Dr. Tahl N. Humes owns and serves as medical director to Vitahl Medical Aesthetics in Denver, Colorado. She graduated with a BS from Indiana University, completed Medical School at Touro University in California, and Residency at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. She is a National Laser Trainer and National Spokesperson for Cutera® Lasers. Dr. Humes also trains physicians, RNs, and PAs from across the nation in advanced injection techniques of BOTOX® and advanced dermal fillers, including Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, and Sculptra. Dr. Humes has performed thousands of aesthetic treatments with lasers and injectables. She was invited by Allergan to participate in the Juvederm Experience Trials prior to the product’s release to the general public. In addition, Dr. Humes is known for her expertise in laser medicine. Dr. Humes and Vitahl are known for their cutting edge laser treatments, such as Pearl and Titan. She has been interviewed for her cosmetic medical expertise by news affiliates ABC, CBS, and NBC, and has served on expert panels for Cutera® Lasers at national presentations.


It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul. In fact, the eyes are so much more. They can entice someone, they can give away our true feelings, they are a focal point of the face, and they are an area that we often see age much too soon. Some of us have always had heavy eyes, where our upper lids seem to hide any eyeshadow we might apply, even from a very young age. Some of us have puffy eyes that are genetic or that have worsened with age. And some of us have wrinkly eyes from smiling, aging or squinting in the sun.

VITAHL has been treating eyes since the day we opened. We offer BOTOX, not only as a treatment for our existing wrinkles, but also to prevent new wrinkles. We offer lasers to help stimulate collagen and tighten the skin. And, we offer Latisse to grow your lashes longer, thicker and darker. We see great results from these treatments, but we want to be able to do more. With the addition of board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jason Martin, to the VITAHL family, we now offer a cutting-edge treatment, FusionBleph™.

FusionBleph™ treats wrinkles, heavy eye lids, and puffiness in one, office-based treatment. FusionBleph™ is a treatment pioneered by Dr. Martin in which traditional upper and lower eye lifts are combined with laser resurfacing of the skin around the eye. This treatment is done in the office and with about a week of downtime, you can take years off your face. To find out if you are a candidate for FusionBleph, schedule your consultation with Dr. Martin by calling 303.388.7380.


Gift giving during the holidays is always stressful as you try to find presents for family and friends that are both thoughtful and useful. Instead of giving traditional gifts such as clothes, goodies or electronics, why not give the gift of youth, something everyone could use? Think outside the proverbial box this year and give family, friends or yourself a stress-free start to 2011 by choosing any of the numerous treatments available at VITAHL. You can look younger and more refreshed with one or more of the many fabulous options that are reasonably priced and require little or no down time - perfect for a chaotic holiday schedule. From body contouring to anti-aging to skin improvement, VITAHL has so many gifts to choose from.

VASERshape, a non-surgical alternative treatment to liposuction, helps you lose inches and appear tight and toned in that sexy form-fitting party dress. For a more youthful and healthy appearance, even after several late nights of partying with friends, Titan or Laser Genesis are treatments to consider. Titan tightens skin almost anywhere on your face and body and helps stimulate new collagen growth, and Laser Genesis is a favorite among the Hollywood A-listers in preparation for a big event.

If you know someone worried about wrinkles, sun damage or overall skin texture, we recommend BOTOX or Pearl Laser Skin Resurfacing. Advanced BOTOX injections soften deep frown lines, give a subtle brow lift, create a pouty lip and more, while Pearl treats the top layer of the skin with a laser to improve sun damage, texture and wrinkles, while the deeper layers of the skin are heated to stimulate collagen growth. For an overall smooth-skin look and feel, give the gift of Microderm and ultrasound suffusion for an incredible exfoliation experience. All of these treatments take years off your face and will help anyone look fresh and rested for the upcoming holiday season and the year to come.

Best of all, some of the mentioned treatments do not require any downtime, so you’re ready for the social calendar at a moment’s notice. Consider VITAHL your one-stop shop for beauty and revitalization. You can gift one treatment or you can package a few together for the ultimate makeover for someone special in your life – a family member, close friend, or even yourself! We have gift certificates available or call to schedule a day of youth for a loved one at 303.388.7380.


If you are interested in getting Dermal Fillers the best thing you can do is research and ask questions. I recently did an interview discussing the topic for American Health and Beauty. Click the link below to watch the interview.

Dermal Fillers with Dr Humes for American Health and Beauty


The holidays are here, believe it or not, and whether it’s the office party, a neighborhood or family gathering, or the annual holiday bash, you want to partake in the fun, while looking and feeling your best and with so many soirees to attend, your skin can be very telling of your holiday habits. This time of year typically increases stress levels, and coupled with little or no sleep, skin flaws, like wrinkles, are much more apparent. And because the cold, dry Colorado air robs skin of its natural moisture and makes it parched, fine lines become more noticeable.

