Jumping into a Medical Spa
The medical spa market is expected to increase by 12% from 2018 to 2025 according to Allied Market Research. Key contributing factors include advances in laser technology for hair removal and body shaping. Tattoo removal is also a growing segment of the market.
According to an article in the New York Times, many doctors are turning to aesthetic medicine for various reasons including fewer emergencies and the ability to make one’s own hours. Thus, doctors are jumping out of the crazy hours in hospitals and traditional medical practices and into cosmetics which affords a more balanced and family-oriented lifestyle.
Dr. Roel Galope, a successful board-certified Doctor of Osteopathy and radiologist has opened a medical spa here in Bergen County, NJ. “I was working for a long time as a radiologist, but I’ve always had a thirst for learning, and medical aesthetics was really piquing my curiosity. There are so many different treatments out there for those that want it, and I’m fascinated by the ever-advancing technology.”
So, after years of being a radiologist Dr. Galope learned about things like Botox and fillers and became a Bauman Certified Coach® for non-invasive hair loss remedies.
Dr. Galope was born in the Philippines and emigrated to California when he was 8 years old. He says, “The schools were harder in the Philippines, so I was ahead of the kids in my class in California. So, especially for math, I was given the textbook for independent study. I was assigned projects and when I finished a project, I was rewarded with an art project.” Dr. Galope grew up with his Aunt as his guardian, went through medical school in California and moved to New Jersey for his medical internship at Union Hospital. He completed his residency at Saint Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, NY.
At Lasting Impression Medical Aesthetics, the most popular treatment has been Botox® injections for anti-aging in the face. This isn’t surprising as Botox has been rising in popularity. According to statistics, in 2017, 2.69 million people in the U.S. received Botox injections and that number is on the increase. However, Dr. Galope has also seen success in his new practice with many different treatments including hair restoration, body sculpting, and weight loss.
“We’ve only been open a short time, and we’ve already treated many patients successfully. One of my favorite stories of someone’s personal transformation we’ve assisted with belongs to a 58-year old retired police officer. He had some weight he wanted to lose and had high blood pressure and diabetes. With our medically supervised diet plan, we helped him lose 40 pounds in a month.”
Now, before you roll your eyes and say, “yeah, but no one keeps that kind of weight loss off long-term” consider there are exceptions. Because, for the retired police officer, Dr. Galope reports that the weight has been kept off since the treatment in February 2019 that took place at Dr. Galope’s Lasting Impression Medical Aesthetics, Fair Lawn, NJ. But the best part, says Dr. Galope, is due to the weight loss, this man no longer has high blood pressure or diabetes.
“It’s right now just me, my wife Venus who is the Registered Nurse on staff and a receptionist.”
Dr. Galope has a long list of medical and aesthetic conditions that he is trained to help people with. These include but aren’t necessarily limited to:
“Medicine and machines can do a lot. You don’t necessarily need surgery. However, in our consultations we will recommend someone get surgery if it seems we wouldn’t be effective with them. I’m not a surgeon so we would recommend a place to go.” he says.
Dr. Galope is in the beginning stages of writing a book on medical aesthetics for men. Helping men restore hair loss has become a passion. And, one of the newer services that Dr. Galope has added to his practice is the Priapus Shot (P-Shot) for sexual health. Erectile dysfunction can be devastating for men and their partners. The P Shot uses Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) which is considered to be one of the most advanced, effective natural treatments for cellular repair and rejuvenation throughout the body. Dr. Galope feels that saving relationships and marriages often is as appreciated by people as saving their lives.
In keeping with the upscale, aesthetic theme of his practice, Dr. Galope employed Steven and Joohe Song of B3 Big Interior Design. The office is gorgeous, new and fresh, with only the most modern equipment and furniture. The spa is designed for both luxury and comfort.
For fun, Dr. Galope loves, as he says, “simple things” like spending time with his family at the park. Dr. Roel Galope lives in Paramus, NJ with his wife Venus, his son Christopher age 12, his daughter Samantha age 11 and his dog Smores.
For more information on Lasting Impression Medical Spa in Fair Lawn, NJ check out www.bergencountymedicalspa.com.
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