Cannula Benefits for Aesthetic Treatments

Cannula has become increasingly popular within the aesthetic industry. As an aesthetic training company we have seen a rise in delegates wanting to train in this specialty over the last few years, but why is so cannula so popular? In this blog we look at its benefits and comparison to different techniques. 

What is a cannula?STERiGLIDE-cannula-main-1500

  • A longer, bendy needle with a blunt tip
  • Uses an introducer needle to gain access into the skin
  • Ideal for dermal filler treatment, PRP and skin boosters

What are the benefits of a cannula?

  • Shape and style will push aide veins and arteries under the skin during treatment, lower risk of complication
  • Can reach larger areas with one insertion point using techniques such as fanning
  • Less bruising as only one entry point
  • More control of the injection depths
  • Lower risk of occlusion and local inflammatory reactions
  • Patients can find cannula less painful
  • One confident in the art of cannula you can experience a quicker procedure time

Needle or Cannula?

Whilst there is different benefits for both, it’s important to understand that every practitioner and patient are different. Also you must take in to consideration your confidence behind administering these treatments. If you feel most confident using a needle and create beautiful results for your clients, then don’t feel the pressure to change to cannula. We would however recommend that you look into the use of cannula and perhaps attend a course such as our Introduction to Cannula to see if it is a route you could go down and feel you could build confidence in.

Find out more about our online cannula courses here! 

Cadaver Course Delegate Testimonials

Are you in interested in our Cadaver Training Course in Facial Anatomy for Aesthetic Medicine?  Hear from our previous delegates and why they recommend taking this course to further your aesthetic knowledge.

Nurses Anna & Dee discuss why they decided to enroll on to our Cadaver course and the benefits of attending such course.

Why take our Cadaver training course?

  • Gain advanced knowledge of the anatomy in regards to aesthetic treatments
  • Working alongside Nottingham university we are able to provide fresh cadaver heads on our course for hands on training
  • This course is led by our Clinical Leads and Maxilofacial surgeon on hand to assist and answer any questions you may have whilst sharing their own knowledge.
  • Learn alongside like minded professionals who want to further their knowledge
  • We keep our training within small groups so you can get the most out of your time with us
  • Our trainers welcome any questions and are here to ensure you feel confident within your practice
  • After completion of the course you will receive a CPD certified certificate of attendance
  • We provide unlimited support to all of our delegates

Find out more about our Cadaver training course and upcoming dates here. 

aesthetic awards 2022

We are delighted to announce that we are once again finalist for “Best Independent Training Provider” at the Aesthetic Awards 2022.

This category is sponsored by Clinisept+Skin and the award will be presented to the independent training provider whose training programme is considered to have advanced the education of medical aesthetic professionals most effectively during the last 12 months. Judges will look for engaging methods of delivery, a high-quality, generic programme, a continuous development strategy and achievement of measurable outcomes.

What are the Aesthetic Awards?

The Aesthetics Awards brings together the very best in medical aesthetics and is open to those new and established to celebrate the achievements of the past year. Special categories have been designed to recognise the finalists and winners for their services to the profession and industry. Awards are presented to clinics, individual practitioners, manufacturers, suppliers and other aesthetic companies who have worked hard to represent the highest standards in clinical excellence, product innovation and practice achievement, while truly excelling in the field of aesthetic medicine.

Why vote for Cosmetic Courses for Independent Training Provider of the year?

Led by world renowned Consultant Plastic Surgeon Mr Adrian Richards, Cosmetic Courses have been offering a high calibre of aesthetic training since 2002.

Our aim remains the same, to provide world-class training to develop safe and confident injectors within the industry.

Over the years Cosmetic Courses has grown immensely, from a small team offering 5 courses a week to now having a passionate team of 60 across our 6 dedicated training centres.

As the industry grows, we continue to grow with it. Working alongside industry partners we thrive to raise the standards in aesthetic medicine.

Aesthetics is our passion and supporting safe, successful injectors is what drives us daily to continue to evaluate, learn and develop our course offering.

You can click here to vote for us and also explore the other exciting categories! 

New Year, New Career in Aesthetics

Are you thinking of pursuing a new career in the new year?

