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cbs in Salinas, California

77 months ago

There are several other threads going on right now about the difference between "medical", "clinical" and esthetics in general. You might want to read those as there's already been quite a bit of discussion recently on this topic.

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Johanne in Clearwater, Florida

77 months ago

In Kansas, there is only esthetician licensing. All you need to do is go to one of the schools that are offering skin care. The Board have a listing:
www.kansas.gov/kboc/SchoolListing.htm

The difference between medical esthetician and regular esthetician is title only. You can have your own business and perform facials, peels and all the services that are allowed by the Board. The nursing school would help if you want to assist a doctor in peformiing laser procedures or injections (botox, juvederm, ect..) Unfortunatly, becoming a "medical esthetician" would not do anything for you since you could not performed the same procedures as a nurse in a derm's office.
Good luck with everything.

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Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas

77 months ago

There is a big difference between the general aesthetician and the " Medical Aesthetician" . Although Medical Aesthetics is not yet a license from the state level; it is just a matter of time. A medical aesthetician has garnered tremendous aesthetic and medical skills/knowledge and it has merged into a competive role for physicians to hire this kind of skin care specialist. A medical aesthetician is able to perform clinical skin care protocols that address more than " pampering facials" .
Physicians that attend our course ( 80% ) walk away with a wealth of information that they did not know about the skin care planning for medical aesthetics. A medical aesthetician does not have to work for a physician but it is highly recommended both for patient safety and learning process.
Anna D. Rinehart,
Medical Aesthetics FACE Conference
Austin, Texas

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Johanne in Clearwater, Florida

77 months ago

Anna,
I'm sorry I offended you. Unfortunatly, medical esthetician not being recognize by the state of Texas, it is still just a name. I myself am just a regular esthetician and have been for 12 years in Florida. There are schools in Florida giving the medical esthetician version for the license. At the end, the employer might consider the fact that you have more hours of training but most of the time they go with the personality and the overall knowledge. I make very good money. I go to trade shows all over the country and I take a lot of extra classes. You could say that I have the knowledge of a medical esthetician (I really do!). However, if I go to a "medi-spa" or plastic surgeon, they won't pay me more money because of my experience. The bottom line is all about profit.
A nurse can definitly make more money AND she doen't have to go to skin care school to work at a plastic surgeon, but it might help. The bottom line is what is the best way for Olga to get into skin care? I believe that the regular license is sufficient for her to start working in the field. If and when the medical esthetician license is available, she can then make a decision. Just my two cents.

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Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas

77 months ago

Dear Johanne,
You did not offend me! Silly!
I just want the other person to know there is a clear distinction being made on what is a aesthetician and a medical aesthetician. I did write the first books in Medical Aesthetics and developed teaching programs both within a medical academia setting and college CEU program for physcians, nurses and aestheticians. I have been teaching since 1992. While there is not a medical aesthetic license for the aesthetician at this time...it is best to prepare the aesthetician with greater visions and broader clinical practicals. Our physcians, nurses and aestheticians come from the U.S. and so many countries seeking direction, understanding and solid infrastructure for the practice of Medical Aesthetics. A basic license will do much for those that reach for dreams and do little for those that have no plan.
My sincereity,
Anna D. Rinehart

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Olga Oswalt in Garden City, Kansas

77 months ago

I want to thank you all of you!!! I'm so happy to have so many nice and helpful responses! I understand that my question was difficalt and hard to answer... I moved to Garden City, KS 4 years ago was shocked when I figured that no one provides skin care in my area. We do not have any spas, we have just one dermatologist who started to work in our city less then a year ago. From the responses I understood that to be own my own it will be not much help to have
RN + Esthetician license. The biggest ( and the hardest) question now is :
Will people want to have this kind of service in small city?
Is there anyone from a small city (30.000 people)that started own business and was successful...

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Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas

77 months ago

Dear Olga,

My first successful skin care center was developed right after I graduated from school so many years ago. I was the first in the city, first in the state and first clinical skin care practice that integrated both the aesthetics and medical perspectives. I developed good relations with physicians and hair dressers. I did not practice nursing any longer than I felt was necessary to create my own busines with my vision for Medical Aesthetics I wanted Physicians to respect what aestheticians could contribute to the positive outcomes of their patients. Nursing was an expereince. Aesthetics is a journey. Medical Aesthetics challenges both sides of the coin. You can become successful....you have to believe in yourself...have the right credentials...and be ready for a competitive role.

