As we see a continual rise of individuals (both men and women) with a desire to maintain youthful looks and combat the signs of ageing, there is an ever-growing demand for specialists to provide treatments and service options in this field. With the scope of beauty moving beyond the everyday salon, career options within the world of clinical aesthetics have developed to reflect the more technologically and medically focused aspects of the industry.
Aestheticians possess specialised knowledge, particularly in skincare and products, in order to provide more advanced treatments than the average beauty therapist.
An aesthetician can perform specialised skin treatments including light peels, microdermabrasion, galvanic current, LED therapy etc. A clinical aesthetician who has completed further higher education (for example, a graduate of TACHW), has undertaken additional study in areas such as pathophysiology, wellness & antiageing, and perioperative skincare.
Finding work in medispas, laser clinics and other beauty salons, an IPL Laser technician has specialised knowledge of the skin allowing them to accurately assess a client’s needs and effectively treat them using a laser device. They can address various concerns, from hair removal, tattoo removal and varicose veins to specific skin irregularities including pigmentation and scarring.
While not immediately jumping to mind when one thinks of the beauty industry, a medical tattooist plays a niche yet important role. Also known as cosmetic tattooing and micro dermal pigmentation, practitioners can address a number of concerns for their clients. From skin camouflage, which covers signs of scarring from burns, trauma and surgery to hair simulation which can imitate hair which is thinning or no longer grows due to scarring etc. A medical tattooist can also perform reconstructive camouflage which assists the likes of women who have undergone a mastectomy by recreating the areola area of the breast.
Completing further training in the clinical aesthetics field can lead to greater career options for those with an interest in both beauty and allied health services. As the medical field continues to grow, the need for more integrated services that bridge the gap between pre-and post-surgery and create a more care-focused journey for the client, providing support to clients during the entire procedure journey. With specialised knowledge of anatomy, medical procedures and the healing process of the integumentary system, a career as qualified clinical aesthetician working in the para-medical field is vastly rewarding.
Many educators in the aesthetics industry have worked in and specialised within their chosen field; a passion for technology and innovation, a commitment to continual learning and a desire to elevate the industry are fantastic qualities for an aspiring educator in the aesthetics arena.