How to Become a Medical Esthetician

If you’re interested in a career as a medical esthetician, there are certain steps you can take after graduating from esthetician school in order to make your dream a reality.

Medical estheticians are licensed skin care professionals who work in a medical setting performing procedures and treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, Botox injections, dermal fillers, and laser hair removal. It’s common for medical estheticians to find work in a dermatologists’ offices, a plastic surgeons’ offices, and medical spas.

To become a medical esthetician, an esthetician can complete additional training to join the medical field, or likewise, someone with experience in the medical field can train to become as esthetician. Medical estheticians are often paid higher than other licensed estheticians in the beauty industry because of this additional training.

Here’s how to become a medical esthetician:

  1. Go To Esthetician School – Find an accredited esthetician school to enroll in. A quality esthetician school should offer extensive preparation for the State Board exam and give you hands-on experience preforming skin care treatments with real clients. Most esthetician schools will require about 600 hours, which can be completed in about six months, and offer some type of financial aid to those who qualify.
  2. Obtain Your License – After you graduate, you’ll need to pass both the written and the practical your State Board exam before you’re able to work in the field. Thirty-eight states currently administer the national version of the State Board exam, including California, which means your esthetics license can easily transfer to any of these other states. Read these 10 Best Tips For Passing Your State Board Exam
  3. Additional Training & Certifications – To find work as a medical esthetician, you’ll need to complete additional training in order to perform these more advanced procedures. You may be able to find an entry-level esthetician position at a medical office. You employer would then offer you additional training, under the supervision of a licensed physician. There are also other schools or programs you can enroll in that offer certifications to licensed estheticians upon completion of a course, like the International Dermal Institute.

Jobs for licensed estheticians are predicted to increase 25% over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of the areas with the highest employment level for licensed estheticians are located in California, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco. You can see more detailed career information in this Esthetician Salary Guide Infographic.

If you’re interested in becoming a licensed esthetician, Salon Success Academy can give you the skills and training you need to launch a rewarding new career! Salon Success Academy has five locations across the Inland Empire Call of California, flexible class schedules, and Financial Aid available for students who qualify. Call 1-877-987-HAIR (4247) or fill out the form to get started!

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