “Having the tattoo changes that focal point, a lot of people don’t even see the scar anymore.”

For breast cancer survivors, those scars are often a place of painful memories. MaryJane Ramirez knows that feeling all too well.

“Every day, getting out of the bathtub and looking in the mirror, you’re constantly reminded,” Ramirez said.

The single mother of three fought and won her battle after losing her sister, Anna, to the disease.

She said she caught her cancer earlier but still had to undergo a double mastectomy, followed by a hysterectomy.

After her reconstructive surgery, her surgeon suggested areola tattoos. At first, she resisted, saying there’s a stigma that can come along with it.

“I’ve had doctors tell me I should just be grateful that I’m cancer free, that I should leave my body alone, that it’s been through enough trauma,” she said.

Ramirez had no idea just how life-changing a tattoo could be.

“You don’t remember what it’s like to be normal – believe it or not. Even though it’s only been two years, I didn’t know what it felt like,” she said.

She saw Benson for her tattoos in February. The first time she saw herself in the mirror, she couldn’t stop the tears.

“I felt empowered, and I felt somewhat normal,” Ramirez explained, “Like after everything that’s happened and everything that’s gone on, I was able to feel like a woman again.”

The emotion is still raw, but Ramirez said the tattoos have given her the courage to keep fighting and start living again.

“I don’t think Marie understands the gift that she can give,” she said, “This last part seems to bring full closure, it really does.”

Benson won’t see patients until they’re cleared by a doctor. She said each tattoo is different, customized to each woman’s body and skin tone.

In the three years since she started in permanent makeup, she’s helped more than a hundred survivors with areola tattoos.

But new techniques are helping some patients avoid ever having to seek out tattoos.

Dr. Elizabeth Arguelles is a breast surgeon with 21st Century Oncology. The first hidden scar certified breast surgeon in Southwest Florida, Arguelles said new techniques are helping to minimize scars, place them in less visible areas of the breast, and in some cases even preserve the nipple.

“Nobody ever wants to have surgery, but if you can look at yourself and not see your scar, that’s a fantastic thing,” she said.

No matter the treatment plan, Arguelles said it’s important to support your loved ones as they go through a cancer battle, and never be afraid to ask them how they’re doing.

“The most important thing is open communication,” she explained, “Because your partner’s not going to know what you’re feeling or thinking or going through.”

For more information about Marie’s work, call (239) 728-1234 or visit

More Men Trying ‘Brotox’ – News-Press – 3.8.12

When Jeffrey Searles looks in the mirror, he likes what he sees.

Almost 20 years of Botox injections every four to eight months is part of the reason. Searles, 47, also protects his face from the sun and maintains a good skin care regimen.

“Nothing’s worse than looking in the mirror and thinking, ‘Gee, I look like an angry person, and I’m not an angry person,’” said Searles of Bonita Springs. “I look like the person I feel like inside. I say, whatever you can do to make yourself feel better, if you can afford it, why not?”

For men, there’s a fine line between virility and vanity, but it’s growing wider.

Botox was up 258 percent in men from 2000 to 2010, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It’s a liquid solution injected into facial muscles, and it works by blocking nerve impulses and reducing muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows.

Searles is a client of Jonathan Sigg, who runs the Laser Lounge Medical Day Spa in Estero. Calling it “Brotox” when used on men, Sigg gives Botox treatments to six to eight clients a day, four days a week. Twelve to 15 percent of Sigg’s 400-plus Botox clients are now men, which wasn’t true a year ago.

“There’s always been this taboo with the guys, that it’s for women only, but now it’s becoming more accepted,” Sigg said. The only zones Sigg will inject with Botox are the forehead, the outer side of the eyes and between eyebrows.

If the correct dosage is used by a qualified medical professional, Botox will not limit your facial expressions, he said. You will still be able to smile, frown or look surprised, just without wrinkles and creases. To avoid that frozen look, and for safety, Sigg won’t give Botox injections to areas around the mouth and neck.

“It’s about getting the right doctor, too. No one wants to be a poker face, like those Housewives of Los Angeles,” Searles said of the reality TV show about pampered women. “Jonathan has a very good feel for what looks natural.”

Make sure to choose a doctor who performs a lot of Botox treatments. Always use a medical professional, and share a complete medical history. Side effects, including allergic reactions, can occur.

Naples facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Strohmeyer has worked with Botox for 20 years, when it was first FDA-approved for eye problems, neck spasms and other medical uses. He also does about five or six Botox treatments a day.

