5 great benefits of aesthetic training for Doctors

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Are you a Doctor working in the NHS? Starting to want more variety from your working life? Read on for 5 compelling reasons to make aesthetic training for Doctors your next move. 

1. It’s great for your bank balance

Cosmetic Courses: financing your career in aestheticsLet’s not be coy. Training in aesthetics offers you far more scope to dictate your own earnings than working as a GP.

Most aesthetic treatments can be performed in under an hour. Botox, for example, takes around 15-40 minutes depending on the areas treated. With Botox treatment typically charged at around £200 for one area, your earning potential is limited only by your own ambition.

2. More patient time

If you’re frustrated by the time pressure of the NHS, and want to spend longer with your patients, aesthetics is the perfect antidote to the NHS ‘conveyor belt’.

You can choose how much time to spend with your patients. If you enjoy patient interaction, aesthetics is much more conducive to chatting and passing the time of day.

Another crucial difference is that you’re not trying to remove a negative, as you are when you’re a GP treating unwell patients. Instead, you’re aiming to produce a positive, in the form of a great aesthetic result. So there’s far more potential for spreading joy!

3. Training is quick

In most careers, if you want to shift focus and move into a new area, you can expect a fairly lengthy retraining period. If you’re a Doctor, however, you’re in the happy position of having access to a new specialism that uses all your existing skills and experience – allowing you to qualify very quickly.

Aesthetic training for Doctors is quick to complete, with most courses taking only one day. It’s quite possible to train one week, and be treating your own aesthetic patients the next.

4. Growing market

Aesthetic treatments are hot right now. Botox alone is a billion dollar industry worldwide, and that shows no sign of slowing. In fact, demand for non-surgical aesthetic treatments is growing relative to cosmetic surgery. So getting qualified in as many non-surgical treatments as you can will make you a sought-after expert in a booming industry.

5. Long-term patient relationships

Cosmetic Courses: Photo showing Refresher Botox and Filler TrainingAesthetic treatments produce impressive results for your patients – but they don’t last forever. So if a patient’s happy with their treatment, there’s a good chance they’ll return to you when needed.

And establishing long-term relationships with your patients not only makes them likely to return to you for top-ups, they may also be tempted to try new treatments you add to your repertoire. 

Find out more about aesthetic training for Doctors

For more on the benefits of aesthetic training for Doctors, watch this video where Dr Sophie Shotter explains how aesthetic training helped kickstart her business.

Cosmetic Courses is the UK’s longest established medical aesthetic training provider. Our team offer a wide range of accredited aesthetic training for Doctors, Dentists and Nurses. To find out more, call the team on 01844 318798 or email [email protected].

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Posted on August 28, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Finance your career in aesthetics the affordable way

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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.



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Posted on August 20, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Have a nose for profit? Then train in Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

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In a competitive marketplace like aesthetics, it’s a good idea to pursue any extra training that will help shore up your credentials. And a great way to set yourself apart from other practitioners is by drilling down into more specialist treatments.

If you’re an ambitious aesthetic practitioner, it goes without saying that pursuing more advanced courses will enhance your reputation with potential patients.

Firstly, you’ll gain their trust as an expert who knows their stuff. And secondly, it’ll broaden your repertoire of treatments to offer them. They might come to you for one treatment, but stick around for others after getting great results.

Expert credentials + wide repertoire of treatments = healthy profits

Learning advanced techniques can be a real goldmine for your business, offering you vital new sources of revenue to help fuel your growth.

And because we know the value of advanced training – particularly for new practitioners seeking to get established – we’ve added some new specialist training courses to our programme. 

Last month we launched our specialist Tear Trough training course, which has been well received by our delegates. And our newest addition is Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty training.

3 great reasons to train in Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

1. It’s relatively easy to incorporate into your business

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty makes a fairly easy add-on to your existing practice. If you’ve already trained in dermal fillers, particularly advanced dermal fillers, it’ll be relatively straightforward for you to adapt what you’ve learned and apply it in a new way.

