Spas offering more than just massages

Filed under: Just For Moms, Work Life, Health & Safety: Babies

I can count on one hand the number of times I have been to a spa. It is not that I don't like them, quite the opposite; but with three children it is difficult to find the time or extra funds to do so. However, I must stay I am intrigued by the growing number of medical spas. It is not enough for a sap to offer just massages and facials anymore, many are beginning to offer medical treatments such as Botox treatments and laser hair removal.

Today there over 1,200 medical spas in the Untied States, a number that has increased by 50% in the past few years. While it is still a fairly small share of the overall market, customer demand is driving the increase. While some of us might find ourselves giddy at the mere thought of being able to get a massage ans then erase a few years with a shot or two of Botox others find the trend alarming. "Many people just think these treatments will help them look better. They don't realize these are potentially dangerous medical devices that can leave permanent scars," says Dr. Marta Van Beek, an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Iowa, he helped compose e a 2003 state law placing limits on who can perform laser and other "tissue altering" procedures.

As a tired mother who sometimes finds looking in the mirror a bit scary, I will likely find myself fantasizing about an afternoon during which I could relax and go home smelling beautiful and looking younger. I am not sure I would actually do it if push came to shove; I would likely find myself thinking about all the other things I could do with the money and wondering if I would go home scarred. But it is fun to fantasize....


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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.