Medical Aesthetician vs. Dermatologist | Which career is for you?

Medical Aesthetician vs. Dermatologist

Are you considering a career in skincare? Maybe you’ve thought about becoming a dermatologist or a medical aesthetician and have wondered what exactly the difference is between the two. Keep reading to learn all about becoming a medical aesthetician vs a dermatologist. What it takes to be a medical aesthetician vs a dermatologist and what you’ll be doing day to day.

What Does It Take To Become A Medical Aesthetician vs A Dermatologist?


To become a Dermatologist one must complete a bachelor’s degree in any subject first and then apply to and finish medical school. Dermatologists then must complete a residency following their graduation from medical school. In total Dermatologists complete twelve years of schooling. In order to practice all Dermatologists must be licensed. The requirements for licensing vary from state to state. All Dermatologists must also pass a national licensure examination.

Medical Aesthetician

To become a Medical Aesthetician one must first be a nurse, nurse practitioner, or doctor. Then you can complete a Medical Aesthetician course and become certified to practice such procedures as cosmetic lasers, injectables, and fillers. The process of becoming a Medical Aesthetician is a lot quicker than becoming a Dermatologist.

What Can A Medical Aesthetician vs A Dermatologist Do?

Dermatologists are trained to:

Diagnose and treat skin disorders, diseases, and abnormalities such as:

  • Acne
  • Skin cancer
  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin infections as the result of viruses (such as herpes)
  • Write prescriptions based on knowledge of skincare pharmaceuticals
  • Perform surgery on skin abnormalities
  • Perform cosmetic procedures including:
  • Lasers
  • Injection of fillers
  • Botox
  • Prescription-strength chemical peels
  • Spider vein treatment
  • Medical micro-needling (if they complete special training)

Medical Aestheticians are trained to perform the following:

  • Skin Tightening
  • Microlaser Peel
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Skin Resurfacing
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Laser Tattoo Removal
  • Body Contouring
  • Cellulite Reduction
  • BBL
  • Photofacial

If you’re having some serious battles with your skin, think meds might be the solution, or want a more invasive procedure done, book an appointment with your derm. And for the best treatment around, see both.

Where Can You Work As A Medical Aesthetician vs A Dermatologist?


Dermatologists work in a Dermatologist office of course! Out of all the specialties that are out there for doctors being a Dermatologist comes with a lot of benefits. Dermatologist make a very good amount of money, and unlike most doctors, they also work normal hours. Dermatologists usually work Monday through Friday, eight in the morning to five pm in the night. It is the perfect career if you are wanting to work in the medical field as a doctor, love skincare, but also still want to have a life outside of work.

Medical Aesthetician

A Medical Aesthetician can work in a variety of places. They may work at a hospital, a medical practice, a medical spa or really any healthcare facility. They also may work at plastic surgery or dermatologists’ offices. Due to the rising demand for procedures such as Botox and Fillers, many Medical Aestheticians are also able to work at days spas, beauty salons, niche boutiques, and fitness centers. No matter what type of environment you want to work in or what type of hours you are looking to work, you’ll be able to find your place as a Medical Aesthetician.

Our Medical Aesthetician Course

If becoming a Medical Aesthetician sounds like the perfect career path for you then consider taking one of our courses here at the National Laser Institute. You’ll get hands-on training in the most popular treatments in this industry and walk away feeling confident to begin working on clients!

Comprehensive 2-week course

Our comprehensive two-week program covers everything you need to learn to be able to get into this exciting industry! It’s the perfect course to take if you know this is the industry for you and you are ready to commit to a future in this field!

  • Treating different skin conditions and types
  • Evaluating skin types using the Fitzpatrick scale
  • Skin physiology and tissue interactions
  • How to perform the consultation process
  • Laser settings and functionalities
  • Laser hair removal
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photo facial
  • Laser spider vein reduction
  • Laser acne treatments
  • CoolSculpting body contouring
  • Cellulite reduction
  • Radiofrequency (RF) skin tightening
  • Laser wrinkle reduction
  • Laser skin tightening
  • Laser tattoo removal

We also offer many other programs that are shorter and more focused on learning one thing such as Botox and filler or laser tattoo removal.

14 Days Of Cosmetic Laser & Injectables

Day 1: CME Laser Didactic
Day 2 – Day 5: CME Laser Clinical Hands-On *
Day 6: Botox Training and Hands-On Clinical Practice
Day 7: Dermal Filler Training and Hands-On Clinical Practice
Day 8: Intro to Advanced Injectable Training and Hands-On Clinical Practice
Day 9: Advanced Injectable Hands-On Clinical Practice
Day 10: Platelet Rich Plasma Training and Hands-On Clinical Practice
Day 11: Advanced PRP Training and Hands-On Clinical Training
Day 12: Body / Vein Training and Hands-On Clinical Training
Day 13: Intro to PDO Threads Training and Hands-On Clinical Practice
Day 14: PDO Threads Hands-On Clinical Practice

Why Choose The National Laser Institute

When it comes to choosing to attend a course at the National Laser Institute you are making an investment in a course that is going to change your future in the medical aesthetic field, otherwise, why invest your time and money into taking a course? At the National Laser Institute, we make sure that your money and time is well worth it! You’ll leave feeling confident in your ability to be a practicing professional in the medical aesthetic industry.

About The National Laser Institute:

  • Classes lead by dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, and leading industry physicians and medical aesthetics experts
  • Train on multiple, industry-leading technologies
  • Luxury, retail medical spa training center
  • Staffed with a specific team of 20 customer service/marketing agents whose mission is to provide over 2000 clients per month nationwide so that our attendees receive extensive hands-on training
  • Medical advisory board with over 100 years of combined experience
  • Business development/marketing seminars
  • Featured in the top national health and beauty publications
  • Industry pioneer for education in Laser, Botox, and Filler training

If you’re interested in becoming a Medical Aesthetican then give us a call at 855-637-4530 to speak with an Admissions Advisor. We look forward to getting you started on pursuing your dream career!

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