A medical esthetician works with clients to help them maintain the best possible skin health. Estheticians are often present in dermatology, oncology, and plastic surgery offices; some hospitals also employ medical estheticians as well. Some of the esthetician's duties may include performing exfoliation and laser treatments, conducting microdermabrasion, and teaching patients how to care for their skin when recovering from an illness or accident.
The esthetician may work in a team setting that includes medical professionals, with whom they must collaborate to provide updates on patient progress. In some practices, the esthetician might be required to perform upsales for services and offer clients products that they need to optimally continue their daily regimen. These professionals need to stay up to date on best practices, learning new techniques and researching current trends as needed.
A high school diploma or equivalent is typically necessary for this position, as well as the training necessary to obtain licensing in their state. Medical estheticians also need excellent communication and interpersonal skills, working effectively with patients and following all relevant guidelines (such as those related to hygiene). Medical estheticians may work full time or part time, and these positions may require working outside of normal office hours (including weekends).
Medical Esthetician Tasks
Keep records of client needs and preferences, and the services provided.
Refer clients to medical personnel for treatment of serious skin problems.
Evaluate and treat the facial skin to maintain and improve its appearance, using specialized techniques and products such as peels and masks.
Demonstrate how to clean and care for skin properly, and recommend skin-care regimens, colors or products for treatment.