Plastic Surgery Office vs. Medical Spa

May 12, 2011
Medical spa beverly hills

As the founder of a Los Angeles plastic surgery practice, I am constantly seeing patients from all over the country for a variety of different procedures and treatments. I’ve noticed that many patients wonder which facility is appropriate for their procedure: a plastic surgery office or a medical spa.

First, I’d like to explain the difference between a plastic surgery office and medical spa facility. It is important to note that not all plastic surgery centers are fully-accredited. What fully-accredited means is that the center has met various national standards for equipment, operating room safety, and both staff and surgical credentials. You should only consider a surgical procedure once you have found a facility that possesses the proper qualifications.

A medical spa is a slightly vague term, as there is no single definition. Medical spas are different than regular spas, as they use medically-based treatments. Common treatments performed at a medical spa include laser skin rejuvenation, BOTOX® Cosmetic, as well as chemical peels. At a medical spa, a physician is onsite and plays an integral role in a patient’s evaluation and care.

In general, if you want to have a surgical procedure performed, it is better-suited for a plastic surgery office. If you are seeking minimally invasive treatments, you may be able to enjoy your procedures at a medical spa.


Dr. Grant Stevens

Dr. Grant Stevens

I am a board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience researching and implementing new approaches to plastic surgery. At Plastic Surgery Insider, you get the benefit of my experience and authority when you read my perspectives on the latest news and procedures in plastic surgery.
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