How to Become a Medical Esthetician
Today, the esthetics industry has expanded into an overwhelmingly popular field throughout the world. More than ever, people are concerned about their outward appearance, and estheticians are often where folks turn to help beautify the skin. The job of a medical esthetician is to help a person improve his or her facial and physical appearance through near-medical services, such as laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, exfoliation, facial treatments and other popular forms of skin care treatments. The medical esthetics industry is now a major player in the global economy, bringing in about $9 billion every year.
The Job of a Medical Esthetician
A medical esthetician, also sometimes called a paramedical esthetician, may work in a dermatologist, oncology or plastic surgery office. One may also be found in a hospital setting. The treatments that a medical esthetician provides will vary depending on the atmosphere in which a medical esthetician works. If a medical esthetician works in a dermatology office, then he or she may help people treat or prevent acne through preventative skin care. A medical esthetician may also provide treatments such as microdermabrasion. In the hospital setting, a medical esthetician may work with cancer patients to help them learn about moisturizing techniques for dry skin. He or she may also help burn victims learn how to use makeup to hide scarring on the body. Those who are interested in helping people learn how to improve their appearance in non-invasive ways could enjoy a career as a medical esthetician. People who also want to help others feel more confident after a tragic accident or illness could also enjoy being medical estheticians.
Training Required to Become a Medical Esthetician
To become a medical esthetician, you should first look at taking a program at an esthetics school. One should expect to devote at least 300 hours to this pursuit, depending on your state, but some states, such as Kansas, require up to 1000 hours for a standard esthetician license. A typical esthetics training program lasts 6 to 12 months depending on your state's requirements. After completing one of these programs, students will have to pass exams depending on the state in which they want to practice. Then some states, like Vermont and Virginia, offer advanced training up to 1200 hours to become Master Estheticians. For those who are interested in becoming medical estheticians, this may be a good fit for your needs.
Salary & Career Opportunities for Medical Estheticians
The median salary for medical estheticians is typically between $25,000 and $52,000 annually, depending on the length of time they've been working in the field. Salary can also be greatly affected by working full-time or part-time (common in the beauty business with flexible scheduling), career advancement through continuing education, and of course tips from treating your clients exceptionally well. When you want to become a medical esthetician, you may wish to look for positions at private firms that specialize in skin care for surgery patients for salaries that tend to be higher. Hospitals will frequently have a few medical estheticians on staff too. You may also decide to be adventurous and open up your own solo practice as a medical esthetician. You may find this option a good fit if you feel confident in your skills and enjoy networking with patients on your own, and feel comfortable running your own business.
Does a career as a medical esthetician sound right for you? It all starts with education.
Here are a few other articles we've published that go into greater detail about medical esthetics:
- "There's No Such Thing as a Medical Esthetician License" by Susanne S. Warfield
- "Esthetician Career Options in the Medical Esthetics Setting" by Susanne S. Warfield
- What is a medical esthetician?
- Tennessee House Bill 2558 Dangerous to Estheticians' Careers