Since we began training in 2002  our aesthetic training courses have always been with live models.

We believe that the best way to learn and to leave feeling confident is to gain that real life patient and practitioner experience, something which makes our training stand out.

Along with the 1000’s of delegates we train annually we also treat over double that in patients every year. Over the years we have built a vast database of loyal models who trust in our service, from different age groups, ethnicities, and skin concerns.

Why Choose Aesthetic Training Courses with Live Models?

There are many reasons why you should choose a training provider that uses live models like ourselves, below are some of the points listed:

  1. Valuable patient and practitioner experiences from consultation, treatment plans, treatment, and aftercare.
  2. Understand the different types of patients, learning that aesthetics is not a one size fits all.
  3. Learn the importance of product selection and placement for each patient.
  4. Improve you bed side manner when treating and dealing with patients.
  5. Learn how to deal with possible post treatment issues should they arise
  6. See the effects of aesthetics treatments first-hand with your own work.

Prosthetic heads

We regularly have delegates attending our follow-on courses who have had basic level training on ‘heads’ with other training providers. They book with us to gain valuable hands-on experience but on attendance of our courses they feel their practical skills are inferior to those delegates who have completed training with us previously. Unfortunately, they often end up revisiting the foundation techniques on live models so that they feel confident to progress. Although the courses are often substantially cheaper using ‘model heads,’ we believe it is best to invest in the highest standards of training to help your aesthetic journey to thrive.

By training with live models and receiving this vital experience under the supervision and guidance of our expert training faculty you are experiencing real life situations that will leave you confident to start treating your own patients.

Prosthetic heads can be a great starting point for a nervous injector or those wanting to practice new techniques but it is important to also gain real life experience with live models whilst in the training environment too.

Treat under our expert trainers supervision

Our medical expert trainers will spend time ensuring the theoretical aspects of the treatments are understood and then they will perform a demonstration within your small group or 1-2-1 setting so that practitioners feel confident to move onto the practical session.

Our trainers will then assist you in performing your treatments on a live patient, standing by your side, and guiding you the whole time.

100’s of reviews from happy models

Our patient care and safety is important to us, each patient that comes through our door for treatment within a training setting is treated with the same care as if they were walking into a private clinic.

Each patient has also undergone pre assessment screening by our team to make sure they are eligible for treatment, completed our consent and medical forms along with participating in consultations with our medical team to discuss treatment options and what they want out of their time with us.

You can see for yourself with our 100’s of reviews by happy models here.


As vaccines continue to roll out in the UK many questions are arising on the side effects, one in particular about the use of aesthetic treatments alongside vaccines.

Can you have filler if you have had the vaccine?

It has been drawn to the industries attention of research carried out in the United States where in 15,184 patients who had the vaccine (Moderna) and then dermal filler, 3 of which experienced swelling in the area of injection, more than usual.

The three who experienced this were treated and monitored immediately with no adverse effects.

Media outlets who have noted this side effect have shared some misleading information, causing some aesthetic treatment goers across the globe to rethink the decision of having the vaccine in order to continue with their treatments.

Whilst we take all side effects seriously and continue to investigate, we do not recommend forgoing your vaccine in order to have aesthetic treatments.

From continued research and talking with leading pharmaceutical brands such as Teoxane, it has been noted that patients should wait 2 weeks after their vaccine before having the treatment or wait 3 weeks after the vaccine before having treatment.

Anything that stimulates our immune system such as a vaccine has the potential to cause our body to recognise filler as foreign which can lead to an inflammatory reaction. We can help to avoid this by leaving a gap between vaccinations and treatments.

Can you have botulinum toxin treatments if you have had the vaccine?

At present there is no information of side effects caused by vaccine and botulinum toxin treatment. As the injection is performed straight into the muscle it is bypassing the flowing nature of vaccine and filler placement.

Can you have chemical peels, microneedling and laser treatments if you have had the vaccine?

Again, there have been no side effects bought to the industries attention on the combination of vaccine and skin treatments. As skin treatments are on the surface and superficial layers of the skin it does not affect vaccine placement, therefore skin treatments can carry on as usual.

What can I do as practitioner to ensure patients safety?

We understand it can be daunting, especially scrolling through social media and the news finding false and scaremongering information.

Firstly, we recommend talking to your insurance provider, making sure you are ready to go and you are covered for any reactions that may happen.

