Minimally invasive and non-surgical treatments are becoming as common as having your hair done these days. They offer an abundance of treatments, from things like laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation treatments to dermal fillers and injections to reduce wrinkles. Though these facilities usually only provide treatments that are considered non-surgical, there are still some things you want to look for when choosing a Med Spa.
Types of Treatments Available
Every med spa offers a different range of treatments. Those treatments can depend on factors like what equipment they have or what they specialize in. Let’s look at some common treatments available at a med spa.
Microdermabrasion is a trending treatment this summer and will likely continue well into the next year. It’s a minimally invasive treatment that can help make your skin look fresh and give a more even skin tone and texture.
It’s also used to treat sun damage and acne scarring. It’s commonly used on those looking to handle issues like large pores, excessive blackheads, age spots, or hyperpigmentation.
Microdermabrasion is a short procedure usually taking about an hour. It’s been approved by the FDA since 1996, but it’s advanced significantly over the years.
One way it is performed is through a crystal system that sprays fine crystals to remove the top layers of skin and dead skin cells.
Fillers and Injections
Another popular treatment available at most med spas falls under the filler and injection category. This includes lip fillers to get the full pouty look that’s still rising in popularity. They also generally provide fillers to handle fine lines and wrinkles, as well as the more well-known Botox injections.
Laser Hair Removal and Laser Skin Treatments
Laser hair removal is a common med spa offering. Laser hair removal uses a specialty laser to target and destroy hair at the follicle and is about as close to permanent hair removal as you can get.
Lasers are also used in skin treatments, including resurfacing. Like Microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing removes the upper layers of skin. However, it is also designed to promote the body to create more collagen and give you firmer, younger-looking skin.
Laser treatments are also great for treating those who’ve struggled with acne. Laser acne treatments have shown about a 50% reduction in troubled skin. Laser treatments cannot treat acne on their own. Still, it can significantly improve skin conditions when combined with other treatment options from a dermatologist.
Fat Reduction Treatments
Many med spas have expanded into offering non-surgical fat removal treatments. This can include things like CoolSculpting and even laser lipolysis like Sure Sculpt.
These are both done with advanced equipment. Coolsculpting freezes the fat in hard-to-deal with spots like the chin and love handles, and then the body breaks down the fat.
Sure Sculpt and other laser-style body fat treatments, on the other hand, are specially designed systems in which the laser sends out thermal energy to melt the fat. Then like freezing, the body will then process it away. These both have fairly rapid results that last. However, they cannot stop more fat from developing. These procedures offer a safer, less risky option than their surgical counterparts.
They aren’t designed for weight loss, but both are for removing stubborn areas of fat that are difficult to get rid of in other natural ways.
Tattoo Removal at a Med Spa
Another increasingly popular treatment you will find at most med spas these days is tattoo removal treatments. Tattoos can be wonderful, but a bad tattoo can make someone uncomfortable and self-conscious. Laser treatments are now available at most med spas to have a tattoo removed. It takes multiple treatments stretched out over time to get the desired results. Generally, treatments are no closer together than three months to ensure the least damage to the skin.
Do Your Med Spa Homework
Even though these procedures are minimally invasive, you want to do your research before choosing where to get them done. There are things that you want to avoid. If a price or a procedure gives you the gut feeling that it’s too good to be true, it might very well be.
They’re called med spas for a reason, and that’s because these treatments are all still medical procedures, even if they aren’t as invasive as surgery. You don’t want to go to someone that doesn’t know what they are doing as they all still have some risk.
Start by checking out their history and reviews. A few bad reviews will go with the territory, so don’t take one person’s voice over all the others. Look for a Med Spa with an overall high rating and ensure the good outweighs the bad.
They will also likely have certifications and training in what they do, don’t be afraid to ask when deciding where you want to go. They will proudly display this information for you on their website or on their walls in most cases. If they don’t ask them what kind of training or education they have, they’ll likely happily answer you with details.
Cleanliness is Critical
It should go without saying that you also want the facility to be clean. If you go in for your appointment and the environment is questionable, you want to rethink your choice. Even though they aren’t doing surgery, they often make abrasions or injections into the skin, with a risk of infection.
You want it to feel and look like a medical facility. The only difference is maybe they put a little more effort into their décor.
Be Honest with Your Med Spa Tech
A question sheet accompanies your appointment when you go in for your treatment. It’s important, to be honest when answering these questions. Some medicines risk interacting with medications or medical conditions, so be sure you don’t hide anything from your technician.
Overall med spas offer wonderful noninvasive options for a younger, healthier appearance. They’re more affordable than more traditional treatments provided by plastic surgeons and, therefore, available to more people. They come with very low risks and can give you a significant boost in confidence.