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Learn advanced facial rejuvenation with the Aurora Lift

The Aurora Lift forms the basis of our advanced facial rejuvenation training – both for our team at Aurora Clinics, and our delegates at Cosmetic Courses.

It’s used by our trainers in their own clinics, and to date remains the best method our Clinical Director Adrian Richards has found to achieve natural results from non-surgical treatment.

It gives us a blueprint for treatment, helping us focus on the important areas to achieve the most natural and long-lasting facial rejuvenation.  

So what is the Aurora Lift?

The Aurora Lift essentially involves looking at the face as an A-frame (see picture below) and treating it accordingly, using a combination of Botox and facial fillers.

A FrameWith age, facial volume migrates gradually southwards. This changes the shape of the face from the inverted triangle of youth, with its apex facing down, to the traditional triangle of middle age and beyond, with its apex facing up. 

Using the A-frame concept, we’re able to focus on distinct treatment areas to effectively counter this ageing triangle inversion. 

It involves subdividing the face into areas which lie along the limbs of an extended ‘A’. To achieve the most harmonious facial rejuvenation, we ask our practitioners and delegates to focus on these areas.

 Aurora Lift points for facial rejuvenationThe A-frame Zones for Facial Rejuvenation
  1. Glabella
  2. Cheeks
  3. Nasolabial Folds
  4. Marionette Lines
  5. Pre Jowl Salcus


The apex of the A is located over the glabella. This is treated in most cases with our standard 5 point Botulinum toxin pattern. This involves a single sub-cutaneous injection over procerus and 2 into either corrugator.

We find that sub-cutaneous placement is more comfortable for the patient, produces less bruising and trauma and reduces the risk of toxin diffusion into orbit which can result in weakness of the eye muscles.


Working downwards, the next focus areas lie at the ends of the transverse limb of the A-frame – the cheeks.  Where possible, we ask clients to bring in old photos so we can assess their volume changes over time. Our aim is to restore their youthful volume, not add more than they had as this can produce an unnatural appearance. 

We restore lost volume with filler within each of the fat compartments of the cheeks. Our preferred method of delivery is with a blunt-ended cannula rather than a needle, as we believe it gives us more control whilst minimising trauma.  

Nasolabial Folds and Marionette Lines

Our next focus areas, along the limbs of the A-frame, are the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Again our preference is a cannula, as there is only one point of entry and less trauma as a result.

Care must be taken not to add too much volume here, as excess volume in the lower face can age rather than rejuvenate.

Most patients treated with the Aurora Lift will also have toxin treatment to the depressor anguli oris muscle to upturn the mouth and reduce the amount of dermal filler needed.

Pre Jowl Sulcus

Finally, the base of the A-frame lies below the jowls. Again, our preference here is to use a moderate dose of toxin in this region to reduce the downward pull of the platysma on the jowls.

Find out more

At Cosmetic Courses, we teach the Aurora Lift at our bespoke advanced training sessions. Attend one of these hands-on training days and you’ll learn the principles of the A-frame approach, and how best to apply them to achieve harmonious pan facial rejuvenation for your clients.

For more information or to book a place on our advanced course, please contact the team on 01844 318317 or email



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Posted on May 21, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Lip augmentation – professional integrity comes first

Lip augmentation is back in the news, thanks to youngest Kardashian sister Kylie Jenner…

The teenage star of Keeping Up With the Kardashians has finally admitted what most of us knew already – her newly plump pout is thanks to temporary lip fillers, not lip liner after all.

The revelation didn’t go unnoticed by the British public. In the 24 hours after she confessed, UK clinics saw a huge spike in enquiries for the procedure, with some reporting a staggering 70% increase.

While people clamouring for treatment creates huge opportunities for us as aesthetic practitioners, it can also raise some interesting dilemmas.

Whenever there is massive demand for a treatment, it’s vital that we keep our wits about us.

As practitioners, we’re constantly engaged in a kind of balancing act. On the one hand, we want to give our patients the results they’re asking for. But on the other, we have to consider the results that would be best for them.

