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  • Google, find a skin clinic near me, STAT!

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    Have you ever reached a point where you are simply fed up with the lack of results from your skin care routine? Or have you tried various remedies for a skin ailment with little to no results? If that’s you, nobody can blame you for telling Google to find a “skin clinic near me”. If you’re truly lucky, you may happen upon Bradford Skin Clinic and Med Spa. Continue reading >

  • Med Spas Are Good News for Hotels

    Med Spa

    The term “med spa” may conjure images of the skin clinic on the corner, but these beauty/medicine hybrids are expanding beyond the streets and into hotels around the world. Indeed, resorts have long offered traditional spa services like massages and facials, but now they’re conquering the latest frontiers of the beauty industry.

    As one recent article in Hotel Business Review points out, having a med spa in-house translates to higher guest satisfaction and greater opportunity for revenue. By selling in-demand services such as lasers or Botox injections, hoteliers can make a dramatic difference in their bottom line. And because hotels often already have day spas set up, adding medical services requires little investment.

    Beyond the price of cosmetic services, med spas help hotels by convincing guests to extend their stay: some visitors may double or triple their vacation time to fit in med-spa treatments and allow for any recovery before heading home.

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    The Med Spa Difference

    But why do med spas have such a stronger allure than day spas? The answer is somewhat obvious: med spas are supervised by medical professionals, who have access to a broad assortment of treatment options that the average spa cannot legally offer. This means clients can get prescription-grade acne and wrinkle treatments, including injections and heavy-duty products. It also means that clients can feel secure knowing that the operation is run by a licensed medical practitioner, whereas day-spa owners don’t typically have such credentials.

    But just because med spa personnel offer medical-grade services doesn’t mean they need to operate in a clinical setting. Many such clinics provide a soothing and comfortable environment, where patients can relax and enjoy themselves while undergoing cosmetic procedures. Whereas doctors’ offices are often stressful and frightening, med spas may actually combat stress with acupuncture, massages, and other effective therapies.

    Effective Med Spa Therapies

    Med Spa Services

    Not all med spas are created equal, but you’ll find a core group of services at most of them:

        • Botox or Dysport – These injectables act on the muscles to stop dynamic wrinkles — those caused by movement — in their tracks. They’re especially effective for treating the “11” lines between the eyes, forehead crinkles, and crow’s feet. They won’t, however, erase creases in the skin that remain when your face is still. Botox and Dysport both contain botulinum toxin, which works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that create wrinkles. Due to the small amount used, the toxin is safe and does not spread to other areas of the body. Results last for several months or longer, with repeated treatments.
        • Injectable FillersDermal fillers add volume beneath the skin, allowing aestheticians to literally sculpt the face. Some fillers are injected into the lips to create a fuller pout, while others are injected into wrinkles and folds to fill in the indentation. Commonly, fillers erase laugh lines and creases running from the nose to the corners of the mouth. They may contain a wide variety of active ingredients, including collagen, hyaluronic acid, silicon, and even calcium. The shorter-lasting products may fill in wrinkles for four to six months, while some may last for 2 years.
        • Laser Anti-AgingLight therapy, including lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) Photorejuvenation, reduce fine lines and even out skin tone. They also increase the skin’s natural collagen production to promote suppleness. IPL and nonablative lasers are the gentlest light treatments, and each may take multiple sessions to produce the desired results. Ablative lasers are stronger, and patients will see a significant change after just one treatment. Stronger lasers cause more initial damage to the skin, however, and therefore may require downtime while the treated area heals.
        • Laser Hair Removal – Med spa treatments don’t stop at the face. Laser hair removal is among the most popular beauty services, as it can eliminate the need for shaving, waxing, and plucking. The laser works by destroying hair follicles, ensuring that the hair will never re-grow. The lasers do not damage the skin, however, and this procedure is safe for the face, legs, underarms, bikini line, and most other regions. Several treatments yield near-permanent results.

    Laser Anti-Aging

    With these advanced beauty options, it’s little wonder that hotels are incorporating med spas into their list of amenities — and it’s easy to see why guests are eager to stick around longer to enjoy them. Indeed, the med spa industry is booming throughout the world, and hotels and resorts are a natural home for these medical retreats. During your next hotel stay, take a look at the spa menu — odds are, you’ll be benefiting from at least some of the treatments listed there!

    About The Author
    Mia Liefso is a professional medical skin therapist and the owner of Bradford Skin Clinic & Med Spa in Bradford, Ontario.  She has certifications in IPL, VPL, laser and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her professional interests include difficult skin conditions—premature aging, skin care for the elderly, endocrinology, and helping people love the skin they’re in. Her diverse personal interests include history, animals, roller derby, travelling and gourmet cooking. 

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  • What Can A Med Spa Do That A Regular Spa Can’t?

    Have you ever wondered what the heck the difference is between a med spa and a day spa? Well, you’re not alone. The similar names often cause confusion, but you’ll find some very different procedures at each type of beauty center.

    The main distinction is that doctors usually run med spas, while day-spa owners generally don’t have medical credentials. Think of the medical version as a skin clinic with a more relaxing setting than the average dermatologist’s office.

