As the medical aesthetics industry continues in its trajectory of spectacular growth and soaring popularity, many healthcare professionals are seeing the value of becoming qualified in this lucrative and exciting field.
Recent legislation within the industry has presented a distinct advantage to those with existing medical qualifications, such as doctors, dentists, nurses and others with a healthcare background.
As both governing bodies and consumers are increasingly demanding improved standards of care, medical professionals are already equipped with the experience, training and qualifications that provide the reassurance and confidence today’s aesthetics customers are looking for.
Qualified healthcare professionals are uniquely positioned to begin offering highly profitable non-surgical aesthetics procedures, either as a complementary service to their current work, or as a completely new career or business venture.
But if you’re a healthcare professional looking to enter the world of medical aesthetics – where do you begin?
Although there has been an increase in the number of training providers who offer courses in administering these non-surgical aesthetics treatments, such as Botox injections, laser peels, fillers etc, the quality and expertise can vary widely.
So, here is a quick guide to some important things to look out for as you research your options for the best aesthetics training.
Designed for healthcare professionals
If you’re looking to maximise the advantage of your existing healthcare background, look out for training providers who specialise in working with medical professionals, such as interfaceaesthetics.co.uk in the UK.
These companies are experts in integrating traditional healthcare training with the latest aesthetics treatments and procedures. They are also familiar with the high standards and best practices that are required in conventional medical care. Some trainers are themselves qualified doctors or surgeons, and they can offer valuable insights and expertise for transitioning into the new field of medical aesthetics.
Although many modern training providers are utilising the benefits of online learning platforms, it’s essential that at least some of your training incorporates some hands-on experience and practice.
This hands-on practice will not only help you to build up a treatment portfolio that gives you credibility and expertise, it will also enable you to gain more confidence in providing these services and administering these new types of treatments.
The best tuition is patient-focussed and the best training providers will allow you to practice on live patients regularly throughout the course.
In terms of becoming skilled and confident at delivering medical aesthetics procedures, there is no substitute for injecting live patients and seeing the results in real-time. So, if you are keen to become not just qualified but proficient in offering injectables, ensure your chosen programme includes sessions with live patients as part of the training.
One way to identify the higher calibre training providers is to see if they are registered or approved by some of the top governing bodies and industry-standard groups. In the UK, that means looking out for accreditations from groups like Health Education England, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL), the General Medical Council, and the CPD Certification Service.
Career & business support
In addition to the practical skills involved in offering non-surgical aesthetics treatments, you’ll also need the business insights required to succeed in this niche area, especially if this sector of the industry is new to you. So, look for a training provider who offers this essential business support and guidance as part of their courses and programmes.
Like all good companies, a quality training provider will have a good selection of testimonials from previous delegates. These can often be found on the company website in the form of written feedback or video reviews. Look out for testimonials from other medical professionals, in particular, those with a similar background to yours who have gone on to find success with their aesthetics training. Some providers will also be happy to put you in touch with previous delegates who are happy to share their experience of the training.
With any booming new industry, there will be a rush to meet demand and standards will inevitably vary. And just as there have been disparities in the delivery of non-surgical aesthetics treatments, the quality of medical aesthetics training providers can also vary.
But if you use the above criteria as a guide, you’re likely to find a high calibre training provider who will not only help you build on your existing medical background, they will also support you in becoming a skilled, reputable and profitable practitioner in your new medical aesthetics career.