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.

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