Allergan and Pfizer merger – what does it mean for the cosmetic industry?

The news is finally out. Botox maker Allergan and US drug giant Pfizer have announced they are to merge in a deal worth a staggering $160 billion.

Allergan LogoThe merger between the two former rivals creates a new pharmaceutical ‘supercompany’ which is set to be officially the world’s largest pharmaceutical company by sales.

There had long been talk about an Allergan buyout. Indeed, on our blog last year, we covered the unsuccessful takeover bid made by Valeant.

Now this new deal secures the long-term future of the company, and ushers in exciting new possibilities to research, discover and deliver more medicines and therapies.

The future for Allergan

The new company has a combined pipeline of more than 100 mid-to-late stage programmes currently in development.

And with dramatically increased resources to invest in R&D and manufacturing in future, we’re likely to see some incredible innovations in the cosmetic industry in the not-too-distant future.

As Brent Saunders, Chief Executive Officer of Allergan, says:

“The combination of Allergan and Pfizer is a highly strategic, value-enhancing transaction that brings together two biopharma powerhouses to change lives for the better. This bold action is the next chapter in the successful transformation of Allergan allowing us to operate with greater resources at a much bigger scale. Joining forces with Pfizer matches our leading products in seven high growth therapeutic areas and our robust R&D pipeline with Pfizer’s leading innovative and established businesses, vast global footprint and strength in discovery and development research to create a new biopharma leader.”

What does it mean for you?

This soon after the event, it’s difficult to say what – if any – impact the merger will have on you and your business in the coming months. 

But at Cosmetic Courses, we have a great relationship with Allergan and are in frequent close contact. As soon as we know about any changes that are likely to affect you, we’ll of course be sure to let you know as soon as we can. So do keep an eye out on our blog, newsletters and social media channels.

For the time being, it’s business as usual – albeit with some exciting new possibilities on the horizon.







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Posted on November 24, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Could better cosmetic training help ‘clean up’ the aesthetic industry?


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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].


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Posted on November 20, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

We won Best Training Programme at MyFaceMyBody Awards!

We’re absolutely delighted to be able to share our good news. On Saturday night, Cosmetic Courses was awarded ‘Best Training Programme’ at this year’s MyFaceMyBody Awards!

We’ve a very excited (if a little tired) team this morning, after a fantastic weekend spent celebrating. There’s a definite buzz in the air at CC HQ!

Cosmetic Courses win Best Training Programme at MyFaceMyBody Awards

The awards night is always great fun, but the highlight this year – even more than seeing hairdressing legend Nicky Clarke in the flesh – was the moment we found out we’d won.

You might have heard the whoops and cheers from where you were.

We were eventually chosen from a shortlist of 9 great finalists, all of whom had great entries. So our team is completely honoured to have won. 

A huge thank you to the MyFaceMyBody team, all our delegates, models, colleagues and friends. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Best Training Programme Award certificate
About The ‘Best Training Programme’ Award

Our award was judged by a panel of industry professionals and peers, who made their final decision based on the following criteria:

  • Does the training programme effectively demonstrate advancements in the knowledge base of aesthetic medical professionals?
  • Does it engage with delegates and is it well received?
  • Does it demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in the subject being taught?
  • How much time is allocated to practical hands-on assessment?
  • What support is offered after training – for example e-learning, videos or mentoring?
  • Is there a wide range of training workshops within Aesthetics?
About MyFaceMyBody

The prestigious MyFaceMyBody Awards is the only consumer awards dedicated to the cosmetic, aesthetic and dental industry to recognise and reward brands for their product innovation and popularity. 

Clinics were also rewarded for exceptional experiences and outstanding service to their consumers. The awards were attended by 400 leading industry professionals, brands, journalists and celebrities.

Other big winners included our product partner NeoStrata, who won Best Cosmeceutical Range with their Skin Active line, as well as Best Anti-Ageing Product with their Triple Firming Neck Cream. Congratulations to them and all the other worthy winners on the night. 

A massive thank you for all your support this year. We do what we do because we love it, but being recognised by our valued colleagues and friends makes it even better. Roll on next year!

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Posted on November 9, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

5 reasons to choose our Aesthetic Training Courses

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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

Cosmetic Courses: Reasons to choose our Aesthetic Training CoursesWe’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

The NCN - National Cosmetic NetworkTraining 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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Posted on November 6, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Part Time Aesthetic Medical Practitioner – Job Opportunity

Cosmetic Courses: Photo of Shine Medical Logo

Are you a qualified doctor, dentist or nurse with experience in medical aesthetics? Maybe you have completed your Botox and dermal filler training and are looking for a place to work? If so, then this exciting job opportunity may be for you.

Aesthetic Dentist and trainer for Cosmetic Courses; Dr Olha Vorodyukhina is looking for a part time Doctor, Dentist or Nurse for her aesthetic clinic in Nottingham.

This is a unique opportunity to join a new and growing clinic and work alongside an experienced Aesthetic Dentist.