Plastic surgery and non-ablative cosmetic procedures such as Botox have been on the rise in general, Strohmeyer said. Still, women outnumber the men 10 to 1, but men are definitely on the increase too.

“Men don’t read about Botox and this kind of stuff in their fishing magazines,” he said. “But it’s almost like the women’s popularity has rubbed off onto the men.”

Searles started having his light forehead “worry lines” injected, more as a preventative measure, in his late 20s, and had to go overseas to do it legally. The FDA first approved Botox in 1989 to treat eye muscle spasms, and continued throughout the years approving it for other medical uses until April 2002, when it was approved in small doses for cosmetic use, to relieve the frown lines between eyebrows called glabellar lines.

Results differ, but it’s supposed to last about four months. After a few years, patients can stretch it to six and eight months, as the muscle weakens, no longer causing creases. Some medical professionals charge by the unit of Botox solution, and others by the zone. Prices can vary between $150 and $435 for the glabellar lines.

Siggs, 39, has a medical friend give him Botox injections. Most of his male Botox clients are between their 30s and their 60s.

“Nobody’s ever made fun of me because I’m a man,” said Thom Chrisitie, 62, who’s had three Botox treatments at Laser Lounge while on vacation from Michigan. “They wish they’d done it underneath. It works for me.”

Electrolysis Can Help You Get Rid of Unwanted Fuzz Permanently – News-Press – 6.10.13

Looking to permanently get rid of those pesky unwanted hairs on the face and body? Electrolysis can be the key to making you fuzz-free.

Electrolysis has been on the scene since the late 1800s and involves permanently removing individual hairs on the face and body with chemical or heat energy. After a fine stainless steel probe is inserted into the hair follicle, a small amount of electric current is introduced into the base of the follicle where the growth center of the hair is located.

The current destroys the hair root and supporting structures and is removed with a tweezer. If electrolysis is performed effectively, the hair should slide out of the follicle with no tweezing sensation.

Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face, ears, abdomen, thighs, back, bikini area, breasts and legs.

According to Ron Brunette, electrolysis instructor and president of the Florida School of Electrolysis and Skincare in Port Charlotte, women, men and teens can be affected with unwanted hair. This condition can also be a problem for transgendered clients.

Brunette said this problem for many people stems from from heredity, hormone imbalances during puberty, pregnancy and menopause, endocrine disorders/diseases and medication. He says that electrolysis offers people an FDA-approved permanent method of hair removal. The amount of treatment time can vary with each person’s condition.

Brunette said that with laser hair removal, darker pigmented hairs on lighter skin can be treated, but lasers cannot destroy hair that has little or no pigment including red, blond, gray or white hairs.

“With the combination of both laser hair removal and electrolysis, clients can get excellent results,” he said.

“ We are also seeing more men these days seeking electrolysis to clear up folliculitis, (ingrown hairs) and to sculpt or clean up the borders of their beards and sideburns. Electrolysis can permanently provide the look they want, cutting down on grooming time,” Brunette said.

He also said electrolysis is a great idea to permanently sculpt eyebrows into a desired shape.

• Cost: Electrolysis is typically priced per amount of time the client is treated at each session. In Southwest Florida, a 15-minute session ranges from $20-$40, a 30-minute session ranges from $40-$60 and a one-hour session ranges from $65-$100.

The Laser Lounge Spa Hosts “The Pink Promise Brunch” – Gulfshore Business Daily – 10.17.13

The Laser Lounge Spa will take part in Breast Cancer Awareness Month by hosting “The Pink Promise Brunch” at its Estero headquarters, 20400 Trailside Drive, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Ten percent of all purchases will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Information is available at (239) 728-1234.

The Laser Lounge Spa Holding a Holiday-themed Toy Drive and Luncheon – Naples Daily News – 12.13.13

The Laser Lounge Spa, the premiere medical day spa of the area, will hold a special holiday luncheon to benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in order to collect toys and funds for the hospital’s ongoing holiday toy drive on Dec. 14 from noon to 3 p.m.

Toy collections for the toy drive will be accepted at the Laser Lounge Spa starting immediately, lasting through Dec. 20. In addition, the Saturday, Dec. 14 luncheon will collect 10% of all proceeds gathered during the event for the Golisano Children’s Hospital’s toy drive.

The luncheon will include live demonstrations for attendees on some of the Laser Lounge Spa’s services, including epiwave facials, eyelash extensions, laser tattoo removal, and laser hair removal. Attendees will also be able to enjoy food, drinks, special giveaways, and more

Any questions about the event can be directed to The Laser Lounge Spa at 239-728-1234.

