Summary: In decades past, the choice seemed to be between a clinic and a spa. Sure a spa offered a comfortable place to be and a focus on relaxation, but a clinic offered more choices in terms of procedures available. The stark choices left a fertile middle ground to be claimed by what we now call the Medispa, which offers a wide variety of treatments available in a setting focused on rejuvenation. Of course, you need to make sure the Medispa is overseen by plastic surgeon—otherwise, it’s little more than a glorified day spa.

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A Good Day

A day spa can be good for your skin and for your overall wellbeing. By offering services such as massage therapy or facial chemical peels, day spas have a well earned reputation for providing a soothing experience which facilitates relaxation and, therefore, an overall sense of health and wellbeing. Clinics, on the other hand, can often times appear remote by comparison, even calloused. Sure, clinics provide patients with options they simply cannot find at a day spa, but there’s no question that the décor and demeanor of the facility has an impact on the patient’s final sense of relaxation and wellbeing.

An Opportunity to Expand the Audience

This is not something that professionals in the cosmetic surgery field are blind to. Perhaps because most cosmetic procedures are elective, there is a stronger emphasis on incentives in the cosmetic surgery world—or, perhaps, a stronger emphasis on disincentives and the elimination of those disincentives. So when it comes to the remote, even cold, feeling of a clinic (or, not to put too fine a point on it—the clinical feeling of a clinic) giving patients a reason to stay away, cosmetic surgeons are perhaps slightly more willing to act than, say, a podiatrist.

Again I’ll risk a gross simplification and say, thus, the Medispa was born. In a sort of best of both world scenario, the Medispa (or, as if you don’t enjoy neologisms, the medical spa) creates a warm and inviting atmosphere with a focus on relaxation and rejuvenation, but under the guidance of a well qualified (most often a board certified) plastic surgeon. This is a key component. Without a plastic surgeon running the show, a Medispa is just, well, a day spa.

What’s Offered?

So let’s get into the nitty gritty, shall we? A Medispa offers a wide range of treatment options. To get a sense of what a medispa can really do for you, it’s worth taking a look at what those treatment options might entail.

Botox – It wouldn’t be a medical spa without a Botox option. According to the website of the Minneapolis Botox experts at Carillon Clinic, Botox can eliminate wrinkles while maintaining a natural appearance, and there’s very little downtime involved. In fact, it’s often called a “lunchtime” procedure, because in theory you could head right back to work after your Botox injections (of course, you might be a little red and look a bit younger).

Exilis Skin Tightening – Now here’s a procedure you definitely won’t find at a day spa. Exilis essentially uses radio frequencies to help break up fat under your tissues and regenerate collagen, which makes your tissue appear younger. It’s kind of like liposuction without surgery (and, unfortunately, not quite as effective). The upside to a nonsurgical procedure such as Exilis is that the recovery time is quite quick. In fact, most patients, depending on the strength of the procedure, feel very little pain and able to return to activity immediately. Not bad for a day’s work.

Schlerotherapy – Many medispas offer treatments for what are often called “spider veins.” These are the, often blue, often unsightly vein clusters that appear as we age. It can make it difficult to confidently wear shorts or t-shirts (depending on the placement). Many medispas have a nonsurgical way of treating the skin to eliminate these veins and leave you feeling young and confident once again.

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg in the terms of the treatments provided, and every Medispa will be different. You’ll have to check with your local providers to see what, precisely, is offered. And once you see just how many procedures most medical spas provide, you might be wondering why medical spas don’t simply brand themselves as plastic surgery clinics.

Different Services Mean Different Focus

It’s a good question, and if I had to take a stab at answering that question, I’d say it has something to do with respecting the focus of the patient. In a plastic surgery setting, the focus of the patient is often on transformation—whether it’s through breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or facelift, the goal of the procedure is often to bring you closer to what you see as your real self. However, patients who come to a Medispa are often seeking something different.

Relax and Rejuvenate

And that’s why the focus at a Medispa is often on rejuvenation—bringing your skin, your deep tissues, your youthful spirit back to life again, so that you feel young. Rejuvenation, then, is at the core of a Medispa’s mission, and by giving patients who want to be in touch with their younger selves a place to go, they’re able to capture that audience. Because at the end of the day, there’s nothing more rejuvenating than feeling young again.