Medical Aesthetics This concept and practice of Medical Aesthetics was first introduced by Anna D. Rinehart, Cidesco Diplomat, nurse-aesthetician and Facial Aesthetics instructor in the early 80s. Rinehart understood that the changing winds of medicine, and aesthetics needed to address women's concerns for their general aging appearance beyond the scalpel and beauty treatments. Anna D. Rinehart is the known, recognized and validated pioneer for developing protocols, treatments and procedures for various medical-aesthetic concerns that need not require surgery or expensive laser treatments. After years of research, documentation and clinical practice she was able to write 2 first books to describe the foundation and practice of medical aesthetics before any physician or medical society became involved. Anna D. understood that she would endure ridicule from dermatologists and plastic surgeons not because her concepts, protocols and ideas for this newer idea of clinical skin care management was defective but because she lead the frontier before a physician did. Medical Aesthetics has become a specialized form of advanced clinical skin care management that affords men and women to have a choice in how they manage various skin conditions without the use of medications, surgery, costly laser and poisonous injections. In cases involving medical problems such as trauma, plastic surgery, cancer treatment and burn recovery, medical aesthetic procedures may be invoked for preventive or palliative reasons. In other cases, medical aesthetic procedures may be involved for cosmetic purposes.
- Sclerotherapy (or Microsclerotherapy) for varicose veins and spider veins.
- Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping
- Facials or skin peels involves procedures which can remove the skin wrinkles because of aging.
- Excessive sweating (Hyperhydrosis).
- Medical Skin Needling (Collagen Induction Therapy) to improve skin quality, reduce wrinkles etc.
The terms "medical aesthetics" was defined first by the pioneer Anna D. Rinehart. Rinehart has published in various journals both medical and aesthetic fields. She facilitated the Chinese Medical Esthetics understanding of this new field in Beijing , China and Mexico as well as the United States. . Peng, Whang and Zhou (2000) opine that "the task of medical aesthetics is to study the human body in its entirety, concentrating on both internal and external beauty and put the findings into practice, whereas the task of medical cosmetology is to study and assess only the external beauty of the human body and to take action on that basis."
In the classical sense, the term "medical aesthetics" refers to the discipline of skin care health, broadening perspectives in beauty and has a strong palliative application. However, skin care commercial entities have begun to describe personnel carrying out cosmetic intervention as "medical aestheticians". This has led to the term being considered disreputable in the medical fraternity.
The convention of spelling "Aestheticians" differs between the United Kingdom and North American professions. In the United Kingdom, aesthetician is spelled as is; whereas, in United States and Canada, the a is dropped to spell estheticians.
There is debate as to the relation between medical aesthetics on the one hand and classical subdisciplines of medicine such as dermatology and reconstructive/plastic surgery. Medical cosmetology is criticized at times for the overwhelming majority of interventions for purely cosmetic or commercial reasons. Medical professionals often come to this field through dermatology.
Considered to be a growth industry, medical aesthetics is a booming field according to some experts. This field has seen rapid progress amongst the Chinese medical community from the 1980s onwards.