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Aesthetic Centre Vs. Beauty Salon: What's The Difference?

Aesthetic Centre Vs. Beauty Salon: What's The Difference?

Aesthetic centre and beauty salon – what’s the difference?


When it comes to taking care of our skin and enhancing our appearance, we often come across the terms "aesthetic centre" and "beauty salon." On the surface, these establishments may seem similar; but there are distinct differences between them. Understanding these differences can help you make informed decisions about where to go for your specific skincare and beauty needs.


Generally, those who work in aesthetic centres are aestheticians, dermatologists, or healthcare professionals who are specially trained to analyse and tend to skin problems. Meanwhile, beauty salons staffs may consist of licensed cosmetologists or beauticians who specialise in hair and nail care, makeup application, and basic facial treatments.

Did you know that an aesthetician needs 3 or more years to become a certified practitioner?

At Medic Deno, our aestheticians are certified with; 

  • Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) - A formal certificate that recognises one’s proficiency in essential aesthetician skills.
  • Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (CIBTAC) -  Provides courses on high-quality training within the beauty, complementary & spa industry.
  • Comite International D'esthetiques et de Cosmetology (CIDESCO) - Requires 800 training hours in practical and theoretical aesthetician work.


When visiting either an aesthetic centre or a beauty salon, it's important to observe and check the location and environment. For your own safety, it is best to go to an establishment that is located at a proper business area rather than a secluded place. 

As aesthetic centres are a more professional establishment, they should appear more put-together and orderly. Aesthetic centres are where you would receive in-depth facial treatments, so the environment should be clean to reduce the risk of infection.

Meanwhile beauty salons primarily focuses on providing beauty services, such as haircuts, hairstyling, manicures, pedicures, and basic skincare services. Due to the varying beauty services offered, a beauty salon may not seem as tidy as an aesthetic centre. Yet it's still important for a beauty salon to have a clean environment.


Aesthetic centres offer a wide range of medical-grade treatments, including laser therapies, chemical peels, injectables, and other non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Aesthetic centres prioritise results-driven treatments and aim to address specific skincare concerns with a more clinical approach. They often require a consultation to assess your unique needs and develop personalised treatment plans.

Beauty salons offer a more relaxed and pampering atmosphere, and their services generally cater to beauty maintenance, grooming, and aesthetic enhancements that do not involve medical or invasive procedures.


As much as we all love to go for affordable options, receiving skincare solution services should be an exception.

It is normal for aesthetic centres to charge higher price points as they offer various treatments that use advanced technology and equipment. So, you might want to view skincare treatments as an investment for your skin's health in the long-run.

With that being said, rest assured that our aestheticians in Medic Deno are highly qualified to treat your skin with the best personalised consultation and treatment plan.

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