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Are You Calling Yourself a Medical Esthetician?

Alex R. Thiersch and Renee E. Coover May 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine
Are You Calling Yourself a Medical Esthetician?

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As attorneys specializing in medical spa law, we dedicate a large part of our practice traveling to different conferences and seminars to educate and inform medical spa professionals about the do’s and don’ts of their industry. And it seems that every time the rules and regulations governing medical spas are presented to a group of estheticians, the first thing they tell us is that they are actually “medical estheticians,” in order to denote that they work in a medical spa setting. They often hand out business cards that say “medical esthetician” or connect with us on LinkedIn using the same title.

Our response? You may be breaking the law. Although the term has become commonplace and seems to show up everywhere, “medical esthetician” is, according to many state laws, misrepresentative, misleading and, therefore, illegal.

In violation

By calling yourself a medical esthetician, you are incorrectly advertising that you are licensed to perform medical services. Many states explicitly prohibit estheticians from providing medical services, so advertising that you do so may be considered misleading and, therefore, in violation of state law.

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