You’ll already have a good grounding in the techniques, so it’ll be a case of learning about the specific anatomy of the nose, the facial angles and how treatment can affect them. (Click to see our full Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty training programme.)

2. It’s particularly profitable

Once you’ve trained, treatment could make a very profitable addition to your practice.

We’ve recently started offering the Non-Surgical Nose Job at our sister company Aurora Skin Clinics, charging £500 per treatment. 

When you consider that treatment can take as little as 15 minutes, it makes for a very impressive profit-to-treatment-time ratio – better than standard dermal filler treatments.

3. There’s good potential for growth 

While surgical rhinoplasty remains a popular choice, the total performed in the UK fell by 24% last year – the biggest drop of all major cosmetic procedures.

And as we reported on the blog a few weeks ago, ISAPS have revealed stats which show that non-surgical treatments are growing faster than surgery.

So there’s plenty of reason to think that demand for Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty will continue to grow, as patients who may have opted for surgery increasingly choose the non-surgical option instead.

Our Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty training is offered by leading specialist and UK Allergan ambassador Mr Ash Labib. For more information on the course, or to book your place, please get in touch with the team on 01844 318316 or email [email protected].

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Posted on August 11, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

We’re finalists in the My Face My Body Awards!

Cosmetic Courses: Banner showing that we are finalists for the My Face My Body Awards 2015

Our sister company, Aurora Clinics, won ‘Best Aesthetic Clinic’ at the 2013 My Face My Body Awards, and we made the shortlist for our training courses last year.

Now we’re delighted to say that, thanks to the hard work of our team, we’ve both made it through to the finals again.

This year, Aurora has been shortlisted in the category of ‘Best Customer Experience’, while Cosmetic Courses has once again been shortlisted for ‘Best Training Program’.

Both awards are hotly contested, and in our own category nine finalists are in the running to win – so there’s plenty of healthy competition!

Naturally, we’d love to be recognised for the quality of our training as well as our treatments. And we can only be in with a chance of winning with the support of our amazing delegates, friends and colleagues.

It only takes a few seconds to vote in the My Face My Body Awards. So if you’ve trained with us at Cosmetic Courses and would like to lend us your support, we’d really appreciate it! 

How you can vote for us

You can cast your vote on the main My Face My Body Awards page here. Scroll down to Best Training Program, click in the check box next to Aurora Clinics, then on the green ‘Submit Your Vote’ bar.

Alternatively, you can go to our entry page and leave your comments here – this also counts as a vote for us, so either way is fine with us!

The judging team will decide the winner based on comments and votes, as well as the following criteria: 

  • Demonstrating advancements in the knowledge base of aesthetic medical professionals.
  • Engaging with delegates, with training being well received.
  • Breadth of knowledge in the subject being taught.
  • Time allocated to practical hands-on assessment.
  • Level of support given after training such as e-learning, videos or mentoring.
  • Offering a full range of training workshops within aesthetics.

We’ve worked hard on our entry, so fingers crossed we’ve managed to show that we fulfil the above credentials – but we’ll have to wait and see…

About the My Face My Body Awards

Cosmetic Courses: Image showing the My Face My Body Awards Finalist LogoThe My Face My Body Awards were launched to better educate a wider audience about the aesthetic industry. They’ve quickly become one of the most high-profile awards in the industry, attended by experts and thought leaders from the fields of dentistry, cosmetic surgery, aesthetics and beauty as well as journalists and celebrities.

This year’s My Face My Body Awards ceremony takes place on Saturday 7th November at the Intercontinental Park Lane, and promises a lavish three course dinner, drinks reception and fantastic entertainment, with dancing until the small hours.

As in previous years, we’ll be well represented on the night by as many of our hardworking team as we can fit on our table. And whether we win, lose or share our award (as awards can be shared between more than one entrant), we’ll be sure to have a fantastic night.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page in the coming days. We’ll be putting up some badges soon that will link through to our award entry page. After the awards, we’ll put up some photos from the night too.

In the meantime thanks for your support, and if you can spare a couple of seconds to vote for us, we’d be hugely grateful!

