What is a MedSpa?

Posted by Brett Lutz on Aug 18, 2016 2:51:46 PM

Are you looking to schedule a pedicure, massage, or facial? Many spas offer those services, but a medical spa offers a different sort of pampering. Med spas like Sona, also called medi-spas or medical spas, are hybrids between the traditional day spa and an aesthetic medical center. At Sona MedSpa, we blend the best of those two worlds - a relaxing spa-like experience with the non-surgical procedures and expertise previously only found at a doctor’s office.



How does a medical spa differ from a traditional day spa?

The biggest difference between a traditional day spa and a medical spa like Sona is that results-oriented medical aesthetic treatments are offered at a med spa. Unlike day spas, med spas are under the general supervision of a licensed physician and treatments are performed by trained, experienced and qualified providers.


sona-medspa-0172.jpgWhat types of treatments are done at a medical spa?

Treatment types/services can vary but Sona specializes in:

As with all med spas, Sona's treatments are non-invasive, non-surgical, and require little to no downtime.  Most clients resume normal activities immediately following treatment.

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Who performs your treatment can depend on the treatment and which company you choose. Medical regulations also differ from state-to-state. 

Sona’s medically trained staff and personnel have performed more than two million treatments since we first opened our doors in 1997. In addition to hiring only certified and seasoned medically licensed providers, we send our Aestheticians, Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physicians Assistants through the intensive training program known as Sona University.

The level of care at Sona far exceeds that of the average med spa. In addition to the oversight of our Medical Advisory Board, each facility is overseen locally by a physician licensed in that state, as well as a Physicians Assistant or Nurse Practitioner, to focus on the safety and efficacy of every procedure.


Interested in learning more about the services Sona MedSpa has to offer?



Reasons to Consider Spider Vein Removal

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Aug 11, 2016 1:31:33 PM


Do you avoid wearing shorts or swimming apparel because you don't want others to see your spider veins? Even minor skin imperfections can make a big impact. Little things that others may not notice, like spider veins, can stand out bigger than life. Technology comes to the rescue with the Sona solution for removing spider veins.

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are dilated or stretched blood vessels that have a branching pattern and are commonly found on the thigh, lower leg and occasionally on the face. On the face they are often referred to as broken capillaries. They can be easily confused with varicose veins, but are not the same. 

  • Spider Veins are smaller, flat, red, purple, and blue vessels
  • Varicose Veins are large, raised, swollen blood vessels 

Spider veins are progressive in nature and usually increase in number and visibility with age. They are caused by increased pressure in the veins. The question of why people get them, and some don't is unclear, but doctors say the tendency of those who get them is hereditary. Other factors that can cause spider veins: occupations (standing for long periods of time), obesity, and hormonal influences.

When to Consider Spider Vein Treatment

  • If you have visible veins on your legs or thighs that have a branching or web-like pattern
  • If you have a pattern of branching veins on your face that you try to conceal
  • If you feel that your spider veins are a sign of aging that you would like to eliminate

How to Treat Spider Veins

There are many different ways to treat spider veins. At Sona MedSpa we use lasers that are typically used to treat small to medium-sized blood vessels that usually occur in the face. During treatment, a hand piece is passed over the skin and the laser light is absorbed by the blood, causing the vessels to coagulate and be absorbed by the body. Plus, there is little downtime!

READ MORE: Ask The Expert - Get Rid of Spider Veins

If you have spider veins on your skin, you don't have to live with them any longer!

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The Benefits of Chemical Peels

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Aug 1, 2016 4:05:16 PM

iStock_000011860992_Double.jpgAs we age naturally, our skin cells do not replace themselves as rapidly, This can result in a dry and dull appearanceAt Sona MedSpa, we exclusively offer SkinMedica professional level chemical peels which exfoliate dead skin cells and help reveal fresh, new skin. 

By eliminating this dead skin cell build-up with a consistent routine of professional peels, your skin will have a younger, healthier, well-hydrated and more radiant appearance. Safe for all skin types, you will notice improved appearance in days and continual improvement for weeks to come. Not only are SkinMedica Chemical Peels a great solution to restore your skin, but we highly recommend using chemical peels to maintain your results from other services at Sona MedSpa like Pixel and AFT. But why Chemical Peels?

