Once you have completed your 600 hour esthetician program, you may interested in becoming a medical esthetician. Although it varies state by state, usually one needs to already be a licensed esthetician before taking on training that will use instruments and techniques that penetrate the surface of the skin.
As a medical esthetician, you will have the opportunity to work in a dermatology office, a plastic surgeon’s office or an oncology office. You will need to complete further training that involves taking courses in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and pathology of the skin. Once this training is complete, which can be up to an additional 600 hours, you will be prepared to do resurfacing treatments, laser and light treatments and other types of skin enhancing techniques that can reduce the signs of aging.
A medical esthetician may find themselves working at dermatologists office performing treatments that eliminate precancerous cells or helping people treat and prevent acne. Also, as a medical esthetician, you might be working with people who have been in an accident, helping them to regain confidence.
If you are looking for a career in esthetics that focuses on more than just aging skin prevention and looking to make a difference in people’s lives, then becoming a medical esthetician might be the next step.