Your Introduction to Becoming an Aesthetic Nurse

Your Introduction to Becoming an Aesthetic Nurse

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When we think of a medical nurse, we think of the assistants that provide care for patients and make a difference in their lives in hospitals and out-patient clinics. But aesthetic nurses are also nurses who can do the same in the field of cosmetics.

Whether you’re a nurse looking to explore a new career path as an aesthetic nurse, or an upcoming student thinking about joining the medical field, we will discuss the career path of an aesthetic nurse and educate you more on the requirements, training, and education needed to fulfill your dreams!


What is an aesthetic nurse, and what do they do?

Aesthetic nurses, sometimes called cosmetic nurses, are registered nurses providing various services that focus on a patient’s appearance. They often offer treatments such as non-surgical body contouring, microneedling, dermabrasion, dermal fillers, and Botox injections.

NOTE: In some areas, they may be referred to as “esthetic nurses” or an “esthetician’s nurse,” so be sure to search for both spellings when searching for a job in this field.

Most aesthetic nurses work in medical spas or day spas with professionals such as dermatologists or plastic surgeons to provide minimally invasive treatments that boost a patient’s self-confidence and overall appearance.

aesthetic nurse performing lip injection on patient

Both men and women seek cosmetic services in today’s society, meaning there is more demand for aesthetic procedures today than in the past. Those seeking a career as aesthetic nurse injectors will enjoy continued demand and great job security and growth in this field when compared to other jobs within the field of medicine.

Some of the duties performed by aesthetic nurses, may include:

  • Arranging consultations with patients
  • Completing medical screening/medical history information
  • Pre-operative and post-operative care
  • Physician assistance during surgeries or procedures
  • Preparation of instruments, including sterilization
  • Administration of injections, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, etc.

Most aesthetic nurses and providers can expect to work regular hours without night shifts or overtime in most practice locations. These professionals can benefit from building long-term relationships with their patients and maintaining treatments over time for individuals to help them achieve their aesthetic goals and desires.

Who do aesthetic nurses work for?

Most aesthetic nurses work for professionals at private offices and medical spas, or run their own practice.

This includes working under dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and other physicians to provide injectable treatments in the office under the attention of a medical professional. Aesthetic nurse injections may work within a clinic or surgical office as an assistant to a doctor or alongside other estheticians in the field.

What type of education and training is required?

Obtaining a registered nurse (RN) degree is the first step in becoming an aesthetic nurse.

Certification in providing cosmetic injectables can be obtained through a trainer such as Beverly Hills RN.

Many certified providers will also need to meet requirements for recertification and continuing education as set by their state to maintain one’s license. Recertification may require the Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist examination every three years to keep the license up to date.  Learn more here:

Four primary steps to becoming an aesthetic nurse

Becoming an aesthetic nurse or aesthetic nurse injector requires several steps for achievement. Most individuals considering this career can expect anywhere from 2-5 years needed for education, training, and medical internships or “residencies.” Below is a breakdown of the steps necessary to become an aesthetic nurse provider:

  1. Registered nurse degree. Becoming an aesthetic nurse requires a registered nurse degree. This can be obtained within two years with an associates degree, referred to as an ADN, or within four years with a BSN, or “bachelor of science in nursing” degree. Some choose to continue their education to earn a Master of Science in nursing, though this is not required for most private offices and medical spas.
  2. Pass the NCLEX-RN. The NCLEX-RN examination should be done after earning a registered nurse degree to become licensed. NCLEX-RN stands for the “National Council Licensure Examination” and allows individuals to become licensed to practice as entry-level nurses in the field of aesthetics.
  3. Obtaining hands-on experience. Most aesthetic nurses will work with board-certified physicians such as cosmetic surgeons, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, or other providers to improve core competencies within these fields and gain extra hands-on experience in the field of their interests.
  4. Obtain additional certifications to solidify experience in specific areas. Some consider the Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (or CANS) credential offered through the Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board, or PSNCB. The hands-on training courses provided by Beverly Hills RN are small group trainings in an intimate setting that allow individuals to get the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to appropriately certify them in offering injectable services, including dermal fillers, neuromodulators, and PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) treatments such as the Vampire facial.
recently certified trainees

Recently certified aesthetic nurses from Sylvia’s training

Benefits of becoming an aesthetic nurse

Individuals who pursue a career as aesthetic nurses take pride in offering patients ways to improve their appearance and slow the unwanted signs of aging. Allowing an individual to feel confident in how they look brings great job satisfaction compared to other careers.

Those interested in a career as an aesthetic nurse will want to talk with a current provider to learn more about the pros and cons of this particular career path and get a better understanding of the day-to-day operations and responsibilities that are entrusted to them.

It can be a fun and rewarding job for those looking to help others feel better about their appearance and improve their self-confidence and self-esteem.

Salary and job outlook for aesthetic nurses

There are variations in the pay range for aesthetic nurses and aesthetic nurse injectors. Variation factors may include education, experience, certification, and geographic location. This is due to the cost-of-living factors involved when considering different areas of the country.

ZipRecruiter reports a national average of $85,621 a year, or $41.00 per hour, as a nationwide average (Source).

Some geographic locations may offer high pay and opportunity for aesthetic nurses. For example, aesthetic nurses in the Beverly Hills, California area can bring in $100,000 or more due to the high demand for these services and the cost of living in the community.

Most private offices and medical spas will also provide benefits to aesthetic nurses who work full-time, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, paid vacation, and paid sick leave.

The field of cosmetics is competitive! The most experienced professionals with proper certification enjoy the best pay in their field.

Why choose Sylvia Silvestri of Beverly Hills RN for aesthetic nurse training services

Sylvia Silvestri is an aesthetics provider with significant experience in the Plastic and Reconstructive field of medicine. By working in the area of Beverly Hills, CA, offering care for clients with the highest expectations.

Sylvia provides in-depth knowledge about aesthetic services provided today, and can offer potential aesthetic nurses the training they need to become certified in various treatments, including the Vampire Facial, dermal fillers, Botox injections microneedling, and much more.

sylvia silvestri with trainees

Sylvia Silvestri is a certified trainer for Dr. Charles Runels (the inventor of the Vampire Facial®, Vampire Facelift®, and many other popular procedures) and has worked with him since the inception of the Vampire procedures.

What types of training are available through Beverly Hills RN for aesthetic nurses?

At Beverly Hills RN, Sylvia Silvestri and her team provide those who are interested in a career as aesthetic nurses or aesthetic nurse injectors with the experience, training, and courses needed to feel confident in securing a job in the field of cosmetics.

Training may include on-site training, group training, or online training, depending on the certification desired. These courses are led by Sylvia Silvestri and/or her training team, who has years of experience providing aesthetic care to individuals who expect only the best!

Learn more about the training needed to become an aesthetic nurse

Sylvia Silvestri and her team are dedicated to helping individuals become trained and experienced in providing aesthetic injections to clients.

If you are interested in getting the information and hands-on training you require to become an aesthetic nurse injector, contact us to learn more about our upcoming training events and courses through Beverly Hills RN.

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