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“Skin Facts” to Optimize Aesthetic Outcomes

Brennan, Connie RN, CPSN, CANS, CPC

doi: 10.1097/PSN.0000000000000082
Departments: Skin Care Department

Aesthetic providers need to be well versed in the anatomy and intricacies of the skin. This foundational skin knowledge is critical in assessing clients' aged skin during the aesthetic consultation. A sound understanding of the skin is also a prerequisite to any facial rejuvenation procedure. This article provides the aesthetic provider with the basics of skin anatomy and how the skin changes over time.

Connie Brennan, RN, CPSN, CANS, CPC, is currently the Director of Medical Aesthetic Education at the Center for Advanced Aesthetics at Life Time Fitness and President/Founder of Aesthetic Enhancement Solutions, LLC. She is a licensed registered nurse in 10 states and has earned advanced certifications in aesthetic injectables, laser resurfacing, skin care, sclerotherapy, and perioperative nursing over the course of 26 years in aesthetic medicine. She has worked as an expert alongside the ASPSN task force in creating the first Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist examination.

Address correspondence to Connie Brennan, RN, CPSN, CANS, CPC, Aesthetic Enhancement Solutions, LLC, 5905 Troy Lane, N, Plymouth, MN 55446 (e-mail:

The author is a consultant to Allergan, Inc., and Galderma L.P., but has not received any funding to write or publish this article.

The author reports no conflict of interest.

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