Ever since the FDA approved Botox back in 2002, the injectable treatment has quickly become one of the most popular anti-aging procedures on the market. The Academy of Plastic Surgeons estimates that over 3.8 million Botox injections were performed last year alone.
With the minimally invasive procedure in high demand, Botox-ready "medical spas" have begun cropping up across the country. In fact, the number of these specialty spas has increased from 50 in 2002 to 2,500 in 2006.
If that isn't enough to convince you that the botulism shot has gone mainstream, consider this: you might be able to get Botox at your local mall. In an effort to bring services to closer to customers, retail spaces have become the new hot-spot for these medical spas.
According to Benjamin Akande, dean of the Webster University School of Business and Technology in St. Louis, opening up a medical spa facility in a mall is a smart business move. "Cosmetic surgery in the 21st century is not an anomaly," Akande said. "It's a daily fact of life."
At Dallas' NorthPark Center, for instance, the Klinger Spa offers Botox injections and Restylane treatments right next door to Barneys and Neiman Marcus. Presumably, the food court isn't far off either...
What do you think? Would you want to get Botox in a mall?