The Laser Lounge Spa Expands its Staff with Four New Hires – Naples Daily News – 12.19.13

Southwest Florida’s leading day spa, The Laser Lounge Spa, announces the hiring of Caroline Burgess as a Cosmetic Coordinator, Paris Fernandes at the Front Desk, Jennifer Lallave as a Micropigmentologist and Permanent Makeup Artist, and Paula Webber as a Certified Esthetician.

At The Laser Lounge Spa, Paula specializes in microdermabrasion treatments and dermaplaining, and is looking forward to doing more advanced treatments. Jennifer, meanwhile, has submerged herself in the study of micropigmentation, and has traveled around the country throughout the years to continue learning and keeping up with the most innovative & advanced techniques.

Aside from working as the new Laser Lounge Spa receptionist, Paris is a board certified laser technician, and has trained extensively with Obagi products, and is also certified in eyelash extensions. And finally, Caroline specializes in Fraxel and Visia treatments, and coordinates and consults with clients, helping them get the right Laser Lounge Spa experience for their needs.

Any questions about them can be directed to The Laser Lounge Spa at 239-728-1234. More information can be found at

The Laser Lounge Spa in Estero, Florida, is a medical day spa that believes that beauty doesn’t need to be expensive. Southwest Florida’s premiere spa destination, The Laser Lounge Spa specializes in cosmetic dermal fillers such as Restylane and Perlane, Botox/Dysport, as well as electrolysis, laser photo rejuvenation, cellulite reduction, facials and chemical peels, in-home Botox parties, tattoo removal, and much more. All medical services are performed by Jonathan Sigg, PA-C /Laser Lounge Spa Director. (239) 728-1234

The Laser Lounge Spa Offers New Services to its Clients – Naples Daily News – 12.19.13

Southwest Florida’s leading medical day spa, The Laser Lounge Spa, announces several new services now available to clients, including new Fraxel laser treatments, glo professional peels, mink lashes, hair simulation, and tattoo removal.

Adding to their existing Fraxel treatments, The Laser Lounge Spa has added new Fraxel 1,927-millimeter laser treatments, which are less invasive than other types of Fraxel treatments, are great for melasma, reduce brown spots from sun damage or increasing age, and shrink pore sizes. Another new laser treatment, tattoo removal, allows clients to fully remove or modify an existing tattoo, regardless of color. The Laser Lounge Spa’s tattoo removing laser, the Naturalase QS YAG, is the premiere laser available on the market for this purpose.

Also newly available are mink lashes, made from real mink, which are far more natural-looking than standard lashes, and are available in 8, 10, 12, and 14-millimeter lengths.

New advanced glo professional peel formulations, just added to the Laser Lounge Spa’s facial services, are comprised of pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, natural high-pigment minerals, nourishing vitamins, and powerful antioxidants to deliver healthy, glowing skin.

Also new to The Laser Lounge Spa is scalp hair simulation, a sophisticated method of cosmetic tattooing to camouflage and produce the optical illusion of fuller hair and enhancements of hairline design. It’s an alternative solution for thinning hair and partial baldness.

Any questions about the new services can be directed to The Laser Lounge Spa at 239-728-1234, or by visiting

The Laser Lounge Spa in Estero is a medical day spa that believes that beauty doesn’t need to be expensive. Southwest Florida’s premiere spa destination, The Laser Lounge Spa specializes in cosmetic dermal fillers such as Restylane and Perlane, Botox/Dysport, as well as electrolysis, laser photo rejuvenation, cellulite reduction, facials and chemical peels, in-home Botox parties, tattoo removal, and much more. All medical services are performed by Jonathan Sigg, PA-C /Laser Lounge Spa Director. (239) 728-1234

The Laser Lounge Spa Opens New Location in Bonita Springs – Naples Daily News – 2.14.14

Southwest Florida’s leading medical day spa, The Laser Lounge Spa, has expanded after five years in business by opening a new location in Bonita Springs. In addition to their original location in Estero, The Laser Lounge Spa will now have a location at 9410 Fountain Medical Court, Suite A-200.

The Bonita Springs location will offer a suite of The Laser Lounge Spa’s services, including non-surgical anti-aging treatments – Botox, fillers, electrolysis, and chemical peels, along with laser hair removal, massages, facials, and laser tattoo removal

Mondays through Thursdays, Dr. Bonnie Rhea will also perform TMJ treatment, trigger point injections, oral facial pain diagnosis and treatment, teeth whitening, snoring and sleep apnea treatments. Additional services, including permanent makeup, will be added over the next few months. All services are “appointment-only”.