You will be required to provide a full range of aesthetic treatments for existing patients as well as being responsible for building your own list of clientele. The treatments you will be offering to clients include: Botox, Dermal fillers (basic and advanced techniques), micro-needling, skin peels and gas therapies. On-site training will be provided for the successful candidate.

Essential requirements: Full registration with regulatory body (GDC, GMC, NMC), indemnity cover and a recognised qualification in Botox and Dermal fillers.

Preferred requirements: Previous experience in aesthetics is desirable but not essential. If you are a nurse, you DON’T need to be a prescriber.

Part time/full time basis: Part time

Location: Nottingham

Salary: Salary is negotiable and dependent on experience.

If you are interested in this job opportunity please email your CV to [email protected].

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Posted on November 2, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Special offer on the NeoStrata Skin Active range

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With Christmas fast approaching, you’re likely to see an upswing in interest from new and existing patients. So now’s the time to prepare for any extra business that may come your way.

The build-up to Christmas is always a busy time in the aesthetic calendar. People are looking to get their skin in great shape for work parties and festive nights out, which means an increase in demand for non-surgical treatments.

As a practitioner, you want to make sure you’re in a strong position to capitalise on it.

So with that in mind, we’ve a great special offer that’ll help you make the most of the extra opportunities.

10% off NeoStrata Skin Active 

Cosmetic Courses: Photo showing NeoStrata Skin Active range - Intensive Eye Therapy

We’re now running a promotion on the NeoStrata Skin Active range.

At Cosmetic Courses, we stock 4 products in this clinically proven advanced skincare range. Buy all 4 and you’ll receive 10% off the total price – paying just £115.20 instead of £128.00. (See more on the products below.)

The recommend retail price of all 4 products is £242 – making you a healthy profit of £126 when you sell them on to your patients.

The products will last for up to 3 months and the offer ends on 30th November – just in time for Christmas! 

Please note – you will need to have completed relevant training to be able to purchase these products.

About the NeoStrata Skin Active range

NeoStrata Skin Active is an award-winning skincare range offering advanced anti-ageing for mature skin. It uses clinically proven technologies and active ingredients which lift, plump, firm and restore skin tone for a noticeably healthier and younger complexion.

The high performance ingredients in the Skin Active range work in synergy to target all the visible signs of ageing.

Powerful anti-oxidants, Maltobionic acid, NeoGlucosamine™ and Swiss apple stem cell extract work together to stimulate cell renewal, boost collagen and protect against free radical damage.

The Exfoliating Wash contains Polyhydroxy Acids, including Gluconolactone and Maltobionic Acid, to stimulate cell renewal and prepare the skin for maximum treatment benefits.

Matrix Support SPF30 includes three clinically proven technologies, each with a unique action, for skin repair and strengthening. Particularly recommended for patients with sun damaged and uneven skin.

Cellular Restoration contains Alpha and Poly Hydroxy Acids, Peptides, Apple Stem Cell Extract, and takes a multi-mechanistic approach to rejuvenating cellular function and strengthening the skin’s underlying structure.

Intensive Eye Therapy contains NeoGlucosamine® Peptide, Apple Stem Cell Extract to stimulate the skin matrix and reinforce collagen’s surrounding support structure, as well as inhibiting a key enzyme in melanin formation, reducing the appearance of uneven pigmentation.

The products make the perfect take-home complement to any anti-ageing treatments you perform for your patients (particularly dermal fillers and Botox), helping them maintain and potentially enhance their results.

To find out more about the NeoStrata Skin Active range, or to buy today, please give us a call on 01844 318317 or email us at [email protected].




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Posted on October 26, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

5 dos and don’ts of starting a new business in aesthetics

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For anyone starting a new business, it’s a heady and exciting time. But amidst all the excitement, there are important things to do – and things to avoid.

Here are our top 5 dos and don’ts when starting a new business in aesthetics.


  • 1. Learn the ropes by working in an aesthetic practice.

Working in a practice will help you learn the necessary processes before taking the plunge for yourself. Think of it as a risk-free crash course. Seeing it from the inside will also help you confirm that it’s really what you want to do. 

  • 2. Live frugally and save money to start your business.

Starting your business on a healthy, debt-free financial footing will give you a sense of security and take some pressure off. Very helpful when you’re starting out and have so much else to think about.

  • 3. Talk to other people who work in the industry.

People who’ve been there are a great resource when you’re trying to find your feet. Network as much as you can –  in person at industry events, and online in forums and communities. People like to share their knowledge, so be interested in what they have to say.

  • 4. Innovate – adopt new technology, offer new products and treatments.

Once you’re up and running, don’t get complacent. If you want to maintain a competitive advantage, you’ll have to stay ahead of the game. Be bold, and keep introducing new treatments, technology and products you believe in.

  • 5. Build strong relationships with your suppliers.

