Libby Stewart; as one of Cosmetic Courses’ most experienced Trainers, how did your career move from Mainstream Nursing into Aesthetic Nursing?
My career path into Medical Aesthetics is probably true of a lot of Nurses. I stumbled into it by chance.
Working with Mr Adrian Richards
I worked with Mr Adrian Richards (Plastic Surgeon and Founder of Cosmetic Courses) in theatre, where I was a Bank Nurse on his surgery team and worked with him regularly.
Mr Richards saw the need to develop medical aesthetics to assist with his surgical work. For example: a lot of patients were prepared for surgery through injections of botox into areas like the platysmal bands. Also, surgery can only counteract loose skin, not really permanently replace volume. So the two professions are very nicely linked.
Medical Aesthetic Nurse Training
When I was asked to do a Medical Aesthetics training course to be of assistance to him, I didn’t really think it was for me. I didn’t think it was for “real” nurses. I didn’t think I would like it.
When I first started, I was sleepless with nerves! My first few clinics were far too busy. I became over-faced, flustered and really had to pull myself together. But I pulled myself up like Mary Poppins and said “I’m made of tougher stuff than that!”
I learnt that by spacing your patients out, giving yourself enough time with them, some breathing space and learning tricks like turning your back to your patients when you’re drawing up your Botox, it really helps.
It was not too long before I had the Botox bug and now here I am today!
Libby trains nurses, doctors, dentists and other medical professionals on Foundation to Advanced level courses in Botox and Dermal Fillers, daily at The Cosmetic Courses National Cosmetic Training Centre in Buckinghamshire. Call 0845 230 4110 to book your course with Libby and the Team.