How to distinguish a good beautician from a non-professional?


HThe more new beauty salons and clinics open, the more difficult it is to find a good beautician. The danger of getting an appointment with an amateur is fraught not only with a waste of money, but also with the emergence of a number of complications on the skin. How to understand that you are a real pro who can be trusted with health and beauty? What are the criteria for choosing a beautician? Dealing with Marianna Karapetyan, dermatocosmetologist European Medical Center (@emc_beauty).

So, a good and experienced professional beautician:

1. Andhas a diploma of obtaining specialized medical education.

Basic medical education is 6 years of institute or university and 2 years of residency in dermatovenerology. Why does a cosmetologist need a residency in this specialty? Because cosmetology is a science not only about beauty, but, above all, about skin health. Only the doctor understands to what depth the drug needs to be injected, which rejuvenation technique will be effective for this or that type of aging, what effect the component in the cream can give. Knowledge of anatomy and dermatology, understanding the symptoms of possible skin diseases, experience with various skin conditions (for example, rosacea, rosacea, acne) allows the doctor to choose the right individual care protocol and adhere to the main medical principle “Do no harm”. For a detailed article on how to find a good beautician, read here

2. Constantly improves his qualifications and confirms it with certificates.

New techniques, procedures and preparations regularly appear in cosmetology, which require detailed study, undergoing specialized training and obtaining certificates. You can be an experienced cosmetologist, but without additional training you don’t know how to work with a new laser or new injectable filler. The real pro has certificates for every technique that he owns.

3. Always clarify if you have any contraindications to the procedure.

And this question will not be “on duty” for him. A competent doctor must correctly collect a general history of your health condition before undergoing any procedure. Why are there such high statistics on adverse reactions and complications in cosmetology? Because many “specialists” take patients without taking into account contraindications.

For example, if you have autoimmune diseases, then any injection procedure can increase the risk of their exacerbation. It would seem, where is the connection between filler injection, conventional mesotherapy and rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s disease? The patient may not know this, but an experienced dermatologist must!

Another example: a girl wants to enlarge her lips, comes to the beautician for an injection with a filler, but she has some slight redness on her lip. She may not know that herpes is starting. But an experienced pro will immediately decide to postpone the procedure to another day, because herpes in the acute stage is a contraindication for the introduction of fillers.

4. Knows how to deal with complications and side effects.

Patients often come to EMC to treat side effects after procedures they have done elsewhere. Most often, these are complications after injection techniques. The fact is that there are dangerous zones on the face where nerves and blood vessels are located. And the doctor needs to perfectly know the structure of the face in order to “bypass” them. The slightest mistake is fraught with problems! If a nerve is touched, paralysis of the face can occur, and if the drug is not injected correctly, necrosis or aseptic inflammation can occur.

Unfortunately, not all cosmetologists can immediately recognize that a complication has begun. And in case of its occurrence, it is necessary to react quickly and promptly provide medical assistance. Some get lost, say to the patient: “tomorrow everything will pass,” and then they hide and do not answer calls. In fact, even experienced professionals can sometimes be wrong. But only a real pro will not be confused and, if necessary, will competently carry out a number of procedures that will quickly eliminate the complication that has arisen.

5. Comprehensive approach to solving skin problems.

Dry skin, rashes, age spots, and other skin problems usually do not occur on their own. A professional cosmetologist will first try to understand what was the cause of their appearance, and what was the consequence. If you are advised to undergo blood tests for hormones or do additional examinations of the gastrointestinal tract or thyroid gland, do not neglect these tips. In some cases, you must first deal with the internal state of the body and concomitant diseases, and only then with aesthetic imperfections.

6. Uses only drugs certified in Russia

Before signing up for an injection procedure, ask what drugs will be used in it. Do they have certificates issued not in Thailand, China or another country, namely in Russia. Professional cosmetologists will never work with drugs that have not been approved for use in our country. For them, the reputation and health of the patient is above all! Even if these are the most popular new products that give amazing results. Some unscrupulous “specialists” secretly bring fillers from other countries, and then present them to clients as a kind of exclusive. People look at photos of successful works on Instagram, but no one shows them what side effects can be. Until the safety and effectiveness of the drug has been proven, until it has received official certification in Russia, its use in our country is prohibited. This applies not only to fillers, but also to any hardware techniques.

7. Will not impose procedures that you do not need.

The real pro will choose the priority cares for you and will follow the indications closely. If a beautician is trying to sell you a whole range of services, you should think about his competence. I know a lot of cases when they tried to impose expensive anti-aging procedures on very young girls with the words “for the prevention of aging”. If the skin is young, there is no need to stimulate its regeneration. A good cosmetologist will always prioritize the patient’s health, not financial gain.

8. Inject only under sterile conditions.

If you are going to do injection procedures, choose a beautician from a clinic, not a small beauty salon. If in the same room they do styling, manicure, extend eyelashes and offer to inject it with a filler at the same time, it will be safer to refuse. Any invasive techniques must be carried out strictly in an equipped treatment room. A real pro works with gloves and only in sterile conditions.

9. Possesses good aesthetic taste and a sense of proportion.

There are situations when patients cannot stop with injections, they want to make the lips and cheekbones even larger, and the forehead more immobile. An experienced beautician knows when to stop and will not follow the patient’s lead, if in doubt about the need for such injections. Because the results of such a correction are “fixed” and amimic faces, unnatural and hypertrophied forms. A sign of a pro in injection techniques is a natural effect when the patient does not see what and where he was injected.

10. The first step is to ask if you have been injected with fillers – when, which ones, and where

If you have previously injected fillers, correction is possible only within 2-3 weeks. You can re-enter the drug only after six months or a year. Doing this earlier can increase tissue fibrosis. There is also an important principle of combining drugs: it is better not to use fillers from different manufacturers in the same area, they may not be combined. A good beautician should take into account all these nuances. Unfortunately, not all patients know which injections they received. If the doctor suspects the presence of gel in the soft tissues, they will help you to ask for an ultrasound scan.

11. Always in touch and available to their clients.

There are well-known and well-known cosmetologists, to whom you need to make an appointment six months in advance, but it is almost impossible to get to them for a second appointment. No matter how “stellar” such a specialist is, it is difficult to call him a professional. You always need to find time for the patient. He may have individual reactions to the procedure, the drug, or some side effects may happen – this cannot be ruled out. A professional cosmetologist should always stay in touch and be able to quickly stop complications.

12. Ask what you use at home and adjust your daily care.

If you are undergoing any procedures, and at home you use creams and serums that do not suit you, you are simply wasting your money. In cosmetology, a good result can be achieved only through the synergy of proper home and professional care. An experienced pro will advise and select the products that your skin needs at the moment. We wrote about 5 useful beauty gadgets for home here

Text: Veronica Shur