What Your Spa or Salon Won’t Tell You About Skin Care Treatments


| 12/14/2015 9:15:00 AM


In New York City, you can’t walk a block without seeing signs promising the latest skin care miracle from the many day spas and med spas that have popped up over the past several years. You may be getting low prices, but you’re also risking serious complications and side effects by trusting your skin to untrained, and sometimes, even unlicensed professionals.

A 2003 survey from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery showed a 41 percent increase since 2001 in the number of patients coming for help following a skin treatment botched by a non-doctor technician. The numbers continue to grow at an alarming rate.

Afrian-American woman with radiant, glowing skin

Here is a list of treatments the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends should only be done by an experienced, board-certified dermatologist in their office:

Laser technologies: Laser technology can be used for hair removal, body sculpting, scar and tattoo removal and more. Like any new technology, laser skin care requires training and experience. Laser therapy should only be performed by medical professionals.



Fractional resurfacing: This procedure is “…one of the newer laser technologies that gives dermatologists the option to safely treat patients with more extensive skin damage.” The main benefits of this procedure are increased collagen production that improves the appearance of skin texture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and acne scars, with considerably less downtime than other invasive laser technologies



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