Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Spas and Medical Spa Treatments

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Medical Spa?

A med spa is a hybrid between an aesthetic medical practice and a day spa that provides nonsurgical, noninvasive aesthetic medical services under the supervision of a licensed physician. Services are performed by trained, experienced and qualified practitioners, with onsite supervision by a licensed healthcare professional.

We advise clients to trust their aesthetics and health to a medspa with licensed medical practitioners actively involved on-premise in the practice, like Dr. Beata Grochowska and Dr. Karolina Grochowska at Regenerative MedSpa of Buckhead.

What is a Med Spa versus a Day Spa?

There are two key differences between what is a medspa versus a nonmedical day spa.

  • Medical Practitioners – Medical spas differ from traditional day spas because a medical doctor is either supervising or performing your procedure. This allows the medical spa to offer more specialized treatments not found at a nonmedical day spa.
  • Procedure Effects on Living Tissue – Services offered at a medical aesthetic practice or medspa stimulate, alter or destroy the patient’s living tissue, whereas non-medical procedures affect only the non-living surface of the skin.

What Treatments are offered at a MedSpa?

Med spas provide nonsurgical, noninvasive medical aesthetic treatments. Common treatments offered by med spas include:

  • Injections of soft tissue fillers (Juvederm, Restylane) or neuromodulators (Botox Cosmetic, Dysport)
  • Microneedling of any depth
  • Laser or energy-based skin and hair removal procedures
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL) procedures
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Intravenous (IV) Therapy
  • Dermabrasion beneath the stratum corneum
  • Medium-depth chemical peels (beneath the stratum corneum)

Who can administer Medical Spa Treatments?

Many treatments offered at a medical spa – including Botox injections, dermal fillers, CO2 laser resurfacing, and PRP microneedling – are characterized as medical treatments. As a general rule, medical treatments should be performed by medical professionals under the supervision of a physician. Also, a medical spa should offer you an in-person exam or consultation by a medical practitioner before a medical treatment is performed.

Our medical team at Regenerative MedSpa of Buckhead is available for complimentary in-person consults with all new clients. Call us today to schedule.

Can an Aesthetician perform my Botox injection?

No. Botulinum toxin injectables, such as Botox Cosmetic and Dysport as well as hyaluronic acid dermal fillers including Juvederm, Voluma, Volbella, Vollure, and Restalyne are prescription medications and considered medical treatments. As a general rule, medical treatments should be performed by medical professionals.

At Regenerative MedSpa of Buckhead in Atlanta, filler and Botox injections are administered by Dr. Karolina Grochowska, DMD. She is a board-certified dentofacial orthopedics specialist with extensive training in facial anatomy, structure, nerves, and muscles and is a certified injector by American Academy of Facial Esthetics.

Who regulates medical spas?

Understanding who regulates medical spas is an important part being an informed client. A medical spa is considered to be a medical practice and is bound by federal, state, and local laws and regulations. To operate, any medical practice must select an approved entity, which in Georgia includes a sole proprietorship of a physician with a current, valid license issued by the Georgia Board of Medical Examiners, a professional corporation, a professional association, a partnership, or a limited liability company.

Are Medical Spas Safe?

We advise any potential client to research who manages the daily, hands-on patient care at a medspa they are considering. As a doctor-led practice, we recommend clients trust their aesthetics and health to a medspa with licensed medical practitioners who are actively involved on-premise in the practice, like Dr. Beata Grochowska and Dr. Karolina Grochowska at Regenerative MedSpa of Buckhead in Atlanta.

While non-surgical medical spa procedures are generally less invasive than surgical procedures performed by a plastic surgeon, they are not without risk and require the same professional skill and care afforded to all medical procedures.

Know who will be doing your procedure. While certain medspa treatments do not need to be performed by a medical practitioner, a licensed medical provider should be readily available if any questions, problems or emergencies arise.

What is HIPAA and does it apply to Med Spas?

Yes, MedSpas are considered medical practices and must abide by HIPAA regulations.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is federal law that aims to protect patient privacy while improving the efficiency and effectiveness in the health care system by requiring standards and requirements for any electronic transmission of protected health information (PHI). Its rules relate to privacy and security, notifying patients if his or her personal information was breached, and sets uniform standards for electronic transmissions and transactions.

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We proudly serve Buckhead, Atlanta, and surrounding communities including Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Vinings, and we are excited to serve you, too!


Call us 404-816-8557 and schedule a complimentary consultation at our Atlanta, Georgia medspa today.

For more information about what is a medical spa, who regulates medical spas, treatments offered at med spas, and medspa safety protocols, visit American Med Spa Association.


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