Have you ever wondered why med spas are called med spas? It’s because at a med spa, you get the extra care and benefit of having a medical doctor involved, as opposed to simply having estheticians present. This is how a med spa is different than a regular spa. Both offer cosmetic beauty treatments, but it’s important for med spas to have a physician on hand.
Why Do Med Spas Require Doctors?
It’s because many treatments that are offered at med spas, such as laser skin resurfacing and laser hair removal, have a small chance of risk that would need the assistance of a professional physician. This is rare, but it’s wise for a medical doctor to be there in the event an issue occurs.
While many physicians at med spas administer laser and injectable treatments themselves, very often the spa’s nurses will carry out the treatments under the approval of the doctor. This is completely fine—if the doctor is still on hand.
No Doctor? No Thanks
Although anywhere that provides injectables or laser treatments is legally required to operate under a professional physician, that physician doesn’t have to physically be there in order for the med spa to operate.
You’ll see this often advertised as a med spa having a “supervising doctor,” in which the real owners of the med spa will approach a medical doctor and ask him or her to represent their med spa in return for a fee. This basically means that sometimes, medical doctors’ licenses are simply borrowed in order for a med spa to perform treatments—and the doctor is never really there.
A med spa—or anywhere—that is offering laser treatments or injectables without a doctor present is a place to avoid. Absolutely a nurse can do these procedures for you. However, having a medical doctor right there nearby is extremely important. He or she will be able to offer expert help in the case something out of the ordinary happening.
The Importance of a Resident Physician
It’s crucial to find a med spa that employs a very involved, caring medical doctor. Not only will he or she be conveniently available for problems; they will also be around to oversee the work of their nurses and estheticians.
At Fremont Laser, Dr. William Brown is very involved in everything that we do. He is a degree-holding physician who has been in the medical field for over 30 years and is board certified. The safety and satisfaction of Fremont Laser & Skin Care’s patients is his highest priority.
Every med spa should have a physician like Dr. Brown present. This makes our med spa more qualified and reputable than many other local Fremont med spas that offer the same treatments, because we’re putting safety first.
And our professionalism doesn’t stop with Dr. Brown! We also have an amazing staff of registered nurses to take great care of you.
If you’re interested in any of our treatments, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation!
You’ve probably noticed that today’s spas aren’t exactly your grandmother’s spas, or your mother’s for that matter. In fact, these days the beauty treatments that spas (or rather, med spas) offer include things that, when your mother was young, she probably never would have dreamed of—including laser skin resurfacing treatments, CoolSculpting to freeze fat away, vaginal rejuvenation treatments, all sorts of injectables, and more. “The beauty parlor” has come a long way. It’s no longer just hair and nail salons.
With cutting-edge med spas now competing for business and trust, it can be a bit difficult to choose which one is right for you. Similar to deciding on a new hair stylist, picking a good med spa comes down to personal preference and your budget. However, there are some basics to look out for.
Raving, Not So-So, Reviews
Ah, where would we be without customer reviews, testimonials, and feedback? The first thing to do when considering a Fremont med spa is to look over what their clients have said. Sure, there will always be some unsatisfied customers, but for the most part, you can get a good idea of a place by checking out their online reviews.
A Welcoming Atmosphere
A good med spa should have atmosphere that makes you feel welcome as soon as you walk in. It should be clean, comfortable, and nice-looking. If a place has a couch with rips in it, or dirty chairs, or old magazines tossed everywhere, you may want to re-think your choice.
No one likes the staff of any establishment being rude to them. Your med spa should have a staff that welcomes you with a smile, answers any questions you have in a friendly, patient way, and has a pleasant vibe. If the staff members act like you’re an inconvenience, the place is not worth your time.
Professionally Trained Professionals
This is an important area in which to do your research. These specialists will be working to aesthetically improve areas of your body, so you need to make sure that they are certified and truly know what they are doing. If you choose the wrong med spa, you could end up with skin damage or other problems.
A Complementary Consultation
The consultation you have should be a huge factor in your decision to go with a particular Bay Area med spa. Did you feel comfortable speaking with the specialist? Did they put you at ease and answer your concerns? Do you feel like you would be in good hands with them? If for any reason you didn’t feel welcomed by them or comfortable, find another med spa in the Bay Area.
Fremont Laser & Skin Care operates under the personal guidance of its founder, Dr. William H. Brown. If you’re interested in having any sort of skin treatment performed and have questions, please contact us at Fremont Laser & Skin Care.