How about joining the exciting world of aesthetic medicine?

Our new year promotions – ends 31st January 2022:

Benefits of a career in aesthetics:

  • Increased income
  • Flexible hours, work to suit you
  • Become your own boss
  • Join a network of passionate individuals
  • Change lives with non-surgical treatments, helping your patients to feel confident
  • Apply your existing medical knowledge and anatomy understanding
  • Plus so many more!

Starting your career within aesthetics:

At Cosmetic Courses we offer a variety of different pathways to kick start your career within aesthetics.

1.Our Foundation Botox & Dermal Filler Training Course 

The most common place to start is our Foundation Botox and Dermal Filler training course. This is an entry-level recognised course that allows you to learn the basic knowledge and skills required to start practicing treatments. Following on from this we have over 20 other training courses that allow you to build on your foundation-level skills and move in to more advanced treatments as well as alternative skin rejuvenation therapies.

2.Introduction into Aesthetics Package

To help you begin your new career into the world of aesthetics we have developed an ‘Introduction into Aesthetics package’. This package includes a combination of our most popular training courses, our new distance learning service and our starter kit.

Including:  Foundation Botox and Dermal Filler Training Course, Botox and Dermal Filler Intermediate Training Course, Half day 1-2-1 Bespoke Training Day OR  Introduction to Lip Filler training course. Along with our Aesthetic Starter Kit, distance learning for up to 6 filler patients with 3 boxes of Juvederm 3 and ongoing clinical support.

3.  Level 7 Diploma in Injectables for Clinical Aesthetic Treatments 

We also offer a Level 7 Diploma in Injectables for Clinical Aesthetic Treatments is an VTCT regulated qualification. Our Level 7 is 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 Botox and Dermal Fillers.

4. Online Aesthetic Courses

We also offer the opportunity to learn online with our academy. Offering over 30 aesthetic courses from beginner to expert covering a plethora of treatments and specialties. Each course contains a workbook on the chosen topic, demonstration of the treatment and technique, followed by an end of course MCQ test and certificate of completion. Once completed you will then be able to book on to a half day practical with one of our trainers where you will practice what you have learnt on our live models under the trainers close supervision.

Talk to the team today:

Our passionate team are on hand to guide you through your choices and help you to pick the right path.

Contact us on 01844 390110 / [email protected]

Follow us on all social media @cosmeticcourses

We are delighted to announce our London Training Centre and Clinic is now CQC registered! 

With this new registration the company can now provide training for CQC regulated activities for Aesthetics including thread lifting and minor operations led by Clinical Director Mr Adrian Richards.

What Courses Do I Do After My Foundation Botox & Dermal Filler Training

You may be reading this because you have completed your Foundation training (congratulations) or you are planning your training journey for the future, either way in this blog we will outline the available routes to take after your Foundation training!

Intermediate Training 

The most common path to take after initial foundation training is to book on to our Intermediate Training Course. This course has been built to consolidate your existing knowledge whilst introducing new treatments to your repertoire. The day will cover:

  • Upper Face Botox, filler around the mouth, marionette lines and corners of the mouth procedures with practical hands on experience
  • An introduction to Lip and Cheek Augmentation
  • Treatment plans for patients
  • How to conduct a successful consultation to get the most out of your patient and practitioner experience

Advanced Botox & Dermal Filler Training

Our Advanced Botox and Dermal Filler training course is a popular next step with delegates as not only does it ensure you are up to date with the latest techniques but also provides you with the key practical skills to immediately introduce over 8 new injectable treatments to your clients including:

  • Brow lift
  • Mentalis treatments
  • Lower face Botox
  • Nefertiti lift/platysmal bands
  • Treatment of hyperhidrosis (underarm sweating)
  • Lip augmentation and enhancement
  • Cheek augmentation

Level 7 Diploma in Injectables for Clinical Aesthetic Treatments

This VTCT regulated qualification is a competence based diploma 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 and competently 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

In order to achieve the Level 7 Diploma you must successfully complete 6 mandatory units. These units cover all key topics of Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Filler treatments such as; pharmacology, understanding your patient, anatomy and ageing, managing possible complications and effective treatment administration.