Anna D. Rinehart
www.medicalaesthetics.com
http//medicalaesthetics.medicalaesthetics.com/

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Eden Turtur in Houston, Texas

77 months ago

(this message is primarily for Anna)
Hi,
I stumbled across this forum while trying to get an idea for the aesthetics community in Austin, TX. I will be moving there in August and was looking into becoming an esthetician, preferably a medical esthetician. For some reason I am under the impression that you were in that area too. So, I was wondering if you could point me in a good direction or give me any pointers. Like, which schools you recommend (or I wasn't sure if you yourself actually taught classes) or any places that would be a good environment to work in while I'm schooling to get my license. I would really appreciate it.
Thanks
Eden Turtur

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Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas

77 months ago

Dear Eden,

I would attend the Baldwins program if , you are looking to become an aethetician.
You can apply for postgraduate ceu through the AIA ( Aestheticians International Association ), take clinical programs and then make Medical Aesthetics as a part of CEU Planning for your future. You need step 1 before you enter medical aesthetics.
Sincerely,
Anna D. Rinehart
www.medicalaesthetics.com
http/medicalaesthetics.medicalaesthetics.com/

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Alexandra in Los Angeles, California

77 months ago

I am a Medical Aesthetican working in Los Angeles, CA. Technically when you work in medicine not a medspa or spa, but a medical facility plastic surgery of dermatology which I work under the team of doctors and doing more invasive procedures it is called a Medical or Clinical Aesthetician. Supposedly there are advanced schools that are coming about to gain that actual advanced degree/license that will legally say Medical Aesthetician. I am going to find an accredited school and go and get it, probably on line.
If you have any questions, please write.
Alexandra

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Missy in Indianapolis, Indiana

77 months ago

Alexandra in Los Angeles, California said: I am a Medical Aesthetican working in Los Angeles, CA. Technically when you work in medicine not a medspa or spa, but a medical facility plastic surgery of dermatology which I work under the team of doctors and doing more invasive procedures it is called a Medical or Clinical Aesthetician. Supposedly there are advanced schools that are coming about to gain that actual advanced degree/license that will legally say Medical Aesthetician. I am going to find an accredited school and go and get it, probably on line.
If you have any questions, please write.
Alexandra

Alexandra,
I am moving to San Diego in a couple of months. I, too, am interested in working as a Medical Aesthetican. Do you know much about Poway Academy, or if the school offers such a license? I hear Poway is one of the leading schools in the nation so I can't imagine it would not offer the license.

Missy

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Kimberly in San Diego, California

77 months ago

Olga Oswalt in Garden City, Kansas said: I need help!!! I need advice concerning medical esthetics.,(I do have bachelor degree in food science), but I realy want to have a job in skin care, my area no one person know what is the medical esthetician!!!! and what education i should have... Even our dermotologist ( we have chast one in city, and he works part time here) doesn't know that this profesion exists :-( I start to worry about it why we do not have these people in Kansas? I can't find information on Cosmetology Board official webside what education a person needs to have for the license. I do understand that I would need to finish college as a RN and other classes like esthetician...
If I will go to cosmetology school at first and next to nursing school, will I be able to have a job just like an esthetician in small city, can esthetician have their own office?

Hi, my name is Kimberly and I am a medical esthetician. A medical esthetician is just a licensed esthetician who works under a doctor of a field such as dermatology or plastic surgery. There is no special licensing to become a medical esthetician, it just means you are working under a doctors license, therefore you are able to give medical grade facials and peels. The doctor you work with can either give you advanced training in this field or you can take classes after you have become a licensed esthetician. Basically, you just have to find a doctor that will take you under his or her wing. You will gain a lot of knowledge and experience working under a doctor so you can give advanced skin treatments and gain more credibility in this industry!

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

77 months ago

Alexandra in Los Angeles, California said: I am a Medical Aesthetican working in Los Angeles, CA. Technically when you work in medicine not a medspa or spa, but a medical facility plastic surgery of dermatology which I work under the team of doctors and doing more invasive procedures it is called a Medical or Clinical Aesthetician. Supposedly there are advanced schools that are coming about to gain that actual advanced degree/license that will legally say Medical Aesthetician. I am going to find an accredited school and go and get it, probably on line.
If you have any questions, please write.
Alexandra

That is very interesting. I tend not to believe this. A school may give advanced esthetics or Clinical Esthetics, but only the medical profession can give anything relating to the word "Medical". You can work alone, but you MUST use the word "Clinical Esthetician". But be very careful an not use the term "Licensed" in front of it. You can only use this wording as it is printed on your license.

