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Medi-Spa vs Day Spa – What’s the Difference?

by in Dermatology, Health Tips, Skin Health June 30, 2021

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a medi-spa (also known as medical spa) and a day spa? 

While there is some overlap in services performed between the two types of spas, facials for example, the most important and distinguishing difference is that services performed in a medi-spa are under the supervision of a physician Medical Director and medi-spas must be registered with the state of Tennessee. Day spas do not have this requirement.

Medi-Spas and Medical Directors

Doing your research when picking a medi-spa is important as plenty of medi-spas work under medical directors without actually being supervised closely, or have physician medical directors with little to no training or expertise in skin or aesthetic procedures. You should ask the medi-spa you choose how involved their supervising physician is in their facility and if a physician is on-site for the majority of the time.

Look for medi-spas with medical directors in the fields of dermatology, plastic surgery, and oculoplastic surgery, as these physicians are the experts in facial rejuvenation and anatomy. 

 

Top medi-spas have experienced aesthetic professionals who work closely with the supervising physician to develop the treatment menu, oversee daily operations, and even consult directly on certain client procedures, which is the case at The Aesthetic Center of Franklin Dermatology Group. Look for medi-spas with medical directors in the fields of dermatology, plastic surgery, and oculoplastic surgery, as these physicians are the experts in facial rejuvenation and anatomy. 

It is within good reason that the state of Tennessee requires the involvement of a licensed physician in a medi-spa’s operations and registration with the state. The most important reason of which is your safety and well-being. For an informative brochure on medi-spas, please see the American Academy of Dermatology’s Medi-Spa Position Statement  here: https://server.aad.org/forms/Policies/Uploads/PS/PS-Medical%20Spa%20Standards%20of%20Practice.pdf.

If you have any questions about dermatology, skin care, skin conditions or treatments or if you want to learn more about medi-spas at the Aesthetic Center of Franklin Dermatology Group, just drop us a line: 615-771-1881. We look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Charity McConnell, MD, FAAD

Dr. Charity McConnell, MD, FAAD

Dr. Charity McConnell is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD). She also enjoys being a member in several medical and professional organizations, including the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Nashville Dermatology Society, Tennessee Women in Medicine.

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