FAQs

+ Where are you located?

Artavi Med Spa is located at 714 Yale Street, Suite 2K, Houston, TX 77007 in the new Heights Mercantile shopping center.

+ What are your hours of operation?

We are open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

+ What services are offered at Artavi?

We are always expanding our services. Currently we offer Botox, Juvederm family of dermal fillers, Kybella, medical grade chemical peels including VI Peel, medical microdermabrasion with Dermal Infusion MD or SilkPeel, Dermaplaning, Microneedling, and Sclerotherapy.

+ How will I know which services I will need?

Each of our services are personalized to you as we understand that no two people are alike. We offer complimentary consultations with either our physician or licensed medical esthetician. You will fill out an assessment form and then a skin analysis will be done to determine the treatment program best suited for your needs. You will not be obligated to purchase services from us after the consultation.

+ Do you sell any skin care products?

Yes we do! No skin care service is complete without the continued use of excellent skin care products. We carry Obagi Medical and SkinMedica. We take pride in these products as they are only sold through a skin care physician’s office.

+ What are the qualifications of the staff performing the services?

The injectables are all done by our board certified physician, Dr. Tarina Desai. She has received her certifications in the art and science of botulinum toxin cosmetic use injections, the art of dermal filler injections, sclerotherapy, emerging therapies in regenerative aesthetic medicine, laser and IPL training, and the science of skin rejuvenation with chemical peeling, medical microdermabrasion, and microneedling, all at the prestigious Esthetic Skin Institute in Florida. She has trained under expert injectors who have been in the field for over 20 years, including Family Practice physicians, Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, and Neurosurgery physicians in Florida, New York City, Las Vegas, and California.

The aesthetician services are done by one of our licensed medical aestheticians who have undergone further specialized training by our product representatives.

+ Do you accept insurance?

Unfortunately, none of these cosmetic medical services are covered by insurance.

+ What is the difference between a day spa and a med spa?

A med spa will typically offer cosmetic medical grade treatments which are superior and offer more noticeable and immediate results than the treatments found at most day spas. Because these treatments are more intensive, they are only legally allowed to be done under the supervision of a physician.

Though med spas are required to have a physician director, often those doctors are rarely actually on the premises. Make sure that you choose a med spa where the doctor is present full-time to ensure proper techniques and your complete safety.

+ What should I do before my appointment?

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to allow time for any prep and paperwork to be done beforehand. If you are coming in for any treatments or consultation for facial services, please arrive without makeup if possible. You may want to bring a hat to help shield your skin from the sun after chemical peels or medical microdermabrasion treatments.

If you are receiving an injectable treatment and are on blood thinners including aspirin, plavix, warfarin, advil, motrin, vitamin E, gingko biloba, or St. John’s Wort, please consult your physician or call our office for a review of your medications and advice on if you should discontinue these temporarily prior to your procedure.

Avoid alcoholic beverages at least 24 hours prior to an injectable or microneedling treatment.

+ How much downtime is necessary?

Most of our procedures require no to minimal downtime. The majority of patients do not require any time off from work and may even return to work on the same day. Be aware that some of the injectables may cause mild swelling for a period of 24 hours afterwards. A longer period of recovery may be necessary for deep peels or combined procedures.

+ How long do treatments take?

We allow 30 minutes to an hour for each treatment, depending on the service, to give our patients a relaxed environment and to avoid having our patients wait to be seen.

+ How do I know what treatments to schedule an appointment for?

We recommend you first come in for a free consultation during which time we will analyze your skin and listen to what areas bother you. After this, the physician will provide a recommendation on which treatments will help you achieve what you are looking for and best suit your skin type while being mindful of your budget.