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

77 months ago

Kimberly in San Diego, California said: Hi, my name is Kimberly and I am a medical esthetician. A medical esthetician is just a licensed esthetician who works under a doctor of a field such as dermatology or plastic surgery. There is no special licensing to become a medical esthetician, it just means you are working under a doctors license, therefore you are able to give medical grade facials and peels. The doctor you work with can either give you advanced training in this field or you can take classes after you have become a licensed esthetician. Basically, you just have to find a doctor that will take you under his or her wing. You will gain a lot of knowledge and experience working under a doctor so you can give advanced skin treatments and gain more credibility in this industry!

Actually we can work under any recognized physician. I know some who work for chiropractors, D. O.'s, even Dentists.

Hmmmm this doesn't happen to be a Kimberly that I know in SD. Are you a Bio-Chemist as well?

Jeff

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angela w in Austin, Texas

77 months ago

Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas said: Dear Eden,

I would attend the Baldwins program if , you are looking to become an aethetician.
You can apply for postgraduate ceu through the AIA ( Aestheticians International Association ), take clinical programs and then make Medical Aesthetics as a part of CEU Planning for your future. You need step 1 before you enter medical aesthetics.
Sincerely,
Anna D. Rinehart
www.medicalaesthetics.com
http/medicalaesthetics.medicalaesthetics.com/

Anna,
I am interested in becoming a medical aesthetician. I have been a licenced cosmetologist for 20 years. I received a brosure that says that I could attend an 8 day program in dallas given by Dr.Fathi Fam. Upon completion of program, and passing a test, That I would be a certified Medical Aesthetician with "M.A.P.
(Medical Aethetics Provider)After my name. They say they are state certified.
The heading of brosure says "Advanced Medical Aesthetics Certification.Do you know anything about this?
Thanks,Angie

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Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas

77 months ago

I am Anna D. Rinehart responding to your specific question regarding your questions on your brochure provided by Mr. Fam.
It is impossible for me not to respond without you knowing that I know Mr. Fam. He is a retired Internal Medicine physician that first became involved with Medical Aesthetics through myself in 1998. I wrote the first books, first definition, first concept and have been teaching the program Medical Aesthetics since 1992. I have taught the program because I needed physicians to recognize the value of the concept/techniques, clinical skills of the aesthetician. Mr. Fam cannot ever teach you what you need as an aesthetician because he not an instructor. I teach doctors, nurses and aestheticians within our conference because each one needs to know the skills and concept. Mr. Fam cannot give you initials after your name and nor could I. I am an approved Texas CEU provider but our program does not have the right to place initials after your name. Most aestheticians do place skin care specialist after their name (SCS ) because an aesthetician is a skin care specialist in the field of Aesthetics.
You can take courses that will enhance your knowledge, skills and techniques to prepare you for the competiveness of this emerging field ( Medical Aesthetics ) but not even I can place MAP after your name. I can provide you a broader back ground to equip you to compete for job opportunity. You really should find out what enity of education system gives him the right to place initials after your name. He is the business of marketing his products and aestheticians are very vulnerable because they seek to be informed/updated and skilled.
I would encourage you to take any course that would feed your knowledge base. Be skeptical of anyone selling their products and .

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Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas

77 months ago

Angela in Austin,

Bravo! I wish you continued success in the Aesthetic Field. Always be skeptical of anyone promoting their program as being able to certify you as a medical aesthetician. Please think of it this way;
A dermatologist initials MD just states he is a physician. When a dermatologist places under his name cosmetic dermatologist, then this is saying he a dermatologist specializing in cosmetic dermatology. An aesthetician generally carrys a license that states facialist, cosmetologist or aesthetician depending on the issuing state. You can write medical aesthetics or medical aesthetician after your name which "implies" you are licensed as an aesthetician specializing in Medical Aesthetics. You should have a certificate validating specialized training in Medical Aesthetics. Choose your course based on the credentials of the instructors and clinical experience, mininum instructors license or active state license.
Sincerely,
Anna D. Rinehart, Nurse-Aesthetician-Instructor
1-888-769-3223

