What Does it Take to Become an Aesthetic Nurse?

 Aesthetic or cosmetic nurses help doctors in treating patients who wish to improve their appearance. This can assist patients in building self-assurance and boost their self-esteem.

What is an aesthetic nurse’s job description?

Cosmetic nurses are registered nurses who operate in the cosmetic industry; aesthetic nurses work in plastic surgeon’s offices, health spas, and dermatologist’s clinics.  Aesthetic nurses are in charge of assisting and caring for patients undergoing aesthetic or dermatological therapies for personal or health reasons. They may specialize in a particular technique, such as injectables, anti-aging fillers, dermabrasion, laser removal, and acne treatments.

What is the role of an aesthetic nurse?      

Aesthetic nurses have many of the same responsibilities as registered nurses. However, depending on their field of expertise, their job may entail extra obligations. The following are some of the duties of an aesthetic nurse:

  • Non-invasive cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers, chemical peels, and administering anti-wrinkle injections
  • Getting patients ready for surgery and providing post-operative care
  • To keep current, I’m always looking at new processes and protocols.
  • Examining the patient’s skin-related health concerns as well as other skin disorders, including aging
  • Assisting surgeons and doctors with cosmetic procedures and treatments
  • Making appointments and doing patient screenings
  • Sterilizing medical instruments and preparing treatment rooms

How to Become a Nurse Practitioner in Aesthetics

There are several stages to become an aesthetic nurse practitioner. The CPD institute may assist you in your quest to become an aesthetic nurse. The following are the stages:

  1. Obtaining a registered nursing degree, such as an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a four-year bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN).
  2. Pass your state’s NCLEX-RN test.
  3. Work for at least two years in core competencies with a board-certified physician.
  4. Obtain a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Nurse practitioners who have acquired a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) or above are known as aesthetic nurse practitioners.
  5. Aesthetic certification courses will assist you in becoming competent in aesthetic procedures.

Apply for a license

Every state has its nursing board. To practice aesthetic nursing, you’ll need to apply for a license with the board in the state where you wish to work. You’ll need a Nurse Licensure Compact if you want to practice nursing in more than one state.  You’ll need to submit your college transcripts as well as a criminal background check with your application. You may learn more about the application standards by visiting the website of your state’s nursing board.

The NCLEX-RN test

You must pass the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) exam after you apply for licensure. This exam assesses nursing applicants’ understanding of particular processes and safety precautions. If you pass this test, you’ll be able to deliver treatment and support physicians in a clinical environment safely. Candidates could anticipate completing the exam in around 6 hours.

If you fail the exam the first time around, you must wait at least 45 days before retaking it.

Additional requirements 

Every three years, those who choose to become Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialists must recertify. Recertification requirements include 45 contact hours, with at least two of those hours dedicated to patient safety, and a minimum of 30 contact hours in any combination of the following core specialties: Plastic/Aesthetic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, and Facial Plastic Surgery.

The average time it takes to become a cosmetic/aesthetic nurse is 4 to 7 years (depending upon the type of degree obtained and length of time spent passing the NCLEX-RN).

Average salary

Anesthetic nurse’s typical pay is determined by the health care institution where they work, their geographic location, and the health care facility where they work.

In the United States, the national average wage ranges from $82,000 to $96,000 per year in some cases.


Although all nurse practitioners want to help or enhance the lives of others, not all specializations are appropriate for everyone. Some people thrive on the high-stakes adrenaline rush of emergency medicine, while others may feel that the stress of the field is damaging to their general health or family life.  Aesthetic nursing allows highly trained nurses to spend more time with each patient and develop long-term relationships with them. Aesthetic nurses play a critical role in assisting their patients in improving their self-esteem. The advantages that follow can be life-changing for both nurses and patients.

RJ Frometa
Author: RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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