Benefits of Chemical Peels :
  • Improves the tone of your skin
  • Reduces the signs of aging
  • Clears acne and acne scarring
  • Stimulates the production of collagen

Professional peel treatments contain anti-bacterial and immune stimulating ingredients which makes it an excellent treatment option for skin prone to acne. Peels help break the oily skin cycle, unclogging pores and preventing future outbreaks. Professional peels also are recommended for improving irregular discoloration, smoothing rough texture, and reducing mild scarring.  Our Sona Skin Consultants will customize a solution depending on your skin type and condition.

If I'm Using Chemical Peels to Improve My Skin Tone, How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatments recommended will vary depending on the skin condition that is being addressed. A more aggressive approach would be as frequent as every two weeks. Once desired results are achieved, peels can be repeated as part of an ongoing maintenance program. 

Do Chemical Peels Require Any Downtime?

Post treatment, your skin may be pink or slightly red which will subside within a few hours. Over the next several days your skin may feel tight and dry. You may notice some peeling or flaking of the skin, Make-up can be worn, however a mineral based make-up is recommended. Sun exposure should be limited immediately following treatment.


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Tools of the Trade: How Sona Customizes Your CoolSculpting® Transformation

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Jul 13, 2016 3:19:36 PM

CoolSculpting is the revolutionary technology in aesthetic fat reduction that everyone is talking about. Whether your have stubborn fat around your stomach, thighs, or even under your chin - CoolSculpting could be the perfect solution. But what can you expect from your CoolSculpting transformation at Sona MedSpa?

When you schedule your Free Consultation at Sona MedSpa, a CoolSculpting-certified treatment provider will customize your CoolSculpting treatment plan with a wide range of CoolSculpting applicators that are specifically designed to eliminate stubborn fat for good. The applicators you will hear your Sona Skin Consultant describe are: CoolMax (Large Volume Reduction), CoolCore (Abdomen), CoolFit (Inner Thighs), CoolSmooth Pro (Outer Thighs), CoolCurve+ (Flanks/Love Handles), and the NEW CoolMini (Double Chin). Having a variety of applicators allows this FDA-cleared technology to be optimized to fit different body shapes and sizes to produce the best results.

Most of the CoolSculpting applicators use vacuum pressure to draw the tissue between the cooling panels. During the treatment, the applicator delivers precisely controlled cooling conditions that have been proven to target and eliminate fat cells in specific areas of the body. When the fat cells are exposed to this cooling, they trigger a process of natural removal that gradually reduces the thickness of the fat layer. See some before and after photos from the various CoolSculpting applicators:


Eliminate a Double Chin with the NEW CoolMini™ Applicator :


           Click to view Brandy's CoolMini transformation


Slimmer Inner Thighs with the CoolFit™ Applicator :



Slimmer Outer Thighs with the CoolSmooth Pro™ Applicator :



                       Click to View Hannah's CoolSculpting transformation




Contact us today and learn how you can see a slimmer you with CoolSculpting.

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Address the Signs of Aging with Sona

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Jul 11, 2016 8:37:00 AM


As we age and lose facial volume, the contour of the face changes, causing shadow patterns to develop, while youthful highlights fade. Gaining a better understanding of how your face changes over time may help you to discover the best treatment options to address your individual concerns.

The aging process has an impact beyond the facial wrinkles and lines that form on the skin's surface. Aging affects multiple layers, including: the bone, muscles, fat-pads, and skin. 


What Factors Impact The Way Our Skin Age?

  • Lifestyle choices - sun exposure, smoking, alcohol use, diet, and stress - all of our life choices can cause brown spots, rough skin, and wrinkles, as well as the premature onset and progression of aging,
  • Genetics affect all layers of the skin and contribute to thinning, dryness, and loss of elasticity of the skin during the aging process




How Can I Address Signs Of Aging?

Fillers and Botox can help temporarily restore facial volume and correct age-related shadow patterns inherent to the aging face. When talking to our Sona Skin Consultants, they will assess your facial structure and genetics, and discuss with you a customized treatment plan that meets your wants and needs.

