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The Medical Spa Buzz

Posted by Alex Gault on December 22, 2005

Healthcare industry experts, medical ethicists and traditional cosmetic surgeons are all watching the fastest growing trend in the spa industry. There are now an estimated 1,250 medical spas in cities across the nation, offering treatments ranging from the common massage to ultrasound facials and Botox injections. Family practitioners, eye doctors, and gynecologists are augmenting their practices with spa services or starting new medical spas.

On San Francisco’s Union Street, two medical spas — SKN Medical Spa and the Union Street Medspa — offer a variety of cosmetic and anti-aging skin treatments. SKN Medical Spa founder Dr. Robert Colvin, formerly an emergency room specialist, says he finds his new enterprise more satisfying because he can more easily see results. His business offers Botox, laser skin rejuvenation, hair removal and skin peels. He performs all the treatments himself, spending far more time with patients than he did in the ER.

California requires that medical spas be owned by doctors. Cosmeticians may not hire doctors to run the spas or share profits with them, but can rent out space to doctors who perform treatments themselves and charge their own fees.

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