Medical spas, also known as medspas and medi-spas, have a results-oriented, “medical” focus in addition to providing the relaxing/pampering atmosphere found at “day spas.” Medical spas offer non-invasive or minimally invasive medical aesthetic services for people who are looking to improve themselves without surgery or extended downtime.
Many medical spas offer treatments such as medical grade facial peels, injections of Botox and dermal fillers (i.e. Restylane), laser hair removal, etc. in an atmosphere that is more luxurious than a plastic or cosmetic surgeon’s office. In addition, medical spa prices may be less expensive than receiving the same services at a doctor’s office.
With the ease of making an appointment, great availability of medical services as well as potentially lower cost of treatments, medical spas are a great choice for many people. However, it is very important to “do your homework” and select a reputable medical spa to ensure that you receive safe and effective treatments. The following are some questions to ask in a consultation and general tips on finding an excellent medical spa.
Who is the medical director?
Medical spas should be overseen by an appropriately qualified physician meaning those who specialize in aesthetic or skin-related fields such as a cosmetic or plastic surgeon or a dermatologist.
Where is the doctor’s main office?
Does the doctor have a practice nearby or is he located in a different city? If the doctor is not close by, that is a red flag – see following questions.
Is the doctor available to see me at the spa to answer questions or available to examine me if there is a complication?
It is important to note that procedures such as injections (of Botox, fillers and the like), laser hair removal, certain facial peels, etc., are medical procedures that should be done by a well trained clinician with the same care and diligence that you would find in a doctor or surgeon’s office. If there is a complication, the doctor should be available to evaluate the situation.
Does the doctor have normal hours at the spa?
Knowing that the doctor is available certain days of the week at the medical spa for consultations and evaluations is tremendously important. This insures the doctor is playing an active role in the medical spa and that s/he would be available to see you upon request.
Did the medical director personally train the clinicians working at the spa?
Training a clinician personally by the medical director indicates that s/he promotes uniformity in the treatment of patients to insure the best results. It also allows the medical director to evaluate the clinician and to provide further training as necessary.
A final note, feeling comfortable in the surroundings is important as well. Does the medical spa look clean and well taken care of? Is the staff open to answering your questions and/or finding answers for you?
Congratulations! Once you’ve found an excellent medical spa, great treatments (and results) await!