Day Spa versus Medical Spa

Aren’t all spas created equal? No. Let me break it down for you. It all depends on what your needs are. Do you need pampering and some tranquil “me” time? Do you need non-surgical medical grade skin and anti-aging treatments that are long lasting?

The environment of the day spa and medical spa can differ. Generally the day spa is relaxing and tranquil. The med spa environment is a happy medium between a sterile clinic exam room and the zen atmosphere of a day spa.

The largest difference between a day spa and a medical spa are the staff and available treatments. A day spa requires training in their field; such as estheticians, massage therapists, nail technicians, or cosmetologists. They perform massages, facials, wraps, waxes, manicures, and more. The med spa requires a Medical Doctor or a MD supervised Registered Nurse to provide the treatments. Med spa treatments address stubborn beauty and health issues. These treatments can include; Botox, Kybella, dermal fillers, micro-needling, IV hydration, vitamin injections, deep chemical peels, and more. Such procedures can’t legally be performed in a day spa. Below, I expound on Medical Spa treatments as they aren’t common knowledge.

*Botox is a product that temporarily improves moderate to severe wrinkles. Botox can treat ​horizontal forehead lines, droopy eyebrows, frown lines between the brows, crow's feet- lines around the side of the eyes, bunny lines to the bridge of the nose, lip lines, gummy smiles, TMJ, migraines, chin dimpling, hyperhidrosis- excessive sweating, nose lift or drop, breast drop, and lines to the decollete'- skin to neck/chest.

*Dermal fillers are a smooth gel used to instantly smooth away wrinkles around your mouth, chin, and nose. It also is used to get fuller/plumper lips, ears, and cheeks. Acne scars and unevenness to the bridge of the nose can also be successfully treated with fillers. The gel consists of hyaluronic acid, a naturally hydrating substance that we lose as we age.

*Kybella is an injectable treatment that destroys stubborn fat cells.

*Injections can include but are not limited to: Lipotropic B12- These injections assist in promoting weight loss and increased energy. Vitamin B12- This shot plays a key role in the normal functioning of the brain, nervous system, and in the normal formation of red blood cells. Vitamin D- This injection is vital for building and maintaining healthy bones.

*IV Fluids: Up to 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated; worse in Colorado. Boosting your hydration with IV fluids infused with vitamins and minerals can help improve a multitude of symptoms and conditions. Conditions that can be treated are: migraines, fibromyalgia, fatigue, colds, sinusitis, allergies, hangovers, race/sports recovery, hyperemesis, and more.

Which one is right for you? Well, it depends on the day; and what your needs are. Now you will be better informed on some of the differences of a day spa versus a med spa.

Jessica Reeder Ayala, Registered Nurse at Rewind Med Spa

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