Award Winning Foundation Aesthetics Training to set you up for Success

We have seen on our recent Foundation Botox and Dermal Filler Training Courses that medical professionals (doctors, dentists, nurses, and surgeons) want to learn everything in the shortest time possible. We understand this but will it make us good injectors?

Something one of our aesthetic trainers, Dr Matt Perks sees very often is that after the Foundation Botox and Dermal Filler Training Day, some delegates feel lost and overwhelmed. Due to there being no set structure within a career in aesthetics, it’s something a lot of NHS professionals struggle with. So how do Cosmetic Courses help medical professionals get started in aesthetics?

Aesthetics Structure

  • We try and offer as much as possible while still ensuring patient safety.
  • We will cover both Botox techniques and Dermal Filler techniques in a way that you will be fully equipped to go and practise.
  • We provide unlimited support after your training course so you can get the answers to your questions.

How can you set yourself up for success?

  • Please complete the pre-course reading and learning before your training day. This will ensure that you are set up for success and have a strong platform for when you start.
  • You will be able to do ‘upper face Botox’ at the end of the session so think of 3 people that you could treat. Take before pictures and ask for some advice on injecting from your trainer. The same goes for Dermal Filler treatments. Our aesthetics trainers will do everything we can to ensure you are ready to go, and getting some advice on your first patient is a good way to start.
  • Don’t wait too long before booking your next training. I say to all of my delegates, do a training practice three times then add more training. This is a great way to practise and consolidate your knowledge and not lose the muscle memory from the practical on the day. At the start of your career, you’ll want to learn a lot to feel confident. The starter package is a great way to do this.
  • Continue to ask for help. You can always email us asking for help. Our trainers are always here to help with cases, complications and any questions about medical or business topics.

Upcoming Foundation Courses

For a limited time, we have 10% off our Foundation Botox and Dermal Filler Training Course when you use the discount code CC24 in the cart. This discount is available for all Foundation Botox and Dermal Filler Training Courses across all Cosmetic Courses Training Clinics.

We have a special offer running when you refer a friend. If you refer a friend to us, you will both get 20% off your next aesthetics training course. Find out more about our referral scheme by clicking here.

Upcoming Foundation Aesthetics Training Dates

27th January – Buckinghamshire
28th January – Leeds – 3 Spaces Left

10th February – Birmingham – 2 Spaces Left
17th February – Nottingham
22nd February – Glasgow – 2 Spaces Left
24th February – Buckinghamshire
25th February – Leeds – 3 Spaces Left

2nd March – Nottingham
9th March – Birmingham
9th March – London – 3 Spaces Left
11th March – Glasgow
13th March – Belfast
16th March – Buckinghamshire

Click here to view more information and book an upcoming training course.

Lip Filler Injection Techniques

Lip filler injection is a cosmetic procedure that has become increasingly popular in recent years. The goal of this procedure is to enhance the shape and volume of the lips using dermal fillers. In this blog, we will discuss some of the different techniques that are used by medical professionals during lip filler injections.

Different Types of Lip Filler Techniques:

  1. Linear Threading Technique

The linear threading technique is a popular method used during lip filler injections. This technique involves using a small needle to inject filler along the vermillion border of the lips. The vermillion border is the line between the lips and the skin, and by injecting the filler along this line, medical professionals can enhance the shape of the lips and create a more defined border.

During the procedure, the injector will carefully inject the filler in a linear fashion, following the natural contours of the lips. This technique is effective for patients who are looking to enhance the shape and definition of their lips.

  1. Tenting Technique

The tenting technique is another method used during lip filler injections. This technique involves injecting the filler directly into the body of the lip, which can provide volume and fullness. To perform this technique, the medical professional may use a cannula, a small and flexible tube, to create small pockets of filler within the lip tissue.

The tenting technique is ideal for patients who are looking to add volume to their lips or for those who have lost volume due to aging or weight loss. This technique can create a more natural-looking enhancement and can help to balance out asymmetry in the lips.

  1. Fanning Technique

The fanning technique involves injecting small amounts of filler in a fan-shaped pattern throughout the lip area. This technique is used to create a more natural-looking enhancement and can help to blend the filler with the natural contours of the lips.

