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Spa Procedures List Grows - Skin Smoothing Procedures and Lipodissolve Injections

Posted Oct 30 2008 2:36pm

Have you noticed that the Spa you’ve been going to for 10 years to get that annual facial or deep tissue massage is suddenly offering a new array of medical treatments? BOTOX, laser hair removal, and lipodissolve are just a few of the new aesthetic procedures that physicians are bringing into the spa business. Find out about the most commonly offered treatments and procedures.

The on-staff physician does many different things at his or her spa. Not only do they consult with patients on procedures and administer treatments such as lipo-dissolve, but they also work to train nurses and other staff to perform certain medical procedures. Many procedures offered at medical spas require that they be handled solely by a physician. Do your homework about the procedure or treatment you’re signing up for to determine whether spa staffers are qualified to administer them.

What procedures can I get along with my mud bath and facial at a medical spa?

Chemical Peels:

This treatment involves applying a chemical solution to the skin to improve texture including ridding the skin of bumps and wrinkles. The solution causes to skin to blister and eventually peel in order to achieve a healthier new look.

BOTOX and Restylane:

If you want fuller looking lips then restylane is the answer. Injections of the solution may lead to slight swelling and bruising but results can last up to 6 months.

BOTOX, or botulinum toxin injection are used to rid the forehead and lower face of wrinkles, “crows feet,” and frown lines. The solution works by decreasing muscle activity, not allowing contraction. Results last between 3-6 months.

Laser Hair Removal:

Lasers work to remove unwanted hair by selectively heating melanin at the hair follicle. The laser energy is absorbed by the dark pigment (melanin) and keeps the hair from growing from the follicle. Often multiple sessions are needed before results are visible, the number depending on where in the body the hair is located, coarseness of the hair, and color of the skin.


Lipodissolve involves the injection of a chemical solution of Phosphatidylcholine and Deoxycholate into areas of unwanted fat over several sessions to remove localized fat deposits. The exact mechanism of how the solution, often referred to as PCDC, works is still unknown because credible research has yet to be performed regarding the procedure. PCDC is not FDA approved for use in fast weight loss or any other medical treatment.

What is the advantage of being treated at a medical spa over a physicians office?

Comfort is the main ingredient in the medical spa formula. Similarly, when visiting a medical spa, waiting time is often shorter than in a physician’s office. Another benefit of visiting a medical spa is that multiple spa treatments and pampering treatments can be performed at the same time. However, because the regulations placed on medical spas may be less stringent than those on physicians’ offices, clients need to ask specific questions about how the spa operates including medical oversight.

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