  • Foundation Botox and Dermal Filler Training Course
  • Online training modules
  • Assignments and literature review
  • Clinical observation days
  • Supervised practice days
  • Examination

As you have already completed your Foundation Training you will be eligible for the RPL route to complete this diploma, you can find out more by contacting our dedicated Level 7 Coordinator on 01844 390110.

Botox & Dermal Filler Training Online

Along with our practical training courses we also offer online training covering the theory of each of our courses. Our online courses start from beginner all the way through to expert, specializing in treatments and areas along with business and marketing help.

Built by our expert faculty our online training courses contain video presentations, demonstrations, tests and a printable certificate after you have successfully completed your course.

You can find out more about our online training here which is available to access anytime, anywhere! 

Why train with Cosmetic Courses?

  • We are the UK’s First Botox and Filler Training Course provider
  • We are an Allergan approved appointed training provider
  • You receive practical experience in both Botox and fillers on live models provided by us
  • We are an award-winning training provider
  • Accredited course developed in line with JCCP and CQC standards
  • We are also a Hamilton Fraser Partnered Training Provider
  • All courses are led by our handpicked team of experts including doctors, dentists and nurses
  • Partners with the leading aesthetic insurance company Healthcare Professional Protection and Hamilton Fraser 
  • Courses held in fully functioning clinic environments across 6 locations across the UK including Botox training in London
  • Unlimited aftercare whether it be clinical or business related

You can find out more about all of our training options by taking to our course coodinators on 01844 390110 / [email protected]

Cosmetic Courses at CCR 2021

It was a pleasure to once again be exhibiting at CCR 2021 on October 14th & 15th along with our Medical Director Mr Adrian Richards taking to the stage to discuss key industry topics.
What is CCR?

CCR is the UK’s leading conference and exhibition for the surgical and non-surgical medical aesthetic communities. At the heart of CCR’s ethos is ‘raising industry standards’ and as such CCR brings together the world’s leading practitioners to share and learn best-practice, discover the latest clinical developments and source new products from leading global brands. CCR 2021 will be the most eagerly anticipated event in the UK medical aesthetics calendar.

Have you ever thought about lip filler? Maybe you want to add more volume, definition or to help fix asymmetry?

Become a Cosmetic Courses Model to receive highly discounted treatment by medical professionals across our award-winning UK clinics.

Lip Filler Treatment

Lip filler is a treatment where dermal filler is injected into the lip area to add volume and definition. Lots of patients think lip filler is a one size fits all treatment and everyone will come out with large swollen looking lips. This is not the case, not with us. Each patient is treated individually and holistically, meaning we look at the whole face and create lips that compliment your features. Some of the most life changing results can be from the smallest amounts of filler, if placed correctly.

What is dermal filler?

Dermal filler is made up of Hyaluronic Acid, something which we already have in our bodies. As we start to age it begins to break down and our own bodies supply starts to go down. Dermal filler injections reintroduce Hyaluronic Acid back into the body to help add volume and definition.

Does Lip Filler hurt?

Every patient has a different pain threshold, what one can find painless another can find painful. Although we do believe that lip filler treatment does not hurt as much as you may think it does! We use Juvederm for our dermal filler which already contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic, so the only discomfort will be a slight scratch when the needle enters the skin.

Discounted Lip Filler

At Cosmetic Courses we offer Lip Filler treatments for a highly discounted rate, a compromise on cost, never on quality. We train thousands of medical professionals a year in the art of lip fillers. To aid their training we ask for patients to come in as models and have the treatment for a highly reduced rate as they will be in a training setting. Our medical students are overseen and led by our expert faculty and each model patient receives the same high level of care as all of our patients.

Lip Filler Near Me

We have clinics across the UK which needs Lip Filler models, every week for reduced cost.

Our clinic locations:

Lip filler before and afters:

What to expect at your lip filler appointment

Your medical practitioner will discuss your medical history and expectations from the treatment. Once you are both happy they will continue their facial assessment and plan where the product will be placed for optimum results. The treatment itself will take about 30-45 minutes but this can differ depending on where you are having the dermal filler treatment. Once you have had your treatment you will be slightly red and there will also be some swelling which will subside a couple of days after treatment. True results will be seen approximately 2 weeks post-treatment.