During the procedure, the medical professional will inject small amounts of filler into the lips, moving in a fan-shaped pattern from one side of the lip to the other. This technique is ideal for patients who are looking for a subtle enhancement and want to avoid an overdone look.

  1. Microdroplet Technique

The microdroplet technique involves injecting very small amounts of filler in multiple locations throughout the lips. This technique is used to create a subtle and natural-looking enhancement and is ideal for patients who are looking to add a small amount of volume to their lips.

During the procedure, the medical professional will inject tiny droplets of filler into the lips, spreading the filler out evenly across the lip area. This technique is effective for patients who want to avoid a noticeable change in the appearance of their lips.

Lip Filler Training with Cosmetic Courses

At Cosmetic Courses we offer two lip filler training days available for medical professionals across our locations, Lip Filler Introduction Course and Lip Filler Masterclass Training Course. If you would like to find out more about our training courses in the UK and Ireland please contact us on 01844 390110, [email protected] or follow us on social media @cosmeticcourses.


Lip Filler Introduction Training Course AKH    Lip Filler Masterclass Training Course AKH

Career progression for injectors completing our Botox & Dermal Filler Foundation Course

The Botox and Dermal Filler Foundation Training Course is a comprehensive course that gives delegates all the knowledge, skills and practice they need to start injecting Botox and Dermal Fillers. The course will provide an introduction to essential treatments most sought after by patients and clinic employers in the aesthetics industry. On successful completion of the course, delegates will have all the knowledge and skills needed to begin treating their patients.

Injecting Botox and filler is a highly specialised skill that takes time to learn.

Injecting Botox and Dermal Filler is a highly specialised skill that takes time to learn. To become an injector and attend an aesthetic training course from Cosmetic Courses, you must be medically qualified as a surgeon, doctor, dentist or nurse with a current registration with the GMC, GDC or NMC, or equivalent if you are an overseas delegate.

Injecting Botox and Dermal Filler is not just about injecting into your patient’s face, it involves knowing how the product works, what side effects can occur and how best to manage them if they do happen. You will also need to understand why we use these products in certain areas of the face rather than others. A deep knowledge of anatomy and an understanding of facial muscles is crucial to ensure your patient is in the safest of hands.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our training and the expertise of our trainers to ensure delegates are trained to the highest standard.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our courses and the expertise of our trainers to ensure our delegates are trained to the highest standard. All of our aesthetic training programmes are managed by our Clinical Director and Consultant Plastic Surgeon Mr Adrian Richards. Mr Richards works with a handpicked team of expert aesthetic trainers including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Aesthetic Doctors, Dentists and Nurses who have all excelled in their respective fields. Our trainers have many years of experience in aesthetics and have either owned or worked in established aesthetic clinics, which gives them a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to become a successful aesthetic practitioner.

We have been about since 2002 and have continued to provide the highest quality Botox training and aesthetic medicine courses across the UK. We have a great reputation in the industry for delivering excellent training courses, which is why so many medical professionals choose us as their training provider when it comes to hands-on learning of new aesthetic treatments or gaining their aesthetic qualifications.

Foundation Botox & Dermal Filler Training

Our Foundation Training is designed to help you gain a solid grounding in facial aesthetics.

Our Botox & Dermal Filler Foundation Training Course is designed to help you gain a solid grounding in facial aesthetics, giving you an excellent start in becoming a confident injector. The one-day Foundation Training Course comprises of a group interactive lecture led by one of our expert trainers, followed by an afternoon of practical hands-on training in small groups. The covering areas the aesthetics course will focus on are:

  • Upper face 3 area Botox
  • Nose to mouth lines
  • Marionette lines
  • Corners of the mouth

We are one of the few providers to train in genuine Allergan Botox® as well as the Juvederm Ultra range of dermal fillers. If you successfully complete your Foundation Botox and Dermal Filler training day you will receive a certificate of attendance which is recognised by all major aesthetic insurance companies. Once you have your insurance in place, you can then begin practising. You can find out more about the Botox & Dermal Filler Foundation Training Course by clicking here.