  • Botox Cosmetic - For those in their 20's and 30's, Botox helps to prevent wrinkles and enhance complexion. For those in their 40's or older may opt for Botox to soften existing lines and prevent new ones from forming.
  • Dermal Fillers - Fillers work to fill "creases" and "plump" the skin. This allows a more youthful looking appearance by replacing lost tissue volume with filler in addition to filling folds and wrinkles. 


Talk to a Sona Skin Consultant today about facial aging and the treatment options that can help you achieve your desired youthful appearance.  

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SkinMedica Rejuvenative Toner

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Jun 30, 2016 3:22:13 PM


SkinMedica Rejuvenative Toner removes excess oil and impurities to refine your complexion and restore pH balance. Natural, alpha hydroxy acids gently exfoliate to soften skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Witch hazel acts as an astringent while green tea provides antioxidant protection from damaging free radicals.

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Q: What skin type is this product best for?
A: Rejuvenative Toner is appropriate for normal to dry skin types.

Q: When should I use this product in my daily skin care routine?
A: Rejuvenative Toner should be applied following cleansing.

Q: How to apply?
A: After cleansing, pat the face to remove excess moisture. Apply toner to a cotton ball and gently smooth over face and neck. Do not rinse off.

Q: Where to apply?
A: Apply to your face and neck.

Q: How long to use?
A: A good toner should be used daily as part of your skin care routine.

Q: What is special about this product?
A: Rejuvenative Toner contains a special combination of alpha-hydroxy acids, green tea, willow bark, witch hazel and chamomilla recutita to gently exfoliate and provide rejuvenative properties.


Contact your nearest Sona MedSpa and ask about our SkinMedica Specials


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How to Get Started with Botox

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Jun 30, 2016 12:58:46 PM


Have you been thinking about BOTOX® Cosmetic for treating those frown lines and crow's feet that appear naturally with age?  You're not alone- Botox is a treatment that has been experienced by millions of people.  Approximately 10.9 million vials of Botox Cosmetic have been sold in the United States since 2002, and millions of people have already made Botox Cosmetic a part of what they do for themselves. Today, Botox Cosmetic is the #1 selling product of its kind in the world.

Are you wondering how to get started?  The first step is finding an experienced and reputable provider that you trust. Your cost will not only include the price of the product, but more importantly, the skill and expertise of the specialist or healthcare professional who is administering your treatment.  Botox is a technique-sensitive treatment—look for someone who is licensed and trained and has experience treating patients with Botox Cosmetic.

The Sona Difference

Sona MedSpa has been awarded the prestigious Black Diamond status by Allergan, the exclusive manufacturer of Botox, ranking Sona among the top 1% of providers in the country. In addition, Sona’s professional staff is expertly trained and certified by Allergan. You can feel confident choosing Sona’s experience and our top-notch medical providers.

What About Safety?

Botox Cosmetic is one of the most extensively studied medical aesthetic treatments and is approved for cosmetic use in 78 countries. Botox has a record of experience that aesthetic specialists like Sona know and trust. And, the safety and efficacy of Botox Cosmetic have been evaluated in both Allergan sponsored clinical trials as well as in 417 peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals.

Be wary of discount products or “cheap” Botox—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Creating a Treatment Plan

At Sona, you'll speak with an experienced treatment provider who will take the time to understand your treatment goals and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.  Your provider will perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate treatment areas and treatment approach for achieving your goals.

Learn More: Q & A with a Sona Botox Expert

What Should I Expect With Treatment?

  • Before your appointment, our provider will ask you what medications you are currently taking, any medical conditions, if you had surgery on your face or plan to do so, and if you are pregnant or nursing or plan to become pregnant or plan to nurse.
  • During your treatment, some clients report that being injected with Botox® feels like a pinch. Your provider may use ice to numb the treatment area. 
  • The actual injection process takes about 10 minutes. Sona providers will discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate treatment areas for you. 
  • After your treatment, you will see real, noticeable results - You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines, with results lasting up to 3 months.
  • You'll look like yourself - only with less noticeable frown lines and crow's feet. Botox® is a technique-sensitive treatment. You should not lose the ability to show expression when you are treated by someone who is licensed, trained, and a medical expert in facial anatomy.
  • You'll return to your daily routine. Treatment requires minimal downtime or recovery; it's often called a lunchtime procedure

Ready to Get Started? Take the first step and contact a Sona Skin Consultant today! 

