Azura Skin Care Center receptionist and spa coordinator Lana G. shares a few tips on what to expect during your first visit to our Cary, NC med spa.
Alright, so you’ve finally have decided to try a cosmetic procedure! You’ve done enough research to write a thesis on the treatment, hopefully ignored the credibility of Wikipedia, and received some words of encouragement from friends and family. But what actually happens when you arrive at your medical spa of choice? Med spas combine the expert treatment of medical providers with the pleasant ambiance of a spa, so you feel not only relaxed, but also well cared for at the same time. Medical spas are a hybrid of medical office and day spa operated under a physician’s license. For medical spa first-timers, here are some things to expect at your very first visit.
Medical spas are considered medical facilities, so documentation and proper identification are needed. Try to allow some time to complete paperwork or complete the forms prior if the forms are online. Want to save time on your arrival? We make it easy here at Azura with patient forms available on our website! You can print out all the forms you need and fill them out before you come in for your appointment. The questionnaire of a medical spa will more closely resemble that of a medical clinic, with questions about one’s health, medical, and physical history – allergies, medications, perhaps questions on lifestyle/habits such as tanning, skin type, etc. This gives your provider enough information to decide what treatment is right for you and to ensure your skincare needs are met. In some med spas, patient privacy rights or HIPAA paperwork, mutual arbitration, office policies, and other documents may also be required. Also, depending on the treatment, some type of consent forms may be required. Almost all injectables, lasers, chemical peels have consent forms from the manufacturers that detail risks, benefits, and possible complications.
Consultation or Treatment
While some facilities require separate consultation-only appointments for first-timers, here at Azura we can accommodate both a consultation and treatment appointment at the same visit. We charge a $50 consultation fee that is applied to your treatment, if you elect to proceed. It also depends on the treatment itself and whether or not the treatment is actually the right one for you. Some clients visit believing they know exactly what they need, but end up with an entirely different treatment plan. This is why consultations are so important. What worked for one of your friends may not necessarily work for you. There are also certain contraindications the provider will consider before he or she gives an “OK” to proceed with your treatment. Clients who have tanned over a weekend may not be able to receive a laser treatment, or if someone had just started using a Retin-A product, a chemical peel treatment may be postponed.
In a Medical Spa setting, certain questions will be asked and taken into consideration, prior to clearing a client for treatment. Common questions asked by the provider include:
- “What treatments have you had in the past?”
- “What products are you currently using and how often?”
- “Do you have any special occasions coming up and when?”
Just like traditional spa settings, the ambiance of medical spas will depend on the company. Medical spas are essentially medical clinics with the subtle touches of a traditional spa, such as soothing music, fancy décor, and refreshments. At Azura, you get the luxe feeling of a spa with procedures and treatments that actually give visible results. Plus, our infused water pretty much tastes like candy – and surprise – is actually good for you!
Unlike traditional spas, medical spas usually do not offer amenities such as Jacuzzi®, sauna, steam rooms, or showers. Don’t get us wrong, we would love nothing more than to have you sit in a whirlpool and forget about that long to-do list, but it is key to note that the focus of traditional day spas is relaxation, whereas the goals of a medical spa are results driven!
Who Will Treat You?
Who you will see depends on the treatment you are receiving. If you are coming in for services like facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, or microneedling, the licensed aesthetician will treat you, and many times a provider will review your medical history prior to one of these procedures to be sure it is safe to have done. A facial is one thing – a medical-grade chemical peel is another. Safety is of the utmost importance here at Azura. For injections such as dermal-fillers, clients will usually meet with a doctor, physician assistant or nurse. Azura clients will meet with one of our medical providers, Dr. Craig Stevens or Jennie Kowaleski PA-C. (You can learn more about them both here!) Massages of course, are performed by a licensed massage therapist.
Maintenance & Follow-Up
Due to the higher intensity of products and services offered at a medical spa, at-home care and patient compliance is strongly urged. Patients are usually emailed a detailed post-procedure instruction form on what to expect after your treatment, how to take care of your skin, and what activities and products to avoid.
We look forward to welcoming you to Azura Skin Care Center as a first-time visitor. Contact us today by phone or email to make your first appointment – you can reach us at 919-307-8033 or Hello@AzuraSkin.com.