What are your options after completing the Foundation Botox and Dermal Filler Training Courses

On successful completion of our Foundation Botox and Dermal Filler Training Course, we advise attending either our Botox and Dermal Filler Bespoke Training Course, Introduction to Lip Filler Training Course or our Intermediate Botox & Dermal Filler Training Course. These Aesthetic Courses are a great natural progression for you to improve your knowledge, skills and confidence as an aesthetic practitioner.

The Intermediate Botox and Dermal Filler Training Course is a small group course that will focus on key areas to support the next stage of your aesthetic development. You will be able to consolidate your current knowledge and develop your techniques whilst addressing any questions you may have.

Now you have your core training, there are two different routes you can go down, either you start to incorporate skin into your practice with a course like Chemical Peel Training or you can decide to advance your injecting knowledge further with our advanced level training courses.

Aesthetic Qualifications

We also offer Level 7 qualification in Medical Aesthetics. The VTCT Level 7 Aesthetic Medicine Diploma is a JCCP approved and VTCT certified clinical aesthetics diploma in injectable treatments for medical professionals considering a career in aesthetic medicine as well as those already practising but looking to obtain formal recognition for their knowledge and skills. Future proof your aesthetic career and find out more about our VTCT Level 7 Aesthetic Medicine Diploma by clicking here.

The aesthetics industry is a great industry to be a part of as you can control your own destiny. The career is very flexible to your needs and lifestyle. With less regulation, you have the ability to choose which Botox and Dermal Filler products to use as well as preferred techniques and treatments for your patients. This also means that you will have a greater standard of care for your patients as your patient contact time will generally be longer.

Find out more:

Our team are always on hand to support you every step of the way, from what to train in next to business and marketing advice. Talk to us today: 01844 390110 / [email protected]

The Aesthetics Knowledge Hub is a great place for you to find answers to frequently asked questions from aesthetic practitioners. Here you will find out key information on the aesthetic industry.

Your options for Dermal Filler Training Article

Dermal filler training is becoming more popular with medical professionals as all healthcare professionals can partake in the aesthetics industry. Any medical professional (doctor, dentist, nurse) can safely and effectively perform dermal filler treatments with the right training. We are going to be taking you through the different options available to you all the way from Foundation to Expert in your aesthetics journey, so you have an idea of what path you want to take. As aesthetics is a medical procedure, you need to be getting the ultimate learning experience in this area to become a confident and safe injector.

When performing dermal filler treatments, you must know all the different types of dermal fillers before you begin using them. There are many types of dermal filler, and it is important to know which product to use depending on what area of the face you are working on. As an example, we use Juvederm® Dermal Fillers as their products are results-driven and long-lasting to provide the highest quality training and results for our patients.

Dermal fillers are safe to use when performed by trained professionals who have received a high standard of training on how to administer the injections properly. This includes understanding how to inject each product in order to achieve optimal results combined with minimal risk of complications or side effects.

Getting started in Aesthetics Training

Foundation courses are the first step in your journey into aesthetics. Typically, a one-day Botox and Dermal Filler Foundation Course covers an interactive lecture and practical hands-on training so you can put your knowledge into effect. This will provide an understanding of some of the key fundamentals of aesthetics. The content can range from skin anatomy and physiology to technical aspects such as preparing for treatments and injecting Botox and Dermal Fillers correctly.

The practical hands-on training of our one-day Foundation Training course covers areas such as:

  • Upper face 3 area Botox
  • Nose to mouth lines
  • Marionette lines
  • Corners of the mouth

Options after Completing Foundation

If you have attended a foundation course before, the next stage of your aesthetic development would be either a Bespoke, Intermediate or Advanced training course. All of these courses are great Dermal Filler Training Options. You will be able to consolidate your current knowledge and develop your techniques whilst addressing any questions regarding the new treatments you will be learning.

What will you learn on the Intermediate training course:

  • Upper Face Botox, dermal 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

The Advanced training course will enable you to gain an understanding of the following treatments:

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

These aesthetic training courses will help you develop your skills and build confidence as an injector. Depending on the type of training, this could be by furthering your knowledge in one particular area of treatment or it could be by learning the full range of aesthetic treatments available. If you want to learn the full range, our intermediate, or advanced training courses ensure you are up to date with the latest techniques and will provide you with the key practical skills to immediately introduce new injectable treatments to your patients.

