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The medical field presents opportunities for estheticians to work cooperatively with medical practitioners in a challenging, highly structured professional environment.

Plastic Surgery

Performed for aesthetic or reconstructive purposes

Cosmetic Surgery

Another term for plastic surgery

Reconstructive Surgery

Performed to restore the functioning of the body parts or to correct a deformity that ma be the result if a birth defect, burn, injury or trauma to the skin, tissue, nerves or muscles

Chemical Peel

The use of chemical solutions to exfoliate the surface of the skin, promote cell turnover and induce desquamation


Another term for "shedding, peeling, or coming off in scales"


The Esthetic Manufacturers and Distributors Alliance


Estheticians are only allowed to use AHA products with a maximum of % acid


Estheticians are allowed to use an AHA with a pH of no lower than:


Another term for fat injection (all one word)

Autologous Fat Transplantation

Another term for fat injection (several words)

3 to 6

Duration of results for collagen or fat injections (in months)


An injection of which blocks nerve impulses and temporarily paralyzes muscles that cause facial wrinkles


Surgical procedure that improves uneven skin textures due to acne, facial scars and fine wrinkles, by mechanically scraping off the top layers of skin


Another term used for dermabrasion


Eyelid surgery to remove excess fat, skin or muscle from the upper and lower eyelids.


Can improve visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and re-draping the skin of the face and neck


Remove the affected portion of the epidermis to heat the papillary dermis, which regenerated collagen


Penetrate the epidermis, usually without affecting it, to treat the papillary dermis below

Laser Resurfacing

Uses a beam of highly focused light to vaporize the upper layers of damaged skin at specific and controlled levels of penetration


Surgery to reshape the nose


Characterized by a break in the continuity of the skin that is caused by trauma to the tissue

Bacterial Infection

Develops when microbes invade an injured, open or wounded part of the body


Is an extremely contagious bacterial infection that affects the membrane that lines the eyelids

Yeast Infection

Superficial fungal infections that occur on moist areas of the skin

Herpetic Infection

(Cold sores) are highly contagious viral infections that are triggered when the body or skin is placed under extreme stress, such as a laser treatment, chemical peel or surgical procedure


The clinical term for bruising of the skin


Clinical term for redness of the skin


Applied directly to the skin (medication)


Taken orally and travel through the body in the bloodstream. Frequently used to treat skin disorders and diseases, and to promote healing following surgery


Creams or ointments used to promote rapid cell turnover and exfoliation

Scope of Practice

The estheticians' procedures that may be legally performed, as defined by the local regulatory agency, which can vary from location to location

7 to 10

TCA Peel recovery time (days)

7 to 21

Phenol Peel recovery time (days)

2 to 3

Botox duration of results (months)


Dermabrasion recovery time (weeks)

7 to 10

Blepharoplasty recovery time (days)

10 to 14

Rhytidectomy recovery time (days)


Laser resurfacing recovery time (weeks)

1 to 2

Rhinoplasty recovery time (weeks)

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