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If you've made a resolution to focus on yourself in the new year, or even if you just like to treat yourself from time to time, going to a spa is a great way to do that. When you're trying to decide where to go for a new spa treatment, it's important to consider the differences between a conventional spa and a medical spa.

Both conventional and medical spas focus on treatments that promote beauty, wellness, and relaxation, but the benefits and treatment options are different depending on which spa you decide to go to.

What Is a Conventional Spa?

When we talk about conventional spas, we are referring to the kind of spa you typically think about when you think of a spa. Conventional spas offer treatments like massage therapy, aromatherapy, facials, waxing, and pedicures. These treatments are primarily used to pamper and promote relaxation.

At conventional spas, the personnel can be certified in the treatments they provide, but conventional spas do not operate under the direction of a medical professional. Because of this, the treatments you find at a conventional spa are relaxing, but they do not necessarily improve health medically.

What is a Medical Spa?

Medical spas, as the name implies, are spas that provide medical skin care. Often, they are located inside a medical facility or private practice. The treatments you find at medical spas are medical-grade and focus on correcting and improving a variety of skin conditions such as wrinkles, scars, redness, spider veins, blemishes, and more.

While some treatments at medical spas are more relaxing than others, they all are designed to leave your skin refreshed, beautiful, and healthy.

Common Medical Spa Treatments


Dermalinfusion, or a silk peel, clears pores and exfoliates skin to clear imperfections and refresh your skin. It combines exfoliation to remove damaged skin cells, extraction to clean pores, and infusion of healing serums. It is important to perform these three actions simultaneously because it closes the time gap between exfoliation and serum infusion - the time when your skin is most receptive to treatment - allowing you to experience the best results.

Choose your serum based on your skin goals:

  • Anti-aging
  • Reducing hyperpigmentation
  • Correcting dry skin
  • Getting rid of oily skin
  • Smoothing rough texture

The result is younger-looking, better-feeling healthy skin.

Medical Peels

Medical-grade facial peels remove the top layer of damaged skin cells to reveal the younger, healthier cells underneath. This leaves your skin refreshed and rejuvenated. There are many types of peels that focus on different targeted areas.

Medical Spa Facials

Medical spa facials are similar to facials you'd find at a conventional spa; they refresh, relax, and energize your skin with product, exfoliation, mask, and massage. But there are two key differences: medical spa facials are performed by licensed estheticians and use medical-grade products that are best for your skin type, age, and goals.

Micro-needling with PRP

Micro-needling with PRP uses platelet-rich plasma to stimulate skin repair using the natural healing agents found in your own blood platelets. This renews the vitality of your skin by eliminating blemishes, and acne scars, and smoothing skin textures.

Permanent Makeup and Microblading

Microblading creates small, hair-like strokes on the brow bone to create natural-looking permanent makeup, so you won't have to do your makeup every morning.

Key Differences Between the Spas

Medical spa treatments focus on providing lasting results in healthy skin while treatments at conventional spas are mainly focused on pampering and relaxing. Medical spas also operate under the direction and supervision of a medical professional, and the employees providing the treatments are certified aestheticians, nurses, or physicians. This means the quality of care is professional and medical-grade.

At the Medical Spa at Helendale, we make sure you get the treatments that are right for you, and we will coach you on a proper skin care regimen to make the results of your medical spa treatment last even longer. Dr. Arthur and her crew of professional estheticians have years of experience in providing excellent care to their medical spa patients. Request your appointment today to get refreshed, healthy skin from a place that puts you first.