There’s a wide and exciting world of amazing options out there for those who are unhappy with their skin, whether it’s because of acne scarring, sun or age spots, wrinkles, uneven tone, pigmentation, stretch marks, rosacea, or pronounced veins. With the right laser treatment, Botox, or dermal filler, these issues that are bothering you can be greatly improved or eliminated altogether.
However, if you’re like many people, you may be nervous about the person who will be administering your treatment. After all, lasers and needles don’t exactly invite comfort to begin with. Shouldn’t you be absolutely certain that your specialist is, well…a specialist?
While laser and dermal treatments aren’t invasive like surgery, they still require more trust than something like a haircut or manicure. They are widely accepted and popular, but it’s important that you’re completely sure that the spa or clinic you visit employs a licensed staff, as well as an in-house doctor.
Because of the popularity of these treatments, an overwhelming number of facilities are now offering them, even though lasers and fillers may not be their area of expertise. You’ll see quite a few eye doctors, nail salons, and dentist offices that provide cosmetic treatments, but they aren’t always the best choice. It’s better to leave cosmetic treatments to those who were specifically trained.
How do you know that your specialist is legitimate? Here are some things to know.
Your Specialist Should Take a Long Look at You
If you feel that your specialist is in a rush and trying to get you out the door, run for the hills. A professional who cares about your satisfaction will study your face: every line, blemish, spot, and shape. They will do this in order to determine your dosage (in the case of fillers or Botox) or the level of laser you need (if you’re getting laser work done). When it comes to injections, dosage and placement make all the difference.
Run from Groupon-Type Deals
A spa or facility offering “discount Botox” or discount anything to do with lasers or needles is to be heavily avoided. Why? Because discount Botox shows. It’s simply not an area to skimp. Most people who decide to go with cheap injections or laser treatments just end up paying for it later—literally. They have to visit a different specialist for damage control.
A Professional Will Keep Your Records
When it comes to injectables, there is no “one size fits all” amount. This is why a legitimate specialist will keep your unit numbers on file for your future visits. It will help them (and you) to understand what’s working for you. The last amount you received might have been too much, or not enough.
A Real Doctor Should be on Staff
Most states require a licensed doctor to be on staff at any business that administers laser or injectable treatments. While this is the law, many places try to get around this by advertising a “supervising doctor,” which basically means that their doctor is technically employed, but is never around. It’s very important that the business you choose not only has a doctor on staff, but that he or she is actually available. Find a place with a very involved, caring doctor.
At Monterey Laser, we take what we do extremely seriously. As a laser and skin care facility with professional registered nurses, we are committed to providing the smoothest, safest experience for each and every one of our clients with the best technology and products available. Our very own Dr. Brown is in everything we do, and we are far more qualified than some other local centers.
Have you ever wondered why med spas are called med spas? It’s because at a med spa, you get the extra care and benefit of having a medical doctor involved, as opposed to simply having estheticians present. This is how a med spa is different than a regular spa. Both offer cosmetic beauty treatments, but it’s important for med spas to have a physician on hand.
Why Do Med Spas Require Doctors?
It’s because many treatments that are offered at med spas, such as laser skin resurfacing and laser hair removal, have a small chance of risk that would need the assistance of a professional physician. This is rare, but it’s wise for a medical doctor to be there in the event an issue occurs.
While many physicians at med spas administer laser and injectable treatments themselves, very often the spa’s nurses will carry out the treatments under the approval of the doctor. This is completely fine—if the doctor is still on hand.
No Doctor? No Thanks
Although anywhere that provides injectables or laser treatments is legally required to operate under a professional physician, that physician doesn’t have to physically be there in order for the med spa to operate.
You’ll see this often advertised as a med spa having a “supervising doctor,” in which the real owners of the med spa will approach a medical doctor and ask him or her to represent their med spa in return for a fee. This basically means that sometimes, medical doctors’ licenses are simply borrowed in order for a med spa to perform treatments—and the doctor is never really there.
A med spa—or anywhere—that is offering laser treatments or injectables without a doctor present is a place to avoid. Absolutely a nurse can do these procedures for you. However, having a medical doctor right there nearby is extremely important. He or she will be able to offer expert help in the case something out of the ordinary happening.
The Importance of a Resident Physician
It’s crucial to find a med spa that employs a very involved, caring medical doctor. Not only will he or she be conveniently available for problems; they will also be around to oversee the work of their nurses and estheticians.
At Monterey Laser, Dr. William Brown is very involved in everything that we do. He is a degree-holding physician who has been in the medical field for over 30 years and is board certified. The safety and satisfaction of Monterey Laser & Skin Care’s patients is his highest priority.
Every med spa should have a physician like Dr. Brown present. This makes our med spa more qualified and reputable than many other local Monterey med spas that offer the same treatments, because we’re putting safety first.
And our professionalism doesn’t stop with Dr. Brown! We also have an amazing staff of registered nurses to take great care of you.
If you’re interested in any of our treatments, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation!