The Benefits of Being Oncology Aesthetics Trained
Due to an increase of cancer statistics in today’s world, and with many more patients and survivors now seeking out relaxation and quality of life through the spa environment, advanced education in oncology aesthetics is becoming very necessary, to ensure the best treatment and care for clients going through cancer treatment.
When a practitioner is not well versed on the different needs of someone going through cancer treatment, they can accidentally cause damage to the skin and lead to a negative experience for the customer. Because of the harsh nature of cancer therapies, the person’s skin is often never quite the same as it was – meaning that different protocols need to be in place for these situations. The skin should be treated with extreme care and often treatments will need to be done slowly and carefully – extra time may need to be booked for these treatments.
The protocol for the treatment will vary greatly, and will likely also change from patient to patient. Someone who went through a much less aggressive form of treatment may not need the same care as someone who went through a very aggressive treatment – but, cancer affects each person on an individual basis. In some cases, that could work completely the opposite. Type of cancer, type of treatment, length of treatment and medications will all come into play when deciding how to work with a patient, and as such the esthetician should have a solid knowledge base on how these things effect the skin differently.
Making a Difference
It is crucial for skin care providers to be well informed about cancer as a disease, the treatments used for it, and what safe applications can be used in spa treatments for those that have gone through treatment. Additionally, it is important to be aware of any psychological impact that a treatment can have on a patient – both positive and negative.
Spa owners should take a good look at their business and evaluate how they can ethically contribute to improving the quality of life of people undergoing cancer treatments. Having specifically-trained oncology esthetics professional can prove to be a great way to build up the business, while contributing ethically to the local community.