Spa Speak Defined
Although new services are in development all the time, here are descriptions of some of the most popular terms used at most day and resort spas.
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As spas increase in numbers and with the growth in the field of medical esthetics, there is an increasing trend for medical esthetic procedures to be offered in spa facilities. There are many esthetic treatments that can easily be performed in a non-medical facility. However, it is important for patient safety that medical standards are adhered to in these facilities.
The Medical Spa category is available to spas that have a full-time licensed health care professional on-site. All Leading Spas of Canada spas that offer medical services, must comply with Spa Industry Association of Canada’s Medical Esthetics Standards & Practices.
In the absence of consistent governmental regulation in this area, consumers should inform themselves from reliable sources, carefully follow pre and post service care recommendations and generally exercise caution to avoid any damage or injury that may inadvertently result from these types of services.
What are Medical Spa Treatments?
Botox: are part of a group of medications that use various forms of botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze muscle activity. They prevent nerve signals to the injected muscles, which minimizes the muscular activity that causes lines to form between your eyebrows, for example. Botox can also be injected to underarm area to reduce excessive sweating.
Dermal Fillers: A blanket term for a variety of products intended to add bulk or volume to areas that appear wrinkled, hollow or diminished. They are injected to plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases, remove wrinkles and improve the appearance of recessed scars.
Laser: Works by delivering an intense beam of light that is absorbed by the skin. This light is converted to heat and is absorbed by the targeted cells. while leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. Used for skin resurfacing, hair removal and to treat spider veins.
Light Based Treatments: Also known as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments use a less-intense, broader spectrum of light than lasers, used for rejuvenation of the skin.
RADIO FREQUENCY: Radio-frequency energy is believed to stimulate the formation of new collagen and contract the layers of your skin for an improved appearance in the skin’s surface. Cellulite and acne conditions may benefit from RF.
Chemical Peel: A chemical solution is applied to the skin, causing to “blister” and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
Exfoliating Treatments (Removal of the top layer of dead skin cells from the face or body) include the following:
Microdermabrasion: Tiny crystals sprayed onto the skin to gently remove the outer layer.
Silkpeel Dermalinfusion: Combines non-invasive exfoliation with the delivery of skin-specific topical solutions.
Skin Tag Removal: Treatment by freezing with liquid nitrogen or by cutting off with a scalpel or scissors. Topical preparations also available.