    If you’re looking for the latest pharmaceutical innovations in treating wrinkles, cellulite or acne, a med spa (also called a medical spa) is the way to go. Plus, your doctor can send you home with prescriptions for top-grade care at home.

    Facial Rejuvenation


    Both types of spas offer soothing facials to help relieve acne, hydrate parched skin or reduce wrinkles. Over-the-counter exfoliants, moisturizers and acne masks are usually available at each.

    That said, only a med spa can provide more advanced facial techniques. An IPL photo facial, for example, can help reduce dark, splotchy pigmentation on your face or chest, but you can’t get that at a day spa. You can also get medical-grade peels at a med spa, which remove the top layer of skin to reveal a fresh, more youthful complexion. These treat fine lines and hyperpigmentation (dark spots on the skin) far more effectively than most standard facials.

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    Wrinkle Treatments

    Day spas are pretty much limited to topical treatments like retinol and intensive moisturizers to help fight the hands of time. All of these are available over-the-counter, so you could theoretically produce the same results at home. Medical spas, however, can offer injectables, which come in two main categories:

    Muscle relaxers

    Muscle relaxers paralyze small muscles in your face to stop certain movements caused by your natural expressions. For instance, by injecting muscle relaxers around your eyes, those muscles will no longer move when you smile — meaning no more crinkly crow’s feet. However, muscle relaxers won’t erase wrinkles that are already etched in; they simply stop them from forming in the first place. Botox and Dysport are both brands of muscle relaxers.

    Dermal fillers

    Dermal fillers literally fill in existing wrinkles by plumping up lines and creases. They’re perfect for the nasolabial folds around the corners of your mouth, and some types can even plump up lips. Dermal fillers may contain collagen, hyaluronic acid or other natural and synthetic ingredients. Common brands include Radiesse, Juvederm, Perlane and Sculptra.

    Body Treatments

    Any type of spa can smooth and moisturize your body with specialized scrubs. The seaweed wrap — more common at day spas than med spas — may even help reduce cellulite and take inches off of your body (but only temporarily). Both types of spas may also offer massages and acupuncture, provided by certified specialists.

    Some medical spas also offer more permanent body fixes, such as:


    That’s a fancy term for freezing away fat by exposing tissues to cold temperatures. Only the fat is frozen — not your skin — and this method works well for relatively thin people who have the dreaded “muffin top” around the stomach. CoolSculpting is a brand name.


    Radio waves emit energy, heating up fat cells to destroy them. This technology works for many areas, including the stomach and the chin, and tightens skin as an added bonus. This treatment is also not for overweight people, but those with isolated pockets of fat.  Thermage is one brand name.

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    Lasers are the new frontier in skin care, and med spas have them while day spas do not. Lasers have a plethora of uses, including:

    Skin resurfacing

    Lasers literally shine at resurfacing your skin to erase fine lines, age spots, acne scars and uneven texture. There are two main types of lasers used for resurfacing: Ablative lasers exfoliate the top layers of skin, while nonablative lasers stimulate collagen growth and provide a tightening effect.

    Acne treatment

    One type of laser helps prevent acne by inhibiting bacterial growth. Another type shrinks the oil glands to prevent overproduction. Both offer long-lasting results, and are used on both teens and adults. Acne may disappear for years after just a few sessions.

    Hair removal

    Yes, lasers can even remove unwanted hair from your face and body. By shooting light straight into the follicles, the laser destroys the hair. Multiple sessions are needed, and you may require a few touchups over the years, but results are long lasting. This works best for people with lighter skin and darker hair.

    Removing Skin Imperfections

    A medical spa also has the technology to remove unsightly imperfections like skin tags, spider veins and broken capillaries. Sometimes lasers may be used, although other methods such as VascuLyse are also effective. Results are permanent, and the procedure is usually fast.

    Beauty Products

    You’ll find an array of lotions, creams and serums at whichever spa you choose. However, you’ll only get the prescription stuff at the med spa. This includes Retin-A, a top proven wrinkle fighter, as well as stronger acne treatments. You can also get Latisse, a prescription eyelash treatment that makes lashes fuller, at a medical spa but.

    The Bottom Line

    While the superficial treatments offered at the day spa do provide some results, they simply can’t compete with the power of medical technology. At the med spa, you can literally erase wrinkles in a single session, and tackle acne, and skin discoloration using the best tools available.

    Because medical spas offer medical procedures, it’s very important to check the qualifications of your doctor or aesthetician; there is always a risk of side effects, but you can help protect yourself by choosing a med spa with knowledgeable, competent staff.

    The right med spa can tailor a program to suit your needs, and leave you looking younger than you have in years. And in the hands of a medical professional, you can feel confident about your results. If you’re after the latest proven solutions lasting beautification, it may be time to upgrade.

    About The Author
    Mia Liefso is a professional medical skin therapist and the owner of Bradford Skin Clinic & Med Spa in Bradford, Ontario.  She has certifications in IPL, VPL, laser and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her professional interests include difficult skin conditions—premature aging, skin care for the elderly, endocrinology, and helping people love the skin they’re in. Her diverse personal interests include history, animals, roller derby, travelling and gourmet cooking.

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