Summary: Medical Spas aren’t necessarily new, though I think the terminology is relatively recent. Basically, a medical spa is a bit more than a cosmetic surgery clinic. It offers more restorative and rejuvenating procedures. But exactly what can a medical spa offer you? The answer to that question really depends on what you’re looking for.
What Can a Medical Spa Offer You?
We write a lot about cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons on these blogs. To be fair, we write a lot more about the people than we do the buildings those people are in. For example, many cosmetic surgery clinics refer to themselves as “medical spas.” What exactly is a med spa? And what can a medical spa offer you?
It turns out the answer to this question is a little more complicated than we first thought, though not necessarily in a bad way. It’s complicated because medical spas actually offer a wide variety of services—in a way that can make them difficult, at first, to compare.
The short answer is that medical spas offer a combination of cosmetic surgery and spa services in a relaxing environment. The emphasis is on rejuvenation as well as restoration. In other words, they want to make you look more youthful and feel good doing it.
So what can a medical spa offer you? Let’s take a look at some of the procedures offered to find out.
Botox and Other Injectables
One of the most common services offered at most medical spa is some form of injectable. Most often, this injectable is Botox. Whether you’re looking for Minneapolis Botox or Los Angeles Botox or New York Botox, chances are you’ll find it at a medical spa of some kind.
Usually, there are other injectables available as well. In fact, let’s break it down:
- Botox: In most cases, Botox is used to mitigate wrinkles that are caused by muscle contraction (muscles that get stuck in contracted position), such as smile lines and crow’s feet.
- Dermal Fillers: Your face can effectively lose volume as you age. Dermal Fillers—such as Juvederm or Radiesse—are designed to restore that volume and, therefore, remove wrinkles and lines.
- Kybella: The only injectable that can effectively eliminate fat, Kybella is new to the marketplace, so it’s not available quite as widely as Botox or Dermal Fillers. However, it can help eliminate fat around the jawline (and get rid of a double-chin).
Many, but not all, medical spas offer a variety of laser treatments. In most cases, you’ll find a bigger variety of laser treatments through a dermatologist or through a cosmetic surgery practice. On the other hand, there are plenty of specialty laser centers as well.
In most cases, the laser treatments offered at medical spas will focus on restoring or rejuvenating the skin. In other words, medical spas tend to focus on treatments that eliminate lines and wrinkles or on treatments that even out skin tone.
Different outcomes will call for different laser systems. The systems operated by medical spas tend to be a little more on the gentle side, though this isn’t always the case. If you have questions about which laser is right for you, contact your local medspa to schedule a consultation!
So, there are a wide variety of other “cosmetic surgery-like” procedures available at medical spas, but I also wanted to focus on one that was more “spa-like.” Massage therapy is certainly one of those procedures. I guess it’s not really a procedure—though it can be applied in a medical context.
It turns out that massage therapy has a wide variety of medical benefits. These benefits range anywhere from the restorative powers of relaxation to the ability to make scars heal more quickly. In other words, massage therapy should not be quickly or easily dismissed.
If you want to know more about what massage therapy can do in a cosmetic surgery setting, contact a local medspa. Massage therapy isn’t necessarily everywhere yet, but it’s a quickly growing service.
Get What You Want
Increasingly, medical spas are intent on offering up what patients want. I think that’s where the whole concept came from, in fact. People didn’t want to go in for a procedure that made them feel younger and be confronted with a clinical setting. They wanted a setting that was more gentle, more welcoming, more comforting.
After all, if your procedure is focusing on rejuvenation, shouldn’t the atmosphere of the clinic do the same thing? And I think that’s what Medical Spas are really aiming for—an atmosphere that compliments the procedures. And vice versa, I should think.
Perhaps that’s the most important thing a medical spa can offer you: rejuvenation and relaxation.