Although if you have a particular area you want to focus on such as lips then the Introduction to Lip Filler would be your best option and then you can go on to the Lip Masterclass Training Course so you can really specialise in this area. As with any medical competency, it is important to continually update your skills and gain CPD points, but it is also vital that you are able to offer your loyal patients a full range of treatments.

Expert Practitioner

Once you have been practising at an advanced level on a regular basis for some time and feel established as an aesthetic practitioner you can move on to our Expert training courses. These courses are designed for more experienced medical professionals practising advanced techniques regularly and confident using a cannula. This is because these treatments require an essential and comprehensive anatomical knowledge of the face as they are the most advanced non-surgical procedures.

Here are the expert level training courses we offer:

If you are looking for online expert level Dermal Filler training options, you can find more training on our online academy.

They will also help to build up your portfolio of work, so they’re a great way of showcasing your abilities as an injector.

So what are your Dermal Filler Training options?

Well, you need to complete a foundation training course which is the first step into aesthetics. Once you’ve done this you can then branch out into a different area depending on what you what to focus on. The routes are what you make them and that’s the great thing about the aesthetics industry.

Check out our getting started in aesthetics page by clicking here for more information if you are new to the industry. We also have our Aesthetics Knowledge Hub which helps medically qualified practitioners find answers to frequently asked questions about Aesthetics Training.

How do I train As An aesthetic Nurse

The field of Aesthetic Nursing has exploded over the last 10 years. It can be a great way for nurses to help people feel better about themselves and their lives, while still practising nursing.

Nurses are becoming increasingly involved in aesthetics

As the demand for aesthetic treatments is increasing, nurses are in a unique position to help patients with their aesthetic concerns. They can help them feel more confident and happier about how they look, which may improve their overall well-being.

How can nurses get into aesthetics training?

There are several ways to get started in aesthetics training. We recommend enrolling onto a Foundation course in Botulinum Toxin and dermal fillers. After you have completed this course, you can then expand your knowledge by choosing other aesthetic courses covering a variety of treatments. The foundation course can also be used as part of your Level 7 Diploma, if this is the route you are wishing to take.

Whatever method you choose, remember that it is important not only that you understand what makes someone beautiful but also how they feel about themselves when they look in the mirror every day before stepping out into society again after getting their procedure done – whether it be injections or chemical peels – because these two things go together!

Full-time, part-time or online

  • Full-time training is the most intensive option, and it can be a good choice for someone who wants to learn as much as possible in a short amount of time.
  • Part-time programs are typically more accommodating if you have other commitments.
  • Online courses allow you to study at your own pace, so they’re ideal if you want flexibility with your schedule. Our Online Academy allows you to learn anywhere at any time.

Where to get training?

Now that you know what aesthetics are, and how they can help your patients, where do you go to get training?

The first step is to do some research. There are many different training providers offering courses available in this field, so it’s important to find the right one for your needs. Some of the key areas you should be looking out for should be:

  • Only training medical professions
  • CPD accredited
  • Training held in a clinical environment
  • Use of live models (live patients)
  • Support offered to delegate (before, during and after)

Cosmetic Courses offers practical training within all our courses in a state-of-the-art training clinic. This clinical environment combined with the hands-on training allows our delegates to apply the theory and techniques they have learnt from the lectures into their practice following the courses.

These treatments are carried out on live models under close supervision from our aesthetic trainers, which also gives our delegates the chance to ask any questions or queries that they may have. At Cosmetic Courses, we only train doctors, dentists, and nurses. Practical training sessions are an essential part of our course content as we feel it is an asset for the delegates that train with us.

Our unlimited support helps delegates with their unanswered questions from their training or any questions that might have arisen from treating their patients. This includes both aspects of aesthetics, the clinical side, and the business side.

What courses should I consider doing?

There are a few things to consider before choosing the right course. Firstly, if you want to be an aesthetic nurse, there are some prerequisites required such as, you must be medically trained and qualified. You do not however need to be a nurse prescriber to get started, this is something you can look into as you continue your learning.

