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John M. Steiner / The Sun Crystal Krapp, left, and Tina Bear, right, both registered nurses, are the co-owners of Body Bliss Aesthetics, which offers laser hair removal, botox, chemical peels and other skin treatments. Natasha Vogel, center, a licensed massage therapist, offers massage therapy on site at Body Bliss.

Body Bliss Aesthetics will banish unwanted hair, wrinkles and spider veins and offers Botox, chemical peels, dermaplaning and other skin care services, too.

“We’re going to have an open house on Monday if people just want to stop by and just see the place,” said Crystal Krapp, who owns Body Bliss along with Tina Bear. “We’re going to be doing consultations.”

Bear and Krapp are registered nurses, and both have trained as aestheticians as well. The dual training allows them to offer a wider array of services.

“To do some of the laser treatments, you have to be an aesthetician,” Bear said. “To do the Botox and skin fillers, you have to have that (nursing) background.”

Licensed massage therapist Natasha Vogel is also located in the Body Bliss suite, where she performs a wide variety of massage services — body scrubs, body wraps, hot stone massage and pregnancy massage.

Starting in July, Vogel will also offer a bamboo massage and labor and delivery massage.

Her services have a price range as well, but an hour of basic massage is $55 and a half hour is $35.

People with chronic pain and those who drive or sit still for long periods of time can improve their ability to function and reduce pain through massage, Vogel indicated.

“Massage is very popular,” she said.

Hair removal and

skin treatments

One of the key pieces of equipment in the business is the laser, which is used for permanent hair reduction as well as facials and skin care treatments.

The Syneron E-Max Pulsed Light and Laser System is one of the key pieces of equipment for the new business, and an expensive one, having cost about as much as a brand-new car, Bear said.

The active part of the laser is about 1 square centimeter, and for laser hair removal, that square centimeter needs to hit every inch of the area to be treated.

Therefore, treatments have a wide price range, depending on size of the area and difficulty of treatment.

A full-face hair removal treatment is $150, or $750 for six treatments, whereas a full-legs treatment is $475 or $2,200 for six treatments.

Treatments are available for just upper lips, hands, navels, necks, ears or sideburns, as well as bikini areas, backs or arms — just about any body part that can grow hair.

Laser hair treatment works by damaging hair follicles to slow or halt future hair growth, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Because it only works during the active growth stage of the hair, treatment needs to be done multiple times — typically at least four to six times — with touch-ups done every year or so, Krapp said.

“Our chances of getting every single hair at the right part of the growth cycle … it just doesn’t happen. That’s why you need the touch-ups,” she explained.

The laser can also be used to improve skin color and texture, remove sun spots and diminish wrinkles.

“Our laser can do specialized facials that actually have amazing results,” Krapp said. “It can actually keep you from needing a face-lift, take away wrinkles (and) age spots, add volume.”

Laser skin treatments and hair removal can have side effects.

Typically, it’s just some redness and swelling under the skin, Bear said.

It’s also possible to experience burns, lightening or darkening of the skin or blistering, but those effects are not common, and Bear and Krapp specifically chose the laser they did because it is safer with lower settings, causing less pain and fewer side effects.

Just in case, though, the two nurses do have a medical director — Dr. Brad Skari. Skari will do consultations if patients are concerned or need medical advice.

Other services

Body Bliss offers a wide variety of other services, too, including chemical peels, which rapidly exfoliate the skin to reduce blemishes and fine lines, and dermaplaning, which scrapes away built-up layers of dead skin.

Botox and Dysport injections temporarily paralyze muscles, which results in wrinkle reduction. Injections can also be given to help prevent excessive sweating produced by glands in the armpits.

The injections use forms of the botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze muscle activity in the area of the injection, and they last for about three to six months.

Skin fillers are also available — compounds of complex sugars that occur naturally in the body, that attract and retain water to plump the skin from the inside out.

“We just wanted to basically branch out from what we were doing,” Krapp said. “… we’re excited, we’re very excited. We’ve been trying it out this spring.”

Body Bliss opened Monday at 920 10th St. SE, Suite C.

It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Saturday and Sunday hours may vary, but could potentially be from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 952-2639, visit, email or visit Body Bliss Aesthetics LLC on Facebook.

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at (701) 952-8453 or by email at