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An esthetician is not a doctor. Nor are we dermatologists, surgeons or physicians. Estheticians cannot prescribe medication, give medical advice or perform any sort of medical treatments. In the state of California, an esthetician cannot inject your skin with anything. It's illegal for us to use lancets on extractions. We also cannot perform laser treatments. Our license only allows us to treat the five most outer layers of the skin, which make up the epidermis. Our skin treatments stop where the blood flows. When it comes to the dermis layer, subcutaneous layer of skin and beyond, the skin has to be treated by a medical professional.
When most people think of an esthetician, they picture someone in the treatment room performing facials or a variety of waxing services. Besides working in a spa or salon, estheticians can also work as a makeup artist, brand representative, product specialist, cosmetic buyer, beauty advisor, educator or in a physician's office as an assistant performing esthetic treatments.
In the medical arena, estheticians work in plastic surgeon offices, dermatologist offices, medi-spas, hospitals, clinics and laser centers assisting medically trained professionals. The treatments that these estheticians can perform may include pre-and postoperative care, prepping the client for surgery or other medical services, camouflage makeup, microdermabrasion, patient education and retail sales.
Now more than ever, the field of esthetics is expanding. Ever since 1900, the average life span in the United States has doubled. People are getting older and living longer. Life is fast-paced and full of stress. Preventative care is the number one reason why clients visit an esthetician in the first place. Clients are realizing that the quickest way to stop congested, aging, saggy and unhappy skin is to prevent it from happening in the first place.
To learn more about how to become an esthetician, check out my recent post: Change careers this year with training at SFIEC.
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