Spa Procedures List Grows - Skin Smoothing Procedures and Lipodissolve Injections

Posted on 5 January 2017, by Ann Moss

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. Here's an overview of what you might see on your spa's list of offerings.

What's the difference?. 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?

Skin Peel Treatments:

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.

Restylane & BOTOX Injections:

Restylane is most often used for lip augmentation. Injections of the solution may lead to slight swelling and bruising but results can last up to 6 months.

BOTOX injections can help smooth out parts of the face, including, "crows feet," and frown lines. The solution works by decreasing muscle activity, not allowing contraction. Results last between 3-6 months.

Removing Hair:

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 fat removal or any other medical treatment.

Doctor's Office vs. Medical Spa

Comfort is the main ingredient in the medical spa formula. Similarly, Waiting times at the doctor's office are often longer than at your spa. Another benefit of visiting a medical spa is that multiple cosmetic procedures 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, it's important to know how the medical spa operates and which staff are qualified for specific procedures and treatments.