How to book your lip filler appointment:

To book an appointment you will first need to speak to an advisor you can contact the team directly on 01844 390110 / [email protected] or you can fill out our model enquiry form here for us to contact you! 

The Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act 2021 - UPDATE

Back in May we published a blog highlighting The Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act 2021, within this blog we detailed the process in place to make it illegal for those under the age of 18 to have such cosmetic procedures. You can read up on it here!  

We are pleased to announce the act has now been passed and from October 1st 2021 it is now in action.

What does this mean for the aesthetic industry?

The Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act 2021 makes it a criminal offence to make arrangements for, or administer botulinum toxin and cosmetic fillers to persons under the age of 18 years old, enforced by a local authority regulatory regime.

A person or business who commits an offence is liable on summary conviction to an unlimited fine.

Although it is important to add that some aesthetic treatments can be used for medical needs. So if arranged by a doctor due to ongoing conditions such as hyperhidrosis, migraines, jaw clenching etc, under 18s are still able to have the procedures from a limited range of registered health professionals where there is an assessed medical need.

For more information you can visit the JCCPs fact sheet here. 

At Cosmetic Courses we are pleased to hear of such changes to the industry, helping to implement some regulation and stop any unneeded cosmetic procedures for under 18s. Helping to shape a better future! 


So you’ve decided which treatment you want but your not quite sure which course can provide it for you. At Cosmetic Courses we run a variety of aesthetic training courses to teach our medically qualified delegates all about non-surgical treatments. This blog will be your go to guide for understanding your basic from your advanced when it comes to Botox and dermal filler treatments…

Foundation Course (Basic Botox & Filler)foundation botox and dermal filler treatments

The foundation course is the first step our delegates make. They are experts within their medical professions and now they want to turn their hand to aesthetic medicine. As this is their first course in this field we take our time training them. Ensuring they are confident and know exactly what they are doing, this means models may experience slightly longer waiting times.  The great things about our Foundation days are that they are held on weekends across our different locations.

The treatments available are: Upper Face Botox (forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet) & Filler around the Mouth (nasolabial folds, smokers lines, mouth corners & marionette lines) 

Advanced Course (Botox & Filler)advanced botox and dermal filler treatments

This course is for our delegates who have completed previous training days, have gained some experience and now want to take their knowledge to the next step. The course covers additional practical areas and introduces new injection techniques when using Botox and filler treatments. Models may find that these courses have a slightly smaller group size and are more likely to have a combination of treatments as the delegates already have aesthetic experience. We tend to hold these courses a couple of times a month within the working week.

The treatments available are: Lower Face Botox (smoker’s lines, downturned mouth, puckered chin, gummy smile, masseter muscle and nefertiti lift) Lip Filler, Hyperhidrosis, Cheek Filler and Brow Lifts.

Becoming a Cosmetic Courses Model

Not only do you receive high quality treatments for a discount of the price. You also join a community of like minded individuals. We put training at our forefront and work hard to make sure all of our delegates are trained to the highest standard and our patients receive safe, high quality treatments.

Why becoming a model with Cosmetic Courses might be for you;

  • Receive expert advise from our trainers
  • Flexibility of dates and locations
  • Time to read, chat or catch up with emails before your appointment
  • Join our community, your treatment plan is a journey
  • Gain access to some of the latest products and techniques
  • Receive discounted prices

The Positive “No”…

It is true that in order to provide the best training and safest treatments our trainers may tell you that you are not suitable for a particular treatment or may advise you to try an alternative route.  At Cosmetic Courses, your safety comes first. An informed decision will be made, taking note of your medical history, past treatments and current condition. This decision is made with your best interest.

We encourage our models to be honest with their past procedures so we can make sure we develop the safest and most effective treatment plan.

Hearing the word “No” is never a negative at Cosmetic Courses. We try our best to accommodate everyone or refer for other treatments if we see necessary and more beneficial.

If you would like to speak to one of our consultants or to book in for our Botox and Dermal Filler treatments please call us now on 01844 390110 or register here to receive further information.