Archive for March, 2011

Guest Blogger: Graduate Debra Macki

When I was starting out as a makeup artist, I wanted to learn everything I could about skin.  I looked into different classes and chose Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics.  I was so inspired by Catherine, and loved my experience at the Institute.  I learned so much and made good friends during my time there.

I got to know Catherine very well.  She was a wonderful mentor, and I listened to every word that came out of her mouth.  Some of the best advice I have ever received came from Catherine.   

I got my first makeup teaching job from the Institute and really enjoyed it.  That’s when I fell in love with teaching.  I had to leave when my schedule became more demanding but I will always hold my memories from the Institute close to my heart.  

If anyone asks me where to go for Esthetics, I have one answer for them- Catherine Hinds.  

I now work internationally as a Celebrity Makeup Artist and love my life!  I travel with celebs, have interviewed Lady Gaga about her style, and hang out with amazing, inspiring people. In addition to being a makeup artist, I’m also the Beauty Editor of Your Beauty Industry Magazine and Style Editor for and

I am blessed to do what I absolutely love for a living. It’s not a job, it’s my life. I teach makeup classes internationally and I have taken my students with me to movie sets, photo shoots, fashion shows, pageants, celebrity appearances, and television shows. It has been wonderful to see them grow in the industry that I love so much!  I love teaching and I balance it well with my makeup career.  I only teach a few classes per year and look forward to each one.

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Peace, Love, and Lipstick,

Debra Macki

Medical Estheticians: Part Two

Joseph Russo, M.D. F.A.C.S., is a plastic surgeon who works closely with CHI to train medical estheticians. In the second part of this two part series, he explains the advanced procedures that medical estheticians can provide to help patients at a practice like his. Click here to read part one!

Once a patient has made a committment to their skin health through an effective, pharmaceutical grade skin care program, the esthetician may consider moving them onto a more aggressive treatment program involving a series of chemical resurfacing treatments and laser or light therapies.  Chemical resurfacing treatments can create dramatic improvement in the skin and are used to treat many skin conditions, such as: photodamage, aging, pigmentation, rosacea and acne.  Training in various chemical peelings is so valuable to a medical esthetician because the patient cannot achieve these dramatic results from using their homecare products, alone.   Laser and light therapies also treat many conditions of the skin and can dramatically improve the esthetic of one’s appearance.  Common laser and light therapies include: hair reduction, removal of broken capillaries, tattoo removal, lightening pigmentation, reducing acne scarring and smoothing wrinkles.  Chemical resurfacing treatments and laser therapies can be used in combination with plastic surgery procedures and injectibles to create a beautiful result that can, in some cases, change a patient’s life.

Esthetic trends are constantly changing to keep up with technology and consumer demand.  Today’s skin care client is savvy and demands results.  Although pampering facials are a nice indulgence, to accurately change the skin more invasive and effective therapies are required.  An education in medical esthetics will, beyond a doubt, open the door for any esthetician who is looking to build a career with truly endless possibilities.  Estheticians who choose to work in a medical office with access to the latest technologies iandsurgical advances, injectable treatments and laser therapies, are at a great advantage to implement their advanced training and be able to compliment any medical esthetic practice.  In the field, medical estheticians, with advanced training, stand out among their fellow colleagues.  Advanced estheticians are properly trained to have a solid understanding of the histology of the skin, the important role cosmeceuticals play in helping to achieve change in the skin, and the importance of technology in skin care.  Receiving this training while reaching for your 900-hr or 1200-hr Advanced esthetics program will save you valuable time, from having to learn it while out in the field as you can implement your skills in a productive work environment rather than having to learn it while working in the field.

Medical Estheticians: Part One

Joseph Russo, M.D. F.A.C.S., is a plastic surgeon who works closely with CHI to train medical estheticians. In the first part of a two part series, he explains why medical estheticians are so important, and how they can help patients at a medical practice like his.

An advanced medical esthetician is vital to the growth and re-occurring business of a plastic surgeon’s office.  A medical esthetician is available to consult with the patient on a treatment plan that involves a healthy, effective skin care regimen, resurfacing treatments and laser or light therapies, and is available to refer the patient for more invasive procedures like surgery or dermal fillers, if the condition is too advanced for esthetic treatments.  Cosmetic Surgeries, like facelifts, eye lifts and neck lifts, are typically performed once every 5-7 years, depending on the age and skin quality of the patient.  Injectable treatments are typically performed once every 3-12 months.    Aging is a chronic condition and requires maintenance in order to control or reverse some of the clinical and histologic signs; like wrinkles, pigmentation, rosacea.  So, you can see, in between these more invasive treatments, there is a lot of opportunity for the esthetician to serve the patient.

It is clear, that patients who invest thousands of dollars on elective cosmetic procedures value their image and their personal appearance is very important to them.  This is where the esthetician can really become quite a valuable asset to a plastic surgeon’s office.  An advanced or medical esthetician has a solid understanding of the histology of the skin and understands cosmeceutical ingredients and their impact on the skin.  When creating a home care treatment program for a patient, an esthetician will prescribe a homecare regimen using pharmaceutical-grade skin care products, which use cosmecuetical ingredients.  Some examples of cosmeceuticals are: glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinol and hydroquinone.  Having a keen knowledge of what each cosmeceutical ingredient does, will allow her to tailor a simple, effective homecare regimen that delivers results and treats the patient’s chief complaint about the quality of their skin.  The goal of a professional, pharmaceutical skin care regimen is to diminish fine lines, fade sun damage, increase hydration and stimulate cellular turnover.  By stimulating cellular turnover, we are able to produce more collagen and elastin in the skin.  With a simple home care regimen, the patient can not only improve the quality of their skin but can also increase the healing time of many surgery or laser treatments, as well as enhance the results of Botox Cosmetic and dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Radiesse.

Stay tuned for part two of this series, where Dr. Russo explains the advanced procedures that medical estheticians can perform!