When we’re out in the community talking about skin care, we often get asked “What is a medical spa?”  About.com describes a medical spa as a hybrid between a medical clinic and a day spa that operates under the supervision of a medical doctor. 

Medical spas treat skin conditions that cannot be treated as effectively with traditional aesthetic services.  Medical spa services can include laser treatments, microdermabrasion, IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments, injectables like Botox and dermal fillers, aggressive chemical peels, skin tightening, and body contouring as well as relaxing services such as massage and facials. 

When choosing a medical spa, About.com suggests that you do your homework and ask questions. Here are a few sugggested questions:

1. Who will be performing the procedure?  What is the licensing, training, and years of experience of those performing the service?  

The staff at Piel Viva are highly skilled, professional trained, and licensed personnel. The experience of our staff, combined with our state-of-the-art equipment and advanced services, allow us to offer a level of service superior to our competition.

2. What kind of equipment do they use?  When did they buy it?  How advanced is the equipment? 

We make every effort to be a leader in our industry. Our advanced equipment can treat virtually all skin conditions and skin types.  Many med spas rent their equipment which may translate to less experienced staff and less flexibility in scheduling appointments.

3. What will this treatment realistically do for me?  Make your own informed decision about a provider recommending or performing a treatment using the questions previously mentioned.

At Piel Viva, we provide all our patients with a complimentary skin evaluation and consultation as the first step in your skin care needs.  You’ll get a thorough history of our clinic, our staff and the treatments we offer.  We’ll teach you about your skin, listen to your concerns, and design a program for you that includes treatments and home care for your skin type.

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