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What is most stressful about aesthetic nursing?

Considering a career change from ambulatory nursing to aesthetics. Would like to get some information from aesthetic nurses. What is the most stressful part of your job? What are the pros and cons compared to a traditional nursing job?


I am interested to know why you are considering such a drastic career change? I have sort of fallen into aesthetics myself. I graduated with my LPN in December of 2015, so I am quite new. One of my professors helped me land a job in a Medical Spa as an "injectors assistant". I had no idea what this field even consisted of, but I accepted because I desperately needed income. I am so glad that I did, because 7 months later I still LOVE going to work.

As an LPN I am currently limited in my practice. The FNPC I work for has trained me to do sclerotherapy for cosmetic spider veins, and is paying for me to get my laser license.

To answer you questions, the most stressful part of my job is patient load. The office I work in is always very busy. For your second question, this field could not be more different from standard nursing care. I do not feel like a nurse most days. You never encounter sick patients , and the closest thing to an event is the occasional vasovagal.

I feel that aesthetics can be a "breath of fresh air" for seasoned nurses. There is a HUGE learning curve, especially for injectors. Botox and fillers require an artful eye. We have all seen the aftermath of too much lip filler! I think that the biggest con for this field is boredom. As much as I love my job, I do plan to begin more clinical work when I get my RN. If you are someone who is "Burned out" already, this may be a wonderful career change for you.


Thank you for your response. I have been a nurse for more than 10 years and have never been able to "disconnect" myself emotionally from work. Although I think that sincerely caring about patients is essential to providing good nursing care, not being able to stop thinking about work when I get home is starting to get very difficult.

Many thought process in considering this change is that taking care of well people doing elective procedures will be very refreshing and much less stressful.

I do have an aesthetic eye- always noticing imbalance and asymmetry- and I love to learn. I also really enjoy technically difficult nursing tasks so I think I would excel at injecting.

Thanks foe for your feedback and good luck on your RN.

Hi there,

I'm also planning to take aesthetic nursing.. hope this turns out great for all of us :)

Hello, I am starting nursing school this January. My mind has been back and forth on what I want to do, and who knows it might change again. As of right now I am planning to become an aesthetic nurse. I love plastic surgery (i've never had it) but the thought of taking someone's insecurities and transforming the way they feel about themselves makes me very excited and truly passionate that this is what I want to do. Good luck to all on your endeavors.

Drama!!! I was in a spa with seriously, 5 employees and there was so much drama. only two people were there at a time, but it was definitely a stereotype of gossipy young girls (even though one was about 52) lol

gettingbsn2msn, MSN, RN

Specializes in medical surgical.

I was in a medical spa and the injector told me the worst thing was the patient who brings in her friend. Friend always has too much to say about this and that and she's not even paying for the service.

I wish I had the eye and the confidence to do get into aesthetic nursing. I love the idea of such things myself, but would be terrified I'd jack somebody's face up. I thought that would be the most popular answer to this question, the stress of dropping a brow, overfilling the lip, or worrying to death about screwing up someone's face with fillers, etc...Probably good I don't work in aesthetics. Lol.

Aesthetics takes a good eye, it is an art where the patients face is your canvas.

The best thing that could happen is that you change their lives and boost their confidence.

The worst thing that could happen is that you give them eyelid ptosis for a couple weeks or you inject into a blood vessel and occlude their blood supply, giving them a giant bruise or causing necrosis.


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