PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy and Dermaroller (microneedling) are both popular choices when it comes to skin rejuvenation. The remarkable results of the treatments are often seen throughout the beauty world as well as among ‘A listers’. Not only do these treatments create fantastic results on their own but once combined the results from working together are phenomenal. Here we look at each procedure in PRP vs Dermaroller and the benefits of combining the two into your patients treatment plan.

First things first, lets understand them a bit better…

What is PRP and how does it work?

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy otherwise known as PRP is a natural treatment used to rejuvenate the skin. The results show a fresher, brighter appearance.

The treatment uses the bodies own growth factors to promote healthier younger skin. Using the Cellenis system, blood is drawn and then spun in the centrifuge machine which separates the platelet-poor plasma and platelet-rich plasma.

The clear (good) plasma is re-injected back into the skin which stimulates soft tissue rejuvenation. This wakes up the bodies own repair process which stimulates new elastin and collagen.

Platelet rich plasma therapy is suitable for all skin types and recovery time is little. Due to the nature of the treatment,  no chemicals are used, only the bodies own repair system to promote healthier skin with long lasting results.

What is Microneedling and how does it work?

Microneedling therapy is a treatment that stimulates the skin to repair itself safely and naturally. The roller contains clinically proven micro needles which when rolled over the skin cause minimally invasive puncturing and pin point bleeding, The body is then alerted and begins it’s healing process by sending collagen to the surface of the skin to repair the ‘damage’.

This influx of collagen begins to fix certain problems in that area;

  • Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Minimising acne scarring
  • Refreshing the skin

The benefits of combining

Kim Kardashian is a big fan of the benefits of combing treatments

Both of the treatments work wonders on the skin by using a natural approach to skin rejuvenation. Although they may sound similar they work in different ways to achieve maximum results. Combining both therapies allows them to work hand in hand together to achieve maximum effect.

Both treatments work by controlled wounding of the skin which in turn stimulates collagen, elastin and fibroblast activity. The added growth factors from the PRP then intensify when combined with Dermaroller.

Dermaroller and PRP also carry great benefits when combined with other skin therapies. Making them a great component in your skin care regime.

Patients undergoing these treatments can see results such as: 

  • Reduction of fine lines & wrinkles
  • Smoother skin appearance
  • Reduction of scars
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Even skin tones
  • Lightening of hyper-pigmentation & skin tone
  • Pore appearance reduction
  • Glowing, fresher skin
  • Younger complexion

Training in Microneedling & PRP with Cosmetic Courses

We offer both online and practical training courses in microneedling and practical PRP:

Talk to one of our course coordinators today to find out more about our courses: 01844 390110 / [email protected]



As we make our way into Spring, we have decided to do a bit of spring cleaning and introduce a new PRP system to our training clinic.

Out with the old and in with the new they say! 

We have replaced our older and larger centrifuge machine with the new Cellenis Portable PRP machine.

PRP MachineThe compact machine (weighing 5kgs) is easy to move around. With an automatic lid-locking system it makes a great travel buddy for those of you who are mobile aesthetic practitioners.

To purchase a portable centrifuge from us then please contact the team on 01844 390110 or email us directly at [email protected]

Cellenis have also introduced a simple and efficient PRP preparation system with outstanding results.

5 Simple Steps

This new preparation system follows five simple steps down from the previous 6:

  1. Blood is drawn from the patient
  2. Blood drawn tubes are then inserted into the Centrifuge (10 minutes)
  3. Remove % of PPP (platelet-poor plasma)
  4. Gently inverted 10 x to re-suspend the platelets
  5. Withdraw the PRP (platelet-rich plasma)

This ground breaking new system has plenty of perks, one of which being that it now operates a closed system meaning a more sterile and faster process.

prp seperationWhat is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is a treatment that rejuvenates the skin resulting in a fresher, brighter appearance.

The treatment uses the bodies own growth factors to promote healthier younger skin. Using the Cellenis system, blood is drawn from the patient then spun in the centrifuge which separates the platelet-poor plasma and platelet-rich plasma.

