Several years ago we started to see some big changes in the esthetics industry here in Canada. More and more doctors and nurses were getting into the world of injectables and laser. With that came a focus on more advanced skin care techniques and the use of product lines that contained ingredients that made really visible changes in the clients skin.
LED Light Therapy
There was now the need for more and more estheticians. The doctor and the nurse could focus on the medical-type cosmetic procedures, while someone needed to be focused on the skin care needs of the client. Thus was born the clinical esthetician, a.k.a. “medical esthetician”.
Depending on the clinic you worked at, the position of clinical esthetician could mean a variety of things. You could be trained in laser or IPL hair removal, laser skin rejuvenation, body contouring, skin tightening, advanced facials, microdermabrasion, microcurrent, chemical peels, and advanced product knowledge.
Raelyn and Genalin attending a SkinCeuticals product knowledge class
If you were interested in becoming a clinical esthetician at that time, you would first have to complete an esthetics program and then you would need to find a clinic that would take you on and train you in these advanced services.
Diamond Tip Microdermabrasion (Image: Karim Haddad Photography)
There are a lot of success stories from that time, and a lot of highly trained estheticians who spent years training under a doctor or a nurse. Unfortunately though, there are also the opposite, and because Alberta is not regulated in the esthetics field, anyone could buy some advanced equipment and start their own medi spa. In fact, you may have noticed that in the past ten years, medi spa’s seem to be popping up everywhere. With that growth there has also been a growth in the amount of negative experiences we often hear about from our friends and in the media.
LED light therapy being used in an advanced facial treatment
This all comes down to the level of knowledge the person offering the service has. You don’t know what you don’t know, and if you aren’t given a set of guidelines around what you should know it can get very confusing. Something may go wrong and you may not understand why that happened or what to do once it has happened.
A student using a hand-held ultrasonic cleansing device in her skin treatment
This is why promoting the education of the service provider is so important. Anyone can be trained to push certain buttons and follow a procedure. Having an understanding of what happens when the button is pushed and why the procedure is as it is, is the vital key.
Bio-Therapeutic microcurrent and galvanic machine
So in response to the need for more specialized education, and because some clinics found it daunting to go through the hiring and training process with an esthetician that maybe didn’t have the foundation of skin science, came the creation of Advanced Esthetics or Clinical Esthetics programs at colleges across the country.
Two of our past Clinical Esthetics students getting ready to do some IPL treatments
These programs really vary from province to province. Some require you to have a one year esthetics diploma before being considered for enrollment, and some are geared towards the beginner who is looking to have a sole focus and is not interested in learning about traditional esthetic procedures like manicures and pedicures.
Our Clinical Esthetics students receive a professional Clarisonic for face and body use
Clinical Esthetics at Delmar College is geared towards the person who fits in the latter group, but is not limited to someone who may already have some education and experience in the esthetics industry. Our program is four months in length and is focused on the skin and the science behind laser, IPL, and advanced facial technologies.
Silhouet-Tone Derma Pod machine offers both diamond tip and crystal microdermabrasion, as well as LED light pod treatments
We partner with some of the biggest and best distributors to give our students an amazing kit and hands on experience with a wide variety of cosmeceutical and advanced products. There is also a heavy focus on hands on experience with procedures that involve IPL, including hair removal and skin rejuvenation. We do this because laser and IPL should not be left to learn in a week, it should be done continuously, so the student leaves with a higher level of confidence in this service.
We instruct our students in hospital grade disinfection and sterilization methods, and use an autoclave in our student spa
Currently we offer the following in our Clinical Esthetics program:
- Infection Control Certification
- Skin Sciences
- Laser and IPL
- Skin Analysis
- European Facial Treatments
- Chemical Peels
- Microdermabrasion (diamond tip and crystals)
- Microcurrent and Galvanic
- LED Light Therapy
- Business Planning and Practices
Just a sampling of the different chemical and enzyme peel options our students get to train with
Our students get a kit full of hand-held, advanced devices from Bio-Therapeutic and Clarisonic, and work with professional lines like SkinCeuticals, PCA, Katrine Marso, YUM, and Skeyndor. We have an IPL machine by Active Crystal onsite, and at our students disposal, as well as some pretty amazing advanced treatment equipment from Bio-Therapeutic, Silhouet-Tone, and more.
Some of the hand-held items our Clinical Esthetics students receive in their kit
If you are interested in learning more about the Clinical Esthetics program at Delmar College please contact Linda Villeneuve, Director of Esthetics, at 403-264-8055 or by email at email@example.com.
no gimmicks. just great education