The Importance of Aesthetic Medicine Training

By Celine Sharendorf

Cosmetic medicine is a constantly changing field. Combining the knowledge of medicine with the intricate precision of surgery has opened up a new world in cosmetic medicine called medical aesthetics. Cosmetic clinics recognized worldwide are hiring specialists for operations that restore and regenerate patients' skin.

Let's take a look at what medical aesthetics actually means. It is important to be knowledgeable about certain procedures, whether you want to have a procedure done, or work in this field. Read on for more information.

Why use medical aesthetics?

People recovering from skin cancers, burns, or other skin injuries may benefit from medical aesthetics procedures. While this reflects its role in the medical world, it also is applicable to the world of cosmetic surgery. Medical aestheticians now advise plastic surgeons about skin reconstruction and rejuvenation procedures.

Which treatments fall under the designation medical aesthetics?

Medical aesthetics can involve a number of different procedures, many of which are common and well known. A detailed discussion on each procedure is out of the scope of this article, but a brief description is warranted. Below are a few commonly employed procedures:


Popularly called Botox injections, this procedure is useful not only in the cosmetic world but also in the field of neurology. It makes people look more youthful because it minimizes wrinkles. However, it can also be used to manage muscle spasticity in children with cerebral palsy or any such similar muscle disorders.


This is commonly called a 'nose job'. It involves reshaping the cartilage of the nose and making it a lot more streamlined. Once again, it is commonly performed for cosmetic reasons though it is extremely useful in patients who have suffered trauma to the face.


A product that irritates the skin, called a sclerosant, helps to make ugly veins disappear from view. It is a common treatment. The treatment is fairly effective but can take some time to show effect.

Chemical peels

This procedure involves using a gentle acid that peels off the superficial layer of the skin revealing a healthier, more actively growing deeper layer. Many types are available to ameliorate the skin's look and feel, as well as make wrinkles and fine lines less visible.

Dermal fillers

This procedure involves using a variety of different products (e.g. hyaluronic acid) to level out or repair the skin's surface.

Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light

This treatment is based on the fact that skin absorbs light wavelengths; certain ones are beneficial for growing and repairing skin. Removing the appearance of scar tissue and wrinkles is one way this treatment is applied.

Medical aesthetics is a rapidly growing field in cosmetic medicine. Although only a few of the treatments are discussed here, they clearly have many uses, for more than just beauty enhancement but to help treat medical conditions.

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