A medical spa is a hybrid between a medical clinic and a day spa that operates under the supervision of a medical doctor. Medspas are places where you can have minimally invasive and noninvasive procedures done, but are sometimes only under the supervision of a surgeon, meaning, you might be getting injections from a nurse practitioner. Regulations for medspas vary from state to state, so you never know what you are in for at these types of facilities. If you do chose to visit one for an aesthetic medical procedure, make sure to ask the important questions. Medical spa menus vary, but you can usually get medical spa treatments like laser treatments, laser hair removal, IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments, injectables like Botox and fillers, aggressive chemical peels and skin tightening or skin rejuvenation.
When you consult with Doctor Olson, you will collaboratively develop a personal plan designed just for you; your goals, your schedule and your options. Through this interview and discussion, you will gain specific information about your issues, options for correction of problems that you and Doctor Olson identify, and have your questions answered. Equally important, you will get a sense of your comfort with Doctor Olson, her skills, aesthetic point of view, and bedside manner. Doctor Olson will examine you and assess your facial anatomy- specifically, the skin, muscle, fat, bone and supportive structures. She will take into consideration your medical history and previous surgeries, your age and health status, and your desired outcome. Doctor Olson is board certified and is fellowship trained as an oculofacial plastic surgeon. She is a fellow of the prestigious American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) with fewer that 500 fellows nationwide. "Today's aesthetic surgeries and minimally invasive techniques can dramatically improve the way people look and feel about themselves." An Associate Clinical Professor at Yale University and past director of Yale Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery, Doctor Olson has been in private practice since 1992 specializing in performing aesthetic eyelid and facial injectables, lasers and surgery. Doctor Olson personally treats all her patients.
*excerpts taken from about.com and New Beauty Article*