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Choosing Your Aesthetician – A Doctor’s Tips

Choosing An Aesthetician & the Skin Care Industry

A booming industry exists around skin care and your face.  Most likely your face is the first thing people notice.  It is your first impression to the world, and it defines your unique beauty.  Of course, you want to look your best, and that starts with caring for your skin and the appearance of your face.  As a facial plastic surgeon,  specializing in caring for your face, I’ll  share a few tips on selecting an aesthetician and talk about the differences between a spa esthetician and a medical aesthetician.

 

What is the Difference Between Medical Aesthetician and a Spa Esthetician?

Aestheticians and estheticians perform similar services, but there is a difference in the two forms of the same word.  Here is the differentiation between the two spellings:  Estheticians and aestheticians are both licensed skin specialists. They are trained to analyze and cleanse skin through a variety of techniques. Estheticians can be found in spas and salons, while aestheticians typically work in medical settings.

Medical aestheticians are held to the exact same state licensing standards as spa estheticians. This means all estheticians, whether they work as medical aestheticians or spa estheticians, are required to hold the same state-issued license.

There then is a significant difference in what it takes to become a medical aesthetician.  This typically involves a standard set of steps that require specific, formal education and training, passing  state licensing exams, and obtaining advanced credentials through continuing education. (http://www.estheticianedu.org/medical-esthetician/).

Medical aesthetics  perform the same services as traditional spa esthetics.   They both focus on developing and maintaining healthy, beautiful skin. The difference is that medical aesthetics is performed on patients in a clinical setting alongside medical professionals.  Medical aestheticians also perform non-invasive skincare procedures for medical purposes or cosmetic reasons.

Additional Aesthetician Certifications

Plastic Surgical Nurse Certification & Certified Aesthetic Nurse (CANS)

Additional, specialized medical aesthetic certifications are rigorous and require that the candidate is  licensed as a Registered Nurse, has extensive experience and has an affiliation with a specialized doctor.  Here are the specific requirements: (http://psncb.org/cans-eligibility.cgi)

  1. Be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the United States, its territories or Canada, and
  2. Work in collaboration or in a practice with a physician that is Board Certified within one of the following specialties: Plastic/Aesthetic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, or Facial Plastic Surgery (ENT); and
  3. Have a minimum of two (2) years of nursing experience as a registered nurse within one of the listed Core Specialties above in a general staff, administrative, teaching, or research capacity within three (3) years prior to application, and
  4. Have spent at least one thousand (1,000) practice hours within the core specialties during the preceding two (2) years, and
  5. Have their Supervising Core Physician endorse their application

There are only 250 nurses in the United States and Canada that have their CANS certification. Woods Facial Plastic Surgery is affiliated with ZonaMedSpa, in Scottsdale, Arizona where medical aesthetician, Michele Hunter, RN, is a CANS certified aesthetician.

Choosing Your Aesthetician

Selecting an aesthetician depends on many factors, but here are a few considerations for you.  If you are going to have more than a facial, select a professional with the highest level training and experience. Chemical applications, laser treatments, and injections, require skills, experience, and medical training.

Consultation

Visit your potential aesthetician before your first service.  Ask for a consultation and look for the following:

  • Cleanliness of their facility
  • Their personal appearance and personality
  • Research their qualifications, certifications, and educational background
  • Ask questions and discuss candidly your concerns and expectations
  • Ask about their philosophy on skin care, treatments, and products
  • Ask how long they have been at this facility

Check Out Your Aesthetician

  • Check the facility and the aesthetician’s certifications and liscensing
  • Review their website
  • Seek recommendations

Licensing for spa estheticians is done on a state by state basis, so no industry-wide standards exist.  Medical aesthetician’s have verifiable industry certifications.

Skin care treatments are tremendously popular in the United States.  Taking good care of your skin reduces and prevents wrinkles.  The skin care industry continues to grow rapidly, as our population ages, and we want to look our best.  “Between 2012 and 2022, the number of estheticians licensed in the United States is expected to grow by 40 percent to meet the growing demand for specialized skincare services. This is more than twice as fast as other professions within the beauty and wellness industry, including manicurists and pedicurists”.  (http://www.estheticianedu.org/)

This means you have plenty of skin care spas and med spas from which to choose.  Choose carefully!  And do your homework.

Dr. Robert H. Woods is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon practicing in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Dr. Woods has 20+ years of experience as a facial expert.  About Face |  Woods Facial Plastic Surgery is affiliated with ZonaMedSpa.  Dr. Woods also heads the ENT department at Honor Health Shea Hospital, Scottsdale, Arizona.

