How to Choose a Medspa

Story by Annette Brooks

When you look good, you feel good. Sure, it sounds cliché, but there’s truth in these words. Looking your best boosts self-confidence and self-esteem, and those are just a few of the benefits. With all the advantages, no wonder the demand for quality medical spa services has grown. Thanks to new technology, products, and techniques, it’s easier than ever to look younger, more rested and refreshed, and even slimmer. In the hands of an experienced, well-trained medspa team, your results can look natural and noticeable, delivering real value for your money.

A medspa is a hybrid between a medical clinic and a day spa.

One or more medical doctors are typically involved, but the extent of their involvement varies. Some medspas are overseen by a medical director or a physician owner who offices across town. Others have a physician onsite who may perform several of the services him or herself. Because these scenarios and variations exist, it’s important to know the differences and choose what you’re comfortable with.

The best way to become acquainted with a medspa is to schedule a complimentary consultation. This will give you a feel for the overall vibe and for the staff. Is the atmosphere serene and pampering or bright and upbeat? Is the staff attentive, friendly, and helpful? Do you feel welcome and at ease? Did you encounter any “hard sell” tactics? Does the medspa specialize in anything, such as injectables or laser treatments? If those specialties line up with what you want, it’s a positive sign.

During your consultation, understand who will be performing the recommended procedure or procedures. Ask about training, certification, and other credentials, and find out how long the individual who will be treating you has been performing the procedure. Request to speak with him or her and ask questions, including how many treatments it takes to see results. Everyone is different, but they should give you an average expected treatment period. Also, request to see actual before and after pictures of their work. This way, at the time of the procedure, there should be no second guesses.

Because new technology is introduced and products evolve rapidly, ask if the medspa’s equipment and products (injectables, peels, serums, etc.) are state-of-the-art and ask specifically why they have chosen them. Avoid getting caught up with your own in-depth evaluation of technology and products (leave it to the experts) but having the medspa explain what they use and why is a valuable component of your decision process. Answers that anyone could give (e.g., “It works the best!”) should raise an eyebrow.

Be aware that some medspas offer services such as IV hydration/nutrition, medical weight loss, and hormone replacement therapy in addition to aesthetic services. Consider the scope of the services provided and whether you want a specialized medspa or a “one-stop-shop.”

Once you find an outstanding medspa, you are likely to become a customer for life. The time you spend upfront during the selection process will pay off.