Many estheticians who work in a medical spa setting claim they are actually “medical estheticians,” in order to denote that they work in a “medical” setting. They often hand out business cards that say “medical esthetician” or connect on LinkedIn using the same title.
You may be breaking the law. Although the term has become commonplace and seems to show up everywhere, “medical esthetician” is, according to many state laws, misrepresentative, misleading and, therefore, illegal.
By calling yourself a medical esthetician, you are incorrectly advertising that you are licensed to perform medical services. Many states explicitly prohibit estheticians from providing medical services, so advertising that you do so may be considered misleading and, therefore, in violation of state law.
In Illinois, for example, estheticians are prohibited from “… rendering advice on what is appropriate medical treatment for diseases of the skin (225 ILCS 410/3A-1).” They are also prohibited from performing any treatments that affect the living layers of the skin.
Laws vary widely in each state. Thus, it is vital that you consult with your state board or a qualified health care attorney before you give out your next business card or introduce yourself to a new client. And remember that using the term “medical esthetician” is often not appropriate and, in some states, may even be illegal. (Editor’s note: For complete state board contact information, log on to www.SkinInc.com/education/statelicensing.)