How to Become a Medical Esthetician

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If you’re interested in starting 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 (aestheticians) are licensed skincare professionals who work in a medical setting. Medical estheticians perform 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, you need to complete additional training to join the medical field. Or, someone with experience in the medical field can train to become an esthetician. Medical estheticians are often paid higher than other licensed estheticians in the beauty industry because of this additional training.

Go To Medical 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 performing skincare treatments with real clients. You’ll spend time with an instructor during special medial esthetician courses, and you’ll get hands-on training.

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.

Obtain a Medical Esthetician 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. At Salon Success Academy, we prepare you to pass the state board exam.

Training and Extra Certifications for Medical Estheticians

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 where you could give consultations. Your employer would then offer you additional training, under the supervision of a licensed physician.

Salon Success Academy will soon be partnering with Dr. Kathy M. Anderson, M.D. of the Center for Regenerative Science, Inc. to offer an Advanced Aesthetics Studies certification course entitled A Look Beyond the Skin’s Surface. According to Dr. Anderson, A Look Beyond the Skin’s Surface is a course designed for estheticians to gain valuable knowledge in the pertinent aspects of medical aesthetics. We will provide an advantage for the modern skincare specialist with the combination of an overview of the science of beauty, along with comprehensive insights into the role of a medical esthetician in the medical aesthetics office.

Covered topics will include:
– Causes of aging
– Anti-aging by healthier living
– The right supplements
– Introduction to Botulin toxins (“Botox”) and fillers (including Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP)
– IPL and lasers for treatment of skin, excess fat, and other areas
– How to give a successful consultation

To learn more about our new course, check out this special report featuring Dr. Anderson!

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.

Find the Perfect Medical Esthetician Job

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 in California, such as Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

Become a Medical Esthetician

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 six locations across Southern California, flexible class schedules, and financial aid available for students who qualify. Call 1-877-987-4247 or fill out the form to get started!

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