Imagine going to the gynecologist’s office and actually wanting to go there — and not because you can’t wait to talk about the baby you’re carrying. Now, imagine going there to get a facial.
Dr. Christopher Seeker of Austin Area OB-GYN & Fertility has opened Seeker Professional Aesthetics aka SPA inside his practice at 12200 Renfert Way, Suite 100 in the St. David’s Women’s Center.
Seeker says he’s been in practice for 30 years and has grown with his patients. They were in their teens and 20s when he was in his 20s and starting out as an obstetrician/gynecologist. They’ve had babies together and gone through surgeries together and aged together. Many of them were beginning to ask him what they could do about different areas of their bodies they didn’t like as they were aging or after having a baby.
The SPA, he says, “is a natural extension with what we’ve done with these patients.”
“We’ve always tried to be cutting edge and strive to be a one-stop shop,” he says. Patients are used to going there for lab work, bone density scans, ultrasounds and mammograms. Now they can also get a beauty touch up.
When it comes to repairing the damage done by pregnancy, “technology has exploded in this area,” Seeker says. And it doesn’t have to be done by invasive surgery. He can use lasers to get rid of stretch marks or skin pigmentation problems, or even to repair gynecological damage done.
His office has had a carbon dioxide laser, the MonaLisa Touch, for about a year and has used it to restore vascularity, lubrication and support in the vaginal area as well as reduce urinary problems. It’s a five-minute procedure in the office verses doing a full surgery. Insurance will often cover it.
They also have the SculpSure technique, which uses a series of light packs each about the size of an iPhone that are strapped onto the area of fat you want to get rid of. The light burns through fat that the body then naturally eliminates about two to three weeks later. It also tightens the skin around where the packs were.
The SPA also offers many of the the other things you think of going to a spa for, like a facial, that insurance won’t cover. The SPA has a nurse practitioner and a facilist, who do most of the treatments, but Seeker does the procedures that use the carbon dioxide laser.
Even though there’s a lot the spa can do, Seeker is still making referrals to dermatologists and plastic surgeons. In fact, he says, he’s actually doing more of that as people do some cosmetic touch ups and then want to do more that the spa can’t do.
You don’t have to be a patient of the practice to go to the spa, and men can be served, too, but for the patients who are were already served by the practice, they “have some comfort in knowing who they are dealing with,” he says.