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medical spa treatment or plastic surgery in Santa Rosa

Medical Spa Treatments versus Plastic Surgery in Santa Rosa

Education / January 6, 2022

Deciding between medical spa treatment or plastic surgery in Santa Rosa remains a major decision for millions of people each year. In the last decade or so, medical spa treatments have gained popularity for their ability to give aesthetic improvements without the cost, downtime, or permanence associated with cosmetic surgery. The aesthetic experts at Allegro Medspa of Santa Rosa perform medical spa treatments for patients whose goals often overlap with plastic surgery patients, though we may recommend Plastic Surgery Associates for those who seek more dramatic results. Truthfully, both medical spa treatments and plastic surgery offer effective means of reaching your aesthetic goals. Often, the ideal in your mind can best be met through a combination of plastic surgery and med spa treatments.

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What is a medical spa treatment?

Procedures performed at med spas are generally minimally invasive or non-invasive aesthetic treatments that target the following skin and aesthetic concerns:

  • Acne/acne scarring
  • Aging skin
  • Cellulite
  • Excess body fat
  • Lack of muscle
  • Loose skin
  • Sun damage
  • Stretch marks
  • Thin lips
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Large pores
  • Unwanted wrinkles
  • Unwanted hair
  • Unwanted tattoos
  • Unwanted sweat
  • Vaginal and sexual health concerns

Plastic surgery also addresses many of these concerns and can provide more permanent solutions with fewer visits. However, plastic surgery also comes with at least some downtime and the need for either localized or general anesthetic. Some of those concerns, like lack of muscle, cellulite, and unwanted tattoos, cannot be effectively treated with plastic surgery.

Should you choose medical spa treatment or plastic surgery in Santa Rosa?

The choice of medical spa treatment or plastic surgery in Santa Rosa should come with careful consideration. Any good aesthetician will be honest about the type of results medical spa treatment will achieve for you compared to plastic surgery. 

For med spa services targeting the same basic issues as plastic surgery procedures, plastic surgery usually results in a more dramatic result. However, med spa treatment remains a preferred route for millions of people each year. People choose med spa treatments over plastic surgery for a variety of great reasons, including: 

  • Fitting into their busy schedule, which can’t be interrupted by the need for recovery 
  • They’re not looking for extreme results
  • They’re younger and want to prevent the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  • They’re at risk and cannot undergo surgery
  • Surgery is too large of an investment
  • They want results plastic surgery cannot give

The rising popularity of medical spas

On a global scale, the med spa service reached a value of $13.82 billion in 2019 and the current anticipated value for 2030 is $47.14 billion. Over the last decade, more and more people have turned to med spas not just for aesthetic treatment, but for the relaxing atmosphere and friendly, useful guidance on skincare and overall wellbeing. 

At Allegro Medspa of Santa Rosa, we think of our patients as friends and family. Considering about two-thirds of med spa visits are from repeat patients, we’re able to build strong, genuine relationships that yield the best long-term results. 

The most popular med spa treatments

Whereas medical spa treatments and plastic surgery were once kept pretty “hush hush,” these days more and more men and women are proud to take these steps to care for themselves and feel good about what they see. Med spa treatments aren’t niche anymore—they’re a common tool people all over the place use to improve the quality of their lives.  Here are just some of the services our patients can’t get enough of:

What to look for in a medical spa

With the type of growth experienced in the med spa industry, some individuals look for easy ways to cash in. Allegro Medspa was founded by board-certified plastic surgeons who wanted to provide an array of top-quality aesthetic treatments in Northern California, not make a quick buck. These are some things to look out for in any med spa you seek treatment at.

  1. A trusted, involved founding physician

Med spas without a good medical director may lack the quality of care offered by a team of registered nurses, certified medical assistants, and licensed aestheticians all led by experienced plastic surgeons. Unlike some overseeing physicians, Drs. Canales and Furnace are heavily involved in the day-to-day care of our patients. Practitioners from a variety of medical fields oversee med spas, though those under supervision of a board-certified plastic surgeon tend to get best results with unmatched expertise.

