The Connection Between Aesthetics And Human Anatomy
The aesthetics curriculum contains many courses, some of which may not seem as practical considering that you will only be dealing with skin care and treatment – at least primarily. Courses such as skin care techniques, cosmetics composition and chemistry, personal grooming and hygiene, sanitation, bacteriology, and make-up seem very relevant, and are usually taught in a certificate program.
But if you enrol in an advanced program, such as an associate’s degree program, you will take other classes, such as anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, skin massage and analysis, disease and body systems, and kinesiology, among others. But how exactly does memorizing the bones, muscles, veins, and arteries in anatomy class make you a better esthetician?
Importance of human anatomy education in aesthetics
When performing some delicate procedures, such as Botox, facial surgeries, fillers, radio frequencies, microcurrent, ultrasound, and high frequencies, it is crucial that you have a thorough understanding of the facial and neck anatomy.
Here are some interesting things to note about the anatomy of the face and neck:
- Humans are born with 300 bones, but some of them fuse together so you only have 206 when you reach adulthood. Two-thirds of bone matter constitutes minerals, while the rest is organic material, all of which account for 14 to 20 per cent of your body weight.
- There are 14 facial bones and eight cranial bones, with the former creating the structural foundation for your face, from where facial muscles originate to move the jaw and control facial expressions.
- Facial muscles are subcutaneous (right beneath the skin) and striated, and are also known as mimetic muscles. They originate on bone and insert on the skin, where they voluntarily control facial expressions.
- The face has 16 muscles, all of which serve different functions.
Estheticians are expected to have a good understanding of the facial muscles for two key reasons:
- First is to ensure that facial massage movements are properly directed (from origin to insertion). This requires you to have knowledge of the origin of each of the 16 muscles to ensure proper technique for increasing circulation and relieving tension.
- Second is to properly administer the range of technologically advanced aesthetic treatments that have a direct impact on muscle strength and tone.
With the range of treatments that affect the skin, muscle, and stimulation continue to increase every day, it is critical that estheticians have sound understanding of the systems that these treatment modalities impact. This will ensure that they perform them well, and also candidly discuss the benefits and effects of different treatments with clients.
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Posted on August 24/2020 By Gabrielle Lindsey
I attend Cinta Aveda Institute in San Francisco. I’m a Cosmetology/Barbering crossover and attended a facials class. During the class the instructor was covering facials and state board exam, in the class she explained the movements of massage during the massage is meant to be from insertion to origin. I was curious why do y’all recommend that while in California that has the toughest licensing exam and requires the more time practiced than any others before licensing, would do it the complete opposite than what this article states? What would be the reason for this and how does that effect the skin and face? Just asking for pure Educational reasons.