What do Medical Aestheticians* do?

*Note: There is no legal designation for “medical aesthetician” in the U.S. at this time.

Medical aesthetics* provide a wide variety of treatments and services, depending on their training and the state they work in.
Every state has different regulations regarding what is legal for a medical aesthetician* to do. Be sure to familiarize yourself with
your state’s rules and regulations.

Typically, a medical aesthetics* performs invasive procedures that treat not only the epidermis, but also the dermis which is where
real change can be affected. These services include medical grade peels, dermaplaning, micro-needling, medical microdermabrasion
and laser treatments. They also recommend skincare products and regimens, perform pre and post-operative skincare, help
patients manage acne and other skin conditions like rosacea, help improve the appearance of imperfections like acne or surgical
scars, and reduce the appearance of aging skin by minimizing fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation (age spots).

*Note: There is no legal designation for “medical aesthetician” in the U.S. at this time.

I have been in the Beauty, Health and Wellness industry since becoming a licensed Cosmetologist in 1984. I spent 20 years performing services in the aesthetic field and then in 2001, decided to pursue an education in Massage and Energy Work. In 2008, I went to work for Dr. Donna Wilcox at her medical spa and was introduced to the wonderful things medical aesthetics can do for skin. The products, services and guidance that became available to me there helped me to resolve long standing issues with my skin that I had been struggling with and felt hopeless to ever conquer. This experience lit a fire in me to not only scream from the rooftops how amazing this industry is, but to also somehow teach other industry professionals how to be able to affect this kind of change in their client’s skin and confidence. As it turns out, I was in the right place and with the right person to make that happen! Dr. Wilcox also has a passion for medical aesthetics and a desire to educate as many professionals as she can. We collaborated and designed the Integrative Medical Aesthetics Program of NJ and have been teaching licensed cosmetologists and aestheticians, as well as nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants since 2011, how to do the best they can to make corrective medical skincare available to their patients and clients.

Helene Geigleman, Program Director for The Integrative Medical Aesthetics Program of NJ