The word “spa” evokes an environment both relaxing and indulgent, perfect for renewing the body and spirit. You’ll find that atmosphere at a typical day spa or resort spa and also at a Medical Spa. Aside from pampering, there are some other similarities between a MedSpa and a traditional spa, but there are significant differences you should know when deciding which one to visit.
Training and Supervision
A day spa may be owned by a resort or by an individual such as a licensed esthetician, massage therapist or cosmetologist.
MedSpas are supervised by licensed medical professionals who may also perform some or all of the procedures. For instance, Chic La Vie is associated with the Smith Plastic Surgery medical facility, which is owned and operated by Dr. Lane Smith, a renowned plastic surgeon. Therefore we are committed to intensive training and offering safe and effective treatments as well as providing the kind of personalized pampering you would expect from a top-rated spa.
Range of Treatments
An increasing number of spas cater to men as well as women. Both traditional and Medical Spas offer individual treatments and services as well as packages. State laws regulate the types of services that may be performed by each type of facility and the level of professional training required to do the work.
A typical day spa offers a menu of beauty and relaxation therapies such as facials, body wraps, and multiple types of massage to help you look and feel better. But, these are not typically medical treatments nor do they use products that must be prescribed or overseen by a physician. Some day spas may offer chemical peels, microdermabrasion or laser-based therapies. Others simply offer manicures, pedicures, hair treatments and skincare products.
A MedSpa offers advanced procedures, treatments, technologies and products you won’t find elsewhere. You may feel like you’re visiting an upscale day spa, but you’re being treated at a medical facility.
Because MedSpas are allowed to use higher strength skincare and other products, results can be significantly more obvious. Some MedSpas also provide prescription strength products for at-home use.
Here at Chic La Vie MedSpa and Laser Center, we offer:
- Laser hair removal
- Chemical peels
- Botox and facial filler injections for wrinkle reduction
- Skin treatments for a wide variety of conditions from acne scars to stretch marks
- Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) weight loss program
- Non-invasive body contouring and skin tightening
- Minimally-invasive hair restoration
- Vampire face lift using a person’s own blood platelets to rejuvenate your skin
While non-surgical in nature, all these procedures require skill that comes with specialized training and experience. We also offer a wide range of skincare products and devices you can use at home.
So Should You Choose A Day Spa or A Medspa?
There is no reason you can’t visit both, depending on your goals. A day spa can be the ideal place to unwind in quiet comfort, with the help of one or more relaxing treatments. You’ll feel well cared for and refreshed. However, if you want more definitive results, a highly-regarded MedSpa offers the safety and expertise of a doctor’s office with medical-grade treatments.
You can’t feel relaxed without peace of mind, so don’t assume technicians are fully skilled if you’re looking for more complex treatments. Be sure to ask about education, experience and supervision before you schedule your appointment.