  1. Treatment recommendations based on fact

Another important thing to look for in a medical spa is scientifically based skin analysis. We provide comprehensive complexion analysis with the VISIA Skin Analysis system. VISIA uses advanced UV lighting to take a digital photograph of the surface and subsurface of your skin. The UV lighting accurately captures the true condition of your skin, allowing us to determine the best medical spa treatment plan, as well as skincare products, for your concerns. We keep these images on file and perform follow-up analysis to definitively measure your results.

  1. Proven success and experience

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when it comes to medical spa treatment or plastic surgery procedures! If a med spa cannot provide you with satisfactory before and after pictures from their treatments, consider it a red flag. We track the aesthetic journey of our patients to provide a wealth of references for anyone considering the same treatment(s). Another marker of our success is that we’ve received a national top 1% Black Diamond award from the makers of Botox and Juvéderm every year since 2012.

Med spa exclusives

As we touched on above, there are a few medical spa treatments that achieve things plastic surgery cannot. Broadly, those treatments include skin resurfacing, laser tattoo removal, regenerative treatments, and body sculpting via muscle building. 

Skin resurfacing med spa treatments

Procedures like facelifts provide amazing results for those who want to fight wrinkles and sagging skin, but what about those with sun damage or hyperpigmentation? Treatments like laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels refinish the surface of your skin with new, healthy skin cells. This leaves a brighter, smoother complexion that can last anywhere from months to more than a year with good skincare.

Regenerative treatments

Several med spa treatments specifically target deep portions of your skin to encourage cellular turnover and boost collagen production. Microneedling with radiofrequency, thread lifts, intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, and certain laser treatments affect your skin on a molecular level. These allow for continuous improvement to your skin via increased collagen, which is a key protein for the structure of your skin. 

Laser tattoo removal

Gone are the days when tattoos were absolutely permanent. With our advanced tattoo removal in Northern California, we drastically lighten and potentially remove unwanted tattoos. Essentially a targeted laser skin resurfacing, tattoo removal cannot happen with surgery. 

Body sculpting via building muscle

EMSCULPT NEO has vaulted to the top of many “favorite med spa treatments” lists. Medical spa body contouring procedures traditionally eliminate fat through methods like cryolipolysis or targeted radiofrequency. With EMSCULPT NEO, we can reduce fat cells while also strengthening and toning muscles. Using high intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM®) energy, we strengthen and tone the muscles in the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, arms, and calves.  

Top med spa treatments

The most popular med spa treatments across the globe are offered right here at Allegro Medspa of Santa Rosa. That’s why we attract clients from all across Northern California and beyond! Here are just some of the services we find to be super popular at our Sonoma and Marin county locations:

  • Botox®
  • Fillers
  • Laser Resurfacing
  • Acne treatments

Whereas plastic surgery and med spa treatments were once kept pretty “hush hush,” these days, more and more men and women are proud to take these steps to care for themselves and feel good about what they see!

There were nearly 8 million Botox® procedures performed in 2018, and that number increases every single year. Fillers and chemical peels are seeing increases, too! Med spa treatments aren’t niche anymore, they’re a common tool used to improve the quality of people’s lives. 

Knowledge is power

Every person who comes through our doors will be given a thorough explanation of what they can expect during a treatment series from Allegro Medspa, and how that could compare to plastic surgery results. It’s important for our prospective patients to know every option available to them.

Being armed with that information allows people to decide for themselves. Plastic surgery comes with dramatic results, but it also comes with bigger risks, costs, and downtime. It’s simply not an option for everyone. We work hard to make sure our treatments are viable options to a broad variety of people.

Discover Allegro Medspa’s medical aesthetic treatments in Santa Rosa

Schedule a consultation at Allegro MedSpa of Santa Rosa to find out more about the right choice for you, medical spa treatments or plastic surgery. Med spa treatments can improve the tone and texture of your skin, eliminate stubborn fat through noninvasive means, eliminate unwanted tattoos and hair, and so much more. Discover the world of aesthetic treatments.

We are here to help fulfill your medical spa needs. Give us a call at (707) 537.2123 or get started with a virtual consultation. Don’t forget; you can always shop online for skincare products! We carry Obagi, Alastin, SkinBetter, SkinMedica, and more trusted, effective brands. 

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