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What Is a Medical Spa?


Updated December 02, 2009

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Question: What Is a Medical Spa?

Medical spas have become more popular in recent years for men and women alike. They’re a great place to get treatment for acne, aging skin, hair removal, and more.

Medical spas, also known as medi-spas, blend the best of two worlds -- a relaxing spa experience with the procedures and expertise found at a doctor’s office.

A doctor oversees the medical spa and is in charge of procedures that fall under the medical realm. Estheticians handle the more routine day spa therapies.

Like typical day spas, luxurious treatments like massage, salt glows, and seaweed wraps can be had at a medical spa. They also offer more specialized treatments that are found at a dermatology clinic.

For the acne sufferer, medical spas offer procedures to treat breakouts, lighten post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, reduce scarring, and improve the overall appearance of the skin.

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