Dermatologist vs. Aesthetician

March 04, 2020

Dermatologist vs. Aesthetician

Dermatologist Vs. Aesthetician: Which Skincare Expert Is Perfect For You?

Younger looking, healthy skin is what most of our customers are seeking. While your skincare regimen can be amazing, it may not always be enough to keep your skin at its best. Sometimes you may need to step it up and seek the expertise of skincare professionals to achieve glowing, healthy, younger-looking skin.


What professionals are we talking about? We are talking about dermatologists and aestheticians, who both can provide skincare knowledge and specialized procedures. However, one may be better than the other depending on your needs. Therefore, understanding the difference between them will help you to make the correct decision when it comes to your skin’s health.


To state the obvious: A dermatologist went to college to be a doctor, and an aesthetician is a licensed skincare specialist, not a doctor. But aside from the education, there are some key factors to help you determine which expert’s opinion to seek.



There are a few types of licensed aestheticians. Ones that work in a spa or salon without a doctor. Another example is an aesthetician that operates under the direction of a dermatologist in a medical setting or a medical spa. A dermatologist usually trains most aestheticians who work in a medical environment.


What Procedures Do Aestheticians Provide?

An aesthetician focuses on enhancing the quality of a person's skin. They are trained in skin beautification. Hence the treatments and procedures they offer are to maintain the skin's health, overall appearance, and combat the effects of aging. (Prevent, treat and maintain). 

 A small sampling of the services provided:

  • Personalized skincare routines
  • Acne treatments
  • Chemical peels
  • Face and body masks and wraps
  • Facials
  • Laser resurfacing
  • Laser skin rejuvenation
  • Light therapy
  • Manual or mechanical extraction
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Moisturizing treatments
  • Permanent makeup
  • Pore cleansing
  • Types of exfoliation
  • Waxing 



As a doctor, dermatologists have completed undergraduate work, medical school, and years of residency, specializing in the health and beauty of your skin, hair, and nails. The practice of dermatology requires a great depth of clinical knowledge, not just the aesthetics of the skin. Like many doctors, dermatologists train to screen, diagnose, and treat a medical problem or issue. In this case, concerning the skin's health over the entire body as well as various diseases of the hair and nails.  


Dermatology Treatments And Services

Dermatologists can treat somewhere near 3000 diseases. See a sample of some skin issues: 

  • Acne scars
  • Age spots
  • Eczema
  • Fungal infections
  • Hair disorders
  • Melanoma 
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Skin damage (minimizing skin damage or caring for aging skin)
  • Skin infections
  • Vitiligo


Can A Dermatologist Perform Surgery?

While a lot of dermatological problems are treated with medication and non-invasive treatments, some conditions may require more invasive procedures. 

Dermatologists can perform a range of surgical procedures like biopsies, cryotherapy, skin grafts, removal of moles, birthmarks, unwanted hair, and hair restoration, to name a few. Some are also a specialized cosmetic dermatologist performing cosmetics procedures such as…

  • Lasers
  • Chemical peels
  • Injection of fillers
  • Botox
  • Prescription-strength chemical peels
  • Medical micro-needling 


Now that you have a better understanding of the differences between dermatologists and aestheticians, you can determine which skincare expert is perfect for you. Patients who start by seeing a dermatologist for assessment and treatment for acne or other skin conditions may then visit an aesthetician every four to six weeks for maintenance, such as a facial. 


On the same token, if you are regularly seeing an aesthetician and during treatment a skin abnormality is found, they would recommend you to a dermatologist for evaluation and possible treatment. Either way, always do your research as your skin is your largest organ, so make sure to show it the love and care it needs!