Blogs written by Clinical Lead of Cosmetic Courses, Dr Fiona Durban.

Clinical lead of Cosmetic Courses Mel Recchia RN INP talks us through how to perform a beneficial skin assessment prior to treating your patient in their first consultation with you. 

Addressing skin concerns, skin needs and the fitzpatrick scale.

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Why is it important to perform a skin assessment?

Prior to any treatment regime it is very important you do a skin assessment, this will vary depending on treatment but there are a number of general areas to look out for.

The assessment is done after their medical questionnaire. Taking into context their age, lifestyle and skin type, then breaking it into certain skin conditions such as acne, dry/dyhdrated skin or rosacea – directing us to the appropriate treatment for the patient.

One of the main areas to look at during the assessment is the fitzpatrick scale. This looks at the colour of patients skin and their tanning ability, ranked from 1 (palest) to 8 (darkest), looking at where the patient falls on the scale can help decide the correct treatment.

Not only is this a great way to develop a treatment plan but also works in educating the patient in their skin and what it needs!

Whether planned or not the majority of us seem to have accepted this challenge. Like myself many others we’ve spoken to have said I hopecosmetic courses no make up challenge my skin will be so much brighter, smoother and healthier without applying make up every day but why has this not happened? Instead for many of us our skin has become more oily and prone to breakouts even though we are putting less on it. With more time on our hands we appear to be more conscious than ever about the appearance of our skin and how to improve it. Here are a few tips that we think could help solve some of these unanswered questions.

  1. Change in routine – it’s thought that the vast change in out current lifestyles, stress implications and different sleep patterns are all playing a part on the appearance of our skin. It is said that a lack of skin decreases the moisture levels and PH of our skin resulting in a dull complexion and an increase in skin concerns.
  2. More snacks and alcohol – being at home for many of us is meaning more sugary snacks and alcohol are being consumed than we are used to in our normal daily lives. Lots of sugar can lead to inflammation in the body which can aggravate skin conditions we may already suffer with.
  3. Exercise – many of us are trying to stay healthy and exercise at home whilst on quarantine. It is important to thoroughly cleanse your skin and the area you are exercising in or any equipment you are using after exercise to reduce the build up of bacteria caused by the sweat. This build up of bacteria will block pores and increase breakouts.
  4. Hair – yes, along with no make up many of us are also reducing the amount we are washing our hair. Whilst this is good to cut down the products and heat we are using we need to be mindful not to let the hair follicles become too oily and this will transfer onto our skin. If we think how many times we play with our hair in a day this oil will transfer onto our hands and linen which will also end up on our skin.
  5. Pillows – along with our new quarantined lifestyle for a lot of people it is fair to say we are spending more time in bed or on the sofa during the day. This again increases the bacteria build up so it is important to wash and air these items more frequently than you usually would. Remember a clean pillow = cleaner skin.
  6. SPF – being in a world of anti ageing and skin health we cannot stress enough the importance of protecting your skin from UV and UVA damage. With the warmer months on the way it is vital to protect your skin. Skin conditions such as pigmentation and rosacea can be hugely improved with the use of a good daily SPF 50.

Whilst we carry on in a world very different to what we have known before it is vital that feeling good about your skin can really help to make us more positive and happy. With sharing some handy hints we hope we will all be leaving quarantine with the healthy fresh skin that we desire without the need for make up. #nomakeupquarantinechallenge

Written by Rachael Langford, Cosmetic Courses 



The word Fillers can conjure up all sorts of preconceived ideas of faces looking not quite right or overdone… so the purpose of this short blog by Dr Dil is to help lessen the fear of filler treatment.

Volume loss is a fundamental component of facial ageing and this happens due a variety of reasons including fat redistribution, skin laxity and skeletal changes in our faces.

As we age, the natural collagen and elastin in the skin diminishes, as cells lose their ability to produce more of their youthful component. The skin becomes dryer, thinner and less able to fix itself. When we’re born, we have plentiful amounts of hyaluronic acid (HA) in our body, but as we get older this store of HA diminishes, leaving the skin less well supported, and so lines and wrinkles develop.

The MD codes were developed and pioneered by the world famous plastic surgeon Dr Mauricio De Maio using the Vycross collection of Juvederm Dermal fillers. The Juvéderm range of fillers contains a variety of products, which can be used to treat different areas, from fine lines on more delicate parts of the face to deep skin depressions.

By lifting and smoothing targeted folds and wrinkles, dermal fillers can make a difference to a person’s appearance, giving them a fresher look.

