A number of my plastic surgery patients in Houston have asked me what the term “medical spa” means, so I thought it would be good to explain. Although these facilities often operate as part of a plastic surgery or dermatology practice, the patient experience is usually a bit different than at a typical doctor visit.
Medical spas are where the spa world and the medical world intersect. These facilities offer effective medical aesthetic services, such as injections of BOTOX® Cosmetic, laser treatments, and chemical peels, in a comfortable, inviting environment. A reputable medical spa is supervised by a board-certified physician and staffed by licensed or specially trained aesthetic professionals. Not only are these individuals held to high standards of quality, they’re also very knowledgeable about patient care and the technical aspects of the services they perform, including new or leading-edge technologies.
As these kinds of treatments grow in popularity and become more widely available, it is increasingly important to choose a facility that’s supervised by a doctor for the safest, most effective results. As an added benefit, if you choose to visit a medical spa overseen by a surgeon, you’re treating yourself to comprehensive care that respects your body, your history, and your long-term aesthetic goals.