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angela w in Austin, Texas

77 months ago

Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas said: I am Anna D. Rinehart responding to your specific question regarding your questions on your brochure provided by Mr. Fam.
It is impossible for me not to respond without you knowing that I know Mr. Fam. He is a retired Internal Medicine physician that first became involved with Medical Aesthetics through myself in 1998. I wrote the first books, first definition, first concept and have been teaching the program Medical Aesthetics since 1992. I have taught the program because I needed physicians to recognize the value of the concept/techniques, clinical skills of the aesthetician. Mr. Fam cannot ever teach you what you need as an aesthetician because he not an instructor. I teach doctors, nurses and aestheticians within our conference because each one needs to know the skills and concept. Mr. Fam cannot give you initials after your name and nor could I. I am an approved Texas CEU provider but our program does not have the right to place initials after your name. Most aestheticians do place skin care specialist after their name (SCS ) because an aesthetician is a skin care specialist in the field of Aesthetics.
You can take courses that will enhance your knowledge, skills and techniques to prepare you for the competiveness of this emerging field ( Medical Aesthetics ) but not even I can place MAP after your name. I can provide you a broader back ground to equip you to compete for job opportunity. You really should find out what enity of education system gives him the right to place initials after your name. He is the business of marketing his products and aestheticians are very vulnerable because they seek to be informed/updated and skilled.
I would encourage you to take any course that would feed your knowledge base. Be skeptical of anyone selling their products and .

Thanks Anna,
I knew if anyone knew it would be you. However I would think that would be false advertising. He even has a website similar

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angela w in Austin, Texas

77 months ago

angela w in Austin, Texas said: Thanks Anna,
I knew if anyone knew it would be you. However I would think that would be false advertising. He even has a website similar

to yours www.medicalaestheticscertification.com
They even underline "OUR School is state certified"
They claim you will have hands on clients proforming microdermabrasion, and dermaplaning,endermology advanced acne treatment and extraction,advanced chemical peels with glycolic,latic,tca,jessner,&salicylic
lasers: IPL, Hair removal.
The program is about 2,900. and an additional 2,400 if you want to learn permanate make up.
It's all so confusing who to trust.Especially when they say you will be "certified".
I saw the F.A.C.E. conference that will be here in Austin next month.
I didn't see where I would be eligible to attend being a cosmetologist, and not an esthetician. Actually I am licenced in Florida and waiting on getting my Texas cosmetology license. I will do more research on the subject.
thanks again Ann!

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Pamela in West Bend, Wisconsin

77 months ago

Alexandra in Los Angeles, California said: I am a Medical Aesthetican working in Los Angeles, CA. Technically when you work in medicine not a medspa or spa, but a medical facility plastic surgery of dermatology which I work under the team of doctors and doing more invasive procedures it is called a Medical or Clinical Aesthetician. Supposedly there are advanced schools that are coming about to gain that actual advanced degree/license that will legally say Medical Aesthetician. I am going to find an accredited school and go and get it, probably on line.
If you have any questions, please write.
Alexandra

Hi Alexandra - I just happened to stumble on this site and discussion, which is very intersting. Could you please share your findings on medical aesthetic education. Do you know about NECA's certification program? I look forward to your response.

Pamela
Colgate, WI

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Pamela in West Bend, Wisconsin

77 months ago

Does anyone know a comprehensive text on laser and ipl information. I am interested in a text that is not vendor specific and covers from the most basic concepts to advance.

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Pamela in West Bend, Wisconsin

77 months ago

angela w in Austin, Texas said: Thanks Anna,
I knew if anyone knew it would be you. However I would think that would be false advertising. He even has a website similar

Anna - what do your books cover and where can I purchase them?

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judy in Vista, California

76 months ago

Missy in Indianapolis, Indiana said: Alexandra,
I am moving to San Diego in a couple of months. I, too, am interested in working as a Medical Aesthetican. Do you know much about Poway Academy, or if the school offers such a license? I hear Poway is one of the leading schools in the nation so I can't imagine it would not offer the license.

Missy

my roommate is actually going to the Poway school for a cosmetology licenese. The school offers a master's program for aestheticans. I plan on starting in the fall. I'm still doing alot of research before i fork over 18k in tuition. I want to work and specialize in advanced medical aesthetican work and would love any information, suggetions, commments, to help me in this new journey. I'm a flight attendant right now and am looking for a career change and have come to love skin care and have a passsion about helping others with improving and maintaining healthy and youthful shin.

