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Physicians and Estheticians: A Rewarding Partnership

By: Carl Thornfeldt, MD, FAAD
Posted: January 28, 2011, from the February 2011 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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6. When interviewing with physicians, research their specialty and what types of treatments are offered in the practice. After getting to know the doctor, ask to observe procedures in order to have a better understanding of the protocols followed.

7. During the interview, keep in mind that you are interviewing the physician as much as she is interviewing you. Will your personalities work together? Is the doctor gracious, warm and receptive? Does she have a working knowledge of esthetics, and what an esthetician can do for her practice? Is the physician willing to support the esthetician, and is she comfortable referring patients for services or products?

Plastic surgeons and cosmetic dermatologists are able to offer complete patient care when they combine esthetic services with the procedures they perform.

Realize the value

Today, calling a licensed esthetician a “beautician” or “facialist” is as outdated as calling a flight attendant a “stewardess” or “air hostess.” When an esthetician becomes part of the medical spa or health care team, the business expands to include long-term age management programs, as well as esthetic treatments. Because of their specialized training and skill set, medical offices are realizing the value in adding licensed estheticians to the staff. As long as people feel the need to remove unwanted hair and fight the visible signs of aging, or want to improve the health of their skin to maximize their beauty, esthetics and health care will continue to be a very rewarding partnership.


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