What exactly is the difference between a day spa and a medical spa?
Posted April 22, 2016
As we prepared to launch Bellissimo Medi Spa clients repeatedly asked our staff, “What exactly is the difference between a day spa and a medical spa?”
By appearances they may seem very similar, especially upon viewing a few of the available services in both a medical (medi) and a day spa. That being said, there is a definite difference between the two. A medical spa operates under the supervision of a specialized medical doctor such as a plastic surgeon. Botox and other injectables that are used in a medical spa should be administered under the supervision of a board certified plastic surgeon. Doctors in other specialties may lack the training or the experience that is needed to achieve the desired aesthetic results for the patient. Be sure to always check credentials before having any type of procedure done. Medical spas can treat specific conditions such as age spots, redness, fine lines, wrinkles or a loss of volume. A day spa, on the other hand, is good for relaxing and experiencing a mild procedure such as massage or light facial. The treatments and products used in a day spa though, are not strong enough to give you a noticeable difference in your skin. All of the treatments done in a medical spa create change. Your skin, either through texture, tone, pigment or volume will be affected. The atmosphere in a medical spa originally felt clinical but in recent years has landed somewhere between a day spa and a medical exam room. The shift to creating a relaxing environment that meets the client’s needs has become the goal of most medical spas with the emphasis remaining on achieving patient’s desired results.