The clear plasma is re-injected back into the skin which stimulates soft tissue rejuvenation.

Platelet rich plasma therapy is suitable for all skin types and recovery time is little to none providing long lasting results.

Why is it so popular as an aesthetic treatment?

Kim Kardashian PRP

Kim Kardashian after PRP

PRP has been around for many years and begun its life in the 1970’s with its first use in Italy (1987) were it was used for open heart surgery. It’s popularity rose with the discovery of its medical benefits in the mid-1990s. Since then it has been used in a variety of medical fields from cosmetic surgery, dentistry, sports therapy and pain relief.

A favourite with patients because of it’s natural process, using their own blood to produce healthier skin. The treatment has also become a must have to the stars with Kim Kardashian leading the way in this extraordinary treatment.

Platelet Rich Plasma Training at Cosmetic Courses

At Cosmetic Courses we offer PRP training to our delegates in a comprehensive day long course. The day itself covers skin anatomy, the Cellenis products and practical hands-on experience on live models provided by us. On completion of your training you will receive a certificate to start practicing this advanced skin treatment. You are also able to purchase a centrifuge and preparation kits directly from us allowing you to get started as soon as you leave!

This is  a great treatment to add to your portfolio with an array of benefits for yourself, your patients and your clinic.

Available Course Dates for PRP:

6th April 2017 | Buckinghamshire – Book Now

29th June 2017 | Buckinghamshire – Book Now

For more information on Platelet Rich Plasma and the new Cellenis Centrifuge please contact the team on 01844 390110 or email us at [email protected]


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With shocking celebrity photos and a never-ending supply of horror stories on Botched Bodies, as aestheticians we’re up against it. But what can we do to clean up the reputation of the cosmetic industry?

The long-awaited Keogh Report, published in 2013, found what most of us in the industry already know. Non-surgical cosmetic treatments are grossly under-regulated.

And while the report made several recommendations, so far it hasn’t translated into new legislation.

So in the absence of strong regulations, it’s our responsibility as practitioners to do what we can to reassure patients. And there’s a couple of important ways we can do that.

Cosmetic Training 

UntitledUnfortunately, lax rules have created conditions where unqualified, unscrupulous practitioners have been allowed to flourish. 

It’s hugely disappointing that Botox and fillers can be legally injected by people without any medical training. So if we want to raise standards, those of us who recognise the need for proper training need to make our voices heard.

Pursuing the best, most comprehensive cosmetic training we can, and displaying our credentials, is vital. We need to create a ‘race to the top’, where the best practitioners help decide the new norm. 

Talking to patients about our training, in the form of newsletters and displayed certificates, will help raise awareness – and put clear water between us and unqualified practitioners.

We need to make sure patients expect their practitioners to be medically qualified, and have pursued additional cosmetic training. 

Our patients trust us. So it’s our duty not only to make sure we’ve pursued the best training we can, and are updating it as needed, but to make sure they know how important that is. 


Cosmetic Courses: Save Face Certification LogoAccreditation is voluntary, so by seeking it out you’re sending a powerful message to your patients, and by extension, the industry. The bare minimum is not enough.

The organisation Save Face was founded in 2013 as a direct response to the Keogh Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions.

Their Save Face Scheme is a voluntary register of cosmetic practitioners who have been thoroughly vetted by doctors.

It gives independent accreditation to practitioners and clinics who complete a rigorous cosmetic training programme and demonstrate that their practice complies with robust standards. 

They check professional credentials, interview practitioners, and visit clinics to ensure they’re fit for purpose, all products are stored correctly and data protection is adhered to. 

Accreditation is a reassuring ‘shorthand’ for patients. A prominent logo lets them know that their practitioner conforms to certain standards, and has nothing to hide.

The more practitioners seek and achieve accreditation, the more patients will start to look for it as a minimum standard.

At Cosmetic Courses, we’ve teamed up with Save Face to promote their enhanced accreditation programme to our delegates. All those who meet the criteria and achieve Save Face accreditation are entitled to a discount on further training with us.

As professionals, the power is in our hands to bring about the changes we want to see in the industry.

Educating ourselves and our patients, and seeking accreditation, are powerful tools to help raise the bar when it comes to patients’ expectations. And in time, those clinics and practitioners who don’t measure up will either have to take steps to improve, or fall by the wayside.

Cosmetic Courses offer cosmetic training to medical professionals looking to move into the aesthetics industry. We have training centres throughout the UK, including Bucks, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Kent and Essex. For information on any of our cosmetic training courses, call the team on 01844 318317 or email us at [email protected].



With demand for aesthetic treatments growing fast, and more professionals looking to enter the industry, the number of aesthetic training providers is expanding too.

Which means if you’re a medical professional looking to train in aesthetics, you’ve more choice than ever. But given the number of providers out there, it’s important to do your research and find the right provider for you.

If you’ve landed here, we guess you’re considering us (thanks!). So to give you a flavour of what you can expect, here are 5 reasons to consider our Aesthetic Training Courses…

1. Our team 

We think the number one reason to choose us is the thing we’re most proud of – our people. The Cosmetic Courses team, handpicked and led by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Adrian Richards, go the extra mile for our delegates.

All of them have excellent medical credentials and bags of experience. That’s a given. But what sets them apart – and what we consistently receive great feedback for – is their approach.

Our team understand that you need a little hand-holding while you’re learning, and in the early days after training. So we’ll always be there to help and support you throughout. We don’t just provide training – we see ourselves as a lifelong learning partner for our delegates.

2. Our history

We’ve been doing this for a long time. We’re the UK’s most established provider of aesthetic training courses, starting life back in 2002.

Over those 13 years, we’ve continuously refined and developed our courses, and added several new ones, in order to make sure we’re offering the best aesthetic training available in the UK.

To date, we’ve successfully trained and mentored over 3,000 Doctors, Dentists and Nurses, many of whom are now running their own successful businesses – and 72% of whom came back for more training.

3. Our comprehensive service

There are plenty of challenges involved in changing career. So we’re determined to make the training part as easy and hassle-free as possible for our delegates.

We provide all the models and resources you need for your training. All you need to do is turn up on the day, ready to learn.

We also offer a bespoke, tailored service that lets you piece together a comprehensive training plan to suit your specific needs.

4. Our business support

As a medical professional, the practical side to aesthetics should come easily to you. But if you want to work for yourself, you’ll need to know about the ins and outs of running a business too.

So we’ve put measures in place to help you.

Once you’ve completed one of our aesthetic training courses, you’ll get access to the Members area of our website. Rather than having to create patient medical history and consent forms, treatment information sheets and other essential documents yourself, you can simply download them from here.

We’re also partnered with a pharmacy to give you a convenient way to access the products and supplies you need to run your practice – with cost savings too.

5. We’ll help you find new clients – for free

Training is only part of the picture. We know it can take time to build up your client base in the early days. So after you complete a course with us, we’ll automatically give you a free listing on our National Cosmetic Network (NCN) website.

The website is targeted at patients looking for safe, insured and accredited aesthetic practitioners in their local area. You can update your profile as you complete more training with us, so any prospective patients can see your expert credentials at a glance.

We only list practitioners that we’ve personally trained, so a listing on the NCN is a vote of confidence from the most established aesthetic training company in the land. Priceless!

Find out more about our Aesthetic Training Courses

At Cosmetic Courses, we offer a broad range of aesthetic training courses at several centres across the UK, including Bucks, Essex, Kent, Birmingham and Manchester. For information on our training, or to book a place on a course, please call us on 01844 318317 or email us at [email protected].

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Are you a nurse looking for a new direction? Still keen to keep using your practical and personal skills to change people’s lives?

There could be a home for you in aesthetic nursing.

The aesthetic industry is booming – and the non-surgical side in particular. Demand for non-invasive aesthetic treatments is now growing faster than cosmetic surgery.

And nurses have been at the forefront of the aesthetic revolution. They’ve been treating and caring for aesthetic patients since the early 1980s.

There are over 4,000 Aesthetic Nurses currently practising in the UK. So how do you go about joining them?

Aesthetic Nurse training – the requirements

Cosmetic Courses: Photo showing Mel Recchia, trainer on our Aesthetic Nurse training coursesWhile a minority of Aesthetic Nurses work in cosmetic surgery, most work on the non-surgical side.

Either based in clinics or self-employed in their own practices, they offer treatments like cosmetic injectables (Botox, dermal fillers), skin peels, sclerotherapy and medical micro-needling.

The most popular treatments by far are injectables. So if you’re serious about becoming an Aesthetic Nurse, you’ll need to pursue training in Botox and dermal fillers.

As long as you’re a Registered Nurse with current registration with the NMC, you’re eligible to train in the use of Botox and fillers.

Training can be completed in one day, and will qualify you to offer both Botox and filler treatments to your own patients.

But bear in mind that Botulinum Toxin is a prescription-only medicine. So unless you’re a Nurse Prescriber, you’ll always need to work with someone else who can prescribe it.

For that reason, we’d recommend your Aesthetic Nurse training also includes an Independent Nurse Prescriber Course. These are offered on a part-time basis at colleges and universities and can usually be completed in around 4 months.

Being able to prescribe Botulinum Toxin, as well as administer it, will make you a valuable asset to potential employers. It’ll also make it easier to set up and run your own business further down the line.

Other Aesthetic Nurse training options

Once you’ve trained in Botox and fillers, you’re ready to start practising as an Aesthetic Nurse. But in time, you’ll probably want to be able to offer more treatments to your patients.

You can add more to your repertoire at your own pace, as and when you’re ready. It’s simply a case of deciding which treatments you’d like to offer your patients, and completing the appropriate course.

Most non-surgical treatments only need a one-day course, letting you get up to speed very quickly. At Cosmetic Courses, we offer a wide range of one-day courses, including MicrosclerotherapyChemical PeelsDermaroller and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.

You might also want to consider advanced Botox and dermal filler courses to learn more specialist techniques like chemical brow lift and peri-oral sculpting.

Whatever you choose to learn on your Aesthetic Nurse training journey, it’s a great time to get on the aesthetics learning curve.

If the UK market keeps growing (and with an increasing – and ageing – population, it seems likely), you can expect to carve out an extremely rewarding career, both financially and professionally.

Find out more about Aesthetic Nurse training

Cosmetic Courses are the UK’s most established aesthetic training provider, with centres in Buckinghamshire, London, Kent, Birmingham and Manchester.

To date, we’ve trained over 3,000 nurses and other medical professionals to administer safe, effective treatments to their patients. Want to find out more about our Aesthetic Nurse training courses? Give us a call on 01844 318317 or email [email protected].


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Are you a medical professional who’s decided on a career in aesthetics? Great news – you’re in the right place. At Cosmetic Courses, we’ve helped thousands of people like you carve out exciting and lucrative new careers in aesthetic medicine.

If you’re just setting out on your journey, we know there’s lots to think about. And one of the most important is finance.

Training in aesthetics is a great investment in your financial future. But before you can reap the rewards, you’ve got to meet the costs of your training courses.

Depending on how many treatments you want to learn, that can involve a hefty outlay. Which is why we’ve introduced our finance plans –  to make it easier and more affordable for you to make your career dreams a reality.

Funding your career in aesthetics

Cosmetic Courses: financing your career in aestheticsWe understand the financial pressures involved in retraining for a career in aesthetics, and setting up in business. Many of our trainers have been there themselves.

So we’ve put together some plans and packages to make your transition into aesthetics as affordable and cost-effective as possible.

1. Our course packages

If you’re planning on taking several courses, our course packages are a great way to save while you learn.

a) The Starter Package combines Foundation level Botox & Dermal Filler training with an additional Bespoke 1-2-1 training day to flesh out your knowledge. Package price = £1300. Total saving = £134 compared to paying for them separately.

b) The Complete Package includes the above two courses, plus Advanced level Botox & Dermal Filler training. Package price = £2300. Total saving = £274.

c) The Platinum Package includes everything in the Complete Package, plus Chemical Peel, Dermaroller and Microsclerotherapy training. Package price = £4200. Total saving = £468.

d) The Skin Rejuvenation Package is also suitable for beauty therapists and includes Chemical Skin Peels, Dermaroller and Microsclerotherapy Training. Package price = £1900. Total saving = £194.

2. Our 0% finance option

0% finance to help you start your career in aestheticsAnd if you’d rather not pay a lump sum for your training at the outset, we offer interest-free finance to help you spread the cost. 

Our 0% direct debit options are available on all the packages outlined above, as well as a select number of our individual bespoke, advanced and skin rejuvenation courses.

Because we know everyone’s circumstances are different, our direct debit plans are flexible. You can choose to divide the cost into affordable monthly payments over a fixed 6 or 12-month period, or together we can create a tailored plan to suit you.

All you have to pay in advance is a small fee to secure your place. Then once it’s set up, you can forget about paying and get on with learning.

Kickstart your career in aesthetics 

If you’d like help in starting your career in aesthetics, our team will be more than happy to advise. Please give us a call on 01844 318752 or email [email protected] to find out more about our finance plans and training courses.



We’ve seen increased interest in our PRP Therapy training over the last couple of weeks thanks to a certain reality show.

The treatment, also known as the Vampire Facelift, was recently featured on ITVBe’s ‘The Real Housewives of Cheshire’.

In the show, which aired last Monday, life coach Tanya Bardsley was seen inviting friends Ampika Pickston and Leanne Brown along when she went for the treatment.

With admirable candour, she confessed that she would “eat donkey poo” if it meant looking younger.

PRP on the TV

And it’s not the first reality show to feature the treatment. PRP Therapy first received widespread attention thanks to ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’, where Kim was famously filmed undergoing treatment.

You may have seen the dramatic photos that circulated in several magazines afterwards, showing Kim’s face dotted with blood.

With such an increase in prominence for the treatment, you may find your own patients start to ask you about PRP Therapy – if they haven’t already. Which makes now a great time to train.

About Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

The PRP Therapy technique has been used in medicine for many years, in such varied fields as orthopaedics, dentistry, neurosurgery and ophthalmology.

This system uses the Tropocells technique to obtain a concentrated dose of clear plasma from a sample of the patient’s blood. Dense with blood platelets, this plasma is injected back into the body (in the case of aesthetics, into the skin), where a huge ‘hit’ of growth factors is released to stimulate repair and rejuvenation.

Why train in PRP Therapy 

Training in the treatment will give you an excellent add-on to your practice. It’s particularly useful for the delicate areas around the eyes, which are usually difficult to treat with Botox and dermal fillers. As such, it can be used in conjunction with other injectable and rejuvenating treatments as part of a wider treatment regime.

As an autologous system, patients who are not keen on using artificial products may be happier to try PRP Therapy as it is completely natural – and therefore reassuringly safe.

It can be used on all skin types, involves very little downtime for your patients, and has long-lasting results. And as an added advantage for your practice, the treatment is very cost-effective as it incurs very little outlays.

Finding out more

At Cosmetic Courses we offer PRP Therapy training at the Paddocks Clinic in Buckinghamshire. Training takes one day and courses are held monthly. Our next available course date is 18th February 2015.

To find out more or book your place, please contact the team on 01844 390110 or email [email protected].

Before it came to prominence as the ‘Vampire Facelift’, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP Therapy) was quietly being used for other applications in general medicine.

The technique has historically been used for a surprising number of clinical treatments and surgical procedures. These have included treating problematic wounds and facial bone defects, as well as cosmetic surgery.

In its latest incarnation, as an increasingly popular non-surgical aesthetic treatment, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy uses the regenerative properties of a patient’s blood plasma to induce skin rejuvenation.

What does Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy involve?

The first part of the treatment involves taking a blood sample from a patient’s arm. This sample is then spun in a centrifuge to isolate the dense platelet-rich plasma that will form the basis of the treatment.

A numbing cream is liberally applied to the patient’s face, and the specially isolated plasma is injected into the face. This can be all over, or targeted at specific problem areas. After treatment, the patient’s skin may be slightly red, but this is usually all.

The reinjected platelets are rich in beneficial growth factors, which they release into the skin. This encourages the fibroblasts to produce more collagen and elastin over time, which helps to stimulate repair and regeneration of the skin.

After a course of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (three sessions is recommended), a patient’s skin will gradually begin to look more radiant and youthful as the treatment continues to work.

How about the side effects – are there any?

The beauty of PRP Therapy is that because it uses no synthetic products, just the patient’s own blood cells, it is extremely safe to administer. Most patients tolerate the treatment very well, with the overall risk of side effects such as bruising or swelling very low.

The benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for your practice

PRP Therapy is a safe, effective rejuvenating treatment backed up by clinical data. Several studies, including one in the Annals of Dermatology in November 2011, have concluded that the treatment can activate fibroblasts and lead to new collagen formation.

It is a very low-cost treatment to perform once you’ve invested in a centrifuge, as it requires minimal supplies for each patient. A course of three PRP Therapy treatments is usually charged out at around £600, making it an extremely profitable addition to your practice.

Training in Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy can be completed in one day and costs only £295 + VAT. To find out more about adding PRP Therapy to your repertoire, please contact our team on 01844 390110 or email [email protected].


As a professional in the aesthetic industry, you are always looking out for the most innovative and effective treatments to add to your repertoire, enter PRP Therapy. PRP Therapy

PRP Therapy (Platelet Rich Plasma) Training, the newest addition to our course programme, has proven incredibly popular with our delegates and patients alike. Being very much in the news and with low start-up costs, PRP Therapy could prove a very profitable addition to your clinic.

Here are some of the reasons PRP may benefit you and your patients:

  1. Patients have reported great results and keep returning for more.
  2. Ideal for patients who don’t like to use superficial products on their face.
  3. Small start-up costs for new clinics.
  4. Suitable for both the face and neck, and all skin types.
  5. Simpler and quicker technique than other platelet rich plasma systems.
  6. No external activating process – the plasma is activated when it enters the skin, with no need for any unnatural products.

Training in PRP 

You will need to be proficient in Botox & Filler injections to train in PRP Therapy. If you would like more information about training in PRP Therapy, the team would be happy to advise. Call us on 01844 390110 or email [email protected].

Who are Cosmetic Courses?

The UK’s leading aesthetic training provider in botox and dermal fillers for medical professionals both online and offline led by Plastic Surgeon Mr Adrian Richards.

Under the influence of the “Twilight” movies and the “True Blood” show, vampires have become very popular in modern culture. At the same time, dermal fillers that smooth out facial wrinkles are becoming very popular as well. Those two trends combined lead to the inevitable “vampire filler.” Because of the sex appeal currently associated with vampires, and because of the fact that the treatment uses the blood of the patient, it is no surprise that this name came to be associated with the treatment. This injectable skin treatment is made using the blood cells of the patient who is getting the treatment. It is said to be the next best thing to a face lift, and it does not require any waiting as the result of intensive surgery.

Another great thing about vampire filler is the fact that it is a completely natural treatment. Using blood platelets, the procedure stimulates the body to produce its own collagen, which is a rejuvenative protein that is good for the skin.

The process begins when blood is drawn from the arm of the patient who is going to receive the treatment. The blood is then spun around in order to separate the blood plasma from the blood cells. This process takes about six minutes. This platelet rich fluid has been used in order to repair tendons and joints for years. This liquid, which contains the platelets of the patient’s blood, is then injected back in to lines in the face, such as the wrinkles that occur around the eyes, the nose, and the mouth. Since the injection is made from the patient’s own blood, it is much less likely to lead to allergic reactions. Other dermal fillers are likely to cause uncomfortable inflammation. This means that vampire filler is less likely to lead to pain or bruising than other dermal fillers are.

The Vampire Filler injection process takes roughly twenty minutes in total. While some results are visible immediately, the full effect does not occur until about three weeks after the treatment is administered. A single injection has effects that can last for as much as two years.

Find out more about our aesthetic training courses for medical professionals here.