The med spa industry has virtually exploded in the past five years. Reports show that the number of medical spas in the United States (currently 4200) has been the result of a 20% annual increase since 2013. The State of California has the second highest number of med spas (also called medi spas) in the country, and the number continues to rise.
While it may be tempting to take advantage of deals offered by new med spas that pop up in your neighborhood, you shouldn’t fall for just anyone wielding a cosmetic laser or dermal filler cannulas. No matter how many high-tech, innovative procedures are on offer, you can’t count on great results if the medical spa staff doesn’t have professional experience in the industry.
Before you start making appointments at the nearest medical spa, you’ll want to have a clear understanding of the difference between a med spa a day spa, and why the staff’s professional experience is so important.
How is a medi spa different from a day spa?
A medi spa differs from a day spa in a couple of important ways. First, a day spa offers services that help clients relax, rejuvenate, and beautify in the moment. Day spa services include massages, body scrubs, seaweed wraps, pedicures, and hairstyling. Med spas, on the other hand, offer medical-grade treatments designed to provide long-term cosmetic improvements.
Medical spa treatments include:
Laser skin resurfacing
Varicose vein removal
Body contouring procedures
Medical spas provide services that go beyond relaxation and rejuvenation to address skin conditions, correct signs of aging, promote weight loss, and more.
Second, day spa services are performed by masseuses, estheticians, and other professionals who are trained in their area of expertise, but who do not require medical certification or licensing to perform their duties. Medical spa staff, on the other hand, must be medically trained, licensed, and certified to perform most of the procedures. For example, only a physician, physician’s assistant, or a registered nurse can perform laser treatments. Similarly, medical licensing is required to administer Botox® injections, and even then, only under the supervision of a physician. Medical spa services are medical in nature, and therefore require proper medical licensing to perform.
The importance of professional experience in medical spa staff
But here’s the thing: even if the medical professionals at your local medi spa are legit, with all the proper training, licensing, and certification, you may not get the results you want if they don’t have a significant amount of professional experience as well. Most people wouldn’t even trust a brand new hairstylist to cut their hair, so why allow an inexperienced practitioner to come near your face with a laser or a chemical peel treatment? In case you’re not yet convinced of the importance of professional experience in medical spa staff, here are a few more reasons to take it seriously:
Safety - Not every treatment is right for every person. When the practitioners at your medical spa have experience in the industry, they know how to perform the necessary evaluations and ask the right questions in order to get the information they need to ensure that you’re getting the right treatment for you.
Finesse – When you’re looking to enhance your features or restore them to a more youthful state, it requires finesse to do so in a beautiful way. Whether you opt for microdermabrasion, Botox®, or body contouring, only an experienced practitioner will have the delicacy and balance required to provide you with natural-looking results that bring your natural beauty to the surface.
Industry knowledge – The sheer number of medical-grade beauty products on the market can be overwhelming to med spa clients. But it’s the job of the staff to know those products, to understand how they work alone or in combination, and who will best benefit from each one. While a newbie service provider might be able to recite important information, he or she will not have the critical industry knowledge that’s only gained from experience working directly with patients.
Artistry – Think about all the different facial structures and body types and skin tones and cosmetic concerns of the people you know. Everyone is different, and although we all know that intellectually, it’s another thing to be able to act upon using the tools of the industry. Every year of experience in the medi spa industry instills a deeper sense of artistry in the practitioner. And it’s that artistry that aids the practitioner in providing each individual patient with the results that make them feel beautiful.
Comfort – When you know that the staff at your medical spa has the industry knowledge, finesse, and artistry that comes only with years of professional experience, you get the peace of mind knowing you’re in good hands.
Siti Med Spa in San Diego is highly qualified and experienced, and we look forward to serving you
At Siti Med Spa in San Diego, our staff is not only highly trained and educated, but we’re also licensed and certified in the medical industry. We’re nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, and medical assistants, all with specific training and qualifications in medical aesthetics and cosmetic dermatology.
Our specialties include laser wrinkle reduction, dermal fillers, chemical peels, laser vein removal, and a whole range of minimally invasive anti-aging treatments and procedures.
To schedule a free consultation, or for more information on our products and services, give us a call today at (619) 717-8484.