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1. What is esthetics?
Esthetics, in Oregon, has been defined by the legis-
lature in ORS 690.005(5):
“Esthetics”means any of the following skin care or
facial care practices performed on the human body or
face for the purpose of keeping the skin of the human
body or face healthy and attractive and not for medi-
cal diagnosis or treatment of disease or physical or
(a) The use of the hands or mechanical or electric
apparatuses or appliances for cleansing, stimulat-
ing, manipulating, exfoliating or applying lotions or
(b) Temporary removal of hair.
(c) Makeup artistry.
(d) Eyelash services.
(e) Facial and body wrapping.
(f ) Facial and body waxing.
If a service does not fall within this definition, it is
not within the scope of esthetics.
2. Does esthetics include skin-related medical
No. The legislature specifically excluded services
that are for “medical diagnosis or treatment of disease
or physical or mental ailments” from the scope of es-
3. What else is outside the scope of esthetics?
Many practices will fall outside the scope of esthet-
ics because they do not fit within the legislature’s
definition of esthetics. Examples include but are not
• The use of ablative lasers;
• The removal of spider veins;
• Tattoo removal;
• Botox injections.
4. Can a certified esthetician advertise as a
No. Medical services are not within the scope of
practice of an esthetician so this is a misleading and
5. Can a certified esthetician work as a medical
assistant for a doctor?
Yes. Estheticians are not prohibited from having
non-esthetic employment just because they have an
However, as discussed above, this work would not
fall within the scope of esthetics.
If a certified esthetician is moonlighting as a medi-
cal assistant for a physician, the certified esthetician
needs to ensure that clients are not misled into think-
ing that non-esthetic services fall within the scope of
the person’s certificate as an esthetician.
A certified esthetician who is acting in a dual ca-
pacity as an esthetician and a medical assistant at a
so-called “medspa”will need to be particularly careful
that clients understand the differences between the
medical and esthetic services and the role of the certi-
fied individual when providing these services.
6. What happens if HLO receives a complaint
that an esthetician is unlawfully or negligently
HLO and the Board of Cosmetology do not regulate
the practice of medicine. HLO will refer the complaint
to the Oregon Medical Board or other appropriate
health professional regulatory board.
A certified individual may be subject to sanctions
if providing out of scope services while acting as an