While laser hair removal and Botox have helped the medical spa sector grow into a multi-billion dollar industry; much of the multi-million dollar year-over-year growth can be attributed to the innovative and state-of-the-art treatments and procedures that have come along over the last 15 years.
Aside from providing aesthetic spas with more services to offer, these new treatments and technologies have also allowed for a more diverse patient demographic. Offering a wide range of services at a variety of price points allows more patients the ability to access anti-aging, skin rejuvenation and total wellness solutions.
Even though these technologies are new to the aesthetic spa sector many have been around for decades and have been widely used in various capacities in surgical and restorative medicine.
Cryolipolysis is one of the coolest and most exciting innovations to revolutionize medical spa businesses. On the opposite end of the spectrum from lasers, CoolSculpting and other Cryolipolysis-based treatments use targeted cold to destroy fat cells and contour the body.
Developed by two Harvard-based scientists Cryolipolysis-based services are performed using a hand-tool that applies gentle suction to the treatment area in order to get the targeted fat in between the two cooling-plates. From there, the desired area is cooled to a temperature that allows fat cells to freeze, while leaving adjacent skin, tissue and muscle unaffected.
Once the fat cells have been killed the body begins to expel them through the same natural process that is used to eliminate toxins and waste. CoolSculpting is ideal for patients who want body-contouring results but are afraid of the heat associated with thermal or light based technology. Patients who don’t want to go under the knife for invasive fat removal and those who have an inch or two of stubborn fat that WILL not be exercised away are perfect candidates for Cryolipolysis.
Radio Frequency Therapy
When it comes to surgical anti-aging treatments the most constantly in demand procedure is facial rejuvenation, through a face-lift. The surgical method, a facelift, is incredibly invasive and requires weeks of post-operative downtime, add to that the exorbitant price and its easy to see why many people have wanted to refine, tone and contour the face but haven’t been unable to.
The most recent Radio Frequency (RF) technology can be implored in a variety of procedures including skin resurfacing, to collagen induction and skin tightening.
As a skin resurfacing tool RF is used to make micro-channels in the skin these ‘superficial wounds’ trigger the body’s healing response and tissues, fibers and collagen are all enhanced.
When it comes to collagen induction and skin tightening RF is often combined with Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields (PEMF) to deliver energy deep into the underlying skin and tissue. Promoting a heat triggered response collagen, skin fibers and even the muscle are toned and refined resulting in a contoured face.
Considered by many to be the current gold standard for skin tightening Ultrasound Therapy is so effective often times one treatment annually is enough to establish and maintain toned, refined and taut skin. Similar to the technology that has allowed doctors to check up on babies in the womb, ultrasound therapy uses ultrasound waves to penetrate deeply into the skin all the way to the muscle and deep tissue. The deep wave instigates the growth and proliferation of collagen and elastin fibers, which are fundamental components to the underlying skin matrix. The long lasting results and deep power that is sent into the skin make Ultrasound-based treatments the ultimate non-surgical facelift.
These three technologies may be the latest and most in demand, however they are only a few of the many services that an upscale, innovative medical spa can offer. There are also a number of exciting dual and paired technologies that are making their way through the research and development phase. These technologies, much like ultrasound ones are looking to reduce treatment duration while simultaneously maximizing the length of results.