Master Esthetican in Seattle – Responsibilities and Pay Scale?

cosmetology-schoolAs we lead up to the “Free Information Night for Master Esthetic” next week at Evergreen, I have been exploring questions that people may have.   One question is, “What is the role of an Esthetician in a medical spa?”  Another question, “how do physicians view estheticians in their practice?” Another question, “How much do Medical Estheticians get paid relative to estheticians in the spas?” and the list continues.

The answer we all hate is “it depends” … It’s not the most satisfying answer, but the most appropriate.   The answer is based on the type of medical spa, the practice, the doctor’s philosophy and the market that they serve.

When I spoke with Dr. Gary Lask from UCLA and Dr. George Min from Newvue Plastic Surgery in Bellevue, they explained to me the roles of estheticians;  estheticians were important and critical because they but allow the physicians to treat and better care for more patients.

Dr. Lask explained to me, when patients select a treatment, it may be better for the delegation of the treatment to an esthetician than for him to treat it.   There are three things that patients consider in selecting a treatment:

(a)  Results:  Does it get results and to what extent?

(b)  Experience:    What is experience of the procedure?  How much downtime will result?  What is the extent of exposures to complications or reactions?  What is the regiment that the patient will have to commit to?

(c)  Price:  How much will it cost?  What are ongoing cost for maintenance?   What are the indirect cost?

It’s a balance between the desired result, downtime, and the financial investment.  Some may want the results that can be achieved with a facelift, but because of the downtime and cost, the Forma may be more appropriate, which may be delivered by esthetician.   It would achieve the balance of desired result with minimal downtime at a price point that is comfortable for the patient.

When I explored the pay scale, it was difficult to search it from statistic sites because estheticians were not broken up to ‘spa’ versus ‘medical.’  Based on interviews with previous graduates, med spas and physicians, the range was extremely wide, from $13.00 to $32.00 per hour, depending on experience and responsibilities.

I am very excited for next week’s information night.  It’ll be a great gathering of estheticians and hopefully we’ll be able to provide some answers.

What are some questions that you wish to get answered next week?  List them in the comment section below so I can start to research it!

If you haven’t already registered for the information night, click here on how to register:

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

Happy Evergreen Beauty College Students


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