The treatment of volume loss with dermal fillers will usually involve injecting this naturally occurring product (HA) through a tiny needle. The discomfort is minimal as the treatment does not take long to perform. The aesthetic outcomes of treatments with dermal filler are seen immediately after the treatment but are at their best at 2-4 weeks.

I always say to my patients that facial enhancement is a journey and treatment plans can always evolve according to needs and budget. In my opinion if your considering dermal filler treatment , most patients will benefit from replacing lost cheek volume.

This not only enhances the mid face, but it also improves the appearances of the “nose to mouth lines” and ” sad lines” and around our eyes…This statement is obviously subject to individual facial assessment and consultation.

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MD Codes Guideline – Cosmetic Courses

Using small volumes of dermal fillers strategic sites eg CK1/CK2/CK4 (CK= cheek) we can build the foundation needed for rejuvenation. The use of MD Codes identifies precise

sites in the face where the use of dermal fillers will create natural looking lift and rejuvenation and allows for bespoke, tailor made treatments, which take into account facial proportions and anatomy.

Negatives vectors in the face can be lifted so to change the emotional attributes on a patients face… so we can make the patient look happier, more rested, more youthful and less saggy.

So to conclude dermal fillers are not to be feared..they are a great way to enhance your beauty by replacing volume in a subtle and natural looking way… however choose your injector wisely as good anatomical knowledge is essential.

Dr Dil Kassam is an experienced Cosmetic Dentist with over twenty years of expertise, now specialising in non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Dr Dil became an expert trainer for Cosmetic Courses in 2018 and trains mainly at our London City Clinic, teaching our Foundation Botox & Dermal Filler Training, Foundation Follow On Day, Introduction to Lip Augmentation & our Bespoke 1-2-1 Training days.

Training with Cosmetic Courses:

As the UK’s largest training provider our award-winning aesthetic courses cover a variety of Botox® and dermal filler training to skin rejuvenation from beginner to advanced for surgeons, doctors, dentists and nurses. We are proud to also be an Allergan appointed training provider only using genuine Allergan Botox® and Juvederm® Dermal Fillers to provide the highest quality training and results for our patients.

Find out more about our courses by clicking here! 

Treatment with Cosmetic Courses:

At Cosmetic Courses not only have we been providing award-winning courses for medical professionals such as doctors, dentists & nurses but we also provide bespoke treatment courses for our patients along with the opportunity to be Botox & dermal filler model patients on our training days for a reduced cost.

Our team of expert practitioners are here to talk through your skin and ageing concerns, creating bespoke treatment journeys to help you feel refreshed, revitalised and rejuvenated!

Find out more about receiving treatment on our training days here! 


As an Allergan appointed training provider we are exhibiting at the very first Allergan Spark Exhibition.

The event will be taking place over 2 days in September, 14th & 15th at Allergan’s newly refurbished office in Marlow which is their International Hub. It is the perfect time for you to come and visit to learn more about the Medical Aesthetic Industry.

The 2 day event will comprise of mini-presentations happening simultaneously in different break out areas. The topics covered will range from business, clinical and product related, everything you will need to help start and build your career.

We will also be performing two live demonstrations, one will be a lip filler demonstraton with the other full face contouring, all conducted by our clinical leads at Cosmetic Courses.

This exhibition will give you the opportunity to define your own agenda based on your learning needs.

  • Live Demonstrations by Cosmetic Courses
  • Allergan Product Talks
  • Allergan Business Consultant Talks
  • Allergan Clinical Specialist Talks
  • Talks on product supply and insurance
  • Juvéderm sensory booth to enable you to look and feel the Juvéderm product range

Spaces are limited, so please register to ignite your medical aesthetics journey. This event is only open to registered medical professionals and will ask you for your registration number when you register.

If you would like to attend the event on Saturday 14th September 2019 please click here

If you could like to attend the event in Sunday 15th September 2019 please click here


Botox® Training for Medical Professionals

Whether you are looking to kick-start your career in aesthetics or wanting to build your personal development and professional skills, try our award-winning Botox® training for medical professionals. We offer our foundation course to surgeons, doctors, nurses and dentists who have an up to date registration.

As an established training provider for over 16 years, Cosmetic Courses has trained over 6000 professionals in Botox ® and dermal filler techniques, supporting them to set up their own successful clinics.

Benefits of Enrolling on Botox® and Dermal Filler Training

Botox® and dermal fillers demand is increasingly high, showing to be a beneficial area to train in. The majority of UK cosmetic treatments undergone are non-surgical, so you’ll be entering into a thriving industry that’s set to grow even larger. Our highly qualified team provide all the training and support required, offering their expertise and advice to guide you on your journey into aesthetic medicine.

