How to become a medical aesthetician

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How to become a medical aesthetician
Medical aestheticians work with patients whose skin is affected by trauma or surgery. (skin care image by anna karwowska from

Aestheticians are licensed skincare specialists. They treat facial skin to maintain and improve its appearance. Medical aestheticians work with patients whose skin or appearance is affected by trauma or medical procedure, such as surgery. Required courses in a medical aesthetics program often include skin analysis and massage, skin treatment administration, hair removal, cosmetics, make-up application, and customer service.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Graduate high school or complete a General Education Degree (GED).

  2. 2

    Earn a degree in cosmetology.

  3. 3

    Complete at least 600 hours of training from a school approved by the Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology.

  4. 4

    Pass the written and a practical examinations administered by the agency that governs cosmetology in your state.

Tips and warnings

  • Not all medical aesthetician schools require a cosmetology degree, but having the background and the training is a huge bonus for applicants applying to medical aesthetician school. In some cases, cosmology schools offer training in aesthetics.
  • Requirements for becoming a certified medical aesthetician vary by state. Check with your state's regulations.
  • Numerous resources are available to help you prepare for the medical aesthetician certification exam.
  • Do some research before applying to a medical aesthetician school. Many programs are available, but not all are accredited.

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