Nurses are at the forefront of the shift towards aesthetic treatments

Nurses are at the forefront of a growing field. The beauty industry is booming, and it is not just about hair and makeup anymore. As aesthetic treatments become more popular, nurses are trained in a wide range of skills that allow them to provide many diverse types of aesthetic care to help their patients feel better both physically and mentally.

The future of the aesthetic industry looks bright, especially for those who are willing to embrace it. As we’ve seen in this article, there are plenty of options out there, whether you want to do a full course or just dip your toe into aesthetics. For nurses who want to get started on their training now, it might be as simple as enrolling in an online course and reading up on some textbooks!

Next Steps

The Foundation Botox and Dermal Filler Training Course is the ideal next step for you to start your journey in aesthetics. You will learn how to perform the basic treatments from our expert trainers. Their hands-on approach will leave you feeling confident, giving you the knowledge and practical hands-on experience to start treating your patients. The Foundation Course is also part 1 of our full Level 7 Qualification in Botox and Dermal Filler, which offers a fast-track route to qualification for experienced practitioners who can evidence RPL in aesthetics.


Botox and Filler Foundation Training Course AKH 1    Level 7 Diploma In Injectables for Clinical Aesthetic Treatments AKH

View our Aesthetic Knowledge Hub for more information. The Knowledge Hub talks to Aesthetic Nurses. Within each section, you will find detailed common FAQs from delegates plus handy links to relevant articles from our expert trainers

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Lip Filler Tips for New Aesthetic Practitioners

New aesthetics practitioners, it is time to get your lips in line. Lip augmentation is a popular procedure that can help patients achieve their aesthetic goals and boost self-confidence. However, as an aesthetic practitioner, you have a responsibility to ensure that your patients are getting the safest and most natural results possible. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about lip fillers—including how they work and what factors influence their effectiveness—as well as some lip filler tips for performing the procedure safely and effectively.

Start with small volumes and build up.

One of the first lessons you will learn as a practitioner is to start with small volumes and build up. This is because smaller volumes are easier to control, as well as heal better and faster. They are also less likely to lead to complications like excess bruising, swelling, or infection.

So how much filler should you inject? It depends on your client’s desired results and the area being treated. As a rule of thumb:
For lip augmentation (making lips look bigger), it is recommended that practitioners start at 0.3ml per side (thus injecting 0.6ml total for each pair of lips). If you are working on just one side of the mouth, this would equal 0.6ml total per lip; if both sides are treated at once using this technique (recommended for beginners), then total volume used should be 1ml. It is important to take into consideration that each patient is different and to treat each patient individually.

Be more conservative in the lower lip.

The lower lip is more sensitive, prone to swelling and bruising, and has more blood vessels which may bleed after injections. For this reason, it is important to be more conservative when treating the lower lip.

To ensure that you do not overfill your client’s lips, inject just enough filler so that you can see a difference in volume. If you inject too much filler into the lips, then your client may experience discomfort or swelling after treatment. Additionally, if an excessive amount of product is injected into their lips, they may need additional treatments for them to achieve their desired look.

Although the upper and lower lips can be treated with one syringe of dermal filler such as Juvéderm, there are some differences between how each should be treated.

Take a conservative approach to lips, as they tend to heal better than other areas.

Lip augmentation is an easy and popular procedure, but it is important to remember that the lips are more delicate than other areas of the body. They are also more likely to swell, bruise and scar. Remember that when you decide on your initial treatment plan for a patient; keep in mind that as a new practitioner you might not want to take risks with your first few patients’ lips.

As a rule, we recommend using very conservative amounts of filler in lip augmentations because this yields better results with fewer complications and less risk of complications later (particularly when using hyaluronic acid dermal fillers). While some practitioners love using substantial amounts of filler at once (which causes volume), it is important to note that larger volumes can result in more swelling or bruising around the area being treated—and increased risk for long-term deformity or pigmentation changes like hyperpigmentation (which may require laser treatments).

Pay special attention to your use of cannula and needle in the lips.

At this point, you should have a promising idea of the different tools that you will be using in the lip area. It is now time to explore how to use these tools properly.

