Did you know that your skin is the body’s largest organ? The average adult has around 8 pounds and 22 feet of skin, which acts as a waterproof insulating shield that protects the body from the elements and extreme temperatures. That’s a lot of work for one organ to accomplish! So, for National Aesthetician’s Day, take a moment to appreciate the skin care service professionals that help us love the skin we’re in.

Aesthetician? Esthetician? What’s the Difference?

Both estheticians and aestheticians are licensed skin specialists, and National Aesthetician’s Day honors both professions equally. While there is a lot of nuance to the differences between the two, the main difference between estheticians and aestheticians is the type of clientele they serve and the setting in which they work. Estheticians generally work in a salon, resort, fitness club, or spa esthetics setting. Estheticians mainly provide services such as facials, exfoliations, specialized skin treatments, waxing, aromatherapy, and head and neck massage. Aestheticians, like estheticians, are trained, licensed skin specialists. However, aestheticians work primarily in medical spas, and are also called clinical or paramedical aestheticians. Aestheticians generally are more clinically-focused, often servicing burn victims, cancer patients, or clients with health-related skin conditions. In addition to medical spas, aestheticians often work in burn units, hospitals, reconstructive surgery centers, trauma centers, and other healthcare facilities. It should be noted, however, that estheticians and aestheticians are both formally educated, trained, and licensed, and you may encounter either profession in any manner of business that provides specialized skin care services.

Skin Professionals Care for Your Biggest Organ

Skin care professionals help clients care for, repair, maintain, and preserve the body’s greatest organ—the skin you’re in! Though their services are important to how we feel in our skin, it’s a vocation that’s often overlooked in its importance. Every day, aestheticians and estheticians in medical spas, clinics, salons and specialized skin care centers help clients address skin care issues, contributing to better health, improved self-esteem, and the client’s overall wellness. Because of the wide variety of skin care specializations in both fields, practical training, coursework, secondary certifications, continuing education and licensing requirements often varies by state.  

Opportunities for Skin Care Specialists

If you’re a skin care professional, and you’re thinking of branching out and expanding your skill set to serve more clients with different needs, there are many opportunities open to you! Whether you’re in a traditional salon or spa and are thinking of moving to a medical spa, or if you’re in a medical spa and are drawn to clinical work in a hospital, burn unit, or specialized skin center, there are many paths your profession offers that you can pursue to find your true calling. If you’re wondering what’s next for your career, here are some specialized services you could train for as an esthetician or aesthetician.


  • Sclerotherapy

  • Skin tightening

  • Ultrasound skin tightening

  • Photofacial skin rejuvenation

  • Resurfacing (Skin Pen)

  • BBL corrective therapy

  • Laser hair removal

  • Dermaplaning

  • Laser wrinkle reduction

  • Tattoo removal

  • Scar revision

  • Dermal filler training

  • Botox injection training

  • Body contouring (Cool Sculpting, etc.)

  • Permanent makeup application

  • Microblading

  • Microdermabrasion

  • Microneedling

  • Moisturizing treatments

  • Specialized facials (Vampire facial, enzyme facials)

  • Aromatherapy

HIPAA Compliant Software Solutions for Med Spa Aestheticians

For medical spa skin professionals, or paramedical aestheticians who work in clinical settings such as hospitals, burn units, trauma centers, reconstructive surgery centers, or other healthcare facilities, HIPAA compliant software solutions are important to your business. Vagaro is proud to offer HIPAA compliant software and payment processing to skin care specialists working in medical spas and healthcare facilities handling patient PHI.

If you’re not already using Vagaro, it’s the perfect time for you to take advantage of our 1-month free trial and see how much more time and revenue you could have with a little help from our automated administrative software and integrated payment processing. Already using Vagaro? Fantastic! If you’ve got a friend in the industry who could benefit from Vagaro, check out our Refer-a-Friend program, and we’ll give both you and your esthetician friend a little boost. To celebrate your profession, use #NationalAestheticianDay and tag us on social media to give a shout out to your skin care business and your industry peers!

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