Over the past year we have been continuously improving the quality of our aesthetic training we provide to our delegates. We offer an ever-increasing variety of cosmetic courses from basic Botox and Dermal Fillers to Chemical Skin Peels and Microsclerotherapy to name just a few. We have also invested in online learning such as our Managing Botox Complications online video series.
As always we pride ourselves on the amount of hands-on practical training we offer to our delegates with all models provided by us covering a wide range of skin types and concerns.
We’d love to be recognised once again for the quality of our aesthetic training program but in order to do this, we need your support!
Our category will be judged on the following criteria:
Does your training programme engage with the delegates and is it well received?
How much time is allocated to practical hands-on assessment?
What level of support do you offer following training such as e-learning, videos or mentoring?
Do you offer a full range of training workshops within Aesthetics?
Is your training course accredited?
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 Cosmetic Courses, then scroll down to the green ‘Submit Your Vote’ bar.
Alternatively, you can go to our entry page and leave your comments at the bottom of our listing here – this also counts as a vote for us, so either way is fine!
About the My Face My Body Awards
The My Face My Body Awards is the premier consumer and industry awards event for the cosmetic industry both in the UK and across the world. They were launched to educate a wider audience about the aesthetic industry and have quickly become one of the most high-profile awards, attended by experts in this field as well as a host of celebrities!
There are even awards for newcomers to the aesthetic industry including Best New Practice. So if you’re just starting out in your aesthetic career, you could set your sights on Best New Practice 2017 and learn from the finalists of this year’s awards to find out what it takes to win one of these prestigious awards.
This year the My Face My Body Awards will be held at the 5* Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, London on Saturday 12th November 2016. There will be a drinks reception, followed by a 3 course meal before dancing the night away in the magnificent ballroom.
As always, our dedicated team of trainers including Clinical Director Mr Adrian Richards himself and our hardworking course co-ordinators will be present on the night, enjoying a well deserved evening of celebrations.
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!
In the early years of practice following our foundation-level training we limit our treatment with botulinum toxin to the upper third of the face;
1. Frontalis Muscle/Horizontal Forehead Lines
2. Glabellar complex/Frown Lines
3. Crow’s Feet
These areas can be treated independently of one another however it is important when analysing your client’s facial expressions to consider the opposing actions of the elevator and depressor muscles.
It is safe to inject the glabellar complex in isolation without injecting the frontalis muscle however in general it is not advisable to only inject the frontalis muscle, as this would potentially increase the activity of the glabellar complex, which may result in a heavy frown.
Therefore, it is important during the patient consultation to make it clear that if their sole concern is the horizontal forehead lines and are expecting to pay for one area of Botox that you explain the need for the glabellar complex to be injected in tandem to prevent heaviness. This will build trust with your client and help them to better understanding the mode of action of their Botox treatment.
The crow’s feet can be treated in isolation and helps to soften the fine lines that appear around the edge of the eyes when the orbicularis oculi contracts. From experience, not every patient likes the effect of Botox to their crow’s feet so it’s vital to discuss with your patient what they hope to achieve and areas of concern.
Once you are competent in these basic Botox treatments you can then complete your advanced Botox training to safely introduce these techniques into your practice. The reason a majority of the lower face and neck treatments are deemed as advanced is because they have a much more complex muscular structure.
4. Brow Lift
In females, the desired eyebrow shape is described as having the highest point of the arch directly above the lateral canthus and the medial and lateral points of the brow lying on the same horizontal line.
As we age, the lateral portion of the eyebrow tends to move downwards, causing heaviness.
A ‘brow lift’ is an advanced Botox technique that requires relaxation of the depressors and activation of the elevator muscles and can be used to treat a patient presenting with heaviness in the brows.
As we mentioned above, the glabellar complex and frontalis muscle have opposing actions. The glabellar naturally depresses the brows and the frontalis naturally elevates them. Therefore to achieve a brow lift, we need to fully treat the glabellar area allowing the frontalis to lift the eyebrows.
In addition, treating the superior lateral orbicularis oculi will allow this portion of the orbicularis oculi to assist in the brow lift effect.
We would not recommend performing a non-surgical brow lift with botulinum toxin if your patient presents with laxity in the eyebrow or eyelid as they may experience a ptosis. Male brows also tend to be flatter in appearance so raising the brows may feminise the face. As with all these treatments, it is important to discuss with your patient their expectations and treat accordingly.
5. Bunny Lines/Nasalis Muscle
Another advanced Botox technique is to inject the nasalis muscle to prevent what’s commonly known as the ‘bunny lines’. These are lateral wrinkles that appear at the top of the nose, between the eyebrows. If your patient is concerned about these lines you can inject a small amount of Botox into the nasal bridge to soften this area.
6. Tip of the Nose
As part of your non-surgical rhinoplasty training you not only learn how to smooth contour irregularities with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers but you are also taught how to lift the tip of the nose using Botox injections.
By injecting the depressor septi nasi muscle, the tip of the nose becomes elevated. This is an extremely advanced technique and is only advisable for those who have completed advanced Botox training as too high a dose of Botox could lift the tip of the nose too high, resulting in an unfavourable appearance.
This is only effective if the tip of the nose drops when smiling, it will have no effect if your patient presents with a downward facing nasal tip with a static facial expression.