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Posted on August 6, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Visiting the CCR Expo? Come and see us demo the Aurora Lift

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One of the highlights of the aesthetic industry calendar, the CCR Expo, is fast approaching. It takes place this year on 8th-9th October at London Olympia – and we’re delighted to say we’re exhibiting. 

Whatever stage you’re at in your aesthetic career, the CCR Expo (Clinical Cosmetic and Reconstructive Expo) is sure to have something of interest for you.

If you’ve been before, you’ll know it’s one of the most respected events of its kind in the industry, comprising two days of surgical and non-surgical conferences, workshops, Continuing Professional Development content and live demonstrations – with the vast majority being free to attend as well as CPD accredited.

If you’ve never been to the CCR Expo, or are new to the industry, we’d really recommend a visit. You’ll access valuable information and resources that will enhance your knowledge, sharpen your skills and help develop your career.

What can you expect at the CCR Expo?

This year, for the first time, the CCR Expo programme includes a useful new educational stream specifically for those who are planning on making the move into aesthetics.

Getting Started in Aesthetics” runs on both the Thursday and Friday, and aims to guide you through the whole process of making the transition to facial aesthetics. 

The masterclass will cover both how and why to make the move into aesthetics, as well as filling you in on the specific regulations and legal complications you need to be aware of.

But there’s plenty that will be of interest if you’re already established in the industry too. 

A varied programme of free lectures, seminars, meetings and demos includes a Surgical & Non-Surgical Workshop, Non-Surgical Conference and an Allergan Injectables Masterclass.

Additional paid-for events include the BAAPS Annual Scientific Meeting and the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing Conference, as well as the application-only British Cosmetic Dermatology Group Expert Session.

Meet Cosmetic Courses at the CCR Expo

If you do decide to come along, be sure to swing by our stand and say hello. You’ll find us in the BAAPS area on Stand G50

Cosmetic Courses: Photo showing aesthetic trainer Dr Olha Vorodukhina

Our Medical Director Mr Adrian Richards and our trainer, qualified dentist Dr Olha Vorodukhina (pictured), will both be there, and will be happy to help if you’d like any advice on training courses, treatment techniques or the practicalities of getting started in aesthetics and setting up your business.

Adrian will also be performing his ‘Aurora Lift’ in the Live Demonstration Theatre on both days. You can catch him on Thursday 8th at 12.40pm and again on Friday 9th at 2.30pm.

The Aurora Lift is the Botulinum toxin and filler technique we use in our advanced facial rejuvenation training at Cosmetic Courses, as well as with patients at our sister company Aurora Skin Clinics.

It’s based on the concept of an A-frame, and involves treating the ageing face by injecting Botox and facial fillers at strategic points on an imaginary ‘A’.

Treating several areas along this ‘A’ – the Glabella, Cheeks, Nasolabial Folds, Marionette Lines and Pre Jowl Salcus – allows us to more effectively counter the downward migration of facial volume to restore the youthful ‘inverted triangle’. (Find out more about the Aurora Lift.)

If you know the basic Botox and filler techniques but are interested in learning more advanced applications, Adrian’s demo and talk will be well worth a visit. So we hope to see lots of you there!

If you’d like to come along to the CCR Expo, registration is still open and you can book here. For more information on the Aurora Lift or Cosmetic Courses’ programme of aesthetic training courses, please feel free to contact the team on 01844 318745 or email [email protected].

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Posted on July 31, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Scotland to introduce non-surgical clinic regulations


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Do you currently run, or are planning to set up, a cosmetic clinic in Scotland? Then it’s important you know about the new clinic regulations coming into force next year.

Many in the industry have been crying out for a change in the law when it comes to non-surgical treatments. And now Scotland has become the first nation in the UK to take action.

The Scottish Government have announced plans to start regulating clinics offering healthcare services and non-surgical cosmetic treatments from April 2016.

The change will be managed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and will apply to all private clinics where services are provided by doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives.

As the law stands in the UK, there is currently no regulation for the non-surgical cosmetic industry (despite last year’s Health Education England review). So this represents a trailblazing move by Scotland’s devolved Government – and one we’d like to see rolled out nationwide.

