As an aesthetician, I never thought there would be an opportunity in my lifetime to expand my career to be able to operate a medical grade laser to help my clients with various skin disorders and concerns. I had always been fascinated by the skin care industry, which is why I initially studied nursing and then went on to become an aesthetician. But my curiosity wasn’t satiated with just aesthetics and I wanted to study how to treat skin and the myriad of skin conditions with lasers. This led me to expand my skills by attending a laser school where I was able to learn everything from laser hair removal and laser skin resurfacing to body contouring and skin tightening.
There are many benefits that come with learning about various laser treatments including the following:
- Advanced aesthetic laser skills not only open the door career-wise to laser centers and day spas, but also to plastic surgeons and various doctors’ offices.
- You are able to combine traditional aesthetic treatments (i.e. peels, facials, etc.) with lasers treatments thus providing clients with greater potential for fantastic results.
According an article from PR Newswire (Medical Aesthetics Market, June 5th, 2015), the market and use of cosmetic lasers continues to expand and will continue to grow over the next few years. In fact, the article reports that the medical aesthetic market is “expected to reach $12.5 Million by 2020”! Combine that growth with some other advantages:
- Medical spas and aesthetic centers operate in a comfortable setting under the supervision of a medical director.
- They use the latest advances in medical technology to try and combat all areas of concerns to achieve results with clients.
- Provide a broad range of additional service using different modalities that are attractive to office demographics; Radio-frequency, IPL (Intense Pulse Light), Gentle NDYag Lasers, Body Contouring and Permanent Sweat Reduction treatments.
Long term results can be achieved for face and body, health providing overall body well being.
As the medical aesthetic industry continues to expand, there will always be more for me to learn. I’m so happy I took the plunge in to the laser world of skin-care – it’s fascinating and I love the knowledge that I’m able to provide to my clients and students alike.
Contributed by: Carol Sassa, Lead Instructor at ILM