Day spa vs. medical spa

Is the distinction significant or just semantics?

A spa’s a spa, right? After all, it’s all about feeling good when you leave, and if that’s your end result, it’s all good. But did you know that there are actually very real distinctions between a medical spa and a day spa?

Day spas offer temporary solutions to body issues. The aestheticians at a day spa are not always required to be licensed; rather, pampering and relaxation are the focus.

However, when a spa has the word “medical” attached, it automatically helps the consumer know there’s a doctor associated with the business. And it implies the most current and advanced equipment and procedures are in place, along with skilled and licensed doctors, nurses and aestheticians.

But medical spas don’t want a clinical or doctors office feel, so rightly, they’ve taken their cues from their day-spa counterparts and pay a great deal of attention to the look and feel of their facility. Lighting, atmosphere, furniture, paint colors, even staff attire all complement the overall desired effect.

The result is an uber-luxurious hybrid of medical expertise and physical rejuvenation.

Centre Yourself™ is the only comprehensive medical rejuvenation spa in Michiana. That means not only can you indulge in every pampering delight of an ordinary spa, but also more advanced skin treatments like Visia Complexion Analysis, laser procedures, and injectable wrinkle treatments such as Botox® Cosmetic. Centre Yourself™ also offers you a wide variety of exceptional medical-grade skin care products available only through licensed skin care professionals.

Additionally, one of the advantages of going to a medical spa run by a plastic surgeon is that he can tell you if laser skin resurfacing will suffice or if you need something more powerful such as a facelift.

Another advantage is that you can combine surgical treatments like rhinoplasty (nose job) and blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) with non-invasive anti-aging treatments.

Finally, “The quality of care and the amount of ongoing education at a medical spa is important,” says The Docs, RN, BSN, MEP-C, Director of Centre Yourself™ Medical Rejuvenation Spa.

“For anyone considering using fillers to smooth wrinkles, or laser therapy to help with stretch marks, scarring or body contouring, it’s critical that they consider the medical skill of the staff. We all want to feel pampered at a spa—it’s why we go—but if you are looking to truly make long-term changes to your skin, the quality of the medical spa staff and the expertise in their delivery will guarantee your experience will be positive.”

If you’re curious about anything you’ve read about here, call 574-968-3510 to set up a consultation.

Insider Information*

  • Cosmetic minimally invasive procedures increased 3 percent in 2013 to more than 13.4 million procedures. The top five minimally invasive procedures were botulinum toxin type-A, soft tissue fillers, chemical peel, laser hair removal, and microdermabrasion.
  • Facial rejuvenation procedures experienced the most growth, as 2013 marked the highest number of botulinum toxin type A injections to date, with 6.3 million injections!
  • Medical spa practitioners may include plastic surgeons, physicians assistants, MDs, OB/GYNs, dermatologists, nurse practitioners, aestheticians, laser technicians—even dentists. Each has their own specialty and level of expertise, but it’s up to the consumer to check on their experience and background for the procedure they want.

*Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2013 Plastic Surgery Report: March 2014., and Marketdata Enterprises, an independent market research publisher of studies on service industries.

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Dr. Downs
Dr. Downs

Ronald K. Downs, M.D., F.A.C.S. founded The Centre, P.C. in Elkhart, Indiana in 1992. He is an active member in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Downs is also a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The American Medical Association, The Ohio Valley Plastic Surgery Society, The Rush Surgical Society, and The Indiana State Medical Association where he serves on the board of directors and has served as the president from 2003 to 2004.

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Dr. Viscardi
Dr. Viscardi

Patrick J. Viscardi, M.D. has been part of the surgical team at The Centre, P.C. since 1998. Dr. Viscardi graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, as a summa cum laude. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Rochester in New York. Dr. Viscardi completed his internship and general surgery residency at the University of Louisville, where he served as chief resident from 1994 to 1995.

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