Fortunately, most of the time, these tend to be in alignment. But problems can arise when they are not. And lip augmentation is a classic example of a treatment where careful judgement is so vital. 

Age-appropriate lip augmentation

Age-inappropriate lip augmentationFull lips are attractive because they convey youth. So replacing lost volume (or adding it for younger patients with naturally thin lips) is a reliable way to give a face more youthful vigour. 

But the goal, as with any cosmetic enhancement, is to stay within the limits of what’s appropriate – particularly for a patient’s age.

Our aim with lip augmentation should always be to leave our patients with full, attractive but – crucially – age-appropriate lips.

No matter how our patients clamour for lips like Kylie Jenner, Angelina Jolie et al, we have to keep our professional integrity and be willing to say no if it won’t be right for them. 

That’s why learning the proper technique is only part of the equation when it comes to training in lip augmentation.

Bespoke lip augmentation training

Successful lip augmentation is nuanced, takes the patient’s facial features and their age into account, and has clearly defined outcomes from the beginning.

With this in mind, at Cosmetic Courses we’ve developed a bespoke training course completely devoted to lips. The intensive four-hour session focuses on age-appropriate attractiveness, covering both advanced technique and desired outcomes, based on the ‘Aurora Lip Analysis’ pioneered by our Clinical Director Adrian Richards.

During the session, you’ll learn the specific Aurora cannula technique developed by Adrian Richards, which uses a blunt cannula and only one entry point. This innovation makes it less painful for patients, with a far quicker recovery time owing to the reduced trauma and bruising.

If you have some experience of lip fillers and would like to advance your skills and become a more authoritative practitioner in this rapidly growing area of aesthetic medicine, our bespoke lip course will give you all the extra confidence you need.

For more information on our bespoke lip augmentation course, or to book a place, please contact the Cosmetic Courses team on 01844 318317 or email

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Posted on May 15, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Fat Transfer and PRP Seminar on May 30th – booking now

Want to find out more about two of the fastest growing procedures in the cosmetic industry? Free Saturday 30th May? Why not come along to our UK exclusive seminar.

As a professional working or looking to work in the fast-moving aesthetic industry, it’s important to stay abreast of new techniques and trends. 

There’s now an increasing tendency in aesthetic medicine to look for natural solutions that work with the body. And our upcoming seminar with Professor Guy Magalon looks at two such treatments, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) and fat transfer, and how they can be used together for facial rejuvenation.

Facial Rejuvenation using Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy with Fat Transfer

Royal Society of Medicine, London

Professor Guy Magalon, pioneer in fat transfer

Professor Guy Magalon

On Saturday 30th May, we’re delighted to be hosting this exclusive one-day seminar at London’s Royal Society of Medicine by esteemed Professor Guy Magalon.

Surgeon Professor Magalon is a former Chairman of the French Society of Plastic Surgeons and a speaker of international renown. He personally pioneered the introduction of fat transfer into Europe in the 1990s, and now has a special interest in the technical application of fat transfer and PRP Therapy. 

If you’re interested in the possibilities of fat transfer for treating the ageing face, there is nobody better qualified to learn from than Professor Magalon.

At the seminar he’ll be joined by his son, Jérémy Magalon, a leading cell biologist who has focused for many years on researching PRP Therapy and fat transfer at a cellular level.

Together, they have carried out innovative research into the benefits of using the two treatments in combination, and on the day will give an exclusive insight into the research and evidence behind how and why the treatments work so well in tandem for facial rejuvenation. 

Why attend the seminar?

The event is a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about two of the fastest growing procedures in the cosmetic industry from two of the foremost experts in the world.

PureGraft fat grafting systemThe day includes an exclusive talk on the innovative PureGraft system of fat transfer, which has allowed the procedure to be used in a clinic environment for the very first time. So practitioners with limited experience of this area of surgery, or those regularly employing the techniques, will find this particular aspect especially useful.

What’s more, as a relatively intimate seminar with a limited audience, you’ll have the rare opportunity to ask questions and gain invaluable insights from two towering figures in the aesthetic field.