The cannula is used for injecting filler into the lips and around them. Its tip is rounded so it can glide over lips without causing any damage or pain upon insertion of filler material into them. The needle is used for injecting filler into specific areas around the mouth.

Make an individualized plan for each patient based on their concerns, goals, and needs.

Your initial consultation should be an interactive process. Talk with the patient about their goals, anatomy, and lifestyle to create a personalized plan for them. Discuss your patient’s budget, comfort level, treatment history, and their desired results.

The key to a successful lip augmentation is being conservative and gentle.

The key to a successful lip augmentation is being conservative and gentle. This means that you should not inject too much filler or go too deep into the skin. If you do this, patients may experience bruising, swelling and/or pain after their treatment.

You should also be careful when using dermal fillers; without the necessary training you run the risk of complications and creating an undesirable look. You do not want your patient’s lips looking too big or swollen because this could cause the patient to be self-conscious about their appearance even after they heal!

As you begin your lip filler practice, remember a few key points. First, start with lesser amounts of filler and build up over time. Second, be more conservative in the lower lip. Thirdly pay special attention to your use of cannula and needle in the lips as these instruments can cause irritation if used inappropriately or excessively. Finally make an individualised plan for each patient based on their concerns goals needs etc. These Lip Filler tips will help ensure that everyone gets the results they want!

Next Steps

The Introduction to Lip Filler Training Course is the ideal next step to further your skills and to kick start your career into lip augmentation. You will learn practical techniques from our expert trainers. Their hands on approach will leave you feeling confident in lip fillers, giving you the knowledge and practical hands on experience to start treating your own patients successfully. This course provides a great pathway course from our Foundation Botox and Dermal Filler Course to Masterclass Lip Filler Training Course.


Lip Filler Introduction Training Course AKH    Lip Filler Masterclass Training Course AKH


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Our Leeds clinic is now one of our most popular training locations for Cosmetic Courses. Leeds is a vibrant city and claiming to become the ‘London of the North’. With huge investments being put into the area and convenient travel connections from most UK cities including Sheffield, Manchester and Yorkshire, we knew it would be an ideal training location for our delegates.

With the development of Leeds, there is plenty of demand for new businesses and as a result of this the city has seen a growth in the population of inspiring, dynamic individuals. So with more investment into the city and more money to spend on luxuries, the Northern regions really have become a great place to set up a lucrative aesthetic business.

Our Leeds training facility is based in the skin clinic Skindustry™, which is ideally located in Bingley. There is a direct rail link located less than 1 minute of Skindustry™ Clinic and multiple parking facilities are available. With the growth of this location we are pleased to be able to accommodate many more delegates from other areas such as Scotland, Ireland and Newcastle. Our team will also provide you with useful hotel and travel information to help you plan your stay.

Skindustry Clinic, 113 Main Street, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 2HT

Skindustry™ is a modern, high end skin clinic which is run by an experienced welcoming aesthetic team who can give you all of the support you need. Skindustry™ is a fully functioning skin clinic and CQC regulated, ensuring a professional environment for your training.

Which aesthetic training courses are offered in Leeds?

  • At Cosmetic Courses we understand the busy schedules of our delegates and pride ourselves in being as flexible as possible to accommodate all training needs. We currently offer a variety of training courses in our Leeds location including our Foundation Botox and Dermal Filler courses, which we currently offer once a month. We also offer 1-2-1 training days for Botox and Dermal Filler, which can be either a full day or a half day and can range from basic to advanced level to suit all abilities.
  • Another popular course we offer is the Non-Surgical Facelift (also known as the 8 Point Facelift) training, a brilliant alternative to surgery that will subtly reshape and redefine the face.
  • Due to popular demand over the last year we have extended our course offering in our Leeds location. Our training repertoire now includes the ever growing skin rejuvenation treatments such as Chemical Peels and Dermaroller. These procedures can often seem more appealing to patients who are new to the world of aesthetics as they are less invasive than Botox and Fillers. Many people interested in non-surgical treatments are now opting for chemical peels as an introduction or as an added benefit to their current treatment plan, depicting a growth in demand for skin rejuvenation. Therefore, it is an excellent way to tempt clients into the world of non-surgical treatments.
  • Another popular course we are offering at Leeds is Platelet Rich Plasma Training, which is becoming increasingly popular due to the fact there is no use of artificial products; it is a popular treatment not only on it’s own,  but it also compliments other treatments such as dermal fillers or the dermaroller.

