Is medical esthetics in your future? Medical esthetics is a $9 billion dollar industry in the U.S., and there continues to be growth in this sector of our economy. The evolution of technology has allowed for advanced treatments to become more affordable and widely available. As dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons expand their practices, there is an increasing demand for estheticians who enjoy working in a medical setting.

Upon graduation from an esthetics program and becoming a state-licensed esthetician, you are fully qualified to work in a medical esthetics practice. No other training is necessary in order to be hired by a physician. Depending upon the types of treatments and services provided to patients, the physicians may offer to provide, or require that you receive, additional training. Much of the training related to medical esthetics is directly related to a particular piece of equipment or a particular product line, and your training will be provided by the manufacturers. Also, the types of treatments that estheticians are permitted to perform independently varies significantly from one state to another. For example, any use of lasers is prohibited for estheticians in Montana, unless the esthetician is working under the direct supervision of a medical practitioner.

In addition to training by equipment and product manufacturers, there is an abundance of continuing education in medical esthetics that can give you a strong advantage in competing for the best medical esthetics jobs. For example, training in pre- and post-surgery treatments will prepare you to achieve results such as a decrease in bruising and swelling and an acceleration of healing time. Continuing education programs will also prepare you to perform services, assist with services, and/or familiarize yourself with medical esthetics procedures. Examples of topics include:  laser treatments for hair reduction and the removal of tattoos, acne scars and stretch marks; ultrasonic therapies; intense pulsed light therapy for sun damage, age spots, spider veins, telangiectasia and rosacea; fractional treatments for skin tightening; injections that transfer fatty tissue and blood plasma from one part of the patient’s body to another; etc.

There are many areas in which an esthetician, dermatologist and plastic surgeon can work together.  Estheticians can assist physicians in procedures including the use of lasers and other forms of light therapy, injectables such as neurotoxins and soft tissue fillers (e.g. botox and collagen), minor cosmetic surgeries performed in the practitioners’ office, aggressive chemical peels, intensive microdermabrasion, and numerous other treatments. Doctors understand that estheticians are masters at providing high-quality skin care, and medical esthetics practices now offer patients treatments that make a significant difference in the health and appearance of the skin.

There are many benefits to becoming a medical esthetician. According to an article in the Houston Daily Chronicle, medical estheticians tend to earn approximately $10,000 more per year than spa or salon estheticians. The greatest benefit of working in a physician’s office is the guaranteed foot traffic. As the physician’s clients come in for medical services, they can receive information about esthetic services conveniently located in the same office. The physician and esthetician can also work as a team to help patients receive their desired results.

Keep in mind that, unlike most basic esthetics trainings, the Esthetics Program at Health Works Institute includes certification in microdermabrasion. Immediately upon graduation, you will enjoy a competitive advantage when applying for a job in medical esthetics and all other skin care job settings. To learn more about our program, click here!

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