By now, you’ve probably used an esthetician for some sort of special cosmetic treatment, whether you realize it or not! They’re kind of the brains behind many kinds of spa treatments. Estheticians perform everything from brow waxing to facials to laser hair removal to cosmetic procedures like face lifts or microdermabrasion.  They may also go by the name skin therapists  or medical estheticians. Medical estheticians provide treatment with laser machines such as:laser hair removal, laser ipl ( for sun damage), tattoo removal, laser skin tightening, laser scar removal etc, and usually work at salons, day spas, and medical spas. They are trained to cosmetically treat the skin so by law, they cannot prescribe medication, diagnose skin issues, or suggest treatment beyond cosmetic procedures. But they can treat skin conditions like acne, provide facials, give the skin a deep cleaning, and perform cosmetic procedures. In fact, some estheticians work closely with dermatologists to complement their practice as well. Sometimes, a dermatologist will recommend skin exfoliation to treat a skin condition; this is where a certified esthetician would be of help!

Before booking an appointment for laser hair removal or any other service offered by your esthetician, you should be absolutely positive that the esthetician is certified.

Uncertified medical estheticians do not know the proper settings of laser machines,

therefore not having proper education and training can lead to clients being burned by the laser. This can happen by not applying the proper setting of the machine or determining the proper skin type of the client.

Certified medical estheticians are also aware of proper post care procedures, ensuring that the client gets the best results.

You are entitled to your own safety. Being proactive in your esthetician’s methods is not invasive, but practical. You wouldn’t want “just anyone” to use lasers on your body, right? Estheticians should wear gloves for the entire procedure; no matter what service they are performing. This reduces chances of cross-contamination and infections ensuring the safety of you, the esthetician, and their next client.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

Laser hair removal is an alternative service performed by estheticians in place of waxing, shaving, and plucking. It is one of the most common procedures performed by estheticians in Canada. The procedure ultimately “zaps” unwanted hairs by beaming highly concentrated light into hair follicles, destroying the hair.

The highly concentrated light is extremely precise and selectively targets the darkest and coarsest hairs while leaving skin undamaged. Not only that, but the procedure is extremely quick and can treat an area the size of a quarter every second.

Certified estheticians will be able to consult, treat, educate, and promote their services without compromising your time or health. Mederm Esthetics & Laser provides personal skin and body care with this mantra in mind. Before choosing an esthetician, be sure to speak with them in depth about the procedure you’re looking into, weigh the pros and cons, and decide together if this is best for you.