The new clinic regulations – why now?

The clinic regulations are a response to recommendations made this month by the Scottish Cosmetic Interventions Expert Group (SCIEG).

The Group was set up in January 2014 by Scottish Government ministers who gave them a simple brief – find the best way to regulate the cosmetic industry and make non-surgical treatments safer for patients.

They commissioned research which found that less than a quarter (23%) of Scots have a fair amount of confidence in non-surgical cosmetic procedures. 

With stats like that, it was clear the public were looking for reassurance.

What the Scottish clinic regulations will mean

SCIEP have proposed to roll out the clinic regulations in three phases. The first priority will be to introduce checks on independent cosmetic clinics, followed by healthcare clinics where medical professionals offer Botox and dermal fillers, and the third phase will concentrate on other aesthetic practitioners.

There are a raft of other recommendations too, including new requirements for practitioners to have adequate and up-to-date training and insurance, a transparent complaints procedure, and a duty to report breaches of advertising legislation to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Scotland’s Minister for Public Health, Maureen Watt, had this to say about the new clinic regulations:

“Cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, have increased massively in popularity over the last few years.”

“There are many reputable practitioners in Scotland, but unfortunately there are others who do not live up to those high standards. That can lead to complications after procedures, sometimes leaving the customer with lasting injuries. By introducing a sound system of regulation and inspection we hope to reduce those instances.”

The move has been publicly supported by the GMC, so it will be very interesting to see whether England follows suit. We’ll be sure to keep you posted with any developments.

Cosmetic Courses offer accredited aesthetic courses, including Botox training, to medical professionals looking to enter the cosmetic industry. For information on our range of courses, or to book a place, please contact the team on 01844 318317 or email [email protected].


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Posted on July 24, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Run your own business? Here’s how the Budget will affect you

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The Chancellor has just delivered his first Budget of this government – and as usual, some will benefit and others lose out. But if you run your own business, how will you be affected by his red box revelations?

Essentially, how the Budget is likely to affect you depends on how your business is structured, and how established you are.

By and large, this Budget focused on two kinds of business – very large companies and successful smaller businesses that are ready to grow.

Some commentators were disappointed by the lack of new incentives for entrepreneurs looking to launch solo start-up businesses. But if you already run your own business and are doing well, there are measures that may help you. 

Let’s take a look at some of the major announcements and what they could mean for you.


The Chancellor announced the rate of corporation tax would fall from its current 20% to 19% in 2017, and then further still to 18% in 2020 – giving the UK the lowest corporation tax rate in the G20.

Great news if you run your own business – but only under certain circumstances.

If you’re a limited company making significant profits, you’re likely to benefit from the drop in corporation tax. But if you’re a sole trader or partnership, a start-up or small limited company that only generates a marginal profit, the change probably won’t affect you.

Other new tax measures may make life easier, and save you time – if not money!  

The Office for Tax Simplification has been given more powers to cut red tape, and will be putting forward its recommendations for a reformed tax system as part of the 2016 Finance Bill.

And the dreaded tax return, having already been moved online, will see further digitisation over the next few years. 


If you run your own business, you may already have, or be looking to take on, members of staff.

The National Living Wage will come into effect in April 2016, requiring all employees to be paid a new minimum wage of £7.20 per hour, rising to £9 per hour by 2020. 

This will mainly impact small businesses with a significant number of employees earning the minimum wage. But if that applies to you, there’s also a measure that will help offset your increased wage bill. 

The national insurance employment allowance will be raised by 50%, from £2,000 to £3,000. Only you and your accountant will know whether this completely offsets the impact of the increased minimum wage on your business, but every little helps.


One of the most crucial allowances when you run your own business and are looking to grow is the Annual Investment Allowance – and there’s good and bad news on that front.

The allowance lets small and medium-sized firms make tax-deductible investments in equipment and machinery to help fuel their growth.

It currently stands at £500,000, but was set to be cut to just £25,000 from 1st January 2016 – though many were calling for an increase on the £500,000.

