Medical spas that provide Botox wrinkle treatments, laser hair removal, and liposuction and facial toning are faring better amid times of slower consumer spending. [Jupiter Images] Spas and salons in New Jersey are hurting, along with the rest of the economy, but the relatively pricier medical spas among them seem to be better off, so says Hannelore Leavy, executive director of the International Medical Spa Association, in Union Township, which has 350 members worldwide, including about 30 in New Jersey.
medical spa industry is faring better because its patrons are more affluent than those that patronize conventional day spas, Leavy
"In every recession, people buy more cosmetics because they want to look and feel good," she
provide that "instant gratification," she
said.Medical spas typically provide Botox wrinkle treatments, laser hair removal, and body contouring procedures like liposuction and facial toning, many of which have to be done under medical supervision, Leavy said.Salons
providing basic services like haircuts and nail jobs are also handling the recession better than expected because those are necessities, said Leavy
, who also heads the 800-member Day Spa Association
The day-spa industry has been badly hit because massages, facials and herbal wraps are considered luxuries, not necessities, she