Fort Thomas has attracted a number of beauty-related businesses to its central core.
Among them are two businesses that have relocated to new spaces within the city. Both offer services and care aimed at helping people enhance their own natural beauty and both moved locations in order to accommodate a growing clientele.
Beauty experts partner up for more: Aesthetics of Northern Kentucky
Aesthetics of Northern Kentucky is celebrating a grand opening at its newly renovated space at 14 North Fort Thomas Ave. on Monday.
It is a new business, but it combines the talents and expertise of the two founders who between them have more than 20 years experience.
Esthetician Kasey Swing has operated her businesses Medspa and the Lashroom in Fort Thomas since 2021. She has joined forces with Family Nurse Practitioner Mary Sharpshair who specializes in medical-related interventions that help clients address skin-related issues and concerns.
“In January 2021, I moved into 660 Highland,” Swing said. “That’s when things just started growing exponentially. And now we’re a nine-person team. This move is necessary because we’ve definitely outgrown our space.”
The building on North Fort Thomas Avenue had been home to dentist Dr. Troy Kramer, who has since moved his business across the street to the new One Highland building. Swing said taking over a place designed as a medical facility with exam rooms and twice as much room was a good move, but the new building owner did a focused renovation that updated and opened up the space.
Aesthetics of Northern Kentucky continues to offer lash and brow lifts and tints and brow shaping as well as facials, waxing, libs and even teeth whitening services.
Sharpshair has 11 years in healthcare with a diverse medical background that includes urgent care and experience in surgical, oncology and dermatology care. She offers a wide variety of skin care options including dermal fillers, neurotoxin injection, PDO threads, microneedling, face and body skin peels, IV hydration, sclerotherapy and holistic medicine.
Aesthetics of Northern Kentucky is located at 14 N. Fort Thomas Ave. To learn more, go to aestheticsofnky.com.
‘The Injector’ brings expert techniques to beauty: Skin Esteem
Jen Bleser is an advanced practical nurse and owner of Skin Esteem, a business specializing in medical aesthetic treatments. She started her business in Fort Thomas four years ago but moved in 2020 to Newport.
As her business grew and she needed more space, she returned to Fort Thomas to 20 North Grand Avenue. She held a grand opening for her new location earlier this month.
Skin Esteem offers dermal fillers, neuromodulators, PDO threads, nonsurgical fat reduction, microneedling, dermaplaning, hair restoration and facials.
Bleser has a nursing degree from Northern Kentucky University and has worked in the nursing field in our region for more than 20 years. She decided to enhance her career and earned a master’s degree in anesthesia from Texas Weseleyan University. After several years in anesthesia, she decided it was time for another change.
“About four and a half years ago, I decided that I didn’t want to work strictly at the hospital that I wanted to maybe open my own practice, but I didn’t necessarily want that to be an anesthesia. And I was always drawn to aesthetics. And thought that that would make sense as far as starting a business in that nature, because I do a lot of procedures at the hospital. I understood sterile technique, how to use a needle, how to perform procedures that were more involved, where somebody would have to understand tissue and tissue planes. So that sounded like it was a good direction to go,” said Bleser.
When she started making preparations to open her business, Bleser said she discovered that, despite her medical training, she faced requirements that prevented her from fully practicing.
“There were some hurdles in the state of Kentucky for me as an anesthetist that I actually didn’t have full practice authority as far as cosmetology procedures go. So I had to actually lobby at the state level to get those laws changed, which we did…And now, all CRNAs in the state of Kentucky can have independent service logical procedures rights.”
Bleser, who has earned the nickname “the Injector,” started the Skin Esteem Institute as well to offer training to those interested in learning about and perfecting their injection techniques. She said she plans to hold classes quarterly at her office and will go out to other locations to train others in med spas and related practices.
The business of “injectables” has grown exponentially in recent years, Bleser said.
“We’re also learning new modalities that are minimally invasive that can help our patients avoid surgery. And our patient population is 30 to 50-year-olds, for the most part. Career women don’t have time to recover from a major surgery, which is why injectables have become so popular. Their downtime is so minimal… And in the right hands, it can be very, very natural, keeping you youthful looking but still looking yourself. That’s why it’s important to find the right injector,” she said.
Skin Esteem is located at 20 North Grand Avenue. For more info, go to skin-esteem.com.
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