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Day Spa or Medical Spa?

Skin changes as we get older. Despite the various marketing claims, it is impossible for any cream, serum, or lotion to erase the inevitable wrinkles and sagging that begins to occur in our 40s and 50s. Taking good care of your skin, using the proper products, and living a healthy lifestyle will go a long way towards having youthful, healthy-looking skin. If you’d like to see a greater improvement, there are a plethora of non-surgical, anti-aging treatments and procedures that really do smooth out wrinkles and help skin appear more youthful and vibrant.

    The question is, where should you go for these services? Day spas and medical spas — also called medi-spas or medspas — both offer treatments that improve the appearance of the skin, and they may overlap in offering some of the same treatments. There are important differences between these two types of facilities. Understanding the unique characteristics of a medical spa and day spa can help you decide which one will best meet your needs.  
    The most important difference is that a medical spa is supervised by a medical doctor, usually a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. The treatments offered may be more powerful to deliver more noticeable results. Medical spas are a relatively new concept, first emerging about 10 years ago when many of the non-surgical procedures, such as Botox and dermal fillers, became more popular. Day spas are far more common. Medi-spas are somewhat of a hybrid between a day spa and a medical-grade skin care clinic, and some are stand-alone facilities, while others are located within a medical practice.
    A medical spa will usually have a more clinical atmosphere and services will typically include several different types of laser treatments, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, dermaplaning, micro-needling, and potentially offer injectables, such as Botox and dermal fillers. Facials and chemical peels offered at a medical spa may also incorporate higher concentrations of active ingredients than can be found at a day spa. Medical spas will also carry prescription-grade skin care lines that can only be sold under the supervision of a physician. Prescription-grade products may be necessary before and after a cosmetic procedure and are more effective than those available elsewhere due to the larger amount of active ingredients.
    Day spas are usually more focused on beauty, health, relaxation, and pampering. They will offer manicures, pedicures, massages, waxing, and facials as well as professional skin care products, although not prescription-grade. They will advise you on appropriate home care routines and products that are best for your particular skin condition. They may also offer some of the same services as a medical spa, such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. However, state laws are very specific about the strengths and aggressiveness of the services provided in a medical spa that are not permitted in a day spa. A Medical spa is less about relaxation and pampering, and more focused on providing medical-grade treatments to correct a variety of skin conditions.
    Although a medical spa is supervised by a medical doctor, the doctor may or may not be the one to actually perform certain procedures. Licensed aestheticians, who are highly trained professionals that have passed strict licensing requirements, often perform many of the procedures in the medical spa setting. Some practices go the next step and require their medical team members, such as Registered Medical Office Assistants or even RN’s, to perform the services. However, no matter which type of facility you choose, you should know what level of training the service provider has, why the recommended treatment is suitable for you, if there are any reasons why you shouldn’t have a treatment, and what the experience is of the physician who oversees the medical spa.  
    Everyone’s skin is different, but everyone’s skin can likely be improved with non-surgical procedures that are available today. Do your homework and research the best medical spas and day spas to find the best fit for your specific skin care needs.

    Board-certified plastic surgeons Laura C. Randolph, Chad Tattini, and Paige Holt, along with their professional and compassionate staff, comprise Twin City Plastic Surgery. Their Bloomington office is located at 2502 East Empire Street, Suite C, which is one mile east of Veterans Parkway, turning on to Audie Murphy Drive. More information on their practice, surgical options, and their consultation services is available by calling their office at 309-662-6772 or visiting online at twincityplasticsurgery.com.



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