Interested in coming along? Here are the important details…

When: Saturday 30th May 2015, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Where: Royal Society of Medicine, Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE

Price: £350 + VAT (please note – if you are a previous delegate of Cosmetic Courses, you’re entitled to receive a members’ discount and attend for the special price of £195 + VAT. Please contact us for details.)


To book your place on the seminar, please call 01844 390110 or email Please note – due to limited ticket availability we encourage you to make your booking as soon as possible so as not to miss out!


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Posted on May 7, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Refer a friend – receive a discount on our aesthetic courses

If you’ve trained with Cosmetic Courses and are considering pursuing further training – did you know you can get a discount by referring a friend?

Read on to find out more about our referral scheme…

Discount aesthetic courses

We’re very proud to say that most medical professionals who train with us at Cosmetic Courses choose to return for further training.

To date, we’ve trained over 3,000 doctors, dentists and nurses from around the globe. Of those, 72% have decided to come back and supplement their learning with additional aesthetic courses.

Because we know that training can be a costly business (especially if you want to learn a wide range of treatments), and also to thank our delegates for their loyalty, we run our own referral scheme.

Aesthetic courses at Cosmetic Courses

If you’d like to receive a discount on a further training course, just refer a suitably qualified friend or colleague to Cosmetic Courses and you’ll both receive a discount on your courses.

The perfect opportunity to build on your skills and help kick-start a friend’s aesthetic career.

How does the discount work?

It’s very simple. Everybody who completes a course with us will receive a refer a friend voucher to take away. When one of your friends books and pays for a course with us, they’ll receive a 10% discount.

In addition, when you book your next course with us you will also receive 10% off your course.

Conditions of use

Needless to say, any friend you refer must be a qualified dentist, doctor, nurse, surgeon or other medical professional. If you’re at all unsure whether they may qualify, contact us and we’ll be happy to advise.

The voucher is redeemable against any of our programme of aesthetic courses, so whether you’ve trained in basic Botox and fillers and would like to progress onto our advanced course, or would like to boost your practice with some new rejuvenating treatments, the voucher is your friend.

** Please note – the voucher can only be used once and must be brought along to your course when you attend. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.**

Cosmetic Courses, established in 2002, is the UK’s most established aesthetic training provider. To find out more about our refer a friend scheme, or any of our aesthetic courses, call the team on 01844 318317 or email

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Posted on May 1, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Botox training for Nurses – 3 ways it could change your life

It’s a multi-million pound industry and it’s still growing. The world of aesthetics is attracting ever more doctors, dentists, surgeons and nurses for a variety of reasons.

If you’re a nurse thinking about making the move into aesthetics, read on to find out what it could mean for you.

Why consider Botox training for nurses?

> 1. Better earning potential

It’s fair to assume that if you’re a nurse, you probably didn’t go into the profession with money in mind. Nursing is a vocation, and you have to be pretty dedicated to make it your career. 

But while money certainly isn’t everything, it ultimately gives you much more freedom to do the things you want to do in life.

Hour for hour, working as an Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner (whether self-employed or working for a clinic), pays significantly more than working as a Bank Nurse in the NHS

Training in Botox and other aesthetic treatments allows you to either supplement your income from nursing, if you want to stay in the profession, or to pursue a much more lucrative aesthetic career.

> 2. Work-life balance

Working as a nurse in the NHS is extremely demanding and often very stressful. The rigours of the job mean that invariably, it’s sometimes hard to leave work at work. Many nurses find it very difficult to switch off and enjoy their free time as much as they could, which can take a huge toll and often lead to feelings of ‘burn out’.

Aesthetics, while no less hands-on, is far less demanding emotionally. You perform a treatment, your patient goes away happy – but even if they aren’t 100% happy, any problems can usually be rectified. This difference makes it far easier to enjoy your down time and maintain a healthy work-life balance, without dwelling on the stresses of the day.  

> 3. Greater security and flexibility

Becoming a qualified Botox practitioner gives you the opportunity to piece together the career you want, as well as making you less vulnerable to the vicissitudes of a fickle economy – and assaults on your NHS pension pot.

