The Differences Between Medical And Spa Aestheticians

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
person getting a facial in a spa

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of skincare specialists is predicted to grow 17% between 2019 and 2029. If you plan on visiting an aesthetician, you should know the differences between medical and spa services. It is also important to note that some aestheticians can provide both medical and spa services.

What is an aesthetician?

These professionals provide a variety of skincare services aimed at rejuvenating the skin, making it healthy and beautiful. Aestheticians consult with clients to make sure they know their exact, unique needs. Common reasons to visit with an aesthetician include acne, blemishes, wrinkles, and scars. Although training varies, these professionals must complete a state-approved cosmetology curriculum and have a state license.

Medical aestheticians

In order to be certified to work as a medical aesthetician, additional training is required. Aestheticians in general work in spa and salon settings, but those with certifications to provide laser-based treatments can work in medical environments. These include:

  • Medical spas
  • Medical offices of plastic surgeons, oncologists, and dermatologists
  • Post-op in hospitals

You may visit a medical aesthetician to take care of skin conditions, traumas (like scarring), and signs of aging. They do this by providing laser therapy, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, dermaplaning, and potent acids.

Spa aestheticians

These professionals work in spas and salons, focusing more on aesthetics than medical treatments. This doesn’t make their profession less important, though. Most people feel good when they look their best. Hydration facials, dermaplaning, and LED light therapy can all help your skin feel and look its best. You can get custom services, too, which are meant to tackle your individual skincare needs. Working with a spa aesthetician can help you enhance your well-being and look your best.

Your first visit

Whether you choose to work with a medical or spa aesthetician, there are some things you can expect from your first visit. These shouldn’t vary too much between the two types of professionals.

  1. Initial consultation: Your first appointment with an aesthetician should be the consult. It will allow you both to become familiar with each other and your skincare needs.
  2. Education: A skilled aesthetician will make sure they share their knowledge with you. For you to get the best care, you need to know what services are available and which ones will work best.
  3. Questions: You and your aesthetician should be asking questions. This is true whether you are receiving a service or not.
  4. Basic steps of a facial: Many professionals will suggest a simple facial for your first appointment. This allows your aesthetician to understand your skin health. They will usually cleanse your skin, do a diagnosis of its current health, exfoliate, clean your pores, and possibly do a massage or mask treatment.

Skincare services in Amarillo, Texas

If you would like to learn more about aestheticians and Skincare services, contact the professionals at Back To Basics Massage Studio. You can reach us at (806) 322-3706 for more information or to set up an appointment.