Today, in the 21st century media controls people’s perspective on what they think is beautiful. Many people live each day feeling insecure about anything that doesn’t appear on the celebrities on the front cover of magazines. Walking the streets with low self-esteem is an everyday problem that many people suffer from. What can they do to rebuild their confidence, and live their life to the fullest without hiding behind their flaws? They can visit an aesthetician.
An aesthetician performs treatments and procedures to help minimize skin flaws, helps people to obtain a higher self-esteem, and is truly passionate about skincare and helping people achieve better physical health, as well as emotional health.
An aesthetician works with skin, and they specialize in skincare. They set up appointments and consultations to talk to their clients about their skincare needs in a hospital or medical practice facility (Santiago).
They will examine the patient’s skin, and perform a number of facial treatments, procedures, and recommend several products; they do not prescribe medications or topicals as a dermatologist would.
They provide skincare, pre and post to any operation or surgery given. They manage the harmful effects of any skin disease or outbreak from rashes to breakouts. They help with a patient’s appearance by minimizing any skin flaws such as acne, surgical scars, wrinkles, or sun damage.
Aestheticians can be trained in giving chemical peels, facial scrubs, laser treatments, Botox injections, cosmetic fillers, and many more types of cosmetic facial work. They are often confused with a cosmetologist due to the fact that an aesthetician will occasionally work in a spa-like environment (Santiago).
Aestheticians differ from cosmetologists in many ways, although, they are both concerned about the looks and appearance of the face and body. Aestheticians work with the healthcare side of the spectrum rather than the strictly appearance end.
To be an aesthetician, certain qualities are required to keep the client happy, safe, and satisfied. In order to do this job, the quality of being able to show compassion and empathy is needed (Dunn). Most of the time, patients come into an aesthetician’s office with lower than average self-esteem. An aesthetician needs to be understanding, and considerate of this. Another quality necessary for this occupation, as well as many others in the medical field, is the ability to communicate and be personable (Dunn). Being a people-person and having communication with the clients is arguably the most important of them all.
If an aesthetician is not able to communicate with his or her patient, their problem will not be solved, and their skin could become worse than it was before (Dunn). The client will leave their office unhappy and it could drastically damage their physical health as well as their mental health. When dealing with their patient’s skin, as well as chemicals, having a steady arm is must-have skill to keep their patient, and their self safe. (Dunn) A medical aesthetician’s main goal should be keeping their clients safe and satisfied at all times.
A number of high school courses are highly recommended to get students wanting to become an aesthetician on the right track. To be an aesthetician, recommended high school courses would be chemistry, health, and business management (Powell). Chemistry is needed due to the fact that their daily routine will consist of working with chemicals. A background in chemistry allows the professional to know how a patient’s skin will react with that chemical. Health would be a recommended course to take to understand more about the human body. Also as an aesthetician, business management would be a highly suggested class.
Many aestheticians are hired by a small business, or they start one and knowing the business essentials would be beneficial. After completing high school a number of training courses are recommended to be the best aesthetician they can be. It is recommended that “those preparing to become a medical aesthetician take classes in microdermabrasion, skin resurfacing methods, treatment for skin conditions and proper nutrition for healthy skin (Dunn). ”To become an aesthetician, you must complete a training program ran by the State Board of Cosmetology.
This job requires a licensure by the state (Santiago). Any aesthetician would need to receive this license from their state, and renew it annually. Those wanting to become an aesthetician should prove to be professional, knowledgable, motivated, confident, and empathetic in order to have success with the variety of patients that enter their office. A trait that is much needed to become an aesthetician is having a well-kept and professional appearance at all times in the office (Gambino 8). People are coming into an aesthetician’s office to improve their appearance.
