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August 22, 2008
 
       
 

A Medspa that
Radiates


 

We recently published an article about an effort to get the Maryland Board of Physicians to exclude non-physicians from performing cosmetic procedures, essentially targeting medspas. Are medspas really that bad? Sensing our Watergate moment, we thought we'd go deep undercover to expose this seedy underworld. We donned a disguise and stopped by Radiance MedSpa in Fairfax. But our search for scandal and shoddy treatment failed to turn up the one thing it needed most: scandal and shoddy treatment!

 

Aha! The smoking gun. Or . . .wait a minute. Is he wearing scrubs? Turns out, Radiance is quite legit. Here's owner Sheri Siegel with Dr. Peter Klainer, board certified plastic surgeon, on staff at Inova Fair Oaks, and Medical Director at Radiance. Sheri told us most med spas have medical directors, though not always plastic surgeons. Peter signs off on all procedures, sets safety protocols, and is available if there's trouble. However, he says trouble is rare because the facility uses two licensed master aestheticians and two nurse practitioners. While he agrees with the premise of our previous article—mandatory certification would improve safety—he rejected the conclusion that only an M.D. can be competent at these procedures.

 

Having no scandal to expose definitely hurt our attempt at an expos? (and a Pulitzer), but we continued on the tour. Good thing we did because we saw Radiance doesn't skimp on technology. The Visia, above, takes enhanced and UV photographs and compares them to similarly-aged persons to make objective treatment recommendations. Radiance also offers intense pulsed light treatment for advanced procedures like improving acne, rosacea, and facial rejuvenation. Their next big addition will be a laser for skin resurfacing. Sheri says they also offer free monthly classes on skincare.

 

Sheri didn't try to defend all medspas but felt that limiting all skincare into two categories—physicians and everyone else—wasn't an accurate representation of available options. Well, Sheri, our first article could have been clearer. We have egg on our face. Can you suggest a laser to remove it?


Invite Curtis Raye to see your office. He won't touch that thing if he's not supposed to. Honest. Curtis@Bisnow.com

 
 
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