Thinking of taking the leap into the world of aesthetics? For all the nurses, doctors and dentists—this is how you do it.
If you're not already, that is.
If you're a nurse, the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) recommends that nurses have at least three years of general nursing experience before entering aesthetics. If you're planning on being a Botox prescriber (as Botox requires a prescription, unlike dermal fillers), you should also have a valid Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration.
If you're a dentist or a doctor, you should have an active registration with the General Dental Council (GDC) or the General Medical Council (GMC) to enter aesthetics.
It isn't mandatory, but it would also be a good idea to be part of a governing body like BCAM (for doctors and dentists) or BACN (for nurses). You'll have access to a support network of fellow aesthetic practitioners, and your clients will be able to find you faster when they're looking for qualified, trained and insured practitioners.
The hunt for the best training academy begins.
Here's a checklist you can pocket while you're doing your research to make sure you're getting your education from the best:
- They're CPD Accredited and insured. This isn't an automatic guarantee, but better safe than sorry!
- They have foundation courses for both dermal fillers and Botox. Often, training academies will have these foundation courses bundled together.
- They have models. Not mannequins! Always go for training academies that have actual human models for their courses.
- They have one-on-one training courses. That's the best way to get educated in aesthetics—through focused learning. Steer clear of training academies that only offer mass classes.
Get trained some more
Maybe you've seen the term "Level 7 Qualification in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine" floating around, and for a good reason. Though it isn't mandatory to have this qualification, it's been designed by the industry's governing bodies to ensure you're practising aesthetics at the highest and most ethical standard. It's always a good idea to have the highest level of qualification you can get for aesthetics, so it wouldn't hurt to consider!
Once you've received your certificates and qualifications, go straight to getting insured because that's the most important thing you need for your business before anything else. This protects both yourself and your clients and builds the trust necessary for you to gain a clientele.
On top of that, take the time to research where you'll source your products. If you're an independent prescriber, you can order your products through online pharmacies. Products are also available at your practice (or wherever you're hired), as well as online stores like Faces. Prioritise your chosen products' quality and make sure your stock is sterile, in date, untampered, and appropriate for use.
This can mean two things: you can go ahead and start your new career in aesthetics at your practice, clinic or salon, or you can get more credentials by enrolling in advanced courses.
For the former, you may want to be supervised during your first few treatments, just so you can get the hang of the job and be able to work comfortably and securely. For the latter, completing all training courses for dermal fillers and Botox will guarantee you the highest level of professional success you can achieve in the aesthetics industry, as being an expert in all treatments will allow you to have more clients.
Now that we've laid out the basics, all you need to do now (apart from working hard) is establishing your online presence, which you can read all about here. Good luck!