Aesthetician vs. Dermatologists-Which one is best for you?

The answer to that question really depends on your personal skin care needs.  Do you suffer from adult acne and light scaring?  Or do you want help in getting rid of those crows feet that came from nowhere? My skin care routine includes both an aesthetician and a dermatologist.  I love the way my skin looks and feels after a facial and I still suffer from a pesky pimple every now and then.  So..what’s the difference between these two skin care professionals and which one is best for you?

 Aestheticians are licensed skin care specialists. They are qualified to give facials, body or wax treatments. They are also great at giving product suggestions and advice on how  deal with your specific skin care concerns.  Some aestheticians work in medical or day spas while others may work in a dermatologists’ office as a supplemental service.

Dermatologists, on the other hand, have a medical degree and years of extensive training.  They specialize in hair, skin and nail issues.  Their treatments can include surgical and cosmetic medical procedures like laser treatments, botox/collagen injections or other services.  Dermatologists are qualified to deal with all types of skin concerns such as acne, wrinkles and skin cancer.  They are also able to write prescriptions, where as aestheticians are not.

If you have a specific skin care issue that needs medical attention, a dermatologist is the way to go. They have the medical training, experience and discernment needed to diagnose and treat potential problems and concerns.  However, if you are looking to maintain your current skin care routine or an alternative form of treatment, an aesthetician may be your answer.  You deserve to treat yourself to a facial from an aesthetician at least once or twice a year….more if you can afford it.  I actually think both professionals work well together in separate capacities.  Just do your homework to make sure you choose the right person for you.

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

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