When skin worries arise you may wonder which specialized care provider can best address the issue. Dermatologist or esthetician-who should you see for your skin concerns? Both are licensed to care for your skin and can offer solutions for optimal skin health. In an ideal world we would have youthful, glowing, problem-free skin all the time. But because that dream has yet to become a reality, we know that finding answers to improving skin quality will likely be found in someone with greater training and information than we can find on our own. 

Requirements for estheticians vary by state but usually between 300 and 1,000 hours of training at a cosmetology school are necessary in addition to passing a state exam with practical and written components for licensure. Continuing education and renewal certifications are often required as well. Dermatologists on the other hand are required to complete a 4-year undergraduate degree, a 4-year medical degree, a 1-year internship, and a 3-year dermatology residency. In addition, at the end of the residency program, many dermatologists elect board-certification. Dermatologists can evaluate and treat pretty much anything related to hair, nails and skin. While many will think of a dermatologist as only related to medical issues like skin cancer, moles, psoriasis, eczema and other chronic skin conditions, dermatologists can assess the skin for minor and major issues including cosmetic treatments. Estheticians offer more aesthetic type services that do not involve prescribing medication or offering surgical intervention. Some of these services include facials, hair removal, chemical peels, makeup application and exfoliation. It is advised if you are looking to improve your appearance with Botox or dermal fillers that you choose a provider with medical training to precisely gauge the facial nerves and the effects of needles or lasers on the skin.

Dermatologists and estheticians both seek to beautify the skin and help you achieve the best version of yourself. Your safest bet is to reach out to a dermatologist about any changes to the skin. From there a dermatologist can diagnose and prescribe treatment options. When it comes solely to skin rejuvenation including prevention and maintenance, you can book an appointment with an esthetician to enhance your skin on top of what is working based on your dermatologist’s recommendations. Bottom line-there is wisdom and benefit in both doctor options. Base your selection upon your skin’s unique needs. 

To schedule a consultation for a full skin screening at THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology, call our office at 602-867-7546 or fill out a request form online at WEBSITE