Skin disorders and medical therapies like radiation treatment and chemotherapy can have disastrous effects on a person's skin, which are especially noticeable around the facial area. An aesthetician (medical) is a person who works with these affected individuals to help them to adapt and understand the needs of their skin and manage the effects caused by these factors. Aestheticians can typically be found working as adjuncts in dermatology or oncology practices, although more and more hospitals are also employing staff in this field.
The aesthetician will typically do things like help demonstrate means for moisturizing or drying patches of skin. He or she can assist a patient in learning methods of applying concealers and can recommend safe products for this purpose. The aesthetician can also recommend dietary steps to help with skin problems, as well as provide ongoing assessments for a dermatologist or other medical professional regarding the patient's ongoing skin health.
Most medical aestheticians will complete some form of post-secondary school education or training, usually from a nursing or vocational program. Many jurisdictions also require proper accreditation to work in this field. Aestheticians must be excellent communicators and project a positive attitude toward patients. They typically work in a clinical environment during regular business hours of the week.
Aesthetician (Medical) Tasks
Select, recommend and apply cosmetic products such as creams, lotions and tonics.
Keep records of client needs and preferences and the services provided.
Sterilize equipment, and clean work areas.
Examine, evaluate and treat the facial skin to maintain and improve its appearance, using products such as peels and masks.