So how can you keep your skin glowing and your wrinkles from showing? There are several solutions to keep common wrinkles like crow’s feet, smile lines and skin laxity at bay. Regular morning and nighttime cleaning and moisturizing with medical grade skin care offer one option, so you need to be committed every day. For more specific issues, you might want to explore plastic surgery. Although plastic surgery used to require weeks of down time, procedures like office-based Vaser Lipo now offered by VITAHL, are less invasive so you can still be ready for the holidays. VITAHL also has several quick-fix treatments for a wrinkle-free social season. Click here for more information on Vaser Lipo.

Whether it’s BOTOX®, a simple, 10-minute, non-surgical process; Laser Genesis, which leaves your skin glowing and refreshed; Dermal Fillers, that plump, restore volume and reshape; or Pearl Resurfacing, to treat deep-layer wrinkles, you can look fresh, fierce and fabulous with little to no recovery time and a huge impact. Click on the treatment names listed above to read more information on each.

So call VITAHL at 303.388.7380 or visit our office in Cherry Creek to discuss or schedule any of our fabulous treatments and start out your holiday season and 2011 looking years younger and feeling confident and ready for anything!


I cannot believe that the holiday season is fast approaching! It feels like only a few weeks ago, it was June first. We were all looking forward to the heat of the summer sun, and we were planning our summer vacations. Now, the leaves are changing, and Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away. The next thing we know, we will be celebrating the New Year. As we look towards Thanksgiving, I find myself thinking about how much there is to be thankful for in 2010.

It has been a great year for VITAHL. As many of you know, we celebrated five years in business this past September, and we also welcomed Dr. Jason Martin, a renowned plastic surgeon, to the practice. With the addition of Dr. Martin to the VITAHL family, we now offer both office-based Vaser Lipo and Smart Lipo Body Contouring, which have been met with great enthusiasm. In his short time at VITAHL, Dr. Martin is already in high demand for office-based liposuction and Blepharoplaties (upper and lower eyelid surgery), as well as full face and body cosmetic surgery. We are so happy to have him on board, and I truly enjoy having another doctor in the office who broadens the treatments we offer at VITAHL. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate VITAHL’S fifth anniversary and to welcome Dr. Martin to the VITAHL family. It was a great party! Click here for some photos.

This year has also brought to VITAHL one of our strongest teams of employees – some have been with us for a year or more, and we have added a few new staff members that we have been so happy to welcome to the VITAHL family. We are a cohesive unit, and I want you all to be able to get to know this staff. We will be introducing them to you, one by one, in the New Year.

Thank you to all our loyal patients for helping to make 2010 a year to remember!


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and VITAHL wants to celebrate those who are survivors, those who have lost their battle with the disease, and those who are affected in one way or another by breast cancer. Some of our staff at VITAHL is participating in the Denver Race For the Cure on October 3rd. We are proud to walk for a cure and hope we will see you there as well!

VITAHL knows that cancer takes so much from a woman, but it doesn’t have to take her self-confidence or beauty. We recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month by offering a “BOTOX for Breast Cancer” Week. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen foundation to help fight breast cancer, educate women on early detection, screening and treatment programs and to help save lives. Check your in-box later this month for more details.

Cancer patients must take care of their bodies inside and out. Both chemotherapy and radiation take a toll on your skin. Promote clean and fresh skin and show your support by purchasing a pink Clarisonic, available at VITAHL through the end of October. Prices start at $225.

Happy Birthday VITAHL!

We are 5 years old today!! Happy Birthday VITAHL!! Can't believe that 5 years ago today we had our last inspection on VITAHL with the dreaded city inspectors, and we officially opened our doors for business on 09/01/05 with zero patients in our system, but many waiting for the day we opened. We slowly booked a few that month, and then grew and grew! 5 years later, we have gone from ZERO patients to a database of over 5000 patients, with about 3000 of these being active patients. We have increased gross revenue, even despite a down economy, and we continue to grow. A lot has changed in 5 years! I am looking forward to all our new stuff as our 6th year in business begins ..... Dr. Martin joining the VITAHL family, VASERshape and VASERlipo launches this month, White Lightening being released this month .... Lots of excitement for our great team!!

