Northwest Face & Body

Starting Your Journey – How To Open A Med Spa As A Nurse

Dr. Ludwig Allegra

July 8, 2024
Starting Your Journey - How To Open A Med Spa As A Nurse

As a nurse, it’s easy to have times of burnout in your job. Maybe you’re feeling overworked due to a staffing shortage. This increased workload can lead to feelings of overwhelming responsibility and may leave you desperate for a break. What if you’re looking for a long-term break or potentially branching out into the entrepreneur world and being your own boss? It’s time to talk about med spas and how qualified healthcare professionals with active medical licenses in nursing can start a practice for themselves.

  • Draw Up A Business Plan

The place to start is by drawing up a detailed business plan. This plan should include everything you’ll need for your med spa, such as a medical director (if necessary), equipment, location, staff, etc.


You’ll want to make sure that this is a well-thought-out business plan so that you can show it to potential lenders. Start with a bank you trust and see what they will lend you. If financial institutions aren’t interested in backing your med spa, you can always find a private lender. 

  • Meet Certification/Licensing Requirements

You’ll need to have an active medical license to open your own med spa (as most nurses do while they’re active in the medical field). Remember that you need certifications in Botox and dermal filler injections to be able to perform these services. Check your state requirements to see if you need to meet any additional license or certification requirements.

  • Choose Your Med Spa Location

Pick a prime location for your med spa. You may want to be picky about where you open your practice. The more popular and classy the area, the more rent you can expect to pay for your office location.

  • Gather Your Equipment

You need equipment for most of your services. Some aesthetic machines are pricey; however, you can find some for rent that may help you save on costs. Injections like Botox and dermal fillers will come at a price, too, so remember to factor this in when you’re writing your business plan.

  • Get Insurance Coverage For Your Practice

It’s crucial to make sure that you have adequate insurance. Renters insurance and liability insurance for your business can be lifesavers in the case of any accidents.

  • Find Your Team Members

Finding a trustworthy staff helps ensure your practice succeeds and thrives. You want to make sure you have enough in the budget to hire people with the skills and experience necessary to perform the cosmetic services your med spa will provide.

  • Implement A Marketing Strategy

Setting aside some money in your budget for marketing is always a good idea. Advertising will help put your business in front of people who might not otherwise know it exists. Simple strategies like Google ads or even social media ads can go a long way toward boosting your web traffic and the number of patients who come through your door. 

Start Your Med Spa Journey Today

Take a step in a new direction as an aesthetic nurse and start your own med spa journey today. The skilled and knowledgeable providers at Northwest Face & Body can offer you insight into the world of aesthetic business. To learn more about our services, contact us at (425) 576-1700 today.


Dr. Ludwig Allegra

Dr. Ludwig Allegra has provided Bellevue, Kirkland, and the surrounding areas with premier plastic surgery procedures for over two decades.