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.
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.
Accreditation 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].
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!
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].
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
Salary: Salary is negotiable and dependent on experience.
If you are interested in this job opportunity please email your CV to [email protected].
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].
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
Despite 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].