Which ever stage you are at in your training, there should be something for you at our aesthetic training location in Leeds.

Due to the quality of teaching, and expertise of our trainers Pauline Walton and Nick, we are proud to say that the popularity of our training in Leeds has grown year on year. With the introduction of new courses and additional training dates, we’ve seen a substantial growth of 265% from 2015 to 2016! Our model database for Leeds has also grown significantly, showing the increasing demand for non-surgical cosmetic treatments in the area.

If you have any further questions on our Leeds location, would like to book a course or become a model; please feel free to contact the team on 01844 390 110 or send us an e-mail at [email protected]


Reality TV star Chloe Goodman has sent shockwaves through the medical aesthetic industry by setting up as an aesthetic practitioner offering Botox and Dermal Filler treatments without any prior experience in medicine. Despite her lack of medical training she has just launched her own aesthetic clinic in Leeds; Opiah Cosmetics.

So how has a young women of age 23, with no medical background, managed to train and practice in Botox and Dermal Fillers?

The answer? Regulatory loopholes…

The Ex on the Beach and Big Brother star is said to have trained with the highly controversial training centre; Cosmetic Couture. Cosmetic Couture came under scrutiny as it was revealed that they were training Beauty Therapists in Botox and Dermal Filler treatments, something that the industry as a whole disagrees with.

Botox is a prescription-only medicine which means it has to be prescribed by a Doctor or nurse prescriber by law. However the administration of Botox and Dermal Fillers can, by law, be performed by anyone who has trained to do so.

This is where the issue presents itself. Aesthetic insurance companies and established training providers like Cosmetic Courses have long been setting a minimum entry requirement for these non-surgical cosmetic injectables. We only offer our Botox and Dermal Filler training courses to medically qualified professionals, whether that be a doctor, dentist or nurse.

We do offer training to Beauty Therapists at NVQ Level 4 but this is in the still lucrative but less invasive skin treatments of microdermabrasion and superficial skin peels.

Why do we choose not to train non-medical professionals in Botox and Dermal Fillers?

The training that is taken by a Beauty Therapist or any other non-medical professional does not provide the level of knowledge in terms of facial anatomy, skin anatomy, anaphylaxis etc. that is experienced during a medical degree studying to be a Doctor, Dentist or Nurse.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) have labeled Chloe Goodman’s opening of a clinic as ‘worrying’, and expressed their concern for the members of the public that she may treat. Several professionals within the business are also speaking out against this contentious announcement, stating she does not know enough to deal with the complications that may arise.

Whilst a completely safe procedure in the hands of a trained and qualified Doctor, Dentist or Nurse, procedures such as Botox and fillers can be dangerous when not performed correctly, with the risk of infections and in severe cases necrosis or blindness. A lack of adequate training in this field can lead to many complications with the procedure and could potentially put the patients at risk.

Setting the Standards for Education

Earlier this year, Health Education England (HEE) published the final part of its report indicating standards of training and entry levels for individuals considering a career in aesthetics. The aim was to make it clearer about who should and shouldn’t perform treatments such as Botox and Dermal Fillers. The last report suggested anyone performing Botox or Dermal Fillers should be trained to a post-graduate degree level (Level 7) which indicates that no non-medical professional would be considered ‘qualified’ to perform these treatments.

A key area that we feel needs to be significantly addressed is informing the general public about the risks of being treated by someone who is deemed ‘unqualified’. The patient can lead the way on setting the standards but only if they fully understand the risks and complications that can arise. It is our duty as industry professionals to develop this awareness.

Although the Health Education England report is simply a recommendation, we are hopeful that this will provide a benchmark for standards of training in the non-surgical cosmetic industry.

