Why we love Tear Trough Training (and you should too!)

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Cosmetic Courses are delighted to announce our brand new peri-orbital training course, otherwise known as Tear Trough Training!  

What is a Tear Trough deformity?

Tear trough deformity is diagnosed by a sunken appearance that results in the casting of a dark shadow over the lower eyelid, sometimes giving a fatigued appearance even if recommended amount of sleep is achieved. Dark circles can also be present, however there are other factors that need to be taken into consideration when these are first noticed. Changes in the skins thickness, laxity and hyperpigmentation can also play a role in creating dark circles.
Tear troughs can also be described as a depression centred over the medial inferior orbital rim and bounded by the infraorbital protuberance. As people age, infraorbital fat starts to displace anteriorly, and is more commonly known as ‘eyebags’. This bulge can become deeper over time, and become more pronounced due to loss of soft tissue and osseous support.

What treatments are available?

The peri-orbital area is one that many individuals are concerned about and would like to be treated, but it is also one of the most challenging. Traditional techniques for treating the tear trough area have been removing the skin, muscle and fat surgically, as well as skin rejuvenation treatments such as chemical peels for those that wish to not go down a surgical route. In recent years, non-surgical volumising treatments such as dermal fillers and botulinum toxin have been introduced to restore the volume rather than remove it. This treatment is less invasive than having surgery with instant results and minimal downtime for the patient, and with a 150% mark-up per patient for clinics, the earning potential speaks volumes! One of the techniques used would be injecting dermal fillers using a cannula, a safer and more controlled way to treat this intricate and delicate area.

What are the benefits of tear trough training?

• There is a high client demand for this treatment as the peri-orbital region is the focal point of the face
• This advanced treatment will keep you way ahead of the competition
• With a potential 150% mark-up per patient, the earning potential is huge

Why attend training with Cosmetic Courses?

With 13 years of experience in medical aesthetic training for registered Doctors, Dentists and Nurses, there are numerous reasons why you should complete your peri-orbital training with us:

• Our training in this treatment focuses on the entire peri-orbital region, not just the tear trough, making it a unique course to others
• We offer a small ratio of delegates to trainers to ensure you build up the confidence to go straight out and practice

• All models and resources are provided by us making it a completely hassle-free training day

• We offer a balance of theoretical and practical hands-on teaching to ensure a complete understanding of the techniques are learned

Our next tear trough training day is on Wednesday 1st July 2015 at the Paddocks BMI Hospital in Buckinghamshire. If you would like to receive any more information about the course, please call 01844 390110 or email our course co-coordinators, [email protected] to book  your place now.

For a more in depth discussion on Dermal filler treatments for Tear Trough Deformity, please click here for the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery.

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Posted on June 26, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Botox and filler training – where can you learn?

Cosmetic Courses: Photo showing Refresher Botox and Filler TrainingAre you a busy medical professional thinking about a move into aesthetics? Looking for Botox and filler training at a location that’s convenient – without compromising on quality?

Then why not join your fellow professionals who have trained with us at Cosmetic Courses?

About Cosmetic Courses

Cosmetic Courses is the UK’s most established aesthetic training provider, offering a range of medical aesthetic courses for doctors, dentists and nurses looking to add cosmetic treatments to their repertoire.

We started life in 2002 when Consultant Plastic Surgeon Adrian Richards recognised a need for quality Botox and filler training in the UK.

Adrian Richards, Medical Director of Cosmetic Courses

Adrian Richards

His aim was to provide the highest standard of training, delivered by a diverse team of medical professionals in fully functioning clinic environments.

Our first training centre was set up at the Paddocks Clinic, Princes Risborough, Bucks (now our Head Office).

Since then, we’ve grown every year on the strength of our excellent reputation, aided by the word-of-mouth recommendations of many of our satisfied delegates. (See what some have to say about their training here.)

To make training more convenient, we’ve several satellite centres across the South East, North East and West Midlands. So wherever you’re based, there’ll be a training centre within easy reach. 

Our Botox and filler training locations

We offer training in six UK locations. All are based in fully equipped aesthetic clinics in central locations, with good transport links by road or rail. Click on any training location beside the map to find out more:

Map of Cosmetic Courses training locations


The Paddocks Clinic


The Millhouse Clinic


The Baddow Hospital


Illuminate Clinic


Skindustry Clinic


Harley Health Village

Find out more about us   

Cosmetic Courses offer a wide range of aesthetic courses besides Botox and filler training, including Dermaroller, Chemical Skin Peels, Microsclerotherapy and PRP Therapy, as well as advanced bespoke and specialist training.

