Many Doctors Entering the Spa Business
Many Doctors Entering the Spa Business
Along with prescriptions and referrals, many doctors are offering cosmetic procedures in their offices like Botox, hair removal, and massages.
By Denise Mann
WebMD Feature
Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD
Aug 13, 2004

A growing number of dermatologists are entering the spa business, offering Botox and injectable wrinkle fillers, chemical peels, and other largely cosmetic procedures.

But is such one-stop shopping a good idea?

“Fifteen years ago, dermatology was purely a medical field,” says David Goldberg, MD, the director of Skin & Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey and chairman of the Ethics Committee of the American Academy of Dermatology.

“People went to the dermatologist for skin cancer and rashes, and they went to plastic surgeons for anything cosmetic, but now fillers, peels, and Botox are actively being picked up by dermatologists,” says Goldberg, the author of Light Years Younger.

Once that change started occurring en masse, the medical spa movement was born, he tells WebMD.