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Find Your Best Fit: MedSpa vs. Plastic Surgery Practice

Aging happens to all of us, so it makes sense that there’s no shortage of businesses in the Knoxville area offering anti-aging products and services. 

Everywhere you look, billboards, magazines, commercials, and Facebook ads promise life-changing services to help you look younger and feel more beautiful. And today’s technology does offer wonderful options to help you enhance your appearance and feel more confident!

So, how do you sort through all the options? As a starting point, it’s helpful to know the difference between a “medspa” (or medical spa) and a plastic surgery practice, so you can choose the best fit for you and find the confidence you deserve. 

Let’s look at these two types of businesses, the services they offer, and your potential results. 

What’s a MedSpa?

Broadly, it’s a business designed to help you enhance your appearance through non-invasive services. Each state regulates medspas differently. But in general, if you’re considering a medspa in the greater Knoxville area, here’s what you need to know:

  • It provides only non-surgical aesthetic procedures, such as BOTOX®, fillers, facials, microneedling, etc. 
  • In Tennessee, a medspa must be owned by a physician (not necessarily a plastic surgeon), but that does not necessarily mean that a medical professional will be involved in your care. 
  • Services provided produce only short-term and often limited results.
  • Expect an emphasis on sales and recurring services.

What’s a Plastic Surgery Practice?

In general, it’s a medical practice offering a full range of customizable services to fit your budget, medical history, and desired results. 

  • It provides a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
  • Aesthetic services may include BOTOX®, fillers, facials, microdermabrasion, etc. 
  • Surgical services include a wide range of long-lasting procedures like face lifts, tummy tucks, rhinoplasty, breast augmentations, and more — tailored to your unique body.
  • A plastic surgeon is directly involved in the day-to-day operations and your care. 
  • Some aesthetic services produce short-term results, while surgical options produce long-term, transformative results.
  • Expect an emphasis on clinical care and your overall well-being. 

Expertise that Fits You

While the term medspa may sound less intimidating than a name with the word surgery in it, many of the same aesthetic services are available at plastic surgery practices like The Lucas Center. Plus, those services are offered alongside procedures designed to create long-lasting results when you’re looking to enhance your features. For an example, check out our blog on non-surgical face lifts vs. traditional (surgical) face lifts.

When you visit The Lucas Center, our team will get to know your unique needs, medical history, and desired results to help you choose the best procedure for you. We take a personal yet clinical approach with your health in mind so we can help you cultivate real, lasting confidence. 

20+ Years of Artistry at The Lucas Center

One last crucial thing to keep in mind: aesthetics are an art, and you want the most experienced, knowledgeable person working with you to achieve your appearance goals. That’s why you can rest easy with The Lucas Center. Our team is led by Knoxville’s premier board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jay Lucas, with a craniofacial fellowship under his belt and over 20 years of experience helping clients like you. Give us a call at (865) 218-6210 or schedule your consultation today.

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