At this time there is no license for Medical Esthetics in Massachusetts or Maine. Most other states also do not have a license for medical esthetics. Although there are schools that will advertise that they offer medical esthetics, the actual licensing of medical estheticians is rare. Most schools have been forced to drop the terminology of Medical Esthetician.
Most esthetics schools offer some degree of information on working in a clinical setting. However, schools that offer only courses of 300 hours are limited in what they can teach during that time.
Working in a clinical setting often involves working with patients either prior to or following surgery. Our programs focus on this information as well as the overall health of the skin. Healthy skin is by far the most attractive skin and the major focus of our programs.
It is important to remember that only trained medical professionals can perform injections and other invasive procedures. Therefore schools should not be teaching Botox, injections or other highly invasive procedures. Schools are also frequently restricted from teaching laser treatments and other various technologies that may emerge in the future. The Board of Cosmetology is very clear about the scope of practice for estheticians.
As always, it is up to the consumer to be aware of what they are purchasing. Be careful that the schools or programs you are selecting are reputable and accurately reflect the current laws and regulations in their trainings. The school business is highly competitive and some schools will exaggerate both what they offer as well as the quality of their training.
The best measure of a school's success is to ask salons, spas and other employers about which schools give the best training.