Individuals who are looking for non-surgical ways to tighten their skin, tone their thighs, improve signs of aging on the face and decrease fine lines and wrinkles may be considering heading to the local medispa, or medical spa. After all, why not enjoy oneself while improving the body? Medical spas are often loaded with creature comforts, such as fluffy robes, delicious drinks, and soft music. Therefore, many see these places as far superior to a dermatologist’s or plastic surgeon’s office, which may be a sterile, uncomfortable environment. Are there really differences between the two that would warrant seeing a plastic surgeon for these non-surgical aesthetic treatments?
Knowing the Difference in Effectiveness
Many would argue that there are enough differences between a medical spa and a plastic surgeon’s office to insist upon taking a close look before making a decision. When headed to the plastic surgeon’s office, individuals can know that they are seeing a board-certified physician who has gone through rigorous testing and ongoing education to maintain a high license. On the other hand, medical spas may or may not have a doctor on board depending on where the spa is located. In California, while doctors are required to hold majority shares in medical spas, they may not always be present in the office. Additionally, California law requires all patients at medical spas to be seen by a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner. However, the treatment does not have to be provided by a physician. Instead, a nurse or technician may provide non-surgical cosmetic treatments.
Some basic treatments may be appropriate for medical spas. However, individuals who are planning to have treatments that include lasers or needles should strongly consider the many benefits of having a physician provide the treatment. While a plastic surgeon’s office may not be as cozy and inviting as a medispa’s environment is, the safety, security, and cleanliness of the office along with the experience and training of the physician will provide peace of mind and decrease the chance of complications.