Dermatologist or Aesthetician: How Do You Decide Which to See?

Comparing Dermatologist and Aesthetician

The major differences between a dermatologist and an aesthetician is training.

Dermatologists attend college and medical school, and then complete a residency. Aesthetician training varies from state to state. But aestheticians typically take a one or two-year course that focuses on skin care, facials, and noninvasive procedures. Dermatologists practice out of medical offices, while most aestheticians work in medical spas and salons. However, some aestheticians do work under the direction of dermatologists in medical settings.


The choice in which professional to see depends on what your condition and your concern is. For more simplistic treatments or noninvasive cosmetic procedures, a medical spa such as, It's a Secret Med Spa in Dallas, can provide a relaxing setting to address your needs. If you have a more serious issue that may involve complex treatments, a medically trained dermatologist is your best option.


What skin problems can be addressed from a trip to an aesthetician?

Acne, mild breakouts, sensitivity, dry patches, and aging concerns are all the things that aestheticians are trained to treat. Call It’s a Secret Med Spa for a VISIA skin or a Fit 3D body consultation if you are looking for procedures such as microdermabrasion, extractions, pore cleansing, acid peels, exfoliating treatments, waxing, superficial skin peels, various light, laser, ultrasound and radiofrequency procedures, and noninvasive cosmetic procedures.


What conditions require a dermatologist's eye?

Dermatologist are trained to treat serious skincare concerns including skin cancer checks, checking moles or other skin growths. They can also treat hair loss, severe acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, hives, and other major ailments. In additions, most dermatologists provide cosmetic dermatology such as Botox, Dermal fillers, injections, and laser treatments similar to their medical spa counterparts.


Although both an aesthetician and a dermatologist can offer advice for daily skin care regiments, some skin issues require advanced medical treatment. If you think you might be at a higher risk for adverse side effects from procedures like facials or peels, or because your have darker skin or have a history of scarring, a dermatologist may be a more suitable choice.


At the end of the day, which pro you see can also boil down to sheer personal preference. Some people prefer to have a doctor’s advice and a prescription, while others seeking less invasive, more organic approach to taking care of their skin. At It’s a Secret Med Spa, we offer a wide range of treatments performed by highly trained professionals. Come in for a consultation to discuss your primary concerns and treatment options! We are located in uptown 2510 Cedar Springs Rd. Dallas, TX 75201.