After almost a year of sitting staring at ourselves on Zoom, Teams, and FaceTime, it’s no wonder more and more people have become obsessed with their perceived flaws so the time to start your Botox and filler training course has never been better.
Save Face, which represents non-surgical cosmetic practitioners in the UK, says there’s been a jump in enquiries for neck and face work; jumping from 500 a year to almost 800 on their platform alone – that’s an increase of 57%.
The aesthetics industry is already a multi-billion pound industry worldwide and it’s showing no signs of slowing; if anything it’s proving almost recession-proof with some clinics reporting waiting lists stretching to Christmas 2021 already!
As a healthcare professional, such as a Doctor, Dentist or Nurse, working in the NHS, there’s every chance you’re suffering from burn out and launching a career in Botox and Dermal Fillers can be a rewarding move both in terms of your work/life balance and your bank balance.
And given the figures above, now is the perfect time to invest in some specialist combined Botox and dermal filler training.
The Zoom Boom That’s Spanning the Generations
“Young and old, more and more of us are doing it” – that’s a quote taken from The Truth About Cosmetic Treatment which aired on BBC 1 and it’s right.
Men and women who are used to filtering images in a bid to show their ‘living my best life’ selfies as well as older people who wouldn’t know a reel from a Tik Tok are now flocking to book injectable treatments after spending hours staring at themselves with bad camera angles and poor lighting.
Even women who have been vocal about never using Botox are changing their minds and endorsing it, including the celebrated author Caitlin Moran.
In her latest book, More Than A Woman, Moran has gone from complete anti-Botox to sounding like a brand ambassador.
“I don’t look younger or hotter or more perfect,” she says and claims her aim was to look “well slept and happy” – this is the key to the best aesthetics practitioners, and why it’s important to undergo the best training so you understand exactly what your client wants and how you can achieve it with their unique facial structure.
Moran goes on to say that “Botox is the working woman’s facial mini-break. Botox does your relaxing for you. It takes a job off the list.”
What Does the Future Hold?
As humans, we have an inbuilt desire to always look our best and thanks to aesthetic procedures such as Botox and dermal filler treatments, this is becoming more accessible for everyone.
As the aesthetics industry continues to boom, so too will the demand for highly trained aesthetics practitioners – and those with a history in healthcare will become more and more desirable.
As the awareness continues to rise on the part of clients regarding the need to only go to certified and licensed practitioners, more healthcare professionals will seek to receive the very best Botox and dermal filler training by experts trained in aesthetic medicine.
As a leading training course provider for Botox and dermal fillers for nurses and healthcare professionals, we provide a range of foundation training courses and advanced aesthetics training courses which include intensive, practical sessions using live models.
I’m a Nurse, Do I Actually Need Practical Training?
While cosmetic surgery is rarely an impulsive decision, many professionals believe lockdown has played a part in the surging demand.
For those considering a non-surgical aesthetic treatment, professionals in the industry stress that people should do their research and make sure the person giving them the injections have the qualifications and experience needed.
It may be a non-surgical procedure but there can still be complications and, as every face is different, having the knowledge to map out a client’s face to administer the right amount and the right type of product is clearly essential.
Whilst the materials and equipment used by good practitioners undergo strict product testing, the people using them do not.
Botulinum toxin injections, dermal fillers and other ‘minimally invasive’ cosmetic treatments can be administered by anyone, regardless of their qualifications.
In addition to their lack of qualifications, untrained practitioners often purchase cheap, unlicensed products over the internet and the implications of this can be dire.
The UK is actually the only country where it isn’t regulated and there has been a rise in people offering these treatments and the big concern is that the untrained injectors are simply not aware of the potential risks.
Whilst there are a number of recommended professional standards for cosmetic practice e.g. set by the Royal College of Surgeons, The General Medical Council and Voluntary accredited registers such as Save Face, those who uphold these recommendations do so largely on a voluntary basis.
The implications of this lack of regulation are severe and mean that patients undergoing non-surgical cosmetic procedures are currently protected by the same level of regulation as they would be when buying products such as ballpoint pens and toothbrushes.
The reality is that if you have an issue with your treatment it is very challenging to find any redress or support from a regulator.
This is an ongoing battle but is almost certainly set to change in the near future.