The Bonita Springs location is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Fridays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed Saturdays and Sundays. Any questions about the new location can be directed to The Laser Lounge Spa’s main office at 239-728-1234.

The Laser Lounge Spa is a medical day spa that believes that beauty doesn’t need to be expensive. Southwest Florida’s premiere spa destination, The Laser Lounge Spa specializes in cosmetic dermal fillers such as Restylane and Perlane, Botox/Dysport, as well as electrolysis, laser photo rejuvenation, cellulite reduction, facials and chemical peels, in-home Botox parties, tattoo removal, and much more. All medical services are performed by Jonathan Sigg, PA-C /Laser Lounge Spa Director. (239) 728-1234

FL Department of Health Cracks Down on Permanent Makeup Establishments – Naples Daily News – 3.3.14

Whether a working professional, a house wife, athlete, young, old, active or bed ridden, more and more women are finding permanent makeup to be the refreshing solution to looking their best 24/7. These life enhancing procedures, when done by a talented and experienced professional can produce great confidence to the recipients and save them considerable time and effort in their daily routine.

However, along with the increasing popularity of this wonderful concept also came a cause of great concern. Micro pigmentation procedures began to be offered in both nail and hair salons. With hair, dust and acrylic particles floating around, carpet floors impossible to sanitize properly and porous surfaces came a high risk for the cross contamination of blood borne pathogens.

The new law recently passed by the Florida legislature went into effect on January 1, 2012. It stipulates that all permanent makeup artists must be licensed by the Department of Health, and be subjected to inspections and stringent health code requirements.

All businesses that offer permanent make-up are now required to be permitted by the Florida Department of Health because they generate Bio Medical Waste and are also required to operate only under the supervision of an authorized medical doctor under Florida Statute and Florida Administrative Code.

Jennifer Lallave of was forced to make the difficult decision and choose between keeping her boutique style full service salon on Bonita Beach Rd. or opting for letting it go in order to comply with new laws.

Jennifer said: ” It was like a fork in the road. One of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made. My heart was torn because of relationships formed with hair and nail clients loyal since as far as 1996. But like an answer to my prayers The Laser Lounge Medical Spa gave me a bright and new opportunity.”

Jennifer recognizes the law was for the benefit of everyone, both clients and the permanent make up industry. She is now enjoying the satisfaction of providing the community with procedures that produce prettier and happier faces in the relaxing and safe environment of a medical spa.

As one way to give, Jennifer is now also offering complimentary areola pigmentation procedures to breast cancer survivors. For a consultation appointment call The Laser Lounge Spa: 239-728-1234

For more information about the benefits of Permanent Cosmetics, visit

The Laser Lounge Spa Adds Two Employees to Staff – Naples Daily News – 3.18.14

The Laser Lounge Spa, Southwest Florida’s leading medical day spa, announces the hiring of Jane Brock as a Licensed Esthetician, and Marisa Lynn Fallacara at the Front Desk.

Brock is a Florida native, born and raised in Naples. She brings more than five years of experience in the salon and spa industries. Brock, a graduate of Florida State University, prides herself in her ability to educate clients on product knowledge and customer service. She is trained in classic European facials, Epi-wave ultrasonic facials, microdermabrasion, Vi peels, and Smooth Shapes. Brock will also help out with Front Desk support.

Fallacara joins Laser Lounge Spa to work the Front Desk. Originally from Kansas City, Fallcara has lived in Florida for several years now. She is Obagi-certified, and says she is very passionate about the beauty industry and learning new things.

Any questions about the new employees can be directed to The Laser Lounge Spa at 239-728-1234.

The Laser Lounge Spa in Estero, Florida, is a medical day spa that believes that beauty doesn’t need to be expensive. Southwest Florida’s premiere spa destination, The Laser Lounge Spa specializes in cosmetic dermal fillers such as Restylane and Perlane, Botox/Dysport, as well as electrolysis, laser photo rejuvenation, cellulite reduction, facials and chemical peels, in-home Botox parties, tattoo removal, and much more. All medical services are performed by Jonathan Sigg, PA-C /Laser Lounge Spa Director. (239) 728-1234

Medical Day Spa Grows in Lee County – News-Press – 6.19.14

An Estero medical day spa has expanded to Bonita Springs.

The Laser Lounge Spa, which opened in Estero in 2009, earlier this year launched a second spa at Fountain Medical Court in Bonita. The Laser Lounge also is eyeing locations in Cape Coral, and could possibly open there later this year, employee Raminta Narkute said.

