medi spa

Medic alert
Before you decide to bite the Botox bullet, wave goodbye to wrinkles or say hello to lasers, read this!

Just about anyone can offer medical spa treatments in Canada (there is no governing body). Here’s how to determine if a medispa is reputable

  • Schedule a consultation and ask lots of questions. (Note: consultations may be complimentary or cost up to $175; and the fee can usually be applied toward any treatments you have done.) Your doctor or specialist should be fully knowledgeable about every procedure and discuss benefits and risks. Things to ask: where they studied and what they specialized in; how many of these procedures they’ve completed; what complications they’ve encountered and how they addressed them; how often they update their machines; who will be performing the treatment on you—if they delegate it to someone on their staff, ask about those credentials, too.
  • Ask to see before-and-after photos of patients and ask for a list of those who’ve given their consent to be contacted to talk about their procedure. Granted, you’ll only see photos with positive outcomes and speak to patients who are happy about their results, but you’ll still be able to get a sense of your specialist’s style and ask detailed questions of someone who has undergone the treatment.
  • If you’re getting any type of needle-based treatment, including Botox or injectable fillers, The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario requires the facility’s doctor to meet with you before your treatment—even if you’re choosing the often less-expensive alternative of having them done by a nurse or esthetician.