Benefits include:

  • Gain the skills and confidence to enter aesthetic medicine
  • Become your own boss and work flexible hours
  • Have more control over your career and future
  • Provide the care you want to give – including spending more time with patients
  • Enjoy fewer regulations than when working in the NHS
  • Receive your professional certification at course completion
  • Unlimited support and aftercare are available for both your clinical needs and business

We’ll help you to become fully equipped to forge the career you want in non-surgical cosmetic treatments and aesthetics, whether as a surgeon, nurse, doctor or dentist.

Why Choose Our Botox® and Dermal Filler Training Course?

Combining both practical skills and business knowledge, our popular Botox® and Dermal Filler Course can help you begin to build a career in aesthetics. Our Botox® Training for Medical Professionals will introduce you to basic dermal filler and Botox® treatments (Juvederm and Allergan Botox®) which are highly sought after in the industry, giving you the foundation knowledge you’ll need.

Training involves:

  • A one day course
  • Interactive training in small groups
  • Led & supervised by an expert trainer
  • Practical, hands-on training for dermal filler and Botox injections using live models
  • Fully functioning clinic environment
  • CPD certificate provided on successful completion
  • Held in a number of locations (Belfast, Buckinghamshire, Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham and London)
  • Starter kits and supplies available to purchase or order upon completion

You’ll learn everything from facial anatomy and injection techniques to aftercare and how to market your own practice. The CPD certificate you receive is insurance company recognised (we partner with leading aesthetic insurance companies), allowing you to practice the techniques you’ve learned straight away once you have the right insurance in place.

Continue Your Aesthetics Training

You can choose to build on your aesthetics training later on, including our Foundation Follow on Day, bespoke one-to-one course, introduction to lip augmentation and Level 7 Qualification in Injectables (the foundation course is Part 1 of this).

Thousands of medical professionals have put their trust in us thanks to our renowned expert faculty at Cosmetic Courses. A hand-picked team from all different medical backgrounds chosen by Medical Director  and Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adrian Richards.

Book Your Botox Training Course Now

If you’re looking for the right dermal filler and Botox training for medical professionals, book our course now.

Cosmetic Courses is heading to the Eden Centre in High Wycombe on Thursday 1st November 2018. eden centre cosmetic courses

We will be situated outside New Look all day with our Model Coordinators on hand to answer all your questions and and share the benefits about becoming a model with us!

You will also be able to register to find out more along with the ability to reserve any upcoming treatment slots that may be of interest to you.

On the day we will be offering our Winter Skin Package consisting of 3 Chemical Peels for £150 along with some other fantastic promotions!

So if you are around the area on the 1st November 2018 and would like to find out more about becoming a Cosmetic Courses model then please come and find us. 

Why become a cosmetic courses model?

  • Receive high quality treatment for a fraction of the cost
  • Choose from a wide variety of aesthetic treatments
  • Treatments performed by medical professionals in our clinics
  • Over 6 locations to choose from
  • Create your own bespoke treatment plan with one of our expert practitioners
  • Learn about aesthetic treatments and skincare
  • Join a community of like minded individuals who want to feel good for less

Treatments as a Cosmetic courses model:

We have a whole host of treatments available as a Cosmetic Courses model that our team can talk through with you at the Eden Centre in High Wycombe, including:

  • Anti-Ageing
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Laser Rejuvenation
  • Skin Rejuvenation such as Chemical Peels and Microneedling
  • Thread Lifting
  • Non-Surgical Facelift
  • Non-Surgical Nose Job

If you can’t make it to the Eden Centre but would still like to find out more about becoming a Cosmetic Courses model, you can speak to our friendly team on 01844 390110 / [email protected]

Chemical Peels are a fantastic treatment and can be personalised for different skin conditions and ages to help get the most out of them. The exfoliating treatment works by removing the dead layers of damaged skin cells on the face leaving a healthy glow behind making the patient feel refreshed and revitalised! 

There is a lot of myths which surround Chemical Peels largely summoned by media and entertainment influence. The most popular being the Samantha scene in Sex in the City peel (not true!) and the second that you cant have a chemical skin peel in the Summer.

Cosmetic Courses expert trainer Fleur took time out of her busy schedule to answer the much asked question.

“Can I have a Chemical Peel in the Summer?”