Istock Image for businessUltimately, you need other people to make your business a success. Relationships of all kinds are important when you’re starting a new business, so nurture your relationships with key suppliers. They’ll know a huge amount about the industry, and can be a great source of information and practical help when you’re starting out.


  • 1. Leave your job before you have a comprehensive business plan.

Before you jump, have a solid plan. Where will you be in five years? How will you get there? How will you measure your progress? The most successful businesses have a concrete medium-term plan and regularly check progress against key performance metrics. 

  • 2. Risk all your assets – consider limiting your liabilities.

Trading as a Limited company gives you the peace of mind of knowing you won’t lose your house if your company hits financial difficulties. There are trade-offs – having to submit company accounts being one of them – but you may decide the added security is worth it.

  • 3. “Race to the bottom” when it comes to price.

If you can help it, don’t make price your main selling point. You want to build a loyal client base, not patients who only choose you because you’re the cheapest. It’s not ideal for your bottom line, nor for building a brand. So think instead of adding value for your patients. Give them a great experience and results that they feel are well worth the money they paid.

  • 4. Overlook the negative aspects of running a business.

There are great rewards in starting a new business, but there are also sacrifices. Your best guarantee of success is to go into business with your eyes open. Think about all the negatives – write a list if it helps – so you’re better prepared for whatever comes your way, and can be more resilient in the face of the inevitable challenges.

  • 5. Rely on too few loyal customers – diversify.

While you want to build a loyal client base, you always want to be growing it so you aren’t reliant on a core of people. People’s circumstances change, so you can’t take a healthy client list for granted. There’s no guarantee they’ll keep coming back to you, so be proactive about attracting new patients.

Starting a new business in aesthetics? Find out more

If you’re thinking about starting a new business in aesthetics, you’ll want as much support as possible. At Cosmetic Courses, we’ve helped thousands of medical professionals make the transition to aesthetics – and our support doesn’t end with your training. Our ongoing support network will give you all the tools you need to make a success of your aesthetic business.

For information on our aesthetic training or advice on starting a new business, give our team a call on 01844 318317 or email [email protected].

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Posted on October 16, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Beyond Botox courses – what you need to learn about patients

Cosmetic Courses: banner showing an introduction to blog what yo need to learn about your patients

So you’ve decided you want to set up in aesthetics, and are busy researching Botox courses. Great choice. But if you really want to be successful in the aesthetics industry, your training is just the start.

To thrive as a Botox practitioner, it’s important to know how your patients and prospective patients feel about treatment. Get inside their minds and understand not only their hopes, but also their concerns – and any barriers that may be holding them back. 

After all, if you know what’s stopping them, you’ll know how to reassure them. 

There are plenty of misconceptions about Botox, and being able to address them with your patients is vital. Unfortunately, this isn’t usually covered during most Botox courses.

So to give you something to think about, here are 4 of the most persistent concerns, along with some guidelines for what to say to your patients.

> Botox is unsafe 

Cosmetic Courses: Photo showing our Botox coursesDespite its popularity and widespread use, some people are still unconvinced about the safety of Botox. They believe that, because it’s a toxin, it has the potential to be harmful when injected.  

But as practitioners, we know that Botulinum toxin is extremely safe when administered in the right dose by a qualified medical professional. So stress that to your patients.

You can also tell them that Botox has been safely used for many years in a medical context, to treat migraines, bladder problems, etc, which should help allay their fears.

> I’ll look frozen and odd

Ah, the dreaded ‘frozen face’. It’s a very real fear for some people that their face will be rendered blank and immobile by Botox. They might have seen unflattering pictures of celebrities and be terrified of having the same outcome.

So for those patients, let them know you’ll take a conservative approach. You can always top up at a later date if needed. Stress that you believe in achieving the most natural results rather than the most dramatic – and if that means erring on the side of caution, so be it.

> Botox is indulgent/only for vain/rich/famous people 

Like most aesthetic pursuits, the early adopters for Botox were celebrities. But it’s now grown in popularity so much that it’s now the world’s favourite non-surgical treatment.

And as it’s grown in popularity it’s become more affordable and accessible. So the chances are that everyone knows someone, or knows of someone, who’s had it.

So let your patients know that far from being something famous/rich/vain people do, it’s something that at least some of their neighbours, friends and colleagues are likely to have done!

> Botox is scary and painful 

Needles and injections can strike terror into the hardest of hearts. And here’s where your powers of reassurance need to be at their best. 

Let them know exactly what they’ll feel. A slight pinching sensation that will be over in a matter of seconds. Tell them people often compare it to a mosquito bite, so if they’ve ever had one of those, they’ll know they can deal with it.

Stressing that the treatment doesn’t require anaesthetic should also help reassure them that any discomfort is likely to be minimal. 

Find out more about our Botox courses

Cosmetic Courses are the UK’s most established Botox training provider. We offer scheduled and bespoke Botox courses to medical professionals at fully equipped training centres throughout the UK. For information about our Botox courses, or to book, call us on 01844 318317 or email [email protected].



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Posted on October 9, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

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