Medical spas are very popular for non-surgical treatments such as laser hair removal in Los Angeles. But are they safe? Ask yourself the following:
• Is the medspa located within a physician’s office, rather than a salon or mall?
Some medical spas may look nice and appear to be clean, but this isn’t always the case. Not all medspas are accredited, which means they are not regulated and do not have to adhere to certain established standards of safety. Look for a facility that is within a board-certified physician’s office to ensure the best care possible.
The Stevens Institute is located within Marina Plastic Surgery, which is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. This certification is proof that our facilities have met certain rigorous standards of quality and safety.
• Are the treatment providers licensed medical professionals?
Wearing a white coat doesn’t make someone qualified to perform your procedure. Find out who will be performing your treatment, and ask questions about the person’s education, experience and training. Keep in mind that while waxing or facials can usually be performed by a licensed aesthetician, laser or injectable treatments should be administered by a physician assistant or nurse practitioner.
At The Stevens Institute, our 3 physician assistants are state-licensed and certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants to ensure optimal skills and safety. Additionally, a board-certified plastic surgeon oversees all treatments so that each patient benefits from the surgeon’s medical expertise and insight.
• Is the equipment state-of-the-art and FDA approved?
New cosmetic products and treatments are constantly being introduced to the market, and many have had very little testing or research. When choosing your treatment, look for those that are approved by the FDA or that have a long history of use. The Stevens Institute only offers the most proven treatments and techniques for skin and body rejuvenation.