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Before You Head to the Spa: 5 Reasons Why You Should See a Medical Professional First

Are you wasting money on useless skincare products?

Many people go to a traditional spa or purchase over the counter products for their skincare needs. But for the millions who suffer from actual skin issues, it’s not enough.

Many people wonder “spa vs medical professional” when it comes to their skin issues. There are many reasons to choose a medical professional over a traditional spa.

Keep reading for 5 reasons you need to see an actual physician for your skin and beauty needs. 

1. Medical Spas Are Overseen by a Physician

Medical professionals who offer skincare and beauty treatments are often referred to as medical spas or medical skincare clinics. The alternatives are traditional day spas or resort spas.

Medical spas are overseen by actual physicians. This means they can perform medical skincare and beauty treatments beyond what a traditional spa can offer. A common example is Botox treatments.

Traditional spas are usually owned and operated by business professionals but not medical professionals. These might include licensed cosmetologists, licensed aestheticians, or resort management companies.

If you’re having an issue with your skin or are interested in beauty treatments, it just makes more sense to trust a medical professional with your needs. 

2. Quality of Services

Because traditional spas are limited in what they can offer clients, you will receive higher quality and more effective services from a medical professional.

While traditional spas can help you relax and feel beautiful, the treatments they offer are not medical treatments. Aestheticians at day spas can only perform non-medical grade skin and body treatments.

For example, spas use a line of skincare products that aren’t medical grade. While spas may offer facials, they can’t offer chemical peels. Keep an eye out for spas that claim to offer chemical peels, because they will be very low grade. Even though you’re expecting medical-grade results, you’ll only be getting a low-grade peel. 

Medical aestheticians have many more options because of their medical training. They can perform advanced strength procedures like dermaplaning, laser hair removal, aggressive microdermabrasion, and other combination treatments that aren’t allowed to be performed in traditional spas. 

Traditional spas may offer lighter versions of these procedures, but you won’t see the same level of results. 

3. Comprehensive Treatment Options

Consulting with a medical professional about your skincare and beauty needs means you’ll have not only more options but a more comprehensive treatment approach.

A medical spa can better customize your treatment plan to your specific needs. A traditional spa may offer you a day of relaxation, but it won’t bring about a lasting improvement in your skin. This is because over the counter spa products legally can’t significantly change your skin without being prescribed by a medical professional.

The active ingredients in products used at a regular spa are mild and aren’t medical grade. This means that you’ll see subtle results if any. Medical professionals can prescribe more potent products that yield visible results.

It’s imperative that prescription products with powerful active ingredients only be offered by medical professionals. This is because medical screening is required before using these medical-grade products. 

This is also the reason medical-grade products can’t be purchased online. Your doctor must perform a skin assessment to prescribe the best products for your skin type and concerns. 

When you consult with a medical professional, your entire health profile will be taken into consideration and the best products available will be selected as part of your treatment plan. 

4. More Training and Experience

When you trust your skincare needs to a medical-grade spa, you are getting the best when it comes to training and experience.

Our clinic is run by a licensed physician who has dedicated his career to offering patients the best of medicine and beauty.

Becoming a medically trained aesthetician requires significant training. Traditional spas only require practitioners to pass a cosmetology/aesthetic board exam. Medical aestheticians must undergo additional training.

You don’t want someone performing skincare services who only knows how the machine works and not how to treat your skin. It’s easy for spa employees to get their hands on technology they aren’t truly trained to use. 

Many medical aestheticians have years of experience working in a traditional spa before entering the field of medical aesthetics. These medical professionals are required to shadow other practitioners before they begin working on patients.

Many skincare issues are the result of actual medical conditions. A trip to the day spa simply won’t treat an underlying condition. Consulting with a medical professional is the best way to get an accurate diagnosis of your problem and a treatment plan that is likely to bring about results. 

5. Safer Options

If you are looking for actual results from your spa experience, we recommend having skincare procedures performed in a medical environment where there is a physician on-site. Medical facilities are held to higher standards when it comes to patient safety and legal compliance.

A medical professional will offer a safe and clean facility and only employ vetted medical professionals.

Cleanliness is a big concern for those who frequent the spa. We’ve all heard horror stories of dirty spas. When you choose a medical facility, you know you are in a clean environment.

You can also rest assured knowing that the procedures offered are safe and medically approved. For example, eyelash extensions can be dangerous, especially when applied by a spa worker who isn’t properly trained.

As medical professionals, we focus on enhancing the beauty of your natural eyelashes by using natural growth serum. By going to a medical professional, you can trust that the methods used and procedures offered have been approved by the medical community to get real results.

Your physician is an expert and will inform you of any risks or side effects. He and his team of medical professionals will also provide ongoing care and support as you will have a doctor-patient relationship. 

Spa vs Medical Professional? The Choice is Clear

We hope this article has given you more insight into the question of choosing a spa vs medical professional. If you still want to go to the day spa for some R & R, that’s okay. But we highly recommend consulting with a medical professional about your skincare needs.

Only a medical doctor can evaluate your overall health profile and offer medical-grade treatment options to solve the underlying causes of your skin issues. Our spa services can be just as relaxing as a traditional spa and we are sure you will leave feeling relaxed and beautiful — and see results. 

Contact us today to learn more about our services and what we can do for you. 

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Megan Nicholls

Megan graduated with honours in 2011 from Georgian College, Ontario, as a practical nurse. She has completed extensive training and certification in the fields of dermatology and aesthetic medicine. Megan specializes in BOTOX® and filler injections, medical-grade skincare, assessment and treatment of varicose and spider veins, and the application of light and energy-based technologies, to name a few. She is qualified as a Certified Management Professional, and a Certified Aesthetic Consultant and is currently undertaking a Master's Degree in Business Administration. Megan serves as our Director of Operations, where she leads our team with the vision of providing unrivalled products and services while utilizing the concepts of the "Improving Your Business Through a Culture of Health" program from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.