How To Set Up A Cosmetic Care Room In Your Practice

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Janet McCormick, MS

Why Room Décor Is Important

   The design of a dedicated cosmetic care room will be very different than a podiatry treatment room. With a dedicated cosmetic care room, one should aim for light, softer colors on the walls as opposed to the bright, hard color of a medical office. Also, instead of bright overhead lighting, one should incorporate the use of dimmers or softer alternative lighting.

   Aside from the patient chair, the furniture must have some softening. For example, a comfortable chair for patients for when they are drying their polish after a pedicure cannot be the stiff waiting room chair that is usually sitting in a treatment room. The appearance of this chair can dramatically soften the room but it must be versatile for when the room is in purely medical use. This is an important design choice.

   The patient towels used for cosmetic treatments should have more calming colors than the stark white used in medical treatment rooms but still must be capable of being appropriately disinfected during laundry. One can add other softening touches such as pictures that are appropriate and acceptable for both men and women, and both medical and cosmetic patients.

   There should be no charts on the walls and no treatment brochures on the counters. Store them for convenient retrieval.

   The treatment whirlpool bath is usually present if the room is used for both cosmetic and medical purposes, and treatment adjustments are available to make the cosmetic patient as comfortable as possible.

   The spa-oriented cosmetic treatment room that is also used as a treatment room is more difficult to design to comfortably support relaxation and pampering. Aside from aforementioned soft lighting and soft paint on the walls, the room should include a comfortable chair and accessory choices that can add spa orientation to the room. Furnishings in the room should also project a more relaxing ambiance.
In this spa room, the technician should be able to perform more spa-type pedicures such as a relaxation aromatherapy pedicure, a scrub pedicure, a callus control pedicure, a hydration pedicure and a soakless pedicure.

In Conclusion

   Setting up and stocking this room does not have to break your bank if you begin with just the basics and then expand your cosmetic care services later. The cost of setup for most rooms is $4,000 to $5,000 plus the optional throne-style chair. If you choose to have a whirlpool chair, it must be high quality, have an excellent warranty and the company must have an excellent reputation. Many spas did not and suffered the consequences. A good whirlpool chair will be $4,000 to $6,000 and quality counts with these chairs.

   These are just a few key considerations in designing a specific room for cosmetic care or a room that could conceivably double as a cosmetic care room and treatment room until the cosmetic care part of your practice is more established. Obviously, there are other factors that one needs to address in order to establish cosmetic care as part of your practice but the first steps of designing the cosmetic care room are important. Customize to your office needs and then move on to the next steps in the new venture.

Janet McCormick, MS, has consulted for spas and physicians in making changes in their offices to support cosmetic services. She now is available to consult for podiatric practices that wish to add cosmetic services and is a partner in and She can be reached at (863) 635-1224 and at

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Jess Davidssays: October 18, 2010 at 7:22 am

A cosmetic care room is a fantastic idea! Stocked with some cozy salon furniture and some high quality pedicure equipment, it can make a real haven for your clients.

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