The majority of AHA and BHA chemical peels are safe to have all year round as long as you follow a few basic rules:

  • Always use an SPF that is a physical barrier not chemical barrier with the preferred factor of 50 straight after your peel – this gives you the ultimate protection you need. SPF should be used all year round to help prevent harmful UV rays causing photo-ageing. Introduce it into your morning skincare routine as your last step to help protect your face and neck areas.
  • Part of the process of a skin peel is very much, your skin peels! We advise you keep your face out of direct sunlight for a few days as best you can and this is when your skin will be most vulnerable as it has shed its old layer and a new fresh layer is on show.
  • If you have an event coming up and want a peel before hand to help refresh your skin we advise that for a light peel you leave 5 days for optimum results and 10 days for a stronger peel.

Chemical Peels at Cosmetic Courses

At Cosmetic Courses we offer Chemical Peels at the reduced cost of £70 including microdermabasion, which is an approximate discounts of £100 on normal high street prices. This treatment is available at our Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, Nottingham & Leeds clinics.

Speak to a model coordinator today to find out more and book in: 01844 390110 or [email protected]

Before & After of Chemical Peels


At Cosmetic Courses the safety and care of our models has always been at the forefront of what we do. Through our training we pass on this duty of care and hope to develop well educated aesthetic practitioners. As we continue to progress our training we also feel it beneficial to inform our models of what is happening the other side of the syringe.

Up until this point cosmetic treatments have been independently regulated with no formal structures in place. The introduction of a ‘Level 7 Qualification’ is a movement towards a more standardised level of training for medical professionals considering a career in aesthetic medicine. At Cosmetic Courses we pride ourselves on our high standards of training from our expert trainers and clinical training environments, unfortunately this is not the same with other training providers. This movement is in place to try to ensure the safety of the industry. We believe that a huge aspect of making the aesthetics industry as safe as possible is to educate the individuals like yourselves who are having treatments so that you are aware what is happening, what to look for within a practitioner and the important part you can play in helping to make this a regulated, safe industry.

Here at Cosmetic Courses we launched our Level 7 Certificate last year and during this time we’re pleased to say we’ve had lots of delegates embark on their qualification journey. The qualification has become a large part of what we do and we wanted to take this opportunity to explain what this means for our models!

So what exactly is the Level 7?

In education a ‘level’ of any qualification shows the academic stage of each programme. The Level 7 is deemed as the equivalent to a postgraduate level of education.

2012 was a busy year, we witnessed the PIP breast implant scandal and the increasing demand of non-surgical treatments began to sore. This was the same year that the Department of Health appointed Health Education England (HEE) to review and advise on the regulatory framework in the cosmetic industry. Due to the previous issues with breast implants the Department of Health were concerned that they did not want to see any repeat problems in this increasingly popular industry so they decided to conduct a review of all cosmetic procedures.

The review analysed each treatment, their associated risks and the qualifications required for an individual to perform each non-surgical cosmetic intervention. During this process they also made recommendations on accreditation, qualifications and course delivery to ensure that each aspect was being taught inline with a dedicated framework.

Still with us?

Health Education England has suggested that an appropriate level of training for Botox and Dermal Filler treatments is at a Level 7. Meaning regulation!

This is something which we at Cosmetic Courses are proud to be part of. The aesthetic industry is exciting, fast paced and continues to grow rapidly and as much as we love being front runners in a highly competitive industry we also are passionate about safety and care within it.

What does Level 7 mean for our models?

We are glad you asked. You’ll be happy to hear that Level 7 means… more treatments & more appointments!

The Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine is one of our longest courses, so long that it in fact can take up to a year to complete. Delegates will have to undergo a series of courses and tests in the build up to their final examination.

Along with online training, assignments and examination, delegates will also enrol on to our clinical days where we need our models! The days that will be available for models to book on to will be:

  • Foundation Botox & Dermal Filler Training Days (Upper Face Botox & Filler around the Mouth treatments)
  • Clinical Observation Days: this is where our delegates observe our expert trainers performing the treatments so they can gain first hand knowledge of the procedures
  • Supervised Practice Days: our delegates take the lead on this day, performing 10x Botox & Dermal Filler treatments under the watchful eye of our expert trainers

Which treatment can I have as part of the Level 7 courses?

For Level 7 we train our delegates in combination treatments. This works perfectly for models as it saves time and allows them to get more than one treatment whilst visiting. Models can have the following treatments as part of the Level 7 course days: *

  • Upper face Botox and cheek filler
  • Upper face Botox and lip filler
  • Upper face Botox and filler around the mouth

*Please note that all models attending the Foundation Days can only have upper face Botox and/or filler around the mouth.

If you would like to know more about the Level 7 qualification and book on to one of our upcoming training days as a model please contact us today to register your interest: 01844 390110 / [email protected]