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Medical Esthetic School

The Difference Between Esthetic School and Medical Esthetic School

Medical Esthetic SchoolIn today’s world, nobody has the time or money to spend on pricey skin care treatments that reveal little or no results. But with recent technological advancements in the health and beauty industry, clients have begun to lean toward cosmetic laser treatments in order to help eliminate skin care concerns.

The medical esthetic industry is expected to hit 3 BILLION by the year 2016. Within this in-demand, marketplace, Botox, dermal fillers, and laser hair removal treatments rank as the top three nonsurgical services. Within the last decade, treatments such as laser skin rejuvenation, laser wrinkle reduction, and laser tattoo removal have become more mainstream. In fact, Hollywood celebrities like Madonna, Miley Cyrus, and Megan Fox have all received a cosmetic laser treatment of some kind.

Those interested in the health and beauty industry, often ask if they need to attend esthetic school in order to be able to perform cosmetic laser treatments. We’re here to tell you the difference between esthetic school and medical esthetic school and what kind of education you’ll need in order to perform cosmetic laser treatments.

Esthetic School

Like medical estheticians, estheticians are dedicated to improving client’s skin through a variety of beauty treatments. However, estheticians are only able to legally practice treatments on the outside layer of client’s skin.

Esthetic school typically takes 6 months or more to complete your training. In order to become a licensed esthetician, estheticians need to finish 260 – 1500 training hours and then take a state exam.

Medical Esthetic School

Medical estheticians also improve client’s skin, but this is through the use of cosmetic lasers treatments and cosmetic injectables (if you are a medical professional). Medical estheticians are able to perform on both the outer layer of skin as well as the deeper inner layers for a more rejuvenating treatment.

Medical esthetic school can take between 2-3 weeks to complete your training. Like esthetician school, you do need to pass a test in order to become certified. In most states, you need to have hands-on training, although the hours are not as high as esthetic school.

Treatments You Can Perform as an Esthetician

As an esthetician, you are able to perform facials, waxing, tweezing, exfoliation, wraps, hydrotherapy, peels, makeup application, and more.

Treatments You Can Perform as a Medical Esthetician

As a medical esthetician, you are able to perform all of the above (if you are a certified esthetician already) as well as cosmetic laser treatments (laser hair removal, photofacial skin rejuvenation, laser acne reduction, laser wrinkle reduction, etc.) and cosmetic injectable treatments (if you are a medical professional as well) such as Botox and dermal fillers.

Enrolling in a Medical Esthetic School Course

The beauty of medical esthetic school is that you don’t need to be an esthetician prior to enrolling in a course. In fact, you can be someone who’s completely changing careers and enroll in medical esthetic training if you have a high school diploma or GED*.

If you are thinking about esthetic school as well as medical esthetic, we highly suggest you complete your medical esthetic training first. It only takes two weeks versus six months and you can apply what you’ve learned in your medical esthetic training course to your esthetician training.

National Laser Institute is the leading medical esthetic school in the nation and offers courses each month for those who want to receive medical esthetics training. There are courses tailored to medical professionals who want to learn Botox, fillers, sclerotherapy, and more as well as courses tailored to career changers and estheticians, where you’ll learn everything you need to know in the hi-tech world of cosmetic lasers!

Our school offers hands-on training as well as classroom training led by experts in the industry. If you’re interested in learning more about medical esthetic school or National Laser Institute, please call 800.982.6817.

*In most states

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