SI: As an educator, how do you
cope with various regulations
throughout the country?
TW: It’s very hard, especially
with dermaplaning. I’m allowed
to teach it, but I have to have
everybody sign a consent saying
that you cannot do this treatment
unless you’re working for a
medical professional. I make
sure they understand that; it’s not
under their esthetic license.
It is really hard as an educator
because a lot of estheticians want to
learn these procedures—that’s why
we concentrate on esthetics for a
medical setting so that when these
estheticians work in a medical office
they are able to do these procedures
as a medical assistant.
SI: Have you heard from former
students who work in resort or day
spas as an esthetician and cannot
do these types of treatments?
TW: I have a lot of students who
have gotten jobs at very high-end
spas and salons. They are very
happy, [but] it is kind of a struggle
because estheticians always want
to do a little bit more. They’re still
really happy that they had the
training, the reason being that they
have so many clients who come in
and are asking about procedures
such as microdermabrasion,
[botulinum toxin injections], etc.
It is very important for
estheticians, whether they are
working in a medical setting or
not, to know exactly what they can
be doing before, during and after
medical procedures. The training
goes a lot further than just working
in a practice, because everybody is
getting these [treatments] now.
SI: What is the most concerning
thing on your desk as an educator
in esthetics right now?
TW: The most concerning things
[are] all the regulations—they’re
getting stricter on estheticians—
and the fact that education is
not taken seriously enough in
undergrad esthetics. The two go
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be able to do more with their
licenses if the undergrad education
was stricter—that would raise the
profession as a whole, because we
would have a greater education,
a greater professionalism, and
then estheticians would be able to
perform these treatments, which I
think they can do with the proper
Dermaplaning is done with a #10 blade at a 45-degree angle on dry skin.