Update your consent forms to state about waiting times after treatment and receiving the vaccination.

Make sure you talk to your patient about the side effects that have been highlighted, transparency is the best when it comes to situations like this and your body language will say the most. Just by informing them and having them sign to say they have understood will cover you and ensure patient and practitioner safety.

At present, the swelling side effects are treated like nodules using antibiotics and hyalase with monitoring by the practitioner to ensure a safe recovery. If swelling does not improve then a course of steroids in recommended.

Lastly, make sure you are well trained to deal with complications, and you have spent time understanding the latest information, continued learning will help you to make the right decisions and perform safe treatments.

Our support lines are open for our delegates on 01844 3901110 / [email protected]

Find out more about our online complications course and enrol here:

Please note this article was published in April 2021.

At Cosmetic Courses we continue to strive to offer the best for our delegates, ensuring our courses and qualifications leave you feeling confident and qualified. We are pleased to announce that our new VTCT OFQUAL regulated Level 7 Diploma in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine now has JCCP approval.

What is the Level 7 Diploma in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine?

The Level 7 Diploma in Injectables for Clinical Aesthetic Treatments is an VTCT awarded qualification. This competence based diploma is aimed at doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives who hold a current professional registration. It has been created in line with the HEE and JCCP guidelines relevant to the administration of Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Fillers.

The diploma will provide you with the relevant knowledge and practical skills to safely perform the following procedures independently:

  • The use of Botulinum Toxin to treat glabellar, frontalis and crow’s feet
  • The use of Botulinum Toxin to create a brow lift
  • The use of Dermal Fillers to treat nasolabial folds, marionette lines, oral commissures, lip augmentation and basic cheek augmentation

This Diploma is an industry-recognised qualification for both medical professionals considering a career in aesthetic medicine as well as those who are already practicing but are looking to obtain formal recognition for their knowledge and skills.

Who are the JCCP?

The JCCP (Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners) was developed to address the ongoing issues with the lack of regulation within the aesthetic industry. Working to bring awareness of safety within the surgical and non surgical sector through accredited qualifications and by educating patients in their practitioner choices.

What does it mean for the Level 7 to be JCCP accredited?

“There are many high-quality training providers working in non-surgical aesthetics however there are many who are offering sub-standard and unrecognized qualifications, supported by questionable accreditation routes and who are using misleading marketing tools to attract trainees.” – JCCP website on training providers.

At Cosmetic Courses we are proud of our JCCP accreditation as it means we have passed and met all requirements ensuring we are offering exceptional training for our delegates.

Our team have worked hard in ensuring our centres, support teams, trainers and qualifications meet all requirements to maintain the highest standards of education within the medical aesthetic industry.

The JCCP Education and Training Provider Register has been established to:

  • Enable Education and Training Providers in aesthetics to demonstrate ‘best practice’ in education and training provision.
  • Identify courses, programmes and qualifications that have been accredited by recognized awarding bodies.
  • Enable practitioners to clearly evaluate the value and status of education and training programmes on offer.
  • The JCCP has established strict entry requirements & premises standards for the Education and Training Provider Register

Talk to one of our dedicated Level 7 coordinators today to find out more about the diploma are available routes for you: 01844 390110 / [email protected]

This month the JCCP (Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners) released their 10 point plan for regulation within aesthetics. This plan details the steps we can make as an industry to ensure safety and regulation.

“Our ultimate aim is to create a safer environment for members of the public undergoing non-surgical treatments with mandated qualifications, premises criteria, insurance and many other steps relating to the sector and industry.” -JCCP Statement, March 2021

At Cosmetic Courses we support the JCCP in striving for a safer future within aesthetics, encouraging regulation and producing confident and qualified injectors.

JCCP 10-Point Plan:

1 Statutory Regulation

Seek and advise on statutory regulation for the non-surgical aesthetics and hair restoration sector.

2 Mandatory Education and Training Standards 

Government and education/training regulators in the UK to mandate specific qualifications, education and training requirements for specific modalities.

3 Clear, Transparent Information

Aesthetic service providers to clearly display simple, informative guides on all services provided including risks, benefits, costs, qualifications and insurance to members of the public.

4 Definition of Medical and Cosmetic Treatments

Work with Government agencies to clearly define in law what constitutes a ‘medical’, a ‘medically-related’ treatment and what is ‘cosmetic’ only.

