Know the difference between Aesthetic Clinics, Medical Spas and Day Spas

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We’re living in an era where looking and feeling younger no longer requires surgery.

The fountain of youth these days apparently flows from a syringe. But injectable treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers aren’t the only non-surgical anti-aging procedures. Wrinkles can be smoothed with lasers, skin tightened with heat, and belly fat frozen away.

There is now a huge range of gadgets and devices proving popular with women and men who shy away from surgery but still want to improve their appearances. Some beauty salons have now called themselves Aesthetic Centres and spas have also moved into the realm of terming themselves as Medical Spaa. The lines have been blurred but the key differences would be:

  1. The environment
  2. Intensity of treatments

Spas and Salons typically offer a relaxing environment targeted at providing wellness and/or aesthetic solutions. Even within this category, different spas vary in level of comfort and luxuriousness (i.e. Hotel Spas versus a Massage Parlour). Many salons offer targeted services instead of housing it under one brand, while others pay more attention to their facilities, such as Salt Caves, Steam Rooms and special pools.

Porcelain is designed as a Face Spa to offer solutions to target skin issues by combining craftsmanship and technology whilst providing a spa-level experience.  The key difference between Porcelain and other spas would be our dedication towards understanding skin at a deeper level. Although we do not have a doctor on board, all our therapists are trained, qualified aestheticians, who undergo a stringent program in house to ensure each facial performed is done so with the highest level of finesse, comfort, safety and results. We also believe in offering a curated treatment plan for each client using state of art technology backed by clinical studies and high performance products, to achieve long-lasting results using non-invasive procedures.

Aesthetic Clinics offer a clinic setting with a focus on providing solutions for aesthetic purposes. The treatments are typically minimally invasive to Invasive and are performed by doctors, dermatologists or plastic surgeons. For patients who are seeking to augment, improve their appearances via the use of injectables, more invasive or equipment with higher intensity, they should visit a trained medical physician with relevant experiences.  Although all the treatments are to be performed by medical doctors, not all doctors who work in aesthetic clinics are specialists. As Aesthetic Practices are not regarded as a specialty nor are they allowed to advertise or promote their services, doctors are not permitted to use titles such as “aesthetic doctors” or “aesthetic physicians” in Singapore.

Medical spas, however, remain a small percentage of the overall spa market.

Treatments can include spa treatments that complement medical procedures performed by their doctors in-house. Some of the prescribed treatments do not need to be performed by medical physicians. Typically, the doctor that oversees the medical spa take charge of the procedures that fall under medical, and aestheticians or therapists handle other spa, or non-medical therapies such as non-invasive microdermabrasion, massages, etc.

As with the practice of visiting any facilities or professionals, one needs to accept the pros and cons. Some places and people do the job well but some can fall short as well.

While the 3 different types of spas and clinics can achieve desired results, the crucial aspect of choosing a spa or clinic is analyzing the expertise and credentials of those performing the treatments. At the end of the day, we all only have one face and we should never take it for granted.