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Esthetician vs. Aesthetician: Who Will You Need After the Pandemic? 

Today you can get a facial in a variety of places, from nail salons, day spas, hotels, cruise ships and medical practices. Is a facial at any one of these places the same? Not necessarily. Faces in Ridgeland, MS is a full service facial cosmetic surgery and skin care clinic that offers a number of facial treatments. So what is the difference in getting a facial at a day spa versus a medical clinic like Faces? It’s the person providing the service and what they are allowed to do in this setting. So read on. Your skin will thank you for it!

What type of training is required to become an Aesthetician? 

Individuals interested in becoming an Aesthetician need a high school diploma or the equivalent and must complete a state-approved training program. Although requirements can vary from state to state, the majority do require 600 to 1,000 hours of training. A full-time program can take four to six months to complete. Training includes skin analysis, skin conditions and diseases, manual and machine facials, and chemical treatments.

Once they have completed an approved program, they must pass a state esthetic license examination. This will include both written and practical tests, where they must demonstrate their ability to transfer what they’ve learned in class to actual work on a client or patient.

What is the difference between an Esthetician and an Aesthetician? 

Both Estheticians and Aestheticians are licensed skin care specialists, having completed the same type of state-approved program. Estheticians are employed by spas and salons, where they perform facials or waxing. Aestheticians, on the other hand, typically work in a medical setting under the supervision of a physician. In this instance, they are more commonly known as Medical Aestheticians and will have undergone additional training and supervision in their work place prior to providing services to patients.

What kinds of services does a Medical Aesthetician provide? 

Medical Aestheticians specifically work to heal and rejuvenate the appearance of the skin. Because they can be found working in plastic surgery and dermatology offices, medical spas and other medical environments, they have access to and use professional-grade products not found in retail spas and salons. In addition to customized facials, dermaplaning, HydraFacials and Diamond Glow, Medical Aestheticians can administer chemical peels, perform microneedling and laser therapy.

What are the benefits of seeing a Medical Aesthetician? 

Medical Aestheticians are experts on skin care and they tend to be very passionate about what they do. That, in combination with their education and expertise, allows them to help their patients achieve their aesthetics goals. There are also many services they provide that an individual simply can’t perform themselves.

In general, most people find facial treatments to be relaxing. Committing to good skin care can not only help you feel more confident about your appearance, it will help you to de-stress both physically and psychologically. In addition to skin analysis and treatment, Medical Aestheticians can recommend the appropriate products and skin care regimen that will result in healthy, beautiful skin.

Visible benefits of regular treatments performed by a Medical Aesthetician include, but are not limited to:

  • Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduction in redness
  • Overall improvement of texture and tone of skin
  • Decrease in unwanted pigmentation
  • Unclogged pores and reduction of pore size
  • Decrease in broken capillaries
  • Better balance of the skin’s oil and moisture content
  • Increase in collagen production
  • Overall rejuvenation of skin
  • A healthier, more youthful complexion

How often should I see an Aesthetician and what should I expect to pay? 

Most skin care specialists suggest a facial on a regular basis, once per month or once per season. A professional facial should be considered part of one’s skin maintenance in addition to their daily routine. However, a facial every three to four weeks, or approximately the time it takes for your skin to move through a full cycle of growth and exfoliation, is recommended for optimal results.

A professional facial with a Medical Aesthetician can include a wide range of treatments, so the final cost will depend on a number of factors, particularly what the skin’s needs are. Expect to pay approximately $100 for a comprehensive facial at a medical office.

Learn More About SkinCare Specialists in the Jackson, Ridgeland, and Madison, MS area

Find out how regular facial treatments can result in beautiful, healthy skin. Based in Ridgeland, MS, Faces is a pioneering cosmetic surgery and skin treatment practice dedicated to the care of the face and neck. Call us today at (601) 607-3033 to schedule a consultation with one of our Medical Aestheticians.