10 Questions Every Medical Spa Consumer Should Ask

Consumers who are looking to get lasered, botoxed, injected (or otherwise "resurfaced") should keep in mind that there can be potential hazards involved - of both the physical and fiscal variety - which is why some states are currently considering laws to beef up medical and med spa oversight. (continued below)

To help you choose the spa that's right for you, we've asked some of the top med spa doctors to weigh in with their top five tips for consumers.

In addition, Spafinder.com has provided you with this handy list of ten questions we think every consumer should ask any spa business they¹re considering for a medical or med spa treatment. These apply to either non-invasive procedures like photo facials, IPL, and chemical peels, as well as minimally invasive/laser treatments like Botox®, filler injections, laser hair removal/skin resurfacing and threadlifts.

  • Who is the owner of the spa, and how long have you been in business?
  • Is your supervising doctor board-certified in the specialty I'm interested in?
  • Who performs the treatment and what are his/her qualifications? (For invasive/laser work, the procedure should be performed by a licensed physician or registered nurse under the supervision of a physician.)
  • If he/she was trained in the procedure, when and where did the training take place?
  • How many times has he/she performed the procedure?
  • What is your emergency protocol in case of complications? If a doctor isn't performing the procedure, will one be on-site and available?
  • Do you have a list of patients I can contact? (Ask to speak with someone who has had the same treatment, at least 6 months earlier, so you can evaluate permanence and healing.)
  • What are the costs for the procedure? Are there any additional costs?
  • What are the risks/side effects involved with the procedure?
  • What type of laser/equipment is being used? Is it appropriate for my skin type and for the result I'm seeking?

We'd love to hear from you about your personal experiences with laser and medical spa treatments. Visit Susie's blog at blog.spafinder.com to share your stories, tips, and recommendations.

Expert Advice from Top Medical Spa Doctors

From Luxury SpaFinder Magazine: Spa RX: Seeing the Light

Find Med Spas in your area

View complete listing of Med Spas