Dr. Humes

VITAHL - Not Your Average Doctors Office

I recently read an interesting article in W magazine titled, “Face Off” and it got me thinking about VITAHL and our mission. When I created VITAHL, I wanted it to be known first and foremost as a medical office owned and operated by a practicing physician who offered results- driven clinical aesthetic treatments. Today, that philosophy is more important than ever. Shortly after opening, the medical-aesthetics market exploded, fueled by business entrepreneurs opening non-physician-owned “medi-spas.” The majority of these facilities are owned and operated by entrepreneurs, not physicians, and they comply with the legal definition of medical spa by contracting with a physician who rarely, if ever, steps through the front door. These facilities often are known to produce mediocre and even negative results because they are operated as a retail-based revenue model instead of being a bona fide medical practice.

Just know that I am totally immersed in VITAHL. I feel that we are only as good as my involvement in the office. You deserve the opinion of a trained physician when it comes to your skin treatment options and regiment. Unlike most facilities, our office and staff is set up like a medical office, with licensed physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and aestheticians, all of whom undergo extensive additional training administered by me. I am also committed to learning about all new procedures and products brought into our facility, and I require the same of my staff.

I want us to not only have the best technology, but to be the best at doing the treatments. For example, when we brought on Pearl Fractional, it was not enough to be trained by the company. I wanted to train with the doctors who did the research that brought the machine to market. Now, as we introduce VASERshape, our new non-surgical fat removal machine, we not only are the only office in Colorado with this technology, but we are the only office in the country who will be trained by the makers of the machine in Italy so we can learn from the best. I want the level of professionalism, competency and quality of VITAHL to outshine the bad experiences that some of you may have experienced at a “medi-spa.”

When it comes to products we offer here at VITAHL, rest assured that at VITAHL we won’t recommend products that you don’t need. I personally test the entire product inventory we offer to ensure that they produce the results they claim and only those that do end up on our shelves. In addition, I constantly research and test new products. When a new product surfaces that provides superior results I am not afraid to replace an existing product or line with one that produces better results. We are a result driven medical practice and so are all of our products.

One refreshing way we different from the cold and clinical offices described in the W article is our warm and enticing atmosphere. At VITAHL we have consciously created a warm, inviting and relaxing environment at our offices. I feel there is no need to produce or expose our patients to a cold and sterile environment in order for their treatment to feel safe and effective.

Thank you for your contined support of Vitahl.

"Face Off" article in W magazine August 2010

VITAHL Only Colorado Location Offering New, Non-Surgical Fat-Removal Treatment

If you’ve hesitated to have lipo treatments because they seemed, well, too invasive, we have good news. VITAHL is one of just 12 medical offices across the country to offer a new, non-surgical lipo treatment called VASERshape. VASERshape is the latest innovation from Louisville, Colo., based Sound Surgical Technologies. It has been available for many years in Europe, marketed under the name MedContour, and the results seen in their many patients have been amazing. VASERshape is a non-invasive body contouring treatment for localized fat and deep cellulite. It uses the combined action of two low-frequency ultrasounds concentrated onto the area being treated, offering fat removal that is both highly effective and entirely safe.

VITAHL is proud to be chosen the first location in Colorado to offer this latest non-invasive fat removal treatment. Unlike other non-invasive body contouring devices, VASERshape has reproducible results. Now, you can lose inches of unwanted fat without downtime, by using safe and effective ultrasound technology!

Click here for Questions and Answers about VASERshape.

Click here for Before and After photos.

Call 303.388.7380 to schedule your VASERshape consultation today!

DOCARE International Medical Outreach

Last month I participated in the DOCARE International medical outreach trip to a small town in Guatemala, called San Andreas Ixtapa. It’s a great feeling to help people in need and with DOCARE, physicians and medical professionals come together for a week to provide much needed medical attention to some of the world’s poorest people in remote locations.

We set up our clinic in San Andreas and local villagers walked for hours to visit with our doctors about their ailments. We provided free medical services and free medications. The people from these remote areas do not have the access to medical care that we are accustomed to having, and many of the 500 patients a day we saw have never seen a doctor. Most came to see us for the same everyday issues we all go to the doctor for, but others needed more extensive care and we were able to set up and pay for extended care for those in need at hospitals in Antigua and Guatemala City. For some of the patients who were too ill to walk to our clinic, we made home visits. It was eye opening to see how people of these small villages live, many with no running water and no electricity.

It was hard, but rewarding work reaching out to help others. Of course, it wasn’t all work and no play. I was able to take some time off to hike through the country of Guatemala, and experience seeing an active volcano!

Sometimes we all need to be reminded that true beauty isn’t just about our appearance but also about what’s inside. While it’s our goal to help you be beautiful on the outside, we encourage the cultivation of your inner beauty too!