7. Gummy Smile/Excessive Gingival Display
Displaying an excessive amount of teeth and gums known as a ‘gummy smile’ can be very distressing for some patients and effect their social interactions.
Injecting the levator labii superioris alaeque nasi muscle which elevates the upper lip will lower the placement of the upper lip, reducing the extent of the ‘gummy smile’.
This is a complex treatment and too high a dose of Botox can result in excessive lowering of the upper lip so it’s important to be adequately trained in this procedure prior to performing it in your clinic.
With the correct advanced Botox training, this can produce confidence-boosting results for your clients.
8. Peri-Oral Rhytides/Smoker’s Lines
The peri-oral area also known as smoker’s lines is among the most difficult to treat well because of the complex nature of the anatomy surrounding the mouth. The close association of the many elevator and depressor muscles can make it very easy for the toxin to diffuse into adjacent muscles.
The orbicularis oris is comprised of four independent quadrants. It is not a simple sphincter muscle but is made up of multiple muscle fibres that travel in different directions around the mouth.
Only dynamic wrinkles around the lips will be helped by injections of toxin. Static lines are caused by loss of volume surrounding the mouth and are better treated with dermal fillers.
Consider the implication for your patient in the event of a less than optimum treatment. Although only temporary, any inability to articulate certain words or sounds or the inability to purse or pucker the lips can be of greater impact in some patients or professions.
9. Depressor Anguli Oris/Downturned Mouth
During your Foundation-Level Botox and Dermal Filler Training course you will have been taught to treat marionette lines and downturned mouth corners with dermal fillers.
However when you complete your advanced Botox training you will learn to treat the depressor anguli oris muscle with botulinum toxin to prevent the downward pull in the mouth corners, resulting in a more relaxed and youthful appearance. The depressor anguli oris muscle is visible when contracted by asking your patient to say the letter ‘e’ in an exaggerated fashion, showing the lower margins of the canine teeth.
The aim of this treatment is to relax the depressor anguli oris to allow unopposed elevation of the mouth corners by the upward pull of the risorius, levator anguli oris and the zygomatic major.
10. Puckering Chin
As we age, there is a loss of collagen, elasticity and support of soft tissue over the bone structure in the chin which can lead to the development of a horizontal mental fold. A hyperkinetic mentalis muscle can also lead to puckering of the chin. By weakening the mentalis muscle with Botox injections you will be in effect lengthening the chin to help improve the appearance of both the dimples and the mental fold.
For optimal results and longevity, Botox injections into the mentalis muscle can be combined with dermal fillers into the marionette area.
11. Square Jaw
A patient may present with extreme squareness of the jaw if they suffer from masseteric hypertrophy. Whilst some patients find this favourable, in some females, this can appear more masculine. In order to feminise the face, Botox injections can be placed into the masseter muscle to soften the shape of the jawline.
Enlargement of the masseter muscle, known as masseteric hypertrophy occurs in patients who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) and in rare cases those who excessively chew gum. This muscle can be felt by asking your patient to clench down heavily on their molar teeth.
The aim of injecting Botox into the masseter muscle is to produce disuse muscle atrophy and it is important to explain to your patient during the consultation that the treatment will need to be repeated over time to produce optimum results.
12. Platysmal Bands and the Nefertiti Lift
Skin laxity, loss of volume and gravity are all contributory factors to the ageing of the neck.
The platysmal muscle is a depressor complex constantly pulling downwards which can lead to the development of jowls or horizontal “necklace lines”. By combining advanced Botox injections into the platysmal bands with injections along and under the mandible you can reduce these horizontal rhytides and improve the definition of the mandibular border. The injections under the mandible are known as the “Nefertiti Lift” after Egyptian Queen Nefertiti who was thought to have the perfect mandibular contour.
Advanced Botox Training with Cosmetic Courses
Since the inception of Botox for cosmetic use in 1990 the extent of our ability to alter facial expressions for facial rejuvenation has grown considerably. Whilst we still teach in the basic botulinum toxin techniques initially, it is important to understand that there is huge potential with this treatment. Being able to offer complete facial rejuvenation to your clients will give you that edge against your competitors.
Our expert team of trainers have been providing aesthetic training to doctors, dentists and nurses in these advanced Botox techniques for the past 15 years. They have seen how its use has diversified allowing us to continually adapt our course content to provide you with the most up-to-date techniques.
Our Advanced Botox and Dermal Filler training course can be completed as a small group session or on a one-to-one basis and is available at our dedicated training centres in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire and Bingley, near Leeds. If you would like any further information on our advanced training courses or would like to book a course please don’t hesitate to contact our co-ordinators who would be more than happy to assist you.
Northern European. Pale skin, often burn and rarely tan. They generally have light coloured hair or red hair and freckles. Blue or green eyes.
European/Scandinavian. Usually burn but may gradually tan. They are likely to have light hair, and blue or brown eyes. Some may have dark hair but still have fair skin.
Southern European. Central European. Burn with long exposure to the sun but generally tan quite easily. They usually have a light olive skin with dark hair and brown or green eyes.
Mediterranean, Asian, Latin America. Burn with very lengthy exposures but always tan easily as well. They usually have brown eyes and dark hair.
East Indian, African, Native American, Have a naturally brown skin, with brown eyes and dark hair. They burn only with excessive exposure to the sