It’s hard to believe that Botox and dermal fillers aren’t actually illegal for children and young people under 18 but won’t be the case much longer.
The campaign to make them illegal is gaining momentum after MPs supported a ban as part of a new Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Bill brought by Conservative MP for Sevenoaks, Laura Trott.
The Bill has had unanimous support from the House of Commons and House of Lords and will have its third and final reading this week (Wednesday 28th April) before moving into the final stages of consideration.
The new law would bring the procedures in line with other body modification techniques, such as tattooing, by banning them for under-18s.
The Act would prohibit the procedures for children in England if they are for purely aesthetic purposes and not approved by a doctor.
Dr Stephen Hennessy BDS, a leading aesthetics trainer and practitioner at the Dr Hennessy Academy in Preston says there’s so much pressure on youngsters these days that it’s no surprise they want a tweak or two:
“We would purely put it down to social media and the pressures to look a certain way nowadays. Aesthetics should be used to enhance, correct, smooth, etc but in actual fact when you have your face filled when you are too young it can make you look older.
The danger is the unscrupulous practitioners taking advantage of the young. You find a lot of under 18’s will be too naive and trusting and therefore not have researched the clinic they have chosen. Their decision is definitely based more on cost that safety.”
MPs and Doctors have shared details of some of the worst cases they’ve seen, especially after lip fillers went wrong from clumping which results in lumps and bumps to necrosis; where the lip tissue actually dies and you start seeing the lip filler coming out.
The after effects of botched injections can lead to life long scarring which has a knock-on effect on the child’s mental health.
Health minister Nadine Dorries told the Commons:
“I believe everyone has the right to make informed decisions about their bodies, but our role in Government is to support young people in making safe, informed choices where necessary and to protect them from potential harm that cosmetic procedures can do to their health.”
MPs have previously raised concerns about the “Love Island effect”, which involves young people experiencing physical and mental harm by seeking to achieve unrealistic body images promoted on television and elsewhere.
As a healthcare professional, you already possess a number of skills that will go a long way in helping you become a successful Botox and Dermal Filler practitioner. The next step is to undergo training, but what can you expect on an aesthetic course for beginners?
The aim is to get you to a position where you are comfortable and confident enough to start carrying out consultations and injecting your patients as soon as you leave.
What Should I Look For When Choosing a Course?
Once you’ve decided that you’re ready for the challenge of becoming a Botox practitioner, your next step is to choose an aesthetic course suitable for beginners – widely known as a foundation course.
While the industry isn’t regulated at the moment, this will change and most reputable training academies won’t accept anyone who isn’t already a trained and qualified healthcare professional.
There are variables to consider when you’re looking at courses and here’s our suggestions on what to look out for:
Does the course offer a mix of theory and practical training?
Ensure that your chosen course delivers a good mix of both theoretical and practical training. Understanding the products you’ll be dealing with, especially Botulinum Toxin, is essential. You will also need a good grasp of face mapping and the anatomy of the face which will enable you to have confidence in recommending the best procedures for your patients.
Are they fully insured?
Always make sure that the training academy is fully insured. While you’re on the course you should be covered by their insurance and also be advised on what level of cover you will need when you set out on your own. Also check that the course is fully compliant with the most up to date guidelines outlined by Health Education England (HEE) and the General Medical Council (GMC)
Is the training CPD accredited?
As part of your ongoing personal and professional development in the aesthetics industry you should make sure that any training you do is SPD accredited.
CPD courses ensures that both academic and practical qualifications don’t become outdated or redundant; techniques in Botox and dermal fillers evolve constantly and so aesthetics CPD is a must for keeping up-to-date. It is important that you keep CPD record up-to-date as you will often need to submit evidence of CPD activity to your governing professional bodies or employers.
Will you be practising on real people or mannequins?
You might think this is a given but there are certain trainers who will use mannequins as part of the training which is less than ideal. Check to make sure that you will be practising on real people which will give you a much better grounding when it comes to treating your own patients.
Not only will it help your skills and confidence you can also practise interpersonal skills which will come in useful for your consultations
Will you be training in large or small groups?
The smaller the group you’re training with the better. When you’re working in small numbers you will receive more hands-on tuition and have more time to ask questions and get constructive feedback. The whole experience will be more beneficial for you and you’ll feel more confident to get going in your new business.
Does your trainer have hands on experience in the aesthetics industry?
Read up on who will be carrying out your trainers. Choose a course where you’ll be taught by a qualified medical professional who has plenty of experience in the aesthetics industry.
It’s vital that your trainers are up to speed on the latest techniques and products so you are in a position to deliver the best service to your clients once you’ve completed the course.
Will you receive any training on running a business?
Running your own aesthetics business isn’t as simple as just carrying out consultations and procedures. You’ll need to do your own marketing, finances, networking and aftercare, all of which can sound daunting if it’s not something you’ve done before.
Picking a training academy that offers business support backed up with a mentor programme and ongoing support after your course will provide an invaluable support system as you transition into a new career.
What to Expect on a Dr Hennessey Academy Aesthetic Course for Beginners
By completing the material ahead of time, you’re guaranteed more time is spent on practical, hands-on training on the day as well as having plenty of time for questions and answers.
The course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to carry out the most commonly requested facial aesthetic injectable treatments.
The in-depth practical part of the course will be delivered and supervised by our expert aesthetics trainers and the small group numbers ensure you leave the day with all the skills and confidence you need to launch your own aesthetics business.
On the day you will learn:
The most common Botox and dermal fillers that are requested in clinics across the UK.
Facemapping techniques to enable you to understand the safe injection zones and how to inject safely in order to minimise complications.
The most up to date injection techniques carried out on live models.
Basic business knowledge so you’re ready to go as soon as you finish the course.
The science behind the products and how to administer them safely.
How to carry out a professional consultation and map out a treatment plan that matches your clients wishes.
Our aim is to give you the skills and confidence you need to walk out of the door and start practising safely and we do this through our supervised consultation, assessment and treatment using real models.
You’ll gain confidence in injecting in a completely different way to what you may have done before in your healthcare career and will become familiar in predicting the outcome of your treatments.
Managing the client’s expectations is essential in order to run a successful practice and the knowledge you’ll gain on our aesthetics course for beginners will enable you to deliver the best service possible.
Focussing on the three main areas of use in the upper face: crows’ feet; frown lines; and forehead lines with and without brow lifts you will develop an injection technique which reduces any side effects and increases the predictability of results.
Ongoing Business Support
We understand that this change of career can be daunting and you’ll be dealing with things that you might never have had to worry about before.
That’s why we provide you with templates of consent forms, treatment forms and all the other legal documentation you need as well as a “how to perform a consultation” manual, promotional and patient information leaflets.
And we don’t just leave you there, we are proud of our aftercare and offer unlimited after course support to help you deal with any issues that may arise – or just to provide some friendly feedback or guidance.
This can be done via email or phone and you will also be admitted to our private Facebook forum which provides ongoing expert tips from our team, updates on industry news as well as networking with other course graduates.
For total peace of mind, you are also guaranteed acceptance from ALL major insurers on completion of our accredited course.
Finally, because we’re sure you’ll make a success of your new career and will want to continue learning and adding to your portfolio of skills, we offer discounts off all courses you take with us in the future including lip fillers, cannula training and advanced Botox and dermal fillers.
The aesthetics industry is now a multi-billion dollar industry and is showing no signs of slowing down. If anything, the recent so called ‘Zoom Boom’ has seen enquiries dramatically increase and you might be wondering can a dental nurse train to do botox and dermal fillers?
The simple answer is yes – we have trained many dental nurses who have gone on to run successful aesthetics businesses, many delivering the procedures alongside a dentist at their current surgery.
I’m Not A Prescriber So Can I Still Undergo Botox Training as a Dental Nurse?
The first thing to note if you’re a dental nurse looking to upskill is that you will need to work alongside a registered doctor, dentist or a medical nurse with a valid prescriber’s number. This is because Botulinum Toxin is a prescription only medicine and a pharmacy will only dispense it to someone with a valid prescriber’s number.
Your nominated prescriber will also have to undertake the face-to-face consultation alongside you and the patient, completing a full assessment and providing a prescription before you carry out any procedure involving Botox.
It’s no longer acceptable in the UK for patients to be remotely assessed, i.e. where the prescriber isn’t present for an in person consultation, however, they don’t need to be present for the actual procedure.
Unlike Botox, dermal fillers are classed as ‘medical devices’ and not prescription-only. The UK is one just a handful of countries that doesn’t recognise them as a medicine meaning a prescriber consultation isn’t required.
It’s important to understand that serious complications can still occur when injecting dermal fillers, so expert aesthetics training is still a necessity.
The Department of Health launched a campaign aimed at tackling botched cosmetic procedures a couple of years ago and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is calling for all dermal fillers to be classified as prescription-only medicine which would put them in the same category as Botox.
What Can Go Wrong as a Dental Nurse?
Expert Botox and dermal filler training courses for dental nurses will provide you with all the information you need to go on and start a profitable and safe aesthetics business.
Part of this training is making you aware of the dangers that come from both Botox and dermal fillers if not administered correctly.
Risks include allergic reactions, broken blood vessels, extreme swelling – and knowing what to do in an emergency is just as important as knowing how to achieve the results your patients want safely and ethically.
Severe complications arising from Botox or dermal filler injections are rare amongst the community of practitioners who have undergone thorough training and continue to learn and implement the latest technology and treatments.
That’s not to say they don’t happen, but many of the more serious side effects have been attributed to an error by the practitioner who hasn’t been fully trained. For example, drooping eyelids or double vision could be attributed to an improper Botox injection.
While the industry isn’t regulated at the moment, this will change and it’s essential that anyone looking to proceed with a career in aesthetics is appropriately trained and fully insured.
You must have the relevant insurance in place before you treat your first patient.
Our Foundation Botox and dermal filler training course is specially designed to equip you with all the skills you need to start practising immediately and the sooner you start working with your own patients the better – it will help cement all the knowledge you’ve gained on the course.
We can help you when it comes to choosing the most appropriate insurance for your needs; for example, will you be working as a self-employed Botox practitioner or will you be employed at a clinic or your current dental surgery.
Sorting your insurance immediately after qualifying ensures that you’re fully protected in the event of a complication or a claim being brought against you.
As a leading aesthetics trainer, we have the required cover in place so that you won’t need your own policy until the point at which you’ve completed your course.
It also goes without saying, that you should never to carry out any aesthetics treatments that are outside the scope of your training or deliver treatments that you aren’t insured to deliver.