Summary: These days, there are so many terms to describe all kinds of different groups of procedures. Today, we’re talking about one of the most common of those terms: MedSpa. This term is used to describe a wide variety of cosmetic surgery clinics, and it can be difficult for patients to know what exactly they should be looking for when they’re looking at MedSpas—how do you know the good ones and the not so good ones? We’ll try to answer those questions.

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What’s in a Name: What is a MedSpa?

Cosmetic surgery has never been so popular. Last year, in the United States alone, millions of Botox injections were given to patients looking to mitigate wrinkles or treat migraines (Botox has many uses, let’s just say). But the sudden and powerful popularity of these procedures has led to something plastic surgeons are, unfortunately, somewhat used to dealing with: opportunists.

There are a lot of sub-par treatment centers out there. You see them close down every so often (of course, excellent clinics sometimes close down, too). This is not to say that all nationwide laser treatment chains are bad or that any clinic that offers a discount needs to be taken with a grain of salt. It simply means that, as the consumer, you need to be careful and be wary and be smart when booking your appointment.

Of course, we’re here to help. Today, we’re answering the question: what is a medspa? It’s certainly a term that is bandied about pretty often, but it can be somewhat difficult to pin down a definition. After all, MedSpas seem to vary depending on where you are and what you’re looking for. So let’s make an attempt at trying to clarify what exactly MedSpas are.

What Services are Offered by MedSpas?

When you go to a MedSpa, you’ve likely already got a procedure in mind. After all, most patients do a fair bit of investigation online before they go; almost all MedSpas have nicely designed and easy to navigate websites that help patients find what they’re looking for. That is simply to say that in most cases, patients have already chosen what they want to have performed by the time they walk through the doors.

But that doesn’t mean they know everything that will be done to them. Obviously, during a consultation, a cosmetic surgeon or medical professional may suggest further procedures. It’s also helpful to know whether you want to start your search with a medical spa or a plastic surgery clinic.

In general, the services offered by MedSpas include the following:

  • Facial peels
  • Vitamin treatments (such as a B12 injection)
  • Laser treatments of varying kinds
  • Directed energy treatments of varying types
  • Injectables such as Botox and Juvederm
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • SkinPen
  • Kybella
  • Various other procedures
  • The sheer number of procedures offered at MedSpas is consistently increasing. In fact, it’s one of the fastest growing areas of cosmetic surgery.

    What is Not Offered at MedSpas

    In fact, those procedures are growing so rapidly that it may be easier to discuss what is not offered at a MedSpa. In general, MedSpas will not offer any procedures that require a scalpel. This means no surgical procedures such as facelift, breast augmentation, or tummy tuck procedures. Occasionally, they may offer procedures such as liposuction—especially in conjunction with a Brazilian Butt Lift—but that does require some specialties.

    A good rule of thumb is that if you want a procedure that deals with scalpels and surgery, you should turn instead to a plastic surgeon. Sometimes, in fact, MedSpas will be affiliated with a plastic surgeon (or team of surgeons), as is the case with Minneapolis Botox provider Carillon Clinic (which is affiliated with Minneapolis Plastic Surgery). However, even in those cases, the plastic surgery procedures (those involving a scalpel) will usually not be performed at the actual MedSpa.

    There are reasons for this, most of them revolving around the importance of having dedicated spaces (and safety) for various procedures. But the overall point is that finding the right place for the right procedure is important.

    What Exactly is a MedSpa? Have We Settled It?

    Still unsure what a MedSpa is? We don’t blame you. Let’s put it this way. You usually go to a spa to get pampered. And that’s part of what happens at a MedSpa. You get pampered and rejuvenated. But you also undergo certain rejuvenating medical procedures. Or, let’s put it another way.

    The medical procedures at a MedSpa are designed to rejuvenate you. Whether that means diminishing wrinkles, boosting your energy, or just making your skin feel better, it’s all about rejuvenation.

    Of course, when you select a MedSpa, you’ll want to go through the same process you do with other medical institutions. Look at reviews, look for before and after photos, and even talk to past patients. The procedures offered at medspas may be non invasive, but you’ll still want to make sure you’re in good hands!