American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

American Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery

 

 

 

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Skin Care Affordable Product Reviews

Skin Care Products from the Drug Store

You don’t have to spend a fortune on your skin care products to take care good of your skin and look great.  Below are featured  a few recommended products that can be found in your local drugstore and are very affordable.  These are not experts’ recommendations. These suggestions for basic skin care items are from the patients and team of  Woods Facial Plastic Surgery .

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Summer Survival Kit Tips

Summer Survival Kit

Heat Wave

Summer is a time of  fun in the sun, popsicles, pools, and tan lines.  That is if you live almost anywhere other than Scottsdale, Arizona!  Here in Arizona we are experiencing record heat waves with temperatures reaching 120 degrees. Most people in Arizona are hiding inside air conditioned spaces. (Read my article on summer seasonal facial plastic surgery in Arizona). Hello summer!  So, if you are like most Scottsdale residents, you are packing up and heading to the beach or the mountains.  Whether you are staying in town or getting out of Dodge,  here are a few Summer Survival Kit reminders from your Facial Plastic Surgeon.

Summer Survival Kit Priority 1:  Sunscreen

Sunscreen is so important for the your health, but also a key factor in the appearance of your skin.  This survival kit item is priority one.  Sunscreen in the morning ladies as part of your make up routine, please.  Use a product with a minimum of 25 SPF.  And gentlemen, you should apply sunscreen each morning as well.

If you are planning on spending time outside, playing sports, or in the water, reapply regularly.  Remember to apply every where, especially those forgotten spots like your ears and guys, don’t forget the tops of your heads.

Stock up on a variety of sunscreen products.  Water and sports sunscreens with higher SPF’s are key for those beach and pool times, tennis and golf.  They are designed to last longer and resist washing off with water and perspiration.  Keep lip balm with sunscreen in your sports bags and purses. Pack extra sunscreen in your beach and sports bags, so it is always on hand.  Train your kids early to get in the sunscreen habit.

Even if you are in the city working through the hot summer days, keep sunscreen application a part of your daily routine.  The left side of your face and arms are exposed to significant sun while driving.  That exposure adds up.

Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses, along with UV protective long sleeve clothing will make a difference in how your skin looks now and as you age.

Summer Survival Kit Item #2 – Protective Gear

When we suggest protective gear, we aren’t referring to knee pads and hard hats.  Wearing hats, sunglasses and light long sleeve shirts helps protect your skin.

Check out some of the sportswear  that is made with UV protection and is light to wear, vented, and very attractive.  Tennis players, golfers, and equestrians who spend most of their day in the sun have learned this clothing is crucial to protecting their health and skin.

Hats and visors are a must to include in your summer survival kit.  This will do a lot to protect your face, keep you from squinting, and shields your eyes from the summer sun glare.

Summer Survival Kit Item #3 – Water!

Hydrate!  We should all drink water throughout the day.  The daily recommended water intake for a woman is 2.7 liters and 3.7 liters for men.  If you are an athlete participating in vigorous exercise, you are probably losing 1.5 to 2.0 liters of water through sweating.  So, as you calculate your water intake, include replenishing what you have sweated out in exercise or high heat conditions.

Not only is water important for our body’s health, but it is an important factor in keeping our skin fresh, hydrated, and looking its best.

Summer Survival Tip #4 – Head to the Spa for Skincare

Summer is a great time to visit your local skin care aesthetician for facials, laser hair removal, and other treatments to look and feel your best.

Your everyday cleansers and scrubs can only do so much to combat the sweat, dirt, and air pollution that are determined to stick in your pores. So, what can you do detoxify, rejuvenate, and protect your skin? Consider trying a HydraFacial.

HydraFacials are the newest game changer in the world of skin health. This treatment is designed to cleanse, exfoliate, extract, hydrate, and protect your skin all in just one session! It is non-invasive and has zero downtime. Results can be seen immediately after your treatment, leaving you looking radiant and refined. This and other skincare treatments will not only improve the look of your skin, but with frequent treatments, it will help your skin health!

Summer Survival Tip #5 – Relax!

Summer is the time for relaxation.  It is important for our mental health.  Summer Survival Kit reminder:  it is okay to put down the cell phone, to spend time relaxing and hanging out with the people you enjoy, or read a good book.  Down time is important for our minds to relax and recover, but it can also improve our appearance.  Get the sleep and rest you need to look your best.

Your Summer Survival Kit  includes a reminder to enjoy the abundant fresh, local fruits and vegetables, drink lots of water, wear your sunscreen, and relax.  It will make a difference in your looks and you will feel terrific!

 

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