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Data collected through June 2014.

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Why Moms Love Sona MedSpa

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Jun 16, 2016 12:35:22 PM


One of the best joys in life is being a Mom. As a mom, you spend day-in and day-out caring for your family, and putting them first. Sometimes you forget that you need to take time for you and treat yourself every once in a while. So why do moms love coming to Sona MedSpa?


Our mission is to keep our clients needs top of mind. As soon as you walk in our door, you are immediately greeted with a smiling face. From our front office staff, to your inital consultation, all the way through your treatments with our providers, our staff at Sona MedSpa are committed to provide friendly, professional service that makes you feel like part of the Sona family. As a mom, we know your schedules can be busy with school drop off and pick ups, soccer practice, dance lessons, and even a full day at work. With that in mind, our 18 Sona locations are open until 8PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we are also open on Saturdays! 


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Are you one to wear yoga pants almost everyday not becasue they are comfortable, but becasue they hide your hairy legs that you have no time to shave? Did you know that your morning routine doesn't have to involve shaving to achieve smooth, silky legs. With Laser Hair Removal at Sona MedSpa, every day shaving is a thing of the past! Whether you are interested in Laser Hair Removal, Skin Rejuvenation, Botox, CoolSculpting for Fat Reduction, or Venus Legacy for Skin Tightening and Cellulite, the services offered at Sona MedSpa are all non-invasive and require no downtime. This means you can be in and out of your treatment and on with your normal routine in no time.



Our Sona MedSpa centers are designed for convenience and comfort with a spa-like atmosphere. We know that this may be the only time you get to do something for yourself, so our staff ensures that your expereince is relaxing. We offer private dressing rooms, a sancuary-like waiting room, and Wi-Fi throughout our centers so if you are in for CoolSculpting, you have the capability to catch up on your favorite tv show, read a book, or even take a short nap. Check out why Moms love CoolSculpting at Sona MedSpa... 



Talk to a Sona Skin Consultant Today!

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Four Solutions for Your Best Legs Ever!

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Jun 8, 2016 11:05:12 AM

Don't let your insecurities about your legs keep you from showing them off! Whether your concern is razor burn or irritation after shaving, spider veins, stubborn fat or celluilite, Sona MedSpa has the solutions to help you achieve your best legs ever!

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Are you tired of shaving or waxing and being left with irritated skin or stubble everytime? Did you know there is a solution to ending that daily time consuming, and sometimes a painful, chore? With Laser Hair Removal at Sona MedSpa getting rid of unwanted hair and eliminating razor burn just got easier. As the preferred solution for hair reduction, Laser Hair Removal does not cause irritation, can quickly treat larger areas, and is effective on almost any area of the body where smoother, hair-free skin is desired. Even after your first treatment, you can begin to take advantage of the results. You can expect significant hair reduction, with your hairs growing lighter and finer after each treatment. Generally five or more treatments are needed for optimal results. But beyond our advanced technology and fully certified staff, Sona MedSpa offers the Sona Promise, a promise you won't find anywhere else, that provides lifetime insurance on your laser hair removal investment.  


2. Laser Skin Rejuvenation for Spider Veinscrossed_legs.jpg

Are you avoiding shorts and bathing suits becasue of sightly spider veins? There is no need to be cover up and feel self conscious any longer! At Sona, our medically trained staff can treat your spider veins by using a precise hand piece that targets each vein with an intense light applied in a series of gentle pulses. Without damaging the outer layer of skin, the light penetrates through the skin and is absorbed by the hemoglobin being targeted in the vein. The most commonly treated areas are the legs, face and neck. With as little as three treatments you can experience significant reduction in appearance in the vein, to the point where they are no longer noticeable. Contact a Sona Skin Consultant today and ask how you can save up to $300 off your treatment package!


venus_legs.png3. Venus Legacy for Skin Tightening and Cellulite

Are you uncomfortable wearing a bikini bottom due cellulite or loose skin? Well now, there is a solution that will make you feel more beautiful than ever! Venus Legacy at Sona MedSpa, is an exciting and revolutionary skin tightening and body contouring treatment. This cutting-edge technology utilizes multi-polar radio frequency and pulsed magnetic fields which causes a thermal reaction in the tissue that stimulates the body's natural healing response.  Many of our clients state it feels like a warm massage. This treatment results in a reduction of cellulite and noticeable tightening of the skin. The treated area can immediately look smoother and firmer just after one treatment. Most areas of the body can be treated, including the face, neck, and legs!  Schedule a Free Consultation today and ask how you can save on Venus Legacy!