5 Safe and Ethical Prescribing 

Implement robust standards and regulation for safe, ethical and professional prescribing within non-surgical aesthetics.

6 More Regulated Advertising and Social Media

Tighter controls and penalties on exaggerated, inaccurate and misleading advertising and social media posts in relation to aesthetic treatments, hair restoration and training.

7 National Complications Reporting

Introduce enhanced and co-ordinated processes for the reporting and analysis of adverse incidents at a national level.

8 Adequate Insurance Cover

Legislate all cosmetic non-surgical aesthetics and hair restoration surgical practitioners to hold robust and adequate indemnity insurance covering each service provided.

9 Licensing of Premises, Treatments and Practitioners

Set nationally agreed standards for licensing and regulating premises, treatments procedures and individuals.

10 Raising Consumer Awareness

Raise public awareness of the risks and benefits associated with non-surgical treatments and hair restoration surgery.

You can read the full document released by the JCCP by clicking here.

In this blog we discuss the importance of a treatment plan. Skincare and injectables is becoming more and more popular across the globe, from experts decoding celebrities secret “tweakments” to tell all routines on how to achieve that perfect glow.

Adrian Richards, Medical Director of Cosmetic Courses, shares his advice on the importance of obtaining consent from patients when using images of them, and what it should include.

With the end of lockdown looming and plans to reopen hopefully fast approaching it’s time to make sure your aesthetic practice is prepared and ready for a successful 2021!

With 20 years of aesthetic experience our team wanted to share with you some top tips to help you thrive in this challenging time.

Cosmetic Courses Business Newsletter. We are planning to share our business insights into how to start and grow a clinic. We are looking to bring you a wealth of knowledge from our business partners including from Allergan, manufacturer of Botox, to Pabau and Consentz who are our partners for clinic systems.

Clinical Director Mr Adrian Richards and NIP Alison Telfer, Glass House Clinics, chat with Professor David Sines, chair of the JCCP. They delve deeper into what we should be expecting with our clinics reopening and what you can do to make sure you are putting yours and your patients safety at the forefront.

Clinical Director Mr Adrian Richards was joined by Ewan Colville of Sunstone Digital to discuss working with influencers. You can watch the video below and also see some of the mentioned highlights.

  • Assessing Influencers:
    • Use the free Uplfluence chrome extension to assess credibility of influencers you might want to work with. Quickly check their followers age & gender splits plus country of residency. Download Upluence Chrome Extension here
    • You can also assess influencers by simply eyeballing their profiles to check follower numbers, post quality and gauging typical follower engagement with their posts. And follow them with your brand and/or personal IG account to get a flavour of how they interact with followers.
    • Buzzstream is another tool you can use to discover and reach out to influencers. It’s possibly more suitable for brands than local clinics, but there is a free trial account you can sign up for and cancel down before you get charged
    • Nano-influencers have a following of 1-10K and they might be the best option for clinics with local catchments who want to engage local audiences. You might also find a nano-influencer can be persuaded to promote your clinic/treatments/products with in-kind benefits – like a free treatment
    • Beyond the harder-to-measure influencer KPIs like post reach and engagement stats, you can move your more trusted and proven influencers towards payment-by-results models that reward them per click (to your site from their IG posts) or per action on your site like enquiry (lead gen), attending an event or buying a product online with a discount code exclusive to the influencer.
  • More influencer marketing insights:
    • When your Instagram (or the IG profile of influencers you work with) hits 10K followers, this milestone unlocks extra privileges, the most significant being the swipe-up feature allowing you to embed a web link in an IG story/post.
    • Here’s a useful article on local influencer marketing
  • Your Business Instagram Account – some housekeeping:
    • As Adrian said, you want to verify your business Instagram account. This means IG recognises your profile as an authentic presence. Request IG’s verification badge (it’s a blue tick on your profile pic) by following these steps: If you’re using an individual Instagram profile to represent your business, then follow these steps instead (be prepared to upload proof of ID like driving licence or passport)
    • Use on your Instagram bio to neatly show multiple links to all your relevant platforms or landing pages. occupies the link in your IG bio and opens up a modal with multiple links to your site, facebook, YouTube Channel, treatment landing pages etc. There’s a free version. Access here

View more live recordings like this here.