6 Skills Surgeons Need for a Successful Career in Aesthetics

According to a report by Markets and Markets, the medical aesthetics market is projected to grow by $5B in the next five years, climbing from $9.4B in 2020 to approximately $15.9B in 2025. 

For those who may be considering a career in aesthetics, this certainly implies a certain amount of projected job security. But job security isn’t the only consideration in choosing a medical specialty. There’s also the matter of how your particular skill set matches up with the requirements of the area you hope to pursue.

Here are six of the top skills surgeons need if they’re considering a career in aesthetics.

Steadiness and hand-eye coordination

Practical skills like good hand-eye coordination, visuospatial awareness, and fine coordination would seem to be obvious requirements for someone considering a career in aesthetic surgery, but they’re only obvious because they are so vital. 

Aesthetic procedures are delicate and precise, and a steady hand and excellent hand-eye coordination are critical. This is also why surgeons are often so well-suited to aesthetics, as they have years of training and performing high-stakes, difficult surgical procedures. 

Excellent vision

Because surgeons can often work with delicate machines or small instruments for hours at a time, good near vision is another obvious must. Even though aesthetic surgery is seldom a matter of life or death, per se, all surgical procedures present an element of risk.

Aesthetic surgeons must not only follow their plan with precision, but they must also react quickly to any changes they see and stick to a surgical timeline for the patient’s health. Furthermore, since the very goal of aesthetic surgery is to achieve a form of visual “perfection,” good visual acuity, strong hand-eye coordination, and good contrast sensitivity are even more important in achieving the kind of results patients expect from an aesthetic procedure.

Organization and communication skills

As with any healthcare professional, an aesthetic surgeon’s communication skills need to be top-flight as well as a top priority. 

Active listening is vital in evaluating an aesthetic patient’s desired outcome, so the doctor and patient can set appropriate expectations prior to their procedure. But communication is not simply a matter of listening and responding appropriately to patients’ needs and concerns. It also involves properly assessing body language, and possessing a non-judgmental attitude toward your patients’ wants and concerns. 

Effective communication in the healthcare industry can help prevent injuries, increase trust between the patient and the practitioner, and strengthen relationships with other staff members. It’s an essential skill for any aesthetic medical provider. 

Artistic ability

Yes, it goes without saying that aesthetic surgeons must be highly skilled in the techniques and technology of plastic surgery, but it’s also true that the ultimate success of an aesthetic procedure lies not only in the steady hand and technical skill of the surgeon. By definition, the success of aesthetic procedures also requires a certain amount of artistic surgical skill.

Art can be defined as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form.” If we accept this definition, plastic surgery should definitely be considered art. While it’s certainly not necessary to be a Rembrandt or Da Vinci, a good artistic eye can be a valuable skill for anyone considering a career in aesthetic surgery.


Another vital skill for any aesthetic surgeon to possess is good, old-fashioned physical, and mental stamina. More often than not, aesthetic surgeons can expect long days filled with patient consultations, meetings, and the many other requirements of running an aesthetics practice. And this is all, in addition, to actually performing surgical procedures, which by itself requires immense amounts of stamina and mental concentration.

Proper education and certification

For those who are already practicing another medical specialty, from physicians to registered nurses and practitioners, a switch to the field of aesthetic medicine can be just the change they need to renew that spark of professional enthusiasm that may have dimmed over the years. And the only thing standing between you and a new professional pathway to the future is the proper education and certification.

AAAMS is America’s leading aesthetic medicine and surgery training community. It’s also the only association committed to training physicians, registered nurses, surgeons, and practitioners from all medical specialties in the art of aesthetics and non-invasive cosmetic surgery through both virtual and in-person courses

Since 2006, AAAMS has offered a wealth of benefits and assistance to our members in all areas of their practice. 

From training to set up a practice, to networking, to the opportunity to promote and showcase your expertise through membership profile pages, AAAMS is truly a full-service professional medical association.

Ready to start your training in non-invasive aesthetic medicine? Sign up for one of our courses today!