Vitahl's Patient Diary of the Pearl Laser

I am going to tell you about my Pearl Laser, the experience, video of the treatment, and photos throughout the healing. I am a 31 year old female. I tanned often when I was young. I have melasma from pregnancy. In the last few years I have noticed a change in my skin; dullness, fine lines, and more severe acne with pregnancy. I have always had larger pores, redness, and visible veins. I have done aesthetic procedures for 6 years, at Vitahl in Denver. Previous procedures include IPL, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels, Laser Hair Removal, Laser Vein Therapy, Genesis Laser Facial, and Botox.

The Pearl Laser

I apply numbing cream 1 hour before the Pearl. I put ear plugs in before we begin. The procedure begins and honestly I can’t feel anything. The thing that affects me is my senses. The laser and technician are touching my face, I hear the laser actually zapping and I know what is happening to the skin. I was anxious. TIP: Don’t over think what is happening, and bring an IPOD. The only time that I was uncomfortable was around my lips and nostrils, eyes, and ears; the openings of the face. I felt no pain during the laser.

After Pearl day of

My skin felt hot after the Pearl, it lasted for about 2 hours. It feels like a sun burn. Right after the laser my skin was whiteish and had a hexagon pattern. There was clear ooze that appeared in spots the first few hours. I had a lot of sensations; heating up, feeling tight and I started to swell. My shellacked aquaphor started to get thick and yellowish as the day progressed. My husband said it looked like chicken skin or fat.

Day 1

I showered immediately. My hair was stuck to my face and the gelatinous skin and aquaphor mix. I started applying less aquaphor after yesterday, it was so thick it was hard to wash off! My skin began to get tighter and rougher; it still feels like a sun burn. I took an antihistamine for the swelling. The hexagon pattern is still prevalent but my face also looks striped; darker, red, and normal. No more oozing or yellowish substance. By the evening I was getting little white heads (milia), they would extract slowly during washing. I began to peel slightly around my mouth by the evening and the striped grid of hexagons started to convert to red skin all over.

Day 2

My skin is red and hexagon pattern all over. After washing I started using IS Clinical ProHeal before aquaphor to help with healing. The white heads are still forming and my peeling is continuing around my mouth and beginning around my nose. My skin is starting to feel very tight. The white heads are tormenting me. In the afternoon my peeling slowed down. My face feels feverish. Word of the day is red.

Day 3

I was woken by dryness in the middle of the night and had to apply aquaphor. The peeling started around my eyes and chin in the morning. I am still very red, no more white heads though! By the evening my cheeks were beginning to peel but I have to say that between yesterday and today I began to think I would be red forever. I decided not to go into work as planned today because of the redness.

Day 4

My skin is showing improvement today. I would feel comfortable going to work today. The peeling is continuing and the redness is starting to subside, especially around my nose and mouth that peeled first. My left cheek is almost completely peeled. The jaw line is much redder than the rest of my face. I began to apply my usual moisturizer, IS Clinical Moisture Complex, and aquaphor in spots only. I went to a party at a friend’s house and everyone was so interested in what I had done. I didn’t feel uncomfortable about being out. The way everyone described my skin was that I looked like I had been skiing all day.

Day 5

My skin is pink and still darker on the chin line. I am still using Aquaphor in spots. My skin is extra dry around the perimeter. I am comfortable going to work today, no makeup but a little mascara.

Day 6

As of today I am healed. I am still dry but I look normal, just rosy.

Day 7

Day 8

After Pearl Thoughts

If you want to change your skin do this procedure the results are undeniable. My texture improved; scaring is less deep, dullness is gone, my pores are smaller. My tone is more even, my sun damage (freckling) is dramatically different. I felt like I could cleanse too hard or do damage during the healing process. Dr. Humes assured me there was nothing I could do to my face, and everything I was seeing was normal. Since I am a fair Irish gal the red was a natural result for me, but varies person to person. By day four I saw the healing and I was confident. My skin needed more moisture than normal for a week after. I remained rosy for two weeks. I broke out more than normal my next cycle, like a deep cleaning almost.

My lowest moments

1. My husband telling me the first day that my skin “looks like chicken fat or…chicken skin.”
2. Saying to my husband on day 2 “ I think my skin will be red for forever”
3. During the red days, days 2 and 3 was when I was anxious about the procedure.

My Highest Moments

1. The results.
2. Erasing the last few tired years of motherhood in my skin.
3. Noticing a change in my skin, and feeling it.
4. My visible sun damage is 80% gone. Amazing!

Before Photos

After Photos

You can learn more about Pearl Skin Resurfacing at Vitahl Medical Aesthetics.