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The Inclusive Medical Spa

Howard Murad, MD March 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine
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In order to know where you are going, you have to know where you have been.

This is true of many things, including the evolution of the spa field and the medical world. Skin care products and treatments have evolved considerably in direct proportion with scientific research—trends have pushed estheticians, physicians, cosmetic chemists and manufacturers to work together. The proliferation of medical spas is direct evidence of this collaboration. Building upon what is known, the cosmetic and medical industries are completing the puzzle, so to speak, to get a better picture about how to treat aging and problem skin.

Although today’s high-tech skin care is still moving into a more medical realm, the holistic approach of treating the whole to cure the part is very much alive—skin care professionals and physicians have started to layer their therapies, and have combined nutrition, supplementation and exercise programs into their protocols for total body wellness. What’s clear is that the next discovery may not be just a single ingredient or method, but rather an inclusive system of care that will address all avenues of health through a multitude of therapies.

The spa and medical office

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