Workplace Any estheticians here?

Swanky

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I have a good friend who is obsessed w/ skincare and I am trying to talk her into getting her license.
If you have your's, would you recommend it to others that have a passion for skincare?
 

sabrunka

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I am a qualified esthetician, but have slowly been getting out of the field... I thought I loved it but got stressed easily when working in a spa. I prefer luxury retail to esthetics, BUT, it is a nice job! If she really loves it, then I do suggest it. You will come across horrible clients sometimes, but it can all be worth it in the end (good tips and such, depending if you work in a high end place or not) and you can eventually open your own place. Lots of doors are open as well. You don't only have to work in a spa, you could work along side a plastic surgeon, or be a mobile trainer or something like that.
 

sadiesthegirl

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When I was 18 I went to school to be an esthetician and once I got my license, I worked in the field for three years before I went to college. This was about 20 years ago so I know things have changed. If you want to work in a spa or a medi spa, I think a license is a must but if you are looking to work in a department store and represent a specific brand, I think it would be a plus but not required. When I initially started to look for work, I interviewed with department stores and at a few spa's. Department stores are more interested in your personality and people skills and selling abilities where as a spa is looking for your knowledge in skincare and ability to properly do facials and follow sanitation steps. If your friend is serious about working at a spa/medi spa, then the license is well worth it.
 

Swanky

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Yes, in a derm office or something is what she'd prefer. I was reading and thought I'd read that to work w/ plastic surgeons they also prefer a medical assistant {or something?} cert?
To be be able to administer injectables and such.
 

buzzytoes

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Is she not the type to own her own business? My aesthetician is wonderful at what she does and enjoys it because she really has a passion for learning new things and keeping up with the latest products. I don't think she would enjoy it as much if she was told what brands to use and what methods to use, like what would likely happen in a medispa or spa.
 

Swanky

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She was a teacher, lol! I think she'd need to "get her feet wet" before opening her own place. Don't you think?
No clientele, no 1st hand experience w/ the prescription lines, etc. . .
 

buzzytoes

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I have an appt in the morning so I will try to remember to ask how mine got started. I am pretty sure she just jumped right in but I could be wrong. I know her first spot was right next to a salon so it was helpful in getting clientele. But we also live in a small town so there aren't a lot of choices outside of hair salons.
 

ChanelGirlE

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My cousin is an esthetician (at a derm office) and depending on your state, there may be regulations or requirements before they can perform stuff like botox, lasers, etc. My cous was lucky enough to work for a family friend (dermatologist) who took her under her wing did procedures supervised and now has been a medical esthetician for years. I think my cousin had to take additional certification courses on TOP of esthetician school like a laser certification and eye lash extension class? Not sure exactly what classes she had to take.

I hear lots of nurses or medical assistants are getting into esthetics because they can work for a dermatologist or plastic surgeon and they have a medical background.
 
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