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PerfectHealth in Denver, Colorado

76 months ago

Anna (or anyone with the knowledge), I'm hoping you could take some time and help me. I've been an esthetician for 4 years. I started in NYC, moved to CO and am now going to Austin (husband going to Grad School). Moving around in this field is the worst thing one can do--getting clients, gaining loyalty and then loosing clients. The thought of moving again makes me reevaluate my career and think about becoming an RN. I'd like to be successful in the medical arena (possibly work for a Dermatologist) and feel this is the only way to do so--would you agree? I mean, I would hate to go to nursing school only doing so to further my esthetics career, but feel there is no other way. I WISH there was another way, something VALID that held up on paper and was WIDELY ACCEPTED.

HELP!

P-H

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ChrisTie in San Diego, California

76 months ago

Kimberly in San Diego, California said: Hi, my name is Kimberly and I am a medical esthetician. A medical esthetician is just a licensed esthetician who works under a doctor of a field such as dermatology or plastic surgery. There is no special licensing to become a medical esthetician, it just means you are working under a doctors license, therefore you are able to give medical grade facials and peels. The doctor you work with can either give you advanced training in this field or you can take classes after you have become a licensed esthetician. Basically, you just have to find a doctor that will take you under his or her wing. You will gain a lot of knowledge and experience working under a doctor so you can give advanced skin treatments and gain more credibility in this industry!

Kimberly,
Where did you attend esthetican school? I am researching schools and would like to go to the Poway Academy because they offer that advanced aesthetics course, but the tuition is ridiculous eek! Do you know of any reasonable schools?
I want to work in a skincare clinic like Dermacare or office where I can learn to perform laser skin techniques, chemical peels, microdermabrasion etc you know. Are those the type of services you do?

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Angie T in Los Angeles, California

75 months ago

I have a BS, and doing some research on a new career. Being I live in California, I believe I have to have an Aesthetician Licence to be a laser tech....am I correct? I found that information on the National Laser Institute Website--school in Arizona or Las Vegas.

I was wondering what an accurate income bracket is for a person that just graduates and gets a job in Los Angeles and how hard is it to get a job right after school? I noticed Alexandria works as a medical esthetician but didn't do training for it--is looking for more school....works at a dr. office. Why get more training if you have the job already.

Is the industry still in full swing in LA or slowing down? I know i have so many questions but I don't want to jump in without doing my homework.

So

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

75 months ago

Angie T in Los Angeles, California said: I have a BS, and doing some research on a new career. Being I live in California, I believe I have to have an Aesthetician Licence to be a laser tech....am I correct? I found that information on the National Laser Institute Website--school in Arizona or Las Vegas.

I was wondering what an accurate income bracket is for a person that just graduates and gets a job in Los Angeles and how hard is it to get a job right after school? I noticed Alexandria works as a medical esthetician but didn't do training for it--is looking for more school....works at a dr. office. Why get more training if you have the job already.

Is the industry still in full swing in LA or slowing down? I know i have so many questions but I don't want to jump in without doing my homework.

So

To my knowledge no state requires an aestheticians license prior to laser technicians. There are some which require nursing degrees of which (if my memory serves me) CA is one of them. You may be able if you are working for a doctors under his license. You will have to check it out.

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Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas

75 months ago

Dear Angie T.,
You can become a certified laser technician with an active license in nursing, aesthetics and/or medicine degree. You must be licensed to touch the face in the first place then proceed with specialized education in more advanced knowledge. You could obtain the training from various schools. Your educational background, clinical experience, certifications, and licensure will determine how much you actually make annually.
There is so much more to learn and contribute to your patrons/clients that you should not limit yourself to one skill.
Anna D. Rinehart

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Angie T in Los Angeles, California

75 months ago

Thanks--it looks like you and Anna are the only ones that answer on here. ha.

what about electrolysis training, do I have to be a DR or Nurse in CA to practice?

