Once upon a time, not so long ago, the word ‘med-spa’ may have conjured images of pseudo-shady spots in strip malls across middle America. Not anymore. These one-stop shops for cosmetic procedures are now everywhere, and, happily, more reputable than ever. That being said, some of them can still be the site of some questionable—not to mention potentially unsafe—stuff, so it’s important to do your due diligence before booking any kind of appointment. Here, experts share six ways you can easily determine if a med-spa is legit.
You’re evaluated by a medical professional
“Most services offered at med-spas are medical treatments, which means you should be examined by a doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant before undergoing any type of procedure,” says Alex Theirsh, CEO & founder of AmSpa. This includes injectables such as Botox and fillers or laser treatments, though facials or chemical peels are fine without. Unsure about the credentials of the staff? All you have to do is ask.