If the experts appearance isn’t satisfactory to them, then in the head of a client, they will lose credibility and they will expect a job not as well done as someone who looks clean and respectable; they would most likely look to another professional. An aesthetician needs to display themselves in the proper demeanor, and use their manners when dealing with a client (Gambino 8). They should make their client feel welcome, and create a happy and cheerful environment. At all times, they must be attentive to all of their client’s needs without hesitation. They need to take pride, as well as feel passionate about what they do and let it.
To be a successful aesthetician, motivation to gain a stronger knowledge of what they are doing is key. A firm grasp on all of the current and up-to-date techniques is important to a client’s health and to ensure a job well done on their part (Gambino 8). He or she needs to ensure that they are doing the best job that they can do for their client. Taking initiative and reading skin care books and magazines, attending meetings, seminars and tradeshows, and taking part in professional skin-care organizations increases their credibility and personal knowledge on skincare (Gambino 8).
Another must have skill an aesthetician should have while working in the lab, is talent. They must have a natural interest in the aesthetic skincare field. It is not only mandatory to have the talents required, but it is necessary to have completed the correct guidance (Gambino 8). They must have enough training, experience, knowledge, and talent to be confident in their judgment and their abilities (Gambino 8). An aesthetician should not be second guessing or questioning themselves while working on the skin of a client. They need to be sure of what they are doing and confident that it is best for the person in which they are working on.
To gain that kind of confidence, hours of training and experience is mandatory. Another trait that helps build up the confidence of the client is being empathetic. Empathy is a trait needed to truly want to help clients feel better about themselves, their health, and their appearance (Gambino 8). An aesthetician should be passionate about the work that they do, it’s not enough to be in it for the money; it needs to be about their passion of wanting to help people feel better and gain confidence in themselves. Many traits are needed to become an aesthetician, but if a person truly is
passionate about this career in particular, they will have no problem acquiring and building upon them. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists that “the median annual salary for aestheticians as $28,920 annually, which equates to about $13. 90 per hour. ” This being the case, it is probably not an adequate amount for a person with future goals of buying a home and supporting a family. In order to take this job, a person should not be in it for the income that they are bringing in, but for the pride that is earned through helping others.
Like any other job, there are a few positive aspects as well as drawbacks to being an aesthetician. If you love helping people feel good about themselves, it can be extremely rewarding. If people are passionate about skincare, it will satisfy their needs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth is coming in strong, so there is a good chance of getting a job in the field of aesthetics, and it is still growing (Santiago). The only drawback to being aesthetician is that it is not one of the highest paying medical careers (Santiago).
Although the income is not as large as some would like, aesthetics is steadily becoming a more popular job, but positions look as if they will be available no matter what (Santiago). Aestheticians are here to build the self esteem of the people in their community. They can perform a number of procedures, treatments and recommend multiple products to their clients to help rid them of their flaws. Many traits and qualities are needed to obtain an aesthetics career, but with a strong passion for skincare, they should already be possessed by the aesthetician in the making.
A drawback to this occupation is that there is not a huge income, but it is buried by the perks of being able to help people feel good about themselves and becoming able to come home with a sense of pride for what they do each day. It is steadily becoming a more popular career and many positions are going to be opening up within the next decade. Personal Evaluation This job seems like it would be a good fit for me. I am very interested in skincare and I am passionate about building people up to make them feel their best.
I feel like it would be a very rewarding experience, and I would come home with a sense of pride every night. I think that I would love having this job, but the annual salary wouldn’t be satisfactory to my later goals in life such as moving to the east coast, buying a home, and starting a family. My occupational values that relate to this job are that I love making people feel good about themselves at all costs. I know how to have a well-kept and professional attitude and appearance.
I know that I would be determined to learn everything that I can about skincare by attending meetings, seminars, and reading up on all of the latest, up-to-date techniques to work to the best of my ability. I have the initiative that it takes to be an aesthetician. I am interested in skincare and the human body. I have empathy, manner, a steady arm, and I can build my knowledge to its fullest potential. Being an aesthetician would be a profession that I would be highly interested in.