We also provide plenty of guidance and resources to help make it easy to set up and market your business once trained.

For a brief overview, take a look at our introduction to Cosmetic Courses video here. If you’d like information on our trainers or course programme, or would like to book a place on a course, please don’t hesitate to contact the team on 01844 318317 or email [email protected].

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Posted on June 25, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Could our beauty therapist courses help boost your career?

Beauty Therapist Courses at Cosmetic CoursesAs a beauty therapist, you’ve worked hard to gain your qualifications and build up your client base, and are proud of what you’ve achieved so far.

But you know that the beauty industry is competitive and changing all the time.

And as your loyal clients learn more about the different treatments available, there’s a good chance they’ll eventually want to try something new. 

Would you like to be able to offer them more?  

At Cosmetic Courses, our training isn’t just for medical professionals. We also offer courses suitable for qualified beauty therapists who are looking to add more high-end treatments to their repertoire. 

These beauty therapist courses are fully accredited, can be completed in one day and take place at fully equipped aesthetic clinics around the UK.

Our expert team of trainers take you through the techniques at a pace you feel comfortable with, combining theory with lots of hands-on practice to leave you feeling confident to perform the treatments by the end of the course.

You’ll be given lots of support along the way and encouraged to ask questions throughout. And you’ll leave looking forward to providing a more comprehensive service to your existing clients, and attracting new business from a whole new client base.

What can you learn as a beauty therapist?

The beauty therapist courses we offer at Cosmetic Courses are Chemical Skin Peel training  and Genuine Dermaroller training.

Why train in Chemical Skin Peels?

Chemical Skin Peel training sessionChemical Skin Peels are a popular treatment for anti-ageing, treating specific skin complaints, and improving the general condition of the skin.

The treatment will help treat fine lines, improve skin clarity and reduce visible pores, treat superficial scarring including acne scars, and help improve the appearance of acne, melasma and rosacea. 

This broad scope, plus the fact that treatment is very affordable, means it appeals to people of all ages. So there’s great potential for attracting new clients, and introducing the treatment to your existing clients – creating a healthy new revenue stream. 

 Why learn Genuine Dermaroller?

Genuine Dermaroller training sessionTraining in Genuine Dermaroller will allow you to treat stretch marks, chicken pox, acne and other depressed scars, as well as improving sun damage, fine lines, uneven skin tone and the general texture and tone of the skin. 

The micro-needling treatment is great for anti-ageing and rejuvenation, but particularly popular for treating sun-damaged skin in the décolletage area.

It’s a unique treatment with an excellent safety profile, as it uses no product on the skin. This makes it a very cost-effective treatment to offer your clients, with a very healthy return. Treatments are typically charged at around £225, and a course of at least 3 is usually recommended for best results. 

Our next available beauty therapist courses

We’re always adding new dates for beauty therapist courses throughout the year, but these are our next available dates:

  • 26th June – Chemical Peel training – Buckinghamshire – BOOK NOW
  • 9th July – Dermaroller training – Buckinghamshire – BOOK NOW

Both of these upcoming courses will be held at our Paddocks Clinic training centre in Princes Risborough, Bucks.

Want to find out more about making the journey from beauty therapist to aesthetician? Contact the team for more information or to book a course by calling 01844 318317 or emailing [email protected]. Alternatively, you can book now by clicking here.

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Posted on June 18, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Aesthetic models now wanted for courses in Kent

Aesthetic models needed for our courses in KentAt Cosmetic Courses, we’re always looking to add to our pool of reliable aesthetic models. Due to growth, we’re now looking for models to join us at our training courses in King’s Hill, Kent. 

If you live in Kent and are seriously thinking about aesthetic treatments, why not consider joining our model database? 

Our models receive the highest quality non-surgical treatments, delivered by medical professionals in a clinical environment – at a hugely discounted price. 

Who we are

Established in 2002 in Buckinghamshire by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Mr Adrian Richards, we’re the UK’s foremost medical aesthetic training company. Because of our great reputation in the industry, we’re expanding all the time. We now have six dedicated training centres across the South East, West Midlands and the North East of England.

What we do

We provide a wide range of professional training courses for qualified doctors, dentists and nurses who are looking to enter the aesthetic industry. Our courses are delivered in clinical environments by a team of medically qualified expert aesthetic trainers – all of whom have significant experience of working in the aesthetic industry themselves.