Taking one of our Botox courses for nurses will give you options. You might want to split your time between nursing and aesthetics to give yourself more variety. You might just want a break from nursing for a while. Or it could be that you’re ready for a complete career change.

Training in Botox and other aesthetic treatments will give you lots more strings to your bow. You can set up your own business and be your own boss, work for a clinic at weekends alongside your nursing work, or look for employment as a full-time aesthetician. 

Whatever happens in the economy, you’ll be far better equipped to adapt to changing circumstances and weather the storm. 

Cosmetic Courses are the leading UK provider of Botox training for nurses. We offer nurses Botox courses in Buckinghamshire, Manchester, Birmingham and Kent. For any more information on any of our aesthetic training courses, please call the team on 01844 318317 or email

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Posted on April 24, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Free this weekend? Come and find out about our Botox course for dentists

It may be glorious weather, but if you’re thinking about a career change, the sunbathing can wait! This weekend, we’ll be at the Dentistry Show – and it’d be great to see you there.

Just a reminder that today and tomorrow (Friday 17th-Saturday 18th April), the Dentistry Show 2015 takes place at the Birmingham NEC, and we’re delighted to be exhibiting there.

The show is the biggest of its kind in the industry, and is a great one-stop-shop for any dentist seeking to enhance their existing career – or carve out an exciting new one.

If you’re a dentist looking to broaden your career horizons, and are free this weekend, why not pop down and see us?

See what our Botox course for dentists could do for you

Dr Agata Smolen talks Botox courses for dentistsAs we said on our blog a couple of weeks ago, you’ll find us on Stand M63 at the show.

If you’re wondering what it would be like to move into the world of aesthetics, we’ll give you all the advice and information you need.

But we can go one better than that.

Meet Dr Agata Smolen

If you come along on the Saturday, we’ll be joined by Dr Agata Smolen (pictured above). If anyone is qualified to talk about how our Botox course for dentists could change your career, it’s Agata.

A qualified dentist who trained in her native Poland, Agata moved to the UK in 2013. She first became interested in the idea of aesthetic medicine while practising cosmetic dentistry.

After researching training providers, she took the plunge and trained in Botox and Fillers with Cosmetic Courses. She now splits her time between dentistry and aesthetics, and has never looked back.  

You can read all about Agata’s background and career here.

Agata is a fantastic person to chat to about the challenges and rewards of moving into aesthetics as a dentist. She’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you have, so feel free to come over and have a chat with her on Saturday.

See you there!

Tickets for the Dentistry Show are completely free, and there is still time to register. If you would like to come, click here. You can find out more about the show, including the exhibitor list and how to get there, on the Dentistry Show website.




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Posted on April 17, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

An Aesthetics Training success story: Dr Sophie Shotter

If you’re a medical professional thinking about a change of career, it can be encouraging to hear from people who have been in your shoes. 

Dr Sophie Shotter took a comprehensive range of aesthetics training courses with us.

She now runs her own cosmetic clinic, Illuminate Skin Clinics in Kent, and recently joined our team of trainers at Cosmetic Courses.

Here she talks about her career, her training and her new life in aesthetics.

My background

I’m a medically qualified doctor with a background in anaesthetics in the NHS. When I first thought about aesthetics training, I spoke to a friend who was already qualified, and he recommended Cosmetic Courses.

Why Cosmetic Courses?

It’s the only course run by a Plastic Surgeon, and has a brilliant reputation. In an industry where training is notoriously variable, that assured me I’d be in the best place.

Which courses did you take?

I started off with Foundation Botox and Fillers, and walked away feeling confident about Botox, but wanting to learn a little more about fillers. I booked some more one-to-one training to learn more advanced procedures – lip fillers, cheek fillers, and advanced Botox.

I then trained up in microsclerotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, Dermaroller, and microdermabrasion and peels as well.

I think I’ve probably done just about every course they offer!

What did you think of your training?