Aesthetic Training at Cosmetic Courses

Cosmetic Courses have been training medically qualified doctors, dentists and nurses for the past 15 years in Botox and Dermal Filler techniques as well as a range of skin rejuvenation treatments. If you’re interested in finding out more on how to start your aesthetic career please feel free to contact our course co-ordinators for further information.


Without a doubt, 2014-2015 has been the year for lip filler in the UK non-surgical aesthetic market. We only need to take a look at the biggest search engine; Google to see that it is the most searched for cosmetic treatment and this demand is only increasing.

Olha Vorodukhina Cosmetic CoursesAesthetic Dentist at Shine Medical and one of our expert trainers on our lip masterclass Dr Olha Vorodyukhina offers her advice on why lip fillers are essential for any cosmetic practice and how to safely deliver this treatment to your clients.

The Demand for Lip Fillers

At Shine Medical we receive enquiries about lip fillers almost every day. When speaking with my patients, a majority of them have considered this treatment at least once and it is without a doubt one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

A key aspect of determining the correct treatment plan for your patient is to be mindful of what they are trying to achieve but also what you feel comfortable with as a practitioner. I see a range of patients all with different expectations from lip augmentation treatment.

Following the ‘Kylie Jenner Lip Craze’ we do have a lot of young women in their 20s looking for a more noticeable increase in the size of their lips but we also see middle-aged women and ladies in their 70s looking for a more subtle enhancement to restore shape and volume that has been lost during the ageing process.

Lip filler is a highly versatile treatment for any age, gender and look that is trying to be achieved and with the continual demand for this procedure, we believe it is an essential part of your treatment portfolio.

Confidence is Key in Lip Augmentation

We often hear from delegates at our Lip Augmentation Masterclasses that they do not feel confident or comfortable enough to offer lip fillers to their clients. This is despite them knowing there is a high demand for this procedure.

And this is absolutely understandable. Lips are one of those areas that can create swelling and bruising both during and after the treatment which can be disconcerting for both you and your patient.

However, the good news is that if lip augmentation is performed correctly, it is one of the most rewarding treatments to carry out.

Patient Consultation and Assessment

With more celebrities than ever being featured in the news with their plumped up pouts it is important to manage your patient’s expectations and not allow them to push you over the limits of a safe treatment. Key to this is identifying your patient’s needs as well as their expectation from the outset. This is where your consultation and communication skills come into play.

During our Lip Masterclass one of our main learning objectives is correct treatment planning and patient management.

Assessment of the lips cannot effectively be performed by simply looking at your patient. It is important to ‘look beyond your patient’s mouth’ by looking inside the mouth as well. You will be looking for dental occlusion, teeth positioning, smile lines and facial expressions. Assessing each of these areas in detail with allow you to create a bespoke treatment plan for your patient.

You will also then be equipped to select the most appropriate dermal filler product. This will be determined by what you are trying to achieve, whether it be:

  • Restore age-related atrophy
  • Add volume
  • Define the shape of the lips
  • Restore philtrum columns
  • Give support to oral commissures

Very often you may be looking to achieve more than one of these outcomes and therefore you may combine fillers of different viscosity to deliver the most natural and effective results for your client.

Method of Injection for Lip Augmentation

An area we focus on during our Lip Masterclass is method of injection. When injecting the lips an important decision that you’ll make is whether to use a needle or a cannula. A cannula can be uncomfortable for your patient and in some cases creates more swelling but a needle is more likely to cause bruising. Often, for my patients I use a combination of both cannula and needle.

The best way to minimize trauma is by injecting indirectly and minimizing, where possible, the number of injection points.

But always remember that whichever method you choose and are comfortable with, if your patient does experience bruising and swelling this doesn’t necessarily mean you have injected incorrectly. The truth is 1 in 5 patients will bruise following lip augmentation, so don’t let this knock your confidence.

‘Always aim for natural results. It’s better to under treat than over treat.’

By knowing the right technique and restoring the natural tubercles of the lips you can achieve great results by using only 0.5-1ml of dermal filler product.

Dr Olha’s Lip Filler Before and After Photos

Book your Lip Masterclass Today

So if you’re interested in learning how to create beautiful, natural-looking lips, book on to our lip masterclass today. You can secure your place online or alternatively you can contact the team who will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.