The Rise of Non-Core Doctors, and What It Means

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Tuesday, August 7, 2018

During its formative years, the medical aesthetic industry was the domain of physicians who are referred to as “core doctors”—plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons, and cosmetic dermatologists. This makes sense, since the physicians who work in these fields would seem to be well suited to oversee and provide medical aesthetic services. However, in recent years, non-core doctors have flooded the marketplace, and that trend likely will continue.

As it stands right now, approximately 60 percent of all medical directors at medical spas are non-core. Of the more than 300 people who the American Med Spa Association (AmSpa) has educated at its Medical Spa and Aesthetic Boot Camps, 60 percent had not yet opened their practice or had just opened in the past 30 to 60 days, and of those, 90 percent were non-core doctors or entrepreneurs. An incredible influx of non-core doctors is coming into the marketplace, and their ranks will only expand as the popularity of medical spas increases and the public becomes more aware of these businesses.
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