The Difference Between a Day Spa and a Med Spa

We all need to decompress mentally, physically, and spiritually from time to time. To get away from it all. Feel pampered and attended to is ways that don’t usually occur in normal life. Life is long, difficult, and usually unfair. Those are facts of life we usually must accept to bridge the gap from adolescence into adulthood. Still, life doesn’t need to be that hard. Who doesn’t deserve a break every now and then?

As adults, we usually treat ourselves to moments of relaxation, fun, or pampering from time to time. Like scoring a reservation to a fancy and in-demand restaurant. Or planning a weekend getaway to some scenic locale. However, one usual rite of relaxation that most adults indulge in for themselves is a visit to a local spa. A visit to a local spa is a perfect way to relax, forget the worries of the world and to have a staff fret over and pamper you, instead of you fretting about your worries.

Yet, what’s in a name? You can patronize a spa or a med spa, which is sometimes called a medi spa. What’s the difference? Does it matter? Before we get into the differences, let’s thoroughly define each one.

The Spa

A spa is a relaxation, beautification, and health treatment themed business facility. The services offered by a spa are designed to help you relax, feel aesthetically attractive, and feel better overall. One of the main selling points of a spa to consumers is being attentively pampered and attended to by its staff. A spa offers a multitude of relaxation and beautification services. This can include, but is not limited to, pedicures and manicures, facials, mud baths, mud wraps, hydrobaths, massages, full body massage, and much more.

Medical Spa

Medical Spa

A medical spa is kind of a hybridized combination of a day spa and a medical clinic for skin and/or emotional wellness. Medical spas offer the kind of attentive and pampering services that you can find in a regular spa. However, a medical spa is equipped with medical industry grade equipment and products that can be used to treat a multitude of skin and stress related conditions.

The proprietary aim of a med spa is providing long lasting aesthetic improvement to the skin. To relax clients enough to reduce blood pressure. A medical spa aims to reduce facial wrinkles and age lines. Fix skin pigment issues, acne, and redness. Or to improve the flow of blood from the capillaries in the face.

The Big Difference

The main difference between a spa and a medical spa is the certification of its employees. A day spa may have employees who are certified in massage, relaxation, and beautification techniques. However, day spa employees usually are not nurses, nurse practitioners, medical professionals, former doctors, and/or medical supervisors. A medical spa employs people who are certified in such medical fields. Medical directors and professional supervisors of various medical treatments must oversee the operation of equipment and procedures in a medical spa.

Various medical spa treatments are designed for a multitude of issues. Micro-needling is a procedure that is designed to heal scar tissue and promote the growth of new skin cells. Lasers are used to correct wrinkles, skin discoloration, and a host of other skin related issues. Botox treatments are administered in medical spas to reduce wrinkles. Such procedures can’t legally be performed in a day spa.

Have a Spa Day

So, what’s in a name? It depends on what you need from a spa visit. If you want the full pampering and relaxation treatment, go to a day spa. While you can go to a medical spa for relaxation, it is optimal for skin and stress alleviating medical treatments. You can’t go wrong with either version.

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