Because our courses are practical and hands-on, we always provide real models for everyone who comes to train with us. So we’re always looking for reliable people who’d like to receive aesthetic treatments in a safe, controlled training environment at highly reduced rates. 

Why  join our pool of aesthetic models?

Registering on our aesthetic models database gives you the opportunity to experience a wide range of anti-ageing and rejuvenating treatments at a significant discount. Typically, you can expect to pay only around 50% of the usual price for any treatment.

Treatments include anti-wrinkle injections, facial fillers (including the 8 Point Facelift), Dermaroller, chemical peel, microsclerotherapy and PRP Therapy (the ‘Vampire Facelift’).

You’ll always be treated by a medically qualified course delegate (a doctor, dentist or nurse) under extremely close supervision by our expert trainers, so you can be completely confident in the safety of your treatment.

And though you’ll need to work around our course dates, we have plenty of courses scheduled throughout the year so you should always be able to come along to a course date and time that’s suitable for you. 

But perhaps the biggest benefit is that there are no limits to how many times you can model for us. Once we know you are reliable, our team will be happy to contact you whenever we have a requirement, so you could never need to pay full price for aesthetic treatment again.

Where does our Kent training take place?

Our Kent training courses are held at the Illuminate Skin Clinic, Suite 30, 60 Churchill Square, Kings Hill, Kent, ME19 4YU. The clinic has easy access from Central London and the South East via the M25, with ample parking on-site. The closest train station is West Malling.

How to become a model

If you’re interested in modelling in Kent, visit our Models section and complete the online Model Registration Form. You can specify which treatments you are interested in, and which of our centres you can travel to. If you are a suitable candidate, and are chosen to attend a course, we’ll be in touch to invite you to a training session where you’ll receive your treatment for a very reduced fee. 

For more information about Cosmetic Courses or joining our database of aesthetic models, please feel free to contact our team on 01844 318317 or email [email protected].


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Posted on June 12, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Could 8 Point Lift training take your practice to the next level?

8 Point Lift Training with Cosmetic CoursesAs a professional in the aesthetic industry, you want to stay ahead of the game. Many industries move quickly as new technology, theories and practices emerge – but aesthetics is up there with the most dynamic. 

If you’re currently offering Botox and dermal filler treatments to your patients but would like to move your practice on, you’ll want to have your next move in mind.

Start by taking a look at our chart to determine your position in your medical aesthetics journey. How far along are you? If you’re on Step 9, you’re perfectly placed to add some more advanced treatments to your repertoire.

And perhaps the most advanced of all non-surgical treatments is the 8 Point Lift (also known as the ‘non-surgical facelift’ or ‘liquid lift’).

Why train in the 8 Point Lift?

Botox and dermal filler treatments have long been the gold standard when it comes to non-surgical facial rejuvenation, and with good reason. Both treatments, in skilled hands, can offer exceptional anti-ageing results on isolated areas.

But for patients looking for whole-face rejuvenation, a more advanced approach is needed. Traditionally, the go-to option has been facelift surgery. But with the advent of the 8 Point Lift, it’s now possible to produce dramatic anti-ageing results for your patients non-surgically.

Cosmetic Courses were the UK’s first independent training provider to offer advanced training in Allergan’s 8 Point Lift. We believe it is the natural next step for practitioners who have mastered basic Botox and fillers – the perfect opportunity to take your training, and your practice, to the next level. 

The treatment uses Allergan’s 2nd generation VYCROSS™ range of advanced dermal fillers, and takes a more holistic approach. Instead of targeting one or two localised areas, as with traditional methods, the 8 Point Lift involves injecting filler into multiple key points on each side of the face.

This is an important difference. Taking a more comprehensive approach means we are treating not just the symptoms of volume loss (thin lips, nasolabial folds, etc), but actively addressing the root cause – a loss of volume throughout the mid-lower face.

The treatment will give your patients a natural but noticeable lift that can last for up to 18 months. Great for them, and great for building your reputation as a skilled, forward-thinking practitioner.

Find out more about 8 Point Lift Training

If you’d like to find out more about our 8 Point Lift training, how it could benefit your patients and help your practice grow, click here to see our 8 Point Lift course programme.

Our next available course date is on 30th July 2015 at the Paddocks Centre in Bucks. To book your place now, click here.

For more information on any of our training courses, please don’t hesitate to contact the team on 01844 318317 or email [email protected].



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Posted on June 4, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

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 [email protected].



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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 [email protected].

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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 [email protected]. 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

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