CoolSculpting_before_and_after_legs.png 4. CoolSculpting for Fat Reduction

It's time to say goodbye to those love handles, muffin tops, and saddle bags! Sona is a leading national provider of CoolSculpting - the world's number 1 fat reduction treatment. With CoolSculpting's CoolFit™ applicator for the inner thighs and the CoolSmooth PRO™ applicator for the outer thighs, this unique technology delivers safe and precise controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. These treated fat cells are cystalized (frozen), then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you. With over 2 million treatments performed worldwide, CoolSculpting is a safe and effective non-invasive treatment for removing fat on the abdomen, love handles, flanks, thighs (inner and outer) and now even a double chin.  Once the fat is gone, it's gone for good! Don't take our word for it, check out Hannah's and Brandy's expreience with CoolSculpting!



This summer, show off your legs and feel more confident then ever!

Talk to a Sona Skin Consultant Today!


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Perfect your Profile with CoolSculpting at Sona MedSpa

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Jun 2, 2016 2:20:57 PM


Having a double chin can be embarrassing and make you look older than you really are. It's time to finally say goodbye to your double chin and say hello to a younger looking you! 

CoolSculpting at Sona MedSpa is the revolutionary treatment to eliminate stubborn fat with a wide range of applicators, optimized to fit different body shapes and sizes. With CoolSculpting's new CoolMini, this applicator is specifically designed to capture and effectively treat small bulges like the double chin. The best part about CoolSculpting is that this non-invasive procedure requires no needles, no surgery and no downtime. And in just one to two visits, you can eliminate your embarrassing double chin and start enjoying a more transformed you. 

Brandy K., a Senior Skin Consultant at our Greensboro, NC center, knows first hand the results what CoolSculpting can do for a double chin. Knowing that many of her family memebrs have double chins, she didn't want that for herself. But no matter how much she worked out or lost weight, the buldge was still there. When she found out that CoolSculpting was coming out with this new applicator for double chins, she decided it was finally time to say goodbye to that bulge!

The procedure was so easy!  After I was hooked up, I asked the technician to shut off the lights and I took a nap.  It didn’t hurt, it didn’t feel uncomfortable, and I took a blissful nap for about 45 minutes.  

When she removed the applicator, I was amazed at how much we were able to fit in there and freeze.  At that moment, I was so excited for the next four months!  I couldn’t wait to see my result.  She massaged the area for a couple of minutes, and I returned to my regular daily duties.  I went back to work, the area was a little pink, but within about 30 minutes, that went away and you couldn’t even tell I had anything done! 


About three weeks later, I went to dinner with some friends.  I’ll never forget this because it made me so happy.  I remember as I was getting ready, I looked in the mirror and could really tell a difference in my chin area. When I smiled, there wasn’t so much for a noticeable double chin, and I was THRILLED!  While we were at dinner, one of my girlfriends complimented my profile and asked me what had changed, and I told her about CoolSculpting and that I had done the MINI applicator for the chin area.  She said she could tell a difference and I felt like dancing on the table, I was so excited! 

I’ve seen even more of a difference and am a huge fan of this procedure! "


So how can you get started in your CoolSculpting transformation?

Contact a Sona MedSpa near you! One of our Sona Skin Consultants will be more than happy to start the conversation about your CoolSculpting journey to a slimmer, more sculpted you. During your first visit, you will meet one-on-one with a Sona trained CoolSculpting provider. Our clients trust us because of our dedication to listen and discuss the best approach to achieve your goals. We will customize your treatment plan, since every body is different, and choose the appropriate applicators tailored to your needs. 


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Check out for some more before and afters!


Why embrass the buldge you can eliminate it!

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