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Surgery and the Esthetician
By: Terri Wojak
Posted: March 26, 2010, from the April 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Again, this also helps to create a relationship with the client while improving the overall healing process. This treatment should be practiced carefully, because if it is not performed correctly, it can cause additional swelling and actually prolong the healing process. Estheticians must have specialized training in lymphatic drainage techniques before performing them on clients.
The lymph system lies directly beneath skin, which is why manual lymphatic massage movements are very light. When doing manual lymph drainage, very light pressure—about the weight of a quarter—is applied to the client’s skin. If the pressure is too hard, the lymph system will not be affected. Using the hands in a soft, stretching manner, movements are applied in circular, pumplike or scooping strokes. It is important to remember this is not a typical massage of the skin and muscles. The pressure is just the opposite, and it should be applied in the direction of lymph flow, which is toward the client’s feet.
Another benefit of manual lymphatic drainage massage is that it was created to stimulate or act upon the parasympathetic nerves, or night nerves, which allow the body to rest and rejuvenate. It is during this process of rest that fluids circulate, and the immune system most effectively eliminates and filters toxins and pathogenic bacteria. The whole premise of this light-touch massage is to induce rest and relaxation to let the body’s own regenerative processes and immune system take hold.
Applying camouflage makeup is an integral part of the skill set estheticians need when working in a surgical setting. The esthetician must have a thorough understanding of color and be able to develop precise application techniques in order to offer this service with quality, and while this takes practice, in the end, it pays off for both the estheticians and clients.
There are many procedures and surgeries that take place in the cosmetic medical office that leave the client with imperfections such as bruising during healing stages. Knowing how to camouflage these imperfections is important for your clients—they will appreciate the fact that someone took the time to help them look better during the healing stages of their medical treatments. This also can open the door to recommending other products and providing other skin care services, as well.