On the inside, the look and feel of both med spas and day spas can appear pretty similar. In fact, they may be practically identical. But the types of treatments that you can get at a med spa or a day spa can differ drastically. And the person performing your spa services will be different, too. If you’re trying to decide between a med spa and a day spa, here’s a handy breakdown of their differences:
Medical-grade treatments vs. non-medical grade treatments
While there are a few other differences to consider between med spas and day spas, the biggest difference is that one operates under a physician. Med spas tend to offer more advanced services that can address a wider range of stubborn issues because there is a physician on staff to safely carry out these procedures.
A day spa might help improve the texture and appearance of your skin through a facial, microdermabrasion, or a superficial chemical peel. But a med spa, like the one we operate at Vitalize MD, can take it a step further. Our incredible physician, Dr. Navab, can not only aid the texture and appearance of your skin but improve other issues like discoloration and stubborn wrinkles, too. Our deep chemical peels, injections, and laser treatments
Different teams and training requirements
Our med spa treatments are performed by licensed medical staff members, including Dr. Navab who we mentioned earlier. Day spa treatments are less intensive and don’t require the same levels of licensing or training. Any particular day spa’s esthetician, massage therapist, nail technician, or cosmetologist may also receive training and licensing, but it’s often to a different degree. As such, there are certain services that we offer that may not be found in a day spa. Some of these include the ones we mentioned earlier – deep chemical peels and laser treatments, but they may also include:
· Botox injections
· Facial sculpting and fillers
· Skin tightening
· Body contouring
· Laser hair removal
· Spider vein treatments
· Medical-grade beauty products
Many people go to day spas for a chance to kick back and relax. Massages, manicures and pedicures, facials, and mud wraps are a few favorites for people who frequently visit day spas. While you might find a certain level of relaxation during your visit to a med spa, these services are geared more toward long-term comfort, beauty, and health. Our medical-grade treatments can help improve lines and wrinkles, adult acne, volume loss, and discoloration. We offer a variety of skin-improvement treatments that are non-invasive, including high-level laser-based treatments.
They help repair the damage caused by sun exposure, cigarette smoke, pollution, chemicals, and age. Another favorite is our CoolSculpting services. These treatments can help you achieve permanent weight loss by removing subcutaneous fat from stubborn areas of the body like the belly. And don’t forget the laser hair removal. This has become one of the most popular treatments for med spas all over the country. Laser hair removal treatments allow you to ditch those pesky one-use razors and will leave you feeling silky smooth and confident.
Light concerns vs. stubborn issues
Med spas are better equipped for addressing stubborn health and beauty issues. Lighter beauty treatments abound in day spas. As experts in this industry say, you’ll feel the difference at a day spa, but you’ll see the difference at a med spa. A day spa is a relaxation oasis; a med spa is a high-level solution. If you’re wondering which one is better for you, the answer is that it depends on what you need. Nobody knows your skin or body better than you do. If you’re not sure what you need just yet, call our office. We offer a wide range of services, and we’d love to help you find the perfect treatments to meet your unique needs.
Short-term vs. long-term services
So, there you have it. The difference between a med spa and a day spa is lies within the different services that are offered, the goals you are looking to achieve, and the teams who perform the treatments. If you are looking to spend an hour or two being pampered and receiving relaxing, superficial, and short-term treatments, you’re looking for a day spa. But if you are looking to make lasting improvements to your skin and body with advanced medical-grade treatments, you’re looking for Vitalize MD.
But there’s no rule that says there isn’t room in your life for both! If you’re battling stubborn belly fat, skin discoloration, or pesky fine lines and wrinkles, schedule a consultation with our office. We can help you restore your confidence, improve your appearance, and achieve the look you’ve been longing for. And when you’re done, there’s always time for a manicure or a massage on the way home to cap off an incredible day of lasting self-care.