I’ve trained with most members of the team and found everyone so friendly, helpful and supportive. The quality of the training was second to none. The personalised advice I got and also bits and bobs about business advice were really helpful.

Would you recommend Cosmetic Courses to others?

I’ve already done so to several colleagues and friends. I wouldn’t send them anywhere else. The quality of training I’ve received I don’t think is matched elsewhere in the industry. 

What advice would you give to others thinking about aesthetics training?

When it comes to choosing your provider, look at who has designed the training programme. How well established are they? Who are their trainers, and what’s their reputation?  

What are the main benefits you’ve found from moving into aesthetics?

For me, the benefits have been enormous. My work-life balance is much healthier. I work the hours I choose to work, I have time for family and friends, and if I have to make an appointment to see my GP, I don’t struggle to do that any more. I’m a much happier person as a result.

The earning potential within aesthetics is massive – much better than within the NHS for me. Although I’m still in the early stages of my business development, that is really, really exciting.

I love my job – I don’t dread Monday mornings any more, and that’s an amazing feeling! 


Cosmetic Courses offers a wide range of courses for medical professionals looking to enter the aesthetic industry. For information on any of our aesthetics training courses, please don’t hesitate to contact the team on 01844 318317 or email

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Posted on April 9, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Botox training courses – do you choose scheduled or bespoke?

Nobody’s learning needs are exactly the same. Just as some learn better through listening, watching and reading, and others by doing, so it is with class sizes.

Some people find it stimulating to train in a group of their peers, exchanging ideas and sharing the experience.

Others respond better to intensive focused tuition with no distractions.

But there’s good news if you’re currently looking at Botox training courses. No matter what your preferred learning style, there’s an option for you.

Scheduled Botox training courses

Group Botox training coursesAt Cosmetic Courses, our scheduled Botox courses take place in small groups, usually no more than 5 delegates.

Over the years, we’ve found that 4 or 5 is the ‘sweet spot’ to give you the best possible training.

The courses, both Foundation and Advanced, also include training in dermal fillers. The two treatments are often used together, so we aim to give a good grounding in both. 

What to expect

The day starts with a lecture by one of our Consultant Plastic Surgeons. This will cover patient selection, contraindications, injection technique and aftercare.

It’ll be followed by demonstrations of Botox and dermal filler treatments, and an afternoon of hands-on practice.

You’ll work in a small group supervised by one of our expert trainers. There’ll be a variety of models to treat and ample opportunity to ask questions throughout.

The main advantage of this type of training is that it lets you observe a range of people practising the treatments. This can be instructive, as there are often tips you can pick up from your peers.

But there are also advantages to training one-to-one.

One-to-one Botox training courses

One-to-one Botox training coursesOur bespoke Botox training courses are very different. There’s no set course programme, and you decide the schedule. 

Most delegates who choose bespoke training opt to learn one-on-one, as it allows for much more interaction with your trainer. However, you can learn in a small group if you prefer.

The session lasts for 4 hours, either morning (9am-1pm) or afternoon (1.30-5.30pm), and you can book for any day of the week that’s convenient for you.

A bespoke course allows you to drill down and learn more, and practise more, of the exact techniques you’re interested in. 

Perhaps you’d like to build your confidence and hone your skills in the most popular techniques – upper face Botox and dermal fillers around the mouth?

Or maybe you’d like to develop more specialist skills with advanced injecting techniques like cheek augmentation and lower face Botox?

The choice is yours. Whatever you’d like to focus on, a bespoke course offers intensive targeted practice so you can develop full confidence in your skills.

And finally…

Dr Olha Vorodukhina, Dentist and Cosmetic Courses trainerTo give you an idea of our bespoke training from someone who’s been there, one of our trainers, qualified dentist Dr Olha Vorudukhina, originally came to us for bespoke training. You can read all about her here

Please note, because of the intensive nature of bespoke training, we’ll usually require you to have completed Foundation level training. Contact us and we’ll be happy to advise.

For more information about our Botox training courses, or any of our programme of aesthetic training, please contact the team on 01844 318317 or email

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Posted on April 2, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

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