Medical Esthetics

The School of Botanical & Medical Aesthetics devotes half of the curriculum to the Art of Medical Aesthetics, which includes instruction on Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels, Dermaplaning, and corrective approaches to skincare.  Our students learn how to treat certain skin conditions that need a more advanced, medical approach, such as wrinkles, acne scarring, and hyper-pigmentation.  In order for our graduates to be competitive and effective in the skincare industry, we think it’s imperative for them to have training in these medical arts in order to best individualize their treatments to help clients reach their skincare goals.


Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic treatment in which the face is sprayed with exfoliant crystals to remove dead epidermal cells.  This treatment is easy and effective for anti-aging, softens fine lines and wrinkles, smooths coarse skin, decreases the appearance of scarring, decreases pore size, and reduces superficial hyper-pigmentation.  Aestheticians and Cosmetologists are able to practice Microdermabrasion as long as they have special training.  The savvy spa and medical clinic clientele utilize Microdermabrasion as part of their skincare regime for anti-aging and for glowing, beautifully-textured skin.  Our students graduate with special training in Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels.

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel, also called chemexfoliation or derma peeling, is a body treatment technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin using a chemical solution that causes the dead skin to slough off and eventually peel off.  The regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.  In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which makes it blister and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. Chemical Peels can improve acne, acne scars, age and liver spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, irregular skin pigmentation, rough skin and scaly patches, scars, and sun-damaged skin.  Our students graduate with special training in Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion.


Dermaplaning is a noninvasive, painless procedure in which surface dead skin cells are manually scraped away. There is no recovery time involved with this procedure. The skin starts to heal itself, immediately producing newer, healthier skin. Dermaplaning increases cellular turnover while smoothing and softening the surface of the skin. As an added bonus, it removes the fine vellus hair on the face, which can trap oil and dirt, leading to other skin problems.