What is Medical Aesthetics, Really?

Medical Aesthetics is a broad term for specialties that focus on improving the appearance of one’s self through the treatment of conditions including skin laxity, wrinkles, unwanted hair, skin discoloration, sun damage and spider veins, to name a few. Aesthetic medicine providers include reconstructive surgery and plastic surgery board-certified surgeons. Present day, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons have collaborated with nurses and aestheticians, creating aesthetic teams that provide the safest, most successful patient outcomes, as well as thorough patient education.

An aesthetic nurse’s training is based on the foundation of science, nursing, and the art of aesthetics. Training often takes years to master. Nurses work in collaboration with a board-certified plastic surgeon, strengthening their foundation and mastery of facial aesthetics.

Is there a special certification for aesthetic nurses?

Nationally and internationally, there are nurses that are Certified Plastic Surgical Nursing (CPSN) and Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialists (CANS). These certifications are ethically rooted and promote the education, competency and professional development of the plastic and aesthetic nurse. Certification is a lengthy process, similar to the board-certification for the plastic surgeon.

Maintaining these certifications requires numerous hours of continuing education in the field of plastic and aesthetic nursing, in addition to working hours. The responsibility of the aesthetic nurse specialist is to educate the patient about the aging process — from prevention to treatment plan — while working collaboratively with the patient to achieve a realistic goal that can significantly improve their outlook and overall wellbeing.

Aesthetic nurses also provide a follow-up analysis to ensure that your treatment plan is working. At SKN BAR RX, we offer complimentary consultations with our Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialists who thoroughly review your health history, allergies and past experiences, as well as a perform a complete analysis of your existing aesthetic concerns to design a treatment plan just for you.  

How can I be assured of the best outcome?

Aesthetic procedures are elective. The safest outcome lies with knowing who your aesthetic nurse is, and that they know you. A reputable medical aesthetics facility with board-certified aesthetic nurses and a board-certified plastic surgeon as its medical director should be the only option you choose.

What you see on the internet or other video channels isn’t necessarily correct, or safe. There is a misconceived notion that receiving services from a “medi-spa” will leave you with less than desirable results. The goal with medical aesthetic services should not be to look like you “have had something done”. As with great plastic surgery, the best outcomes are the ones that people don’t see upfront. Be prepared for compliments as to how great you look — and know that you have found your right place.