Spa 170 West Med Elements Products Versus Store-Bought Products

April 27, 2016

A Lesson In Effectiveness and Cost

Many people think great skincare products need to cost hundreds of dollars, but that simply isn’t true. Our on-site medical spa – Spa 170 West – offers medical-grade skincare products that are very affordable. Just because a product is expensive, does not guarantee that it’s effective.

Great skincare starts with 5 basic products: Cleanser, Antioxidant (usually containing Vitamin C), Sunscreen, Exfoliant (typically containing Retinol or AHA) and Moisturizer.

Why Not Buy At Drugstores Or Department Stores?

Here’s the bottom line. The inexpensive drugstore products generally aren’t strong enough to be effective and often have filler ingredients that can be drying or irritating to the skin. So, while you may spend $10 or $20 for one product, you basically get what you pay for.

On the other end of the spectrum, department store upscale brand products can be quite expensive – and may not be as effective as you’re led to believe. Don’t be fooled by the sales staff that swoop down on you swearing that their brand is “the best”. They are often “towing the corporate line” and, you may be paying extra for the high-end brand name. And, some of these products contain ingredients that are not necessarily beneficial to your skin.

Spa 170 West Skincare Products

At Spa 170 West, we carry two types of products: our own medical-grade skincare line called Med Elements and a select few medical-grade brands such as Epionce, Skin Medica and PCA. Medical-grade means the products must be sold under the supervision of a physician or surgeon and have the highest amounts of active ingredients.

Med Elements products were specially developed by Dr. Stephen Perkins and Dr. Bruce Van Natta at Meridian Plastic Surgeons, in conjunction with a private cosmeceutical lab. This enabled them to control the ingredients for effectiveness and safety purposes. These products are reasonably priced and work for all skin types. They are especially effective for patients who have had facial plastic surgery or have sensitive skin. Our products won’t be as inexpensive as what you find in the drug store, but they will compare on the low pricing end of what you find at department stores – and are manufactured in the U.S. under the supervision of our plastic surgeons.

We Did Some Shopping: Here’s a Price Comparison:

Med Elements Tea Tree Foaming Wash: $21 (6 oz)
Med Elements Lavender Creamy Cleanser: $24 (6 oz.)
Compare these to department store brand cleansers that can range from $18 to $85.

Med Elements Advanced Retinol Crème: $65 (1 oz.)
Compare this to department store brand creams that can range from $65 to $125.

Med Elements Multi-Complex Night Creme: $75 (1.7 oz.)
Compare this to department store brand night creams that can range from $52 to $660.

We also offer a variety of other Med Elements products for purchase at

Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen!

While our Med Elements line does not include sunscreen, we carry some of our favorite medical-grade brands. Stop in to see our selection, or call Spa 170 West at 317.558.1541.