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1. I would like some advanced training in medical esthetics. What are your recommendations for schools, classes, etc.?

Currently the SPSSCS does not endorse a particular school or course for medical esthetics training. We do, however, endorse our yearly scientific program which provides 3-4 days of experts in the field of plastic surgical skin care. In addition, you have the opportunity to meet and discuss current skin care trends with individuals actively working in the field.

You may find specific dates for the SPSSCS annual meeting by visiting our website. In addition, the faculty and topics are available online prior to the annual meeting usually in January.

Until there appears to be some standardized method of evaluating medical schools, we seem to still be in caught between vendors that are training product specific and individuals teaching medical esthetics without much experience inside a medical office.

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December 30, 2011

2. How do I get into the plastic surgery skin care field? Where should I go to school?

Some cosmetology schools are now including medical skin care terminology in their course load as well as have a physician or staff member from your area come in and lecture on the role of the aesthetician in the medical skin care industry. These are done sometimes in the evening or on the week-ends as extra curricular. Once you have finished your training, compile a resume and send it to the plastic surgeons in your area and follow up with a phone call to the manager of those offices. Check with your school counselors, they may also have a listing of physicians who are looking for new graduates. You can even contact some of the medical companies and they can hook you up with an office. Once you have been hired by the physician’s office you can be trained in medical skin care by medical skin care companies that the office do business with. This holds true to the laser or microdermabrasion companies also. Attend any training classes these companies or others have to offer throughout the year. Education is ongoing. If there are questions, please do not hesitate to approach your plastic surgeon for guidance in any matter – you are part of a team. You should definitely become a member of SPSSCS to gain further knowledge and support in your new field. We have an amazing group of knowledgeable people who are willing to help thru our website, newsletters and annual national meetings.

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December 30, 2011

3. Where do I find a school to become an Aesthetician?

To become an aesthetician or cosmetician one needs to contact their State Cosmetology Board to locate a reputable accredited school. Even some junior colleges offer classes which leads to a degree in this area which may take a little longer. Each state has their own regulations regarding the amount of time necessary to finish your training. Once you have completed your training ,you then are eligible to sit for your state licensing exam. There are a couple of states that do not require a license, please be aware of your states’ requirements. Good luck.

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December 30, 2011