How to Choose the Right MediSpa

Find out which red flags you should look out for.

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The Woman Who Was Disfigured After a Botched Procedure (3:19)

While at first glance a medispa visit sounds like a relaxing retreat, there have been some recent reports warning that fake, untrained doctors, and unethical technicians are taking advantage of innocent patients, performing procedures they have no business doing, and leaving spa-goers with burns, scarring, and even disfigurement. Luckily, by taking a few simple precautions and reading up on the warning signs, you can safely navigate the spa experience without any issues. Consumer expert, Hitha Herzog, has the three major red flags to look out for when picking the right place.

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The Price Paradox 

If a procedure is relatively inexpensive that is the first sign that something is off with the person providing the service or the place where the service is provided. Major surgery will typically run you $10,000 or more depending on what type of procedure you're doing. If you are seeing services in the $3,000-5,000 range or even less in some instances, Herzog recommends seeing a proper doctor instead. The discount isn't worth the risk. 

False Licenses and Faulty Certifications 

To verify that the spa is legitimate, always ask for board certifications from the plastic surgeons or dermatologists who will be conducting the procedure. Ask to see all of their degrees and do your own research as well. You can easily go online and check out their ratings as well as patient reviews. If they don't want to tell you about their educational background or provide the proper documentation, you should avoid working with these individuals. 

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No Hospital Privileges 

Even if a doctor is providing a service in his/her office, they should still have privileges to perform surgeries in a hospital as well. These privileges are bestowed upon doctors after a group of colleagues and peers review their degrees, abilities, and skills. Make sure to ask if they have hospital privileges before booking an appointment with them.