San Antonio’s Medical Spas Gain Followers in Era of the “Selfie”

I recently spoke with four leaders in San Antonio’s rapidly growing medical spa industry to share how they got started, what has influenced the beauty industry’s expansion into this growing skin care niche and how technology, licensing and being physician-owned are central to mindfully growing the business and maintaining customer satisfaction.

According to local physicians in the beauty industry, San Antonians are seeking the latest and greatest in cosmetic treatments, but in moderation. “It’s all about creating the best version of who you already are,” says Lizette Altieri, M.D., owner of White Pearl Medical Spa. Dr. Lubna Naeem of Soni Med Spa concurs, saying, “People are healthier now than ever, and they want to look as good as they feel.” Dr. Laura Bennack of Radiance Spa adds, “This is the new preventive medicine.” And with all the interest in this skin care niche, Roma Kumar of Sonterra Laser Med Spa agrees with each of these  doctors when she encourages all of her clients to do their research to make sure they are choosing spas that are licensed and using brand-name products.

By Jennifer Bartlett

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ELIZABETH WARBURTON