An aesthetician can perform skin treatments that are non-medical, usually in a spa-type setting rather than a clinical one, although in some cases they may work along with dermatologists at their offices. Skin therapies may be used as a relaxing treatment, or to address a skin problem such as acne, eczema, or dry skin. Relaxing skin therapies may include facials and massages and these can be enjoyed by anyone simply seeking some personal time. More targeted therapies such as anti-aging treatments have a specific audience, generally those concerned about the signs of aging beginning to show on their faces. These kinds of therapies might include microdermabrasion treatments, or gentle acid peels and aim to eliminate wrinkles and create younger looking skin. Medical anti-aging treatments such as Botox must be carried out by a medical doctor and cannot be performed in a spa.
Aestheticians may treat previously diagnosed skin conditions, such as acne or eczema but they are not allowed to diagnose unknown conditions and must refer clients to a medical specialist, such as a dermatologist in these cases. Generally, an aesthetician aims to give a client a soothing and enjoyable treatment which will address any skin problems the client has and improve the quality and appearance of their skin.
Treatments given may include: