A beauty therapist can become an aesthetic practitioner…
Beauty is a combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. A Beauty Therapist will dedicate their career to making others look and feel beautiful and self-confident. It’s what motivates them and gets them out of bed each day. The added value of working with people every day is that beauty therapists develop fantastic bed-side manners, and become at one with their client’s needs, lending a careful ear to the clients desires, wants and frustrations. This also includes the clients medical history when using certain types of products or treatments.
This is the perfect formula for the beginning of an aesthetics career…
The big wide world awaits a beauty therapist in aesthetics
Re-cap – a beauty therapist, trained and qualified at levels 3 or Level 4 (VTCT, iTech and other similar qualifications exist for beauty therapists) has a choice:
- Stay as is
- Grow and develop a career in aesthetics
Beauty Therapy has always been, and always will be an abundant industry. Worth billions of pounds in the UK, it is no surprise that more beauty therapists push themselves and qualify in aesthetic training to kick-start an amazing aesthetic practitioner career. I’m assuming you are reading this because you have just rejected the “stay as-is” option and want to grow and develop into an aesthetic practitioner…if so please read on…
Two essential motivators drive a beauty therapist to train in aesthetics
1) Variety – with one client, you could create bespoke nail art that sets them apart from everyone else, or you may help a bride to design her make up for the big day, followed by eyebrow shaping and waxing for another client or laser hair reduction treatments. After qualifying in aesthetics all these clients can become revenue generating in more ways than nails, waxing, facials, epilation and laser hair reduction. As body and face experts a beauty therapist can train to work on the face and body to augment and deliver treatments than not only delivers even greater possibilities in the range of beauty but generating a solid and retained client base with even greater profit potential. The more skills you can offer, the more variety you will have and not just on one given day, but throughout your career.
2) People – Beauty therapy and the services you offer are all about the people (and their personal safety – especially in aesthetics. Presenting your best selves to the world is a driver for many people and is one of the reasons why the beauty industry has always been booming in the UK. You may not know it, but you can have a huge impact on someone (your client) and their confidence in themselves. For example, the client whose eyebrows you shaped was bullied at school for having a ‘monobrow’. Now, she doesn’t give it a second thought because you create perfectly shaped brows for her. Imagine the girl with the hump in her nose, learn aesthetics and eventually reach the expertise to train up and deliver Rhinoplasty non-invasive, semi-permanent dermal filler treatments. But please note, you have to complete your basics first to get to Rhinoplasty.
If you are a people-person, you quickly develop diplomacy, as well as a natural ability to connect with people. Knowing people also supports the need for a strong and intuitive perspective of client psychology – understanding why augmentation is really wanted can help support the right treatment plan. As a beauty therapist, you will be forever popular.
A pathway exists to help beauty therapists understand their training options
The generally accepted pathway for a beauty therapist to train as an aesthetic practitioner starts with your current levels of qualification. As described above, an experienced and qualified beauty therapist is ideally set-up to work with clients and already has the basics of skin and face anatomy, and a knowledge of good health and safety. A good training school will ask about qualifications and experiences before a beauty therapist can begin training. Because the risk to the general public’s safety is paramount in the injectable cosmetic industry, as is the importance of meeting the insurance requirements. This indemnify’s you and your clinic and is a crucial part of being able to run an aesthetic clinic. Something we should all take responsibility for. When risk is calculated by insurance under-writers they look at several factors including beauty therapist qualifications and experience, coupled with the training a beauty therapist have received.
It’s easy for a training centre like aUK to back beauty therapist training in Botulinum Toxins (Botox™) and dermal fillers becoming successful and competent injectors
aUK has trained thousands of beauty therapists to become successful, competent and safe injectors over the last 10 years and aUK have developed a training course that covers all the essentials that any beauty therapist needs to train and become an aesthetic practitioner. Here is a quick checklist:
1. aUK is unique from any other training school because its founder Chris Wade has the greatest understanding of what all medics and non-medics need when it comes to aesthetics training because he directly supported and contributed to the original release of the HEE (Health Education England) guidelines in 2013-14 . The guidelines are constructed to allow successful self-governance of all standards in the UK. This direct involvement gave aUK Cosmetic Training Centre a clear advantage over everyone else when creating a training centre and respective course materials – as they all meet the recommended best-practice standards that was the HEE.
2. All aUK students go through a vigorous and intensive training process covering in-depth theory (anatomy and physiology) and injecting techniques. All students will develop the essential theory at an in-depth level of A&P (anatomy and physiology). Training includes observing Botulinum (Botox™) and dermal filler training treatments from expert demonstrations. Students practice treatments with models under supervision and then complete the end-to-end client treatment under tight supervision working with models. All models are provided by aUK.
3. All students must train 18 hours of first aid and anaphylaxis management – this allows them to manage situations and be much better prepared if in the unlikely situation that anything does go wrong.
4. All students must attend 4 assessment days during the training period where they each run a clinic within the training centre, and all models are supplied. during this time the students are mentored by the training staff during the day to help them improve their techniques through supervised practice and further build confidence in their abilities and managing clients through the treatments. The assessment allows for a wider range of models to be practiced on, generating different types of treatment plans and approaches to the clients. The wider purpose is also to produce case studies for their evidencing of their abilities.
aUK Cosmetic Training Centre of Excellence is the place for Beauty Therapists (in-fact all non-medics) to begin or further develop a career in aesthetics using and working with Botulinum Toxins Type A (Botox) & Dermal Fillers. Please leave your contact details here if you wish to discuss the training with the cosmetic training team at aUK.
Look out for future training advice posts about training standards and insurance.