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The What's, Why's, And Where's Of Choosing A Medical Spa

Why should you choose a medical spa? You have cosmetic needs, wants, and goals. But you may not be sure if a med spa, traditional day spa, salon, or plastic surgeon's office is the best option. Before you schedule a treatment or a service, take a look at the what's, why's, and where's of med spa use.

What Is A Med Spa?

Even though the word spa is in the title, a med spa differs from day spas and resort-type spas. While a medical spa may offer some of the same services that you would find in a traditional spa setting (such as facials and makeup application), this type of beauty business also provides medical treatments. 

These services could include, depending on the spa, botulinum toxin type A injections (commonly known as Botox), dermal fillers, chemical peels (deeper peels than an exfoliating facial), laser skin resurfacing, laser hair removal, and other similar minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments.

Unlike a day or resort spa, services in the medical type of treatment center are done under the supervision of a medical doctor (M.D.). A dermatologist, cosmetic M.D., or cosmetic surgeon will either provide the treatments directly to the patients or supervise a highly skilled, well-trained, licensed medical provider, such as a nurse practitioner or physician's assistant.

Estheticians, makeup artists, cosmetologists, and similar beauty professionals will not provide injectable, filler, laser, and medically-focused treatments. But the spa may employ these pros if they offer non-medical facials, makeup application, or hair cutting, styling, or cutting services. Some med spas also allow licensed massage therapists to provide deep tissue, Swedish, hot stone, or other types of massages.

Why Choose A Med Spa?

It's all in the name. Again, medical spas offer medical services and treatments that traditional (day or overnight) spas can't provide. If you want to reduce the look of fine facial lines with a botulinum therapy injectable, add volume to your lips with a dermal filler, rejuvenate your skin with a chemical peel or laser resurfacing, or remove excess facial/body hair with a laser service, you will need to choose a med spa. 

Where Can You Find A Med Spa?

There are med spas in every state across the United States. This means you may have more than a few options in your local area. If you're not sure which spa to select, start with the supervision and the services. Again, a medical doctor should supervise the spa and the treatments. Other factors to consider when choosing a med spa include the types of treatments offered, the available products, and the quality of the services.