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Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas

75 months ago

Dear Angie T in Los Angeles,
You do not need to be a nurse/MD to perform electrolysis in California. You do need training/certification/license in California. Electrolysis will make a comeback based on the statistics of changes happening in the Medical Aesthetic Arena. Just go ahead and obtain your license for aesthetics and continue on from there. Your educational background will help you jump over a lot of the basic problems many others have to deal with proving their value. As a professional skin care specialist you can achieve many finacial goals and job security. You can do very well having your practice with many of the diversified skin care practices.
Sincerely,
Anna D. Rinehart

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Jaimie Katz in Wellington, Florida

75 months ago

Hi everyone!

I am not sure if this question has been answered yet, but I am going to ask it and hopefully someone will be able to guide me in the right direction.

I received my multi-media and production diplomas and work as a freelance makeup artist. I love making people feel beautiful it is just the best feeling in the world. However I really want to further my education and start working more on the medical side as a medical esthetician.

So..I am not sure if it is best for me to go and get a degree in nursing, and receive my esthetician license. Or go to the Florida College of Natural Health which offers a Paramedical Esthetician Program.

I feel that there are just so many different schools and options, I really want to make the best decision when it comes to furthering my education.

PLEASE HELP!!!! ASAP!!! :)

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Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas

75 months ago

Dear Jaimie Katz,
Go to the Florida College of Natural Health. Sit for your aesthetic exam/recieve your license and build from there.
Anna D. Rinehart, Cidesco Diplomate
Medical Aesthetics FACE
1-888-769-3223

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angela w in Austin, Texas

75 months ago

Jaimie,
My girlfriend graduated from there about 2 years ago. The tuition was 20,000 dollars! She works in a med spa now and makes 18.00 an hour.She works very hard for the doctor she works for. She had already had a cosmetology license and said she still could,ve been able to work there with that license. I would check into getting a regular esthetician license at a cosmetology college and take specialty classes for advancement after that. She said the doctor she works for has already paid for her to go to extra work shops and she had to sign a contract stating she would continue to work at that paticular med spa for 18 months for reimbersement of classes..Which is to be expected since the Dr shelled out 6 grand for continuing education.There are different avenues to get to be where you want to be. Do your homework and follow where your heart leads you.
Good luck
P.S she did like the school, it took 2 years to complete.

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Johanne in Tarpon Springs, Florida

75 months ago

Angela,
I completely agree with you. Regular esthetician license can open a lot of doors. You can specialize after graduation.

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Jaimie Katz in Wellington, Florida

75 months ago

Angela,

Thats exactly what I was thinking!! $20,000 is alot of money! However dont get me wrong I have no problem spending money where I know my education is going to be top of the line, and money well spent.
I have been doing alot of research, and I see that there are alot of workshops that specialize in certain areas of cosmetic/medical dermatology ex. botox,laser,chemical peels etc.

However I am still wondering if "lets say" I decide to become a registered nurse what happens next?

do you then specialize in skin care??? or just attend the workshops??? or still have to get your estheticians license??? hmmm... so many questions i know!

Thanks for your help so far though :)

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Ashley in San Diego, California

74 months ago

Missy in Indianapolis, Indiana said: Alexandra,
I am moving to San Diego in a couple of months. I, too, am interested in working as a Medical Aesthetican. Do you know much about Poway Academy, or if the school offers such a license? I hear Poway is one of the leading schools in the nation so I can't imagine it would not offer the license.

Missy

Hi,
I graduated from Poway Academy in December. The school its self is terrible, the only thing that kept me from leaving and going to a different school was the 2 instructors they have...they we amazing! The instructor that is now teaching the breand new Advanced Esthetic class is the worst teacher I have ever had, that being the only reason I will not take that course. Also, if you have any desire to do massage as a dule license, definitly dont go there, I dropped out because the teacher didnt know how to do the the massage they were suppose to teach. But I also heard alot of people in adminstrating at the school have gotten fired and replaced since then....so id go and take a tour and ask some of the senior students they opnion on the school and the program.

Ashley

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Vicki in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

74 months ago

Former owner of real estate firm, need advice and strategy during my transition.
I am a licensed cosmetologist, have been out of the business for more than 15 yrs worked mainly in hair. I have a love for skin care being a acne sufferer and now "age fighter" :-) I am interested in concentrating on the aesthetic field, to eventually go more clinical/medical.

Any advice on where I should start to get experience and/or employment?
Thanks for your advice.

