The ongoing debate on where aesthetic practitioners places are in the industry continues! Discussions seemed to have reached a boiling point when ultimately regulations were tightened on the level at which aesthetic practitioners would be qualified to administer certain treatments due to an alarming increase in malpractice cases in the industry, particularly when it comes to disastrous filler treatment results. Objectively, it only seems right to up the standards of who can use syringes to alter a person’s face, no matter how minimally invasive a treatment is. However, it also goes a lot deeper than just qualifications because other factors determine a practitioner’s credibility.
Let’s start with differentiating medics vs non-medics in broad strokes:
Medics are what you would call doctors, nurses (this includes nurse prescribers) and dentists. Some people have medical qualifications and can administer cosmetic medical products like dermal filler and anti-wrinkle treatments (like Botox). Though these professions aren’t directly related to or focused on aesthetics, they would still be qualified to administer aesthetic treatments, provided they attend and complete the needed training courses, like foundation dermal filler courses.
Non-medics are basically everyone else—but concerning the aesthetics industry, these are the beauty therapists (these also include paramedics, pharmacists, etc.) who, through attending and completing the required training courses, are qualified to administer products like dermal fillers. Usually, these are aesthetic practitioners with the Level 3 qualification, which is considered the bog-standard for administering invasive aesthetic treatments. Any lower, and you’re only qualified to do things like waxing, manicures, pedicures, and dermaplaning.
Lately, you may have something new pop up Level 7.
Health Education England has recommended that aesthetic practitioners be qualified to Level 7 to administer filler and anti-wrinkle treatments. This was an effort to standardize aesthetic practitioners’ qualifications across the board; however, it still isn’t mandatory, nor will it become mandatory in the future.
So, what now?
The overarching solution is to be thorough with where you acquire your resources and education regarding aesthetics. As we know, being a successful aesthetic practitioner is more than just being well-educated. It’s a combination of high-quality education, learning to have that eye for beauty (that’s often rare in medics), a persistent learning attitude, accountability, and establishing a rapport with your clients. Debate aside, let’s focus on the objective ways how this can be a win-win scenario for everyone while being as ethical and safe as we can.
The first part of this two-pronged solution is regardless if you’re a medic or non-medic, it’s always a safe bet to use insured products for your treatments, and be an insured practitioner yourself. That way, from the root, your clients will be protected, and you can hold yourself accountable. Secondly, take into consideration the quality of the education you’re getting. Because aesthetic treatments require training courses of their own, and not all training academies are created equal, make sure you’re investing in the gold standard, top-tier education. Thoroughly vet your chosen training academies. At the very least, make sure they’re accredited by the CPD, and find testimonials from real people.
That being said because we do champion getting the proper education to lessen hazards. So, it’s always good to keep in mind that you should probably have your eye on getting higher or tertiary education, should you want a successful and credible career in aesthetics. However, if you’re a non-medic who’s still having second thoughts of becoming a medic, being diligent about your career in all facets is something you need to be 24/7. Make sure you’re being a responsible professional and set high standards for yourself and your business.