A career in skincare allows you to help others look their best. If this sounds like something you want to do, then you’ll need to know which direction to take: dermatologist or medical aesthetician. Read on to learn the difference between the two, as well as the training you’ll need, and what you’ll be doing daily on the job.
How to Become a Dermatologist or Medical Aesthetician
In total, it takes 12 years of schooling to become a dermatologist. First, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree. Next, you’ll have to complete medical school. From there, you complete your residency. Once you pass the national licensure exam, you’ll be an officially licensed dermatologist.
On the other hand, to become a Medical Aesthetician, you must have a medical background as either a nurse practitioner, a nurse, or a doctor. From here, you can take the proper courses to become a certified practitioner of procedures such as injectables, fillers, and cosmetic lasers. All in all, it takes far less time to become a Medical Aesthetician than a Dermatologist.
What Do Medical Aestheticians and Dermatologists Do?
After many years of education and training, a dermatologist can administer or treat the following conditions:
- Skin cancer
- Virus Skin infections (e.g. herpes)
- Write prescriptions
- Perform surgery on skin abnormalities
- Perform cosmetic procedures including:
- Injection of fillers
- Prescription-strength chemical peels
- Spider vein treatment
- Medical micro-needling
A Medical Aesthetician is trained to do the following:
- Skin Tightening
- Microlaser Peel
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Skin Resurfacing
- Laser Hair Removal
- Laser Tattoo Removal
- Body Contouring
- Cellulite Reduction
Where do Medical Aestheticians and Dermatologists Work?
A dermatologist is a medical doctor who works in a Dermatologist office. Dermatologists are considered specialists who make a good salary and work normal hours. As for Medical Aestheticians, there are many options about where and when to work. These trained professionals work in hospitals, clinics, medical practices, healthcare facilities, plastic surgeon practices, and dermatologist practices. With a huge demand for Botox and Fillers, Medical Aestheticians will also find themselves working in beauty salons, spas, and fitness centers. The schedule will vary depending on the place where you work. For example, working in a spa or beauty salon may require nights and weekends.
Taking a Medical Aesthetician Course
This rewarding career sets you up for success right from the beginning. First, you’ll love what you do, and that means you’ll love learning about all the procedures you can do once you pass our courses, such as:
- Treating various skin conditions and types
- Evaluating skin types
- Skin physiology and tissue interactions
- Performing a consultation process
- Laser settings and functionalities
- Laser hair removal
- Intense Pulsed Light photo facial
- Laser spider vein reduction
- Laser acne treatments
- CoolSculpting body contouring
- Cellulite reduction
- Radiofrequency skin tightening
- Laser wrinkle reduction
- Laser skin tightening
- Laser tattoo removal
Are you ready to start a new and rewarding career? Are you ready to help men and women improve their complexion and self-esteem and have fun doing it? Then take one or more of our courses to get started. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to give us a call. We’re here to help you make the most of your career while helping others be their best selves