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What It's Like to Work in a
BY BEAUTYLINK STAFF
asers, light therapy and chemical ingredients may
sound descriptive of the work taking place in a research
and development laboratory. But these technologies
are also often part of the daily work in an esthetic
medical setting. From injectables to dermabrasion,
micro-needling to chemical peels, medical spas offer
advanced services by medical professionals that are not available
in traditional day spas. Medical spas operate under the oversight
of a medical director. The popularity of med spas is increasing
exponentially according to Terri Wojak, education director at
True U Esthetics and True U Laser and author of two books on
skincare in the medical setting: "Aesthetics Exposed: Mastering
Skin Care in a Medical Setting & Beyond" (2014); and "Mastering
Medical Esthetics" (2009).
Wojak, who has taught more than 5,000 esthetic students, says
it's important to understand the role of an esthetician in a medical
spa setting. "There are many differences between the services
offered in a day spa and a medical spa and much of those have
to do with the variety of services offered," she says. "Ultimately,
estheticians in a medical spa are trained to help prepare and care
for clients' skin before, during and after treatment, so that each
client receives the best results from the esthetic services they
receive." As part of the preparation for working in a medical setting, Wojak's students learn about the various types of cosmetic
medical procedures including lasers, injectables and other invasive
procedures performed by medical professionals. This allows the
esthetician to treat the skin safely and effectively while enhancing
and maintaining results.
Becoming an esthetician in a medical setting is a popular encore
career, says Wojak. "Many estheticians that work in a medspa previously worked in a medical practice setting as an office assistant
or nurse," she notes. The med spa world is not for the squeamish.
"Working in a medical environment, an esthetician may see blood,
tissue abnormalities and many different skin conditions," she
notes. Wojak's most recent esthetics book spans 32 chapters
covering information on recognizing various skin conditions,
understanding product formulations and advanced exfoliation
techniques. "There's a lot of buzz about terms like stem cells,
peptides, and growth factors, but it's important for estheticians
to know the science behind the products and how ingredients
interact with different skin types," she says.
Beyond the world of education, what do medical spa owners look for when hiring estheticians? Lyla Graddy, co-owner of
Lookworthy Face and Body Retreat in Anderson, IN, said her
business, which offers both medical spa and day spa services,
looks for employees with knowledge about products that can be
used exclusively in a med spa. Graddy said that the medical spa
designation provides a point of differentiation in the marketplace.
"Our med spa designation lets us offer medical grade products and
services not available in a day spa," Graddy said. "At the same time,
clients who use our medical grade services have an opportunity
to become more familiar with the benefits of day spa services.
For example, estheticians will discuss with clients how our basic
rejuvenation facial can be used in between medical grade services.
This is where highly trained and knowledgeable estheticians play
a big role," she said.
Working in a med spa also requires estheticians to have an
understanding of medical setting guidelines affecting client privacy, safety and compensation. These guidelines often include
HIPAA, OSHA and the practice of fee-splitting, among other considerations. What drives estheticians to work in a med spa? Wojak
cites drive and passion. "It's a wonderful feeling helping others
feel better about themselves, whether it's clearing up acne or
rejuvenating the appearance of the eyes," she said.
"Many estheticians that work in a medspa previously worked in
a medical practice setting as an office assistant or nurse."
The course ML134 - Career Management is available on the AACS Online Training Center.
Members call AACS at 800-831-1086 for your VIP Discount Code. Visit the following URL
to learn more about this course: www.aacstraining.org/courses/ML134.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 2
Message From the AACS President and CEA Chair
Spring Executive Retreat & Financial Aid Workshop
And Then There’s Compliance
The Esthetics Regulatory Environment: What You Need to Know
Spotlight on Esthetic Treatments: Sugaring
6 Questions With Steven Frost, Dermalogica Academy Director
Trends: Where Old School Meets New
Tapping Into the Asian Skincare Market
The Nitty Gritty on Lasers
Mind Over Hair Matters
Getting Started With a Barbering Program
What It’s Like to Work in a Med Spa
What to Say When You Have to Say, “You’re Fired”
A Student’s Perspective
Beauty Changes Lives
Voices From the Classroom
People & Places
Associate Member Profiles: Marketing & Advertising
New Products & Services
New School Members
Upcoming 2015 Events
Index to Advertisers
BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 2