Mr Osborne has decided the new allowance will be £200,000. So, not cut as much as it was going to be, but still by a significant amount.


Another important area if you run your own business and are looking to grow is access to finance. And two new measures announced by the Chancellor will make it much easier to secure business loans.

First, the UK’s major banks will have to share credit information on small businesses with other lenders, and must share details of firms they reject for finance with online platforms that can pair them up with other finance providers.

In addition, the British Business Bank will look to increase and diversify the supply of finance available – with plans to make £10bn available by 2019.

So there you have it. Not quite as exciting for business as it could have been, but some incentives nonetheless. Perhaps the biggest incentive of all being that to benefit from many of the measures, your business needs to grow! 

Looking to run your own business?

Cosmetic Courses offer expert training for medical professionals looking to enter the aesthetics industry. Our ongoing support network provides comprehensive advice and resources to help you set up and run your own business. For information on our aesthetic training courses, please contact the team on 01844 318317 or email [email protected].

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Posted on July 21, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures growing faster than surgery

ISAPS cosmetic procedures statsGlobal plastic surgery body ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) have released some interesting stats on the number of cosmetic procedures performed in 2014.

And they make compelling reading for those looking to offer non-surgical treatments.  

The figures, published on ISAP’s website on Wednesday, show a drop in the total number of cosmetic procedures performed in 2014 compared to the previous year (20,236,901 vs 23,474,273).

Breaking that down by area, surgical procedures fell from 11,599,336 to 9,645,395, while non-surgical procedures dropped from 11,874,937 to 10,591,506.

But while they both saw decreases, the non-surgical side held up markedly better – and increased its percentage of the total market.

Cosmetic procedures – a shift taking place?

The figures suggest a shift is under way, with non-surgical treatments continuing to gain ground at the expense of surgery.

Though non-surgical procedures already accounted for the majority of total procedures by a slim margin, the scales have tipped even further in their favour.

Looking at the stats in percentage terms, non-surgical procedures accounted for 50.6% of the total in 2013, but an increased percentage of 52.3% in 2014.

We can speculate on the reasons why people are increasingly choosing non-surgical options. It may be that cost is a factor in a still-shaky global economy – non-surgical procedures being generally far less expensive than surgery.

Or it could be part of the shift we’re seeing towards a less-is-more approach. Subtle and natural are fast becoming watchwords in the aesthetic industry. Nobody wants to look ‘done’, and non-surgical treatments are seen by many patients as less invasive than surgery, with results that are less likely to be apparent to others.

Whatever their motivations, patients are speaking. And for aesthetic professionals, this brave new world represents a very exciting opportunity.

Non-surgical treatments – a great time to train

The table below shows the ISAPS data for non-surgical procedures:

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures

As you can see, Botulinum Toxin (including BOTOX® Dysport and Xeomin) holds on to its position at the top of the non-surgical tree. In fact, it remains the world’s most popular procedure overall – both non-surgical and surgical.

And again, though the numbers have dropped, it has actually increased its share of the total cosmetic market – from 21.9% to 23.9%.

So if you’re a medical professional thinking about a move into aesthetics, Botox training still represents the best investment you can make for your future career. 

But the stats are also impressive for chemical peel and laser resurfacing. In 2013, between them – and combined with dermabrasion – there were only 773,442 procedures in total. In 2014, chemical peel and laser skin resurfacing alone racked up a combined total of 973,314 procedures. 

So it may be worth your while to add chemical peel training to your repertoire too.

Though the ISAPS data is based solely on countries from which they obtained sufficient survey responses (USA, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Germany, France & Colombia), the scale of the survey lends weight to the findings.

And ISAPS themselves say they consider the data to be representative of the industry globally. 

“We have improved our survey methodology to reflect a detailed profile of our field,” said Susumu Takayanagi, MD, ISAPS president. “Our society is committed to following sound analytical practices in creating this valuable report.”

Cosmetic Courses offer medical professionals expert training in a wide range of cosmetic procedures. If you would like information on our aesthetic training courses, or would like to book a place, please contact the team on 01844 318712.

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Posted on July 10, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

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