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Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas

74 months ago

Dear Vicki in Florida,
You may not like this but I think 15 years is way too long to be out of your initail licnese as a cosmetologist. Facial Aesthetics as it relates to todays skin care practice is beyond Cosmetology background. Find a aesthetic course in your area and re-integrate yourself into skin care practices that are updated in techniques and outcomes.
Anna D. Rinehart
Medical Aesthetics FACE

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Vicki in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

74 months ago

Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas said: Dear Vicki in Florida,
You may not like this but I think 15 years is way too long to be out of your initail licnese as a cosmetologist. Facial Aesthetics as it relates to todays skin care practice is beyond Cosmetology background. Find a aesthetic course in your area and re-integrate yourself into skin care practices that are updated in techniques and outcomes.
Anna D. Rinehart
Medical Aesthetics FACE

Hi Anna,

Actually I appreciate your honesty and wisdom. Being away so long what would be the recommended training to begin the process of reinstating in my area?
Thank you again,

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Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas

74 months ago

Vicki in Ft. Lauderdale,
Look for a school instructor to give you direct information regarding Facial Aesthetics. You can take a course and be signed off by the school, sit for a exam, and possibly receive your certification/license in Facial Aesthetics.

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Emily Mayfield in Palm Coast, Florida

74 months ago

Hello,

I am going to a wonderful esthetician school to get my license and was researching all my options to further my education once I am done and found something called Electrolysis. I am curious to know what procedures I can do with this license. I believe it takes about 360 hours in Florida to obtain this license and wanted to know what I can expect to be doing with this type of training as well. I know laser hair removal is something I can do, but I was wondering if anyone knew what else is exactly possible with this.

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yrma in austin, Texas

74 months ago

Hi, I have a question for Anna Reinhart:
I am currently attending a cosmo school in austin (have about 950 hours), but am seriously considering transferring to the school's esthetician program. Some people say that with my cosmo license I can work as a facialist/aesthetian. I have a hard time believing that a spa or med/spa would hire a cosmo person to facial ...wouldn't they prefer an esthetician? I love skin care and really want to learn as much about it as possible... texas requires 750 hours... what is your opinion? would you suggest i transfer to esthetics or complete my cosmo licensing in hope to find work in the esthetics field??? thanks!!!

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Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas

74 months ago

Dear Yrma,
Finish your Cosmetology License. If, you like skin ( Facial Aesthetics ) more, you will find your path. If, you have an aeshteticians license of course, many opportunities would open up to you. With either license you will gravitate to what is your true passion. Some doctors/health care enviroment would hire you w/o an aesthetic license. Licensed Skin Care Specialists have a great opportunity for the future.
Anna D. Rinehart

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sophia gomez in Tampa, Florida

74 months ago

I am a licensed esthetician and makeup artist in tampa since 2004. i have always worked on a freelance basis and am wanting to break into the medical side of esthetics. Problem is i have never become established in one salon or spa working as a full time esthetician. I am also a student at the University of South Florida majoring in general business. I have been considering maybe getting some type certification or continuing education in the medical side of the field whether it be MA or RN etc. Not really sure what to do but i would like to work at a derm's or plastic surgeons office or hospital post op. or pre op. etc. HOW DO I DO THIS! i have been breaking my head trying to figure out the best step to take without wasting the most time and money considering i'm still also working on my BA. WHAT DO I DO! I have wanted to get a BA as a PA but Tampa doesn't offer a program at USF and I don't really want to move. Any advice??

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Pam Arrieta in Pompano Beach, Florida

74 months ago

Emily Mayfield in Palm Coast, Florida said: Hello,

I am going to a wonderful esthetician school to get my license and was researching all my options to further my education once I am done and found something called Electrolysis. I am curious to know what procedures I can do with this license. I believe it takes about 360 hours in Florida to obtain this license and wanted to know what I can expect to be doing with this type of training as well. I know laser hair removal is something I can do, but I was wondering if anyone knew what else is exactly possible with this.

