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02 Advance Your Career 6 popular advanced techniques you might want to learn by Maggie Staszcuk The esthetics industry is an ever-changing world. As trends emerge and technology advances, once-new treatments seem to quickly become obsolete and replaced by the next best thing. According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the skin care industry is expected to grow 14 percent by 2026. That's more than the average of any other occupation.1 This increase in employment reflects the demand for new services and modalities, as consumers request the treatments that will maintain the health of their skin and turn back the hands of time. Estheticians who have not advanced their training and education are missing out on this $15 billion industry. In 2016 alone, nonsurgical esthetic treatments accounted for 44 percent of the market.2 Here are six of the biggest esthetic modalities in the treatment room right now. 1. TATTOO REMOVAL Tattoo removal has become one of the most lucrative treatments in the business. Revenue for tattoo removal has increased 440 percent and is expected to reach $83.2 million by the end of 2018.3 Q-switched laser therapy is the preferred method of tattoo removal. Pulses of high intensity laser energy pass through the epidermis and are absorbed by the tattoo pigment. The laser shatters the pigment into smaller particles that are then metabolized and excreted by the body. Results vary based on how a client's body digests the ink and how well the laser delivers. 2. LASER HAIR REMOVAL Laser hair removal is a common nonsurgical esthetic treatment. A concentrated beam of light is aimed at the hair. The hair's pigment absorbs the light, which then damages the follicle. This impedes future growth. Laser hair removal is considered semi-permanent, as results can vary widely from person to person. There are multiple variables that affect laser hair removal outcome, such as skin color, hair color, laser device used, the wavelength used, and treatment timing. 3. PHOTO REJUVENATION Who doesn't want a clear complexion? Photo rejuvenation, also known as intense pulsed light (IPL) or photofacial, helps reduce some of the most common skin blemishes, such as sun damage, freckles, melasma, distended capillaries, and redness like rosacea. It also encourages collagen synthesis to target fine lines and wrinkles. Photofacials bumped microdermabrasion off the list of the top five nonsurgical procedures in 2016.4 IPL works by emitting high intensity pulses of light deep into the skin without destructing the surface. The light is capable of blanching damaged blood vessels and targeting melanin while leaving surrounding tissue intact. There is little to no downtime with long-lasting improvements. A D V A N C E D M O D A L I T Y T R A I N I N G G U I D E

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