Simply put, the American Med Spa Association defines a medical spa as a hybrid between an aesthetic medical center and a day spa” with four core elements: (1) the provision of non-invasive (i.e. non-surgical) aesthetic medical services; (2) under the general supervision of a licensed physician; (3) performed by trained, experienced and qualified practitioners; (4) with onsite supervision by a licensed healthcare professional.
What services can you expect to find at a medspa?
You will find a wide range of services beginning with the most common...
Neurotoxin/wrinkle relaxer injections. These come under the common names of Dysport, Xeomin, and of course Botox and range in price from $4-14 per unit, keeping in mind that Dysport is 1.5 to 1 ratio to other products. This means that you will require 1.5 units for ever 1 unit of Xeomin and Botox. Be smart when you get your injections and make sure you know that not all units are created equal and that practitioners reserve the right to reconstitute the product in a few different ways. 1:1, 1:1.5, 1:2, etc... So when you see really low pricing...ASK QUESTIONS.
Another common service at most medpas are generalized as dermal fillers. Many are hyaluronic acid based and referred to commonly as HA's. They come in may names such as Restylane, Resylane Silk, Restylane Refyn, Restylane Defyn, Restylane Lyft, Belatero, Juvaderm, Juviderm Ultra, Juviderm XC, etc... These will be injected in various places both face and body and are placed in different planes of the skin for a variety of results. Dermal fillers are designed to add volume and structure where it has been lost with aging. Todays trends are even using them to create a more desired look regardless of age. Clients can get non-surgical liquid nose jobs, augmented lips, chins, brows, cheekbones, as well as add volume and smoothness to hands, scars, and other areas of concern.
Laser hair reduction is quite common in these places as well. There are a variety of lasers to permanently REDUCE hair growth. You will be asked questions about your skin type to identify if you are a candidate for this procedure. It is not an option for everyone, though more sophisticated machines are now available to safely treat darker skin types. Consumers should ask many questions as lasers can burn, blister, scar, and hyper or hypopigment skin! Lasers are serious and should be operated by only trained technicians. You should be wearing goggles, no mirrors in the room, and not feel excessive heat or pain from the treatment. You should NOT get treated if you have recent sun exposure and should not expose skin to sun for 2 weeks after treatment.
Many medspas now offer a variety of other options now as well. These include, PRP hair restoration, PRP and pharmaceutical grade facials, skin care products, various types of chemical peels using acids (glycolic, retinoic, lactic, TCA, PCA, and salacylic), dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, light therapy, lash and brow extensions and tinting, microblading, microneedling, waxing, massage, thread lifting, fat reduction, weight loss medications, hormone and vitamin injections, vaginal rejuvenation, and penile enhancement injections. This list is not exhaustive of course but gives a good indication of what is out there.
Medspas are not consistently regulated and thus laws vary from state to state. It is up to the consumer to ask questions and ensure that they are in a good quality medical spa with qualified practitioners.