In the state of Florida to use Lasers you must be state certified in electrolysis. It is a 320 hour course and then a 30 hour laser course on top of it. With both those certifications you can do laser hair removal but nothing else. If you want to do veins and other laser specialties you must be an RN. With all of that you must have a physicians direct supervision. Just a little info to digest. :0)

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Angela in Colorado Springs, Colorado

74 months ago

Olga Oswalt in Garden City, Kansas said: I need help!!! I need advice concerning medical esthetics.,(I do have bachelor degree in food science), but I realy want to have a job in skin care, my area no one person know what is the medical esthetician!!!! and what education i should have... Even our dermotologist ( we have chast one in city, and he works part time here) doesn't know that this profesion exists :-( I start to worry about it why we do not have these people in Kansas? I can't find information on Cosmetology Board official webside what education a person needs to have for the license. I do understand that I would need to finish college as a RN and other classes like esthetician...
If I will go to cosmetology school at first and next to nursing school, will I be able to have a job just like an esthetician in small city, can esthetician have their own office?
Hi, I live in Colorado in a small mountain town and I am a licensed esthetician here ( with great business) and I used to live in wichita, Ks and I hold a license in kansas as well. Contact state board of cosmetology in Topeka for Paramedical esthetics schools in Kansas. You can go through I think 4 to 6 months of school, 6 to 8 hrs a day, 5 days a week, and will recieve state license to be a Paramedical esthetician and you have to pass state boards of course. Yes you can have your own practice as I did there and currently do here. You do not have to be an RN. You will be trained in more than a general esthetician will be, such as laser hair removal, chemical peel, etc. Hope this helps.

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Angela G. in Colorado Springs, Colorado

74 months ago

PerfectHealth in Denver, Colorado said: Anna (or anyone with the knowledge), I'm hoping you could take some time and help me. I've been an esthetician for 4 years. I started in NYC, moved to CO and am now going to Austin (husband going to Grad School). Moving around in this field is the worst thing one can do--getting clients, gaining loyalty and then loosing clients. The thought of moving again makes me reevaluate my career and think about becoming an RN. I'd like to be successful in the medical arena (possibly work for a Dermatologist) and feel this is the only way to do so--would you agree? I mean, I would hate to go to nursing school only doing so to further my esthetics career, but feel there is no other way. I WISH there was another way, something VALID that held up on paper and was WIDELY ACCEPTED.

HELP!

P-H

Hi, I am a licensed medical esthetician in Salida, Co. I have my own practice doing chemical peels, permanent cosmetics, lamprobe, and many other services. None of these are required in this state to be under a Dr. If I were doing laser then I would have to have a Dr. over my office but not in the office. If you want to work for a Dr. as I use to, they do hire estheticans and train within. You do not have to be an RN. Let the Dr. pay for your training or you can take extra certification courses for estheticians on microderm or whatever and have you own practice.
Angela G

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stephanie in Orange Park, Florida

72 months ago

Someone really needs to come up with a school where you can be certified to do everything... even if it takes a few years.. It seems like there is so much confusion in this industry with what you can do and what you can't do and what kind of further education you need inorder to do what you want to do..Lol.. I would pay to do so, but that just my opinon! I dont want to be restricted and I would want the best for my clients..

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Yioana in Rancho Cucamonga, California

65 months ago

Alexandra in Los Angeles, California said: I am a Medical Aesthetican working in Los Angeles, CA. Technically when you work in medicine not a medspa or spa, but a medical facility plastic surgery of dermatology which I work under the team of doctors and doing more invasive procedures it is called a Medical or Clinical Aesthetician. Supposedly there are advanced schools that are coming about to gain that actual advanced degree/license that will legally say Medical Aesthetician. I am going to find an accredited school and go and get it, probably on line.
If you have any questions, please write.
Alexandra

Hi Alexandra,

I recently moved to So Cal and am having a hard time gaining a clear picture of what Aestheticians 'can' and 'cannot' do out here. I have been a Medical Aesthetician for the past six years in Texas and Alabama working for plastic surgeons. I have worked with IPL and LHR nearly all of my aesthetic career and was disapointed to find out (from the CA board) that I can no longer do that here. I have contacted the board several times and asked in many different ways and they keep telling me NO!

I haven't persued it much after that because I really enjoy the medical aspect (not mention Dr.'s hours!)and working with lasers, and am not interested in the day spa field. I hate to give it up all together, because skin care is my passion and I love to make people feel better about their skin! Any insight would be helpful...I'm hoping the board is wrong!

Thanks,
Yioana

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Angela G. in Colorado Springs, Colorado

65 months ago

Hi! just a quick comment, usually when running esthetic lasers you only need the Dr. over you, they take you under thier medical license and insurance. You would not fall under the Esthetic board for that since you would be in a medical facility. Call meical board or ask the Dr.

best of luck, Angela, clinical Esthetician

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