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Aesthetic nurse titles

02 March 2023
Volume 12 · Issue 2


Sharon King explores the various definitions of titles seen in aesthetic nursing and what that means for the practitioners and the public

Acareer in aesthetic medicine can be approached from several professions. A multidisciplinary or team approach is often necessary to adequately address an aesthetic need. To perform certain procedures, one may need a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, Ear Nose and Throat surgeon, oculoplastic surgeon, maxillofacial surgeon or cosmetic dentist. However, many procedures are routinely performed by trained medical aestheticians or facial aesthetic-nurse aestheticians. It is said that, ‘the medical aesthetician can perform progressive chemical peels. Medical aesthetics requires specialised training and certification beyond a nurse license/aesthetic license.’

So what exactly is a medical aesthetician and moreover, who and what is the nurse aesthetician? How do we portray ourselves and more importantly how does the public identify with a nurse practising in aesthetics versus other providers? Here the water becomes muddy.

Let’s start by exploring the title ‘nurse’. If you look at the dictionary definitions of a nurse, most state that a nurse is a person who has been formally educated and trained to care for the sick or infirm. I would say that this definition needs to be modernised. Now, to become a nurse it requires completing a recognised university training programme, demonstrating graduate skills necessary to engage in a range of therapeutic approaches together with an underpinning knowledge of the evidence-base of nursing and healthcare.

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