AmSpa and IALA Announce Merger

The American Med Spa Association (AmSpa) today announced that it will merge with International Aesthetic and Laser Association Inc (IALA) to add more than 250 members to AmSpa’s more than 1,200 existing members.

IALA was formed in 2008 by Nicole Strothman, IALA’s president and founder, to bring together various industry stakeholders to focus on legal changes affecting medical spas. At the time, there were a growing number of aesthetic technological advancements converging in an unchartered marketplace. Many states and business owners were struggling with who could use certain medical devices, what level of physician supervision was necessary, and what was needed to ensure the lowest incident rates.

As general counsel at Ideal Image, the largest retailer of med spas in North America with 130 plus locations, Strothman quickly realized the importance of focusing on laws that protected both patients and med spa owners and formed IALA as a trade association to help address these issues. IALA successfully worked hand-in-hand with various interest groups, including national aesthetic chains, single operators, and health care professionals to pave the way for patient safety focused laws in multiple states across North America.

“Given AmSpa’s focus on compliance and the laws affecting the medical aesthetic industry, we felt combining our membership was a perfect synergy. For the last decade, IALA has been instrumental in keeping up with legislative changes, monitoring special interest groups, and spearheading government change to ensure patient safety is front and center. I feel confident that, under the AmSpa umbrella, our members will continue to receive the most up-to-date industry news in the ever-changing legal landscape that affects all med spa owners and staff,” Strothman says.

“We are excited and proud to welcome IALA into the AmSpa family. Their commitment to training, safety, and legal compliance make this trade organization a perfect fit with the American Med Spa Association,” adds AmSpa founder/director, Alex R. Thiersch, JD.

IALA’s membership will transition to the AmSpa group over the next month and will receive benefits including access to their state’s medical aesthetic legal summary, live and recorded business and legal webinars, member pricing on AmSpa events, and much more.

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Microblading: What To Know Before You Bold Your Brows

Eyebrows might just be the most important facial feature. They frame the face, create balance, and put the attention right where you want it—on your eyes. While pencils and plucking were once our favorite go-to groomers, microblading is taking over as the treatment for choice for more natural-looking, semi- permanent results.

“In the aesthetics industry, there’s a belief that brows are the new lips,” says Alex Thiersch, founder and director of the American Med Spa Association (AmSpa). “Microblading has taken the industry by storm thanks to the reception, the profit margin for spas, and huge patient demand.”

While microblading offers a lasting anecdote to an over-waxed, barely there brow, it also penetrates the skin, which means safety is a concern. Here are a few things to be on the lookout for when booking your brow makeover:

Tattooing certification: Most states treat microblading the same way they treat tattooing or permanent makeup. “The practitioner needs a tattooing certification and the business needs to register as a tattoo parlor,” shares Alex. “Estheticians who have a tattoo license can perform the procedure in most states, but they must be sure to identify themselves as a tattoo artist during the procedure because the practice falls outside their esthetic practice act.”

It should be a two-step process: “One of the most important parts of the process is the consultation and setting proper expectations,” shares AmSpa Member Maegen Kennedy, PA-C and Founder of Fleek Brows Microblading Training. Microblading is done in two steps, the initial consult/appointment and the touch-up session 6 weeks later. A detailed consent form outlining the potential risks is given during the consultation and should be reviewed carefully with the patient.

A trained hand: “Microblading is performed with a handheld pen that holds a sterile ‘blade’ on the tip,” explains Maegen. “After the eyebrow is drawn, the skin is cleaned and the blade is dipped into pigment. The pigmented blade is placed on the epidermis, and a ‘swiping’ or ‘stroking’ motion of the blade penetrates the upper layers of the skin while depositing pigment.” Do your research before you book, and look at examples of your provider’s past work to ensure you like their touch.

Post-procedure support: The excitement of your new brows will be unavoidable, but professionals suggest not touching them for at least 24 hours, due to skin sensitivity. Clients are instructed to avoid gyms, showers, sweating, sun, and makeup for this time frame as well. A form with detailed aftercare instructions should be given to the patient to take home. “Having a point of contact for the client post procedure can help through the healing phase,” Maegen adds.

[Source: Kelz PR]