In a world of evolving aesthetics, it’s hard to keep up with jargon. I am often asked, “what is a skin therapist?” or “what does a medically trained esthetician do?” or “are you a facialist? Honestly, there are many types of Estheticians in practice but it can be hard to know what they do or how to choose one for your skin concerns.

Let’s explore this together. For starters, there are two ways to write for Esthetician/Cosmetologist. I chose Esthetician to use in this article because our Arizona State Board of Cosmetology uses this spelling.

Facials & Spa therapists: by far the most standard Esthetician style. Your lifter will perform a spa-like facial, dealing with both exfoliating and moisturizing treatments as well as performing tooth extractions and some sort of massage during the procedure. treatment. This is typical of most private and corporate owned spas you can find at a luxury hotel.

Dermatologist are generally more educated and spend years understanding how cosmetic ingredients affect the skin. Dermatologists are trained in more advanced procedures including but not limited to microneedling, chemical peels, among others.

A medical Skin Revisionist does everything a skin therapist does plus the ability to treat skin before and after plastic surgery. It is a term coined from Australia as they have the advanced education they require of their Esthetician. Similarly, Australians (for example) receive an education equivalent to a bachelor’s degree. Cosmetologists receive qualifications equivalent to an associate’s degree. Medical dermatology practitioners receive continuous advanced training to understand the functions and structure of the skin.

Medical Cosmetologist / Clinical Cosmetologist are estheticians who work under a doctor usually in a plastic surgery facility.

Master esthetician is a term that only some states recognize. The state of Arizona does not. Other states that recognize the title include Washington, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and Washington DC. Additional training includes the same training that Arizona Cosmetologists receive.

Finally, each Skin Company has its own advanced training program for Estheticians. I work with several companies but the main one I work for is DMK. I have medical training to modify my skin; however, they have developed “DMK MD is an advanced level in skin modification education and treatment”. Their Master’s Degree program will replace their existing Advanced Health program to provide “Certified Aestheticians and Medical Practitioners with new professional products, treatments and available, and home indications are only available to therapists and clinicians trained in DMK MD.” Alas, there are always new and emerging terms; however, if you understand the above then you should be able to choose the right Esthetician for you.


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