“They keep on adding more employees, and new services as well,” she said. “We’re very excited about that.”

The company, owned by Jonathan and April Sigg, employs about 15 staff members between the two locations. Jonathan Sigg performs all medical services, including Botox and a variety of facial fillers.

“They are extremely popular and he is booked back-to-back every day,” Narkute said of the Botox and fillers, including Perlane, Restylane, Radiesse and Belotero. “That’s probably the most popular appointment we have.”

The spa has a host of lasers, facials and skin treatments to help Southwest Floridians manage and erase sun damage, wrinkles, age spots and pigmentation issues. A Visia analysis machine examines clients’ skin to highlight issues that can’t be seen with the naked eye.

Though it’s not yet available in Bonita, the company offers two Fraxel lasers at its Estero location: one that pinpoints pigmentation problems and the other that focuses more on deep lines and wrinkles, Narkute said.

The Laser Lounge offers medical-grade products such as Obagi and Skinceuticals. Services include laser hair removal, permanent makeup, massages at its Estero location, tattoo removal, peels, dermaplaning and more.

An Epiwave facial helps cleanse and nourish the skin.

“It’s like pressure-washing your face,” Narkute said. “It actually infuses vitamins and serums into your face and exfoliates as well.”

If you go

  • What: The Laser Lounge Spa
  • Where: 20400 Trailside Drive, Estero; 9410 Fountain Medical Court, Bonita
  • Info: 728-1234;

The Laser Lounge Opens its Third Location – News-Press – 6.8.15

The Laser Lounge Spa will open its newest store on Wednesday in The Shops at Verandah, 11841 Palm Beach Blvd., in Fort Myers. The event will start at 4 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. The owners of the Verandah store are Billy and Jeni Morris.

The first 50 guests to arrive will receive a $50 Laser Lounge Spa gift card. Complimentary food and drinks will be served during the event.


The Laser Lounge Spa Gives Local Man A New Lease on Life – Naples Herald – 8.14.15

Tattoos are often considered to be a permanent decision to be made in one’s life. For many, it’s a sign of self-expression, each one with a personal meaning.

While tattoos are becoming more popular and widespread, IBIS World Research estimates the tattoo industry sales in 2014 to be over $700 million, growing an average of 10 percent per year, there are some times where the ink ends up being a regret.

Removal can be a long, arduous process, but for one man, it’s a new lease on life.

John Coons got a tattoo on his face in 2012 when he was single and, in his words, didn’t have a care in the world. After spending years in construction, he finds difficulty in landing a job. Today, Coons is married, his wife with three children, and is now on a journey to have it removed.

“It’s unfortunate, going from being single and not caring what people think and then going to married life with children where you really care about what people think about what you look like,” Coons said. “My two younger children get ridiculed because of me. My wife’s oldest is 16, she’s in band but I’ve never gone to any school functions because I don’t want her to get made fun of.”

A local business, Laser Lounge Spa in Estero, heard Coons’ story, and offered to remove his tattoo free of charge. He just recently completed the second of eight treatments, with the next scheduled for later this month.

“In all honesty, it hurts a lot more than getting the tattoo did,” Coons said. “It’s like being snapped by a couple hundred rubber bands all at once every half a second.”

Tattoo removal involves using lasers to burn away the ink pigments that are left on the dermal layer of the skin, so that they can be absorbed into the skin. The removal process often takes multiple visits as the use of lasers often leads to scabbing and swelling in the short term, leading to weeks of recovery time before returning. In Coons’ case, the removal process also involves a pair of special eye-shields, made of aluminum, that rest on his eyes like contact lenses, to prevent the lasers from damaging his eyes as they remove the ink from around his eye sockets.

Coons says he already is starting to see results.

“I noticed a significant difference after the first treatment, and even moreso now,” Coons said. “It’s fading in a lot of areas and you can start to see my natural skin tones underneath.”

Coons was 27 when he got the tattoo done. He said the design was something that was inspired by a type of music he was a fan of, and that his attitude at the time was “screw you if you don’t like me.”

Now that he’s returned to school, starting at Florida Southwestern State this fall pursuing a degree in computer networking, he realized that he could never get a corporate job with the tattoo. It was his wife, Erin, who got him in contact with Laser Lounge

“Since I was a little kid and first got my hands on a computer I loved them. I love figuring out how programs work and how to make them more efficient,” Coons said. “Laser Lounge seemed really genuine about wanting to help someone in the community, and they felt that what I was trying to accomplish what something they could stand behind.”

With his oldest daughter’s high school graduation coming soon, Coons is excited about the prospect of being able to attend without embarrassment.

“I am very appreciative to Laser Lounge for doing this for me, that somebody would actually donate their time and their efforts into doing something like this.”

The Laser Lounge Spa is located at 20400 Trailside Dr in Estero. They are getting ready to open a fourth location in Fort Myers.

Tattoo Removal Leaves Emotional, Physical Mark – News-Press – 9.9.15

The full-facial tattoo on John Coons’ face circles his eyes and lips and goes across his cheeks.

He looks like a member of KISS. The scarecrow is just that – scary and freaky, imposing.

Coons’ tattoo not only has changed his look but his changed his life. Work became harder to get, neighbors looked at him warily and his oldest stepdaughter asked him to park far away from school.

The soft-spoken man who didn’t care what people thought of him suddenly had an attitude shift. He told his wife Erin he wanted to go back to school.

“Then we have to do something about your face,” she said.

That’s why Coons is having his tattoo removed. To achieve that, he’s going through a painful series of procedures at Laser Lounge Spa in Estero.

With a laser firing highly concentrated light beams 10 times every second to break up the black ink on his face, Coons equated the pain “to 10,000 rubber bands snapping in your face every half second.”

That doesn’t hurt nearly as much as the pain his family has gone through.

“They get judged because of the way I look,” he said. “When I meet parents, it can become an issue.”

Coons, 31, is part of a growing trend of people who no longer want their tattoos. estimates more than 10 million Americans have at least one tattoo. However, its research also shows more than half of individuals who have a tattoo later regret having it and want it removed.

While some removals have led to scarring, laser therapy has become less invasive.

“A tattoo meant something at the time and they’re glad they did it, now it means nothing,” said Jonathan Sigg, a physician assistant at Laser Lounge Spa. “For others, it’s a memory of a bad time in their life, an upsetting time. Now they look in the mirror and it brings back that memory.”

Sigg said many people don’t realize laser tattoo removal is available. He said his office does about 12 procedures a week.

“In the past, we could get rid of them partially because we couldn’t take out all the colors,” he said. “With the newer technology, we can take out every single color.”

Sigg uses a $150,000 laser. He said the highly concentrated colored light beams break up ink particles into tiny fragments. Done correctly, it doesn’t burn or melt or scar the skin. Some blistering can occur, he said, but there are no long-term effects on the skin. For a couple of days after the procedure, Coons is urged to either limit sun exposure or use sunscreen with an SPF of 50.

“The body either absorbs the ink or it flakes off the skin,” Sigg said.


Coons’ toughness is shown by having screws in his lower spine from his disc giving out when a 200-pound precast weight fell on him when he stepped in a hole. “I can take an awful threshold,” he said.

“He’s a pretty tough guy,” Sigg added.

His ear lobes have a gaping hole from a large, one-inch gauge tunnel ring. “That didn’t hurt,” he said.

Then there’s his face. Wanting to look like underground rapper Boondox, Coons underwent six hours and five sessions to have a scarecrow tattoo put on his forehead, eyebrows and cheeks. “I was all in,” he said. The difference? Boondox’s face is painted.

Boondox, whose real name is David Hutto, has spoken with Coons. He had a variety of responses on Twitter when he saw the tattoo:

“… You got free tickets for any show I do for life!!”

“I don’t know what to say. My mind is blown”

“God I hope it’s fake.”

For those who didn’t accept him, Coons had an I-don’t-give-a-damn attitude. Only the language is stronger.

“F— you if you don’t like me,” he said. “I don’t care how the world feels about me. I still have this feeling. Who are you to pass judgment? I even felt this way as a child.”

Coons could handle the mental anguish of losing his construction job because his boss said “he was scaring the customers.” But he added, “You can’t believe how hard it is to get a job, even manual labor.’

On the same day, his tattoo was finished, Coons met future wife Erin Summers at a party. She saw through the scarecrow look and instead saw “a teddy bear.” A year later, they were married.

Erin had three children from a previous marriage. Coons quickly saw the effect his look had on them.

“I took my youngest to a sleepover and the first time I met the parents, they looked at me like I had six heads,” he said. “Ever since, we tried to make play dates but they put their nose up at us.

“The older one doesn’t care. It doesn’t hurt his feelings but my oldest, when I pick her up at certain school functions, she asks that I park farther away.”

Despite the effects this has had on his life, Coons doesn’t wish he never put the tattoo on. However, he is surprised by the level of response from people.

“Regret, no, never a regret,” he said. “Maybe some disappointment. A bad decision? Yes. Regret? No. I knew what I was getting into when I did it. I knew there was going to be blow back.

“You put a tattoo on your face, that’s the first thing people are gonna see on you. I had an idea what it was gonna be but having an idea, then actually see it happening. …”

Erin’s research to get her husband’s tattoo removed led to Laser Lounge Spa. So touched were they by Coons story, Sigg and staff members offered to do the surgery for free. He said it normally would cost $3,500 to $4,000.

“I think he’s tired of being in hiding and wants to get it off,” Sigg said. “I think he wants to hold his head high and apply for a suit-and-tie job.

“He just made a stupid mistake.”

Andy Howl, a Fort Myers’ tattoo artist, said he usually turns people away who want a facial tattoo, particularly if it’s their first one. The only exceptions have been if people already have a facial tattoo or a woman who wanted a star tattoo to cover a birthmark.

“We typically turn them away right away,” he said. “It’s not something that is looked upon very favorably in the tattoo realm.

“It’s not accepted at a professional level in today’s age.”


Before having a laser treatment, Coons received numbing cream on his face. He also received an eye shield similar to what people wear in tanning beds and asks to be told when the procedure will start. Sigg said the pain is much less if it’s on a person’s arm or chest.

Coons clenches his hands to keep the circulation going and breathes through his nose and out of the mouth during the 15-30 minute treatment.

“It sounds like a little crack of electricity,” he said.

When his procedure ended, his face was red from being heated to more than 120 degrees. He also had some swelling and there were small beads of blood on parts of the face where the tattoo lingers.

Coons thought he’d only need six to eight treatments, but Sigg said he could have to undergo as many as a dozen visits.

“It’s hard to tell,” he said. “Some inks are deeper, some more shallow. We may see the majority of the ink gone after four to six sessions but there may be a stubborn outline. We have to baby step through it.

“But we’ll work on it until it’s all gone.”

John and Erin Coons said they’ve already seen a lot of the ink disappear and they have taken pictures to document each step.

By the time their daughter graduates from high school in 2017, he expects his tattoo to be a distant memory.

“When I go to her graduation,” Coons said. “Nobody is going to pass judgment.

Port Charlotte Man Ready for Life Sans Face Tattoo – NBC2 – 9.4.15

ESTERO, FL – Tattoos are more popular and socially acceptable than ever before.

Years later, a lot of people regret getting inked. The business of tattoo removal is expected to reach $80 million this year.

Few stories are as drastic as a Port Charlotte resident trying to hit the reset button on life.

Enrollment at Florida SouthWestern State College now tops 15,000 students. None look like John Coons.

He often hears people say things like, “take your glasses off let me see the whole thing.”

Coons is not someone you forget. “I get that from a lot of people,” the 32-year-old said with a laugh.

He transformed his face three years ago at a friend’s tattoo party.

“I did the left cheek and then the right eye,” he remembered.

The unique design comes from his favorite musician. “The artist Boondox,” Coons explained. “He does his face paint like this.”

Only John Coons’ design doesn’t wash off. At the time he got the tattoo, Coons says he didn’t care about the way he looked. He was single and spent most of his time at construction sites working for a concrete company.

Coons’ life changed not long after his face did.

He’s now a husband and father.

“This is my face, it’s my life,” he said. “It’s unfortunate the way I look determines how others view my kids.”

His wife’s three children from a previous marriage love him – face tattoo and all.

Other parents aren’t always as accepting.

Coons learned that lesson the hard way after trying to schedule a sleepover for his eight-year-old daughter. “You constantly call and you never get a call back, even leaving messages,” Coons explained.

“Most are curious about my tattoo,” he added. “Some say, ‘oh it looks like it’s fading.’ Well, I’m getting it removed.”

To do that, he went to see Jonathan Sigg, PA-C and owner of the Laser Lounge Spa.

Coons’ wife, Erin, reached out to the Estero business, an anti-aging spa which offers non-surgical ways of turning back the clock. Erin thought they could do that for her husband. “He’s like ‘I’m ready to make a change, let’s do this,’” she remembered.

“This is all we use this laser for,” Sigg explained. “It’s used for nothing but tattoo removal.”

Typically during tattoo removal, Lidocaine is injected through the skin to numb the pain.

In Coon’s case, the tattoo covers a large area. Too much lidocaine can be toxic so he puts numbing cream on his face.

The laser treatment still hurts though.

“Like 10,000 rubber bands slapping your face every half a second,” Coons described.

NBC2 stepped out while he got his treatment.

“I think that’s so admirable that he’s even doing this for the kids,” added Erin from the spa’s waiting area.

Fifteen minutes later, the door to the treatment room opened and the progress is immediately obvious.

“Oh yeah, a lot of it came out,” Coons said while looking into a mirror. “Yeah, there’s a noticeable difference.”

His face tattoo is gradually getting lighter.

Complete removal will likely take 12 sessions.

It’s a process that would normally cost $4,000. The Coons family was willing to pay in monthly installments, but the owners of the Laser Lounge Spa had other ideas.

“To our surprise, the [Sigg family] was willing to offer it at nothing,” said Erin Coons. “It brought me to tears. I was like ‘wow, that’s amazing.’”

“We’ve been blessed in many ways,” Jonathan Sigg added. “A guy like this, he deserves a second chance.”

Anyone who has tried to reinvent their life will tell you it’s often hard to change the way others see you. “But when the right person comes along and it makes you start to care is when you know you found the right one,” John Coons said after being asked about his wife’s influence.

Landing a job is another reason for getting the tattoo removed.

Coons is studying computer networking and programming at the Charlotte County campus of Florida SouthWestern State College.

He’s got plenty of trips back to the Laser Lounge Spa because it will likely take a year to get the tattoo completely removed.

Laser Focus – Business Observer – 1.16.16

The best time to start a business may be in the worst of times.

The recession had engulfed Southwest Florida when Jonathan Sigg started The Laser Lounge Spa in Estero in August 2009. Today, the company is franchising new locations, including its fifth location in Sarasota.

Sigg, a physicians’ assistant, had moved with his wife, April, and two children 10 years ago during the boom years to a family condo in the area, easily landing good jobs at local hospitals.

But Jonathan Sigg had always wanted to operate his own skin-care business. Sigg had some savings, but banks weren’t lending and investors weren’t in any mood to back a new venture.

When Sigg’s personal skin-care specialist went out of business in 2009, he sensed an opportunity. The skin-care specialist owned a $25,000 laser hair-removal machine, but it was sitting unused in a closet, so he agreed to rent it to Sigg for $500 for six months.

Sigg found an empty shopping center in a good location on Estero Boulevard that suffered from the lack of tenants. “I don’t have anything to give you,” Sigg bluntly told the landlord. So in return for eight months of free rent, Sigg promised to put up a sign and bring traffic to the center: “It’ll look like something’s happening,” he told the landlord.

Jonathan Sigg, owner of The Laser Lounge Spa, started the day spa business during the depths of the recession. Photo by Ed Clement

Armed with a $20,000 Home Depot credit card, the Siggs did most of the tenant improvements themselves. “We used to refurbish houses,” Jonathan Sigg says. “We worked day and night.”

Sigg didn’t give up his emergency room job while he was building the new business. He would work a 12-hour night shift in the emergency room, come home to sleep for a few hours early in the morning and open The Laser Lounge Spa at noon. “I had to finance this somehow,” he says.

When April Sigg couldn’t be there to help (by then they had a third child together), Jonathan manned the front desk, took calls, made appointments and did the laser hair removal procedures. “I did the whole thing myself,” he smiles.

Because his overhead was low, Sigg could afford to undercut the competition with low prices. For example, he charged $199 for six sessions of underarm hair removal while he says competitors charged $1,000. “That alone drove a lot of people,” Sigg says.

The word spread quickly. Within a year, Sigg moved the business to a larger space and hired a part-time front desk employee because of the growth in new customers. The Laser Lounge Spa started offering other services such as Botox injections, too.

To fund the growth, Sigg turned to private investors in Naples who provided $100,000 in capital. Still, Sigg was careful not to quit his hospital job. “We wanted to pay off the guys and we didn’t want to take out more loans,” he says.

By 2014, Jonathan Sigg felt comfortable enough to leave his hospital job to focus on growing the Laser Lounge Spa. Total revenues in 2015 have grown to $2 million, up from $1.4 million in 2014.

To remain efficient and keep overhead low, Sigg centralized the administrative functions so that appointments come through a central call center and he purchased a handicap van to transport a mobile hair-removal laser that costs $75,000. He transports the laser from one of his four locations to another depending on demand so he doesn’t have to purchase an expensive machine for each office that might sit idle at times.

Sigg has big plans. The fourth office in Fort Myers and a new office in Sarasota will soon be the company’s first franchisees. A franchise costs $50,000, plus 7% royalties.

The franchise documents were recently completed, but Sigg says demand could be strong for his concept from plastic surgeons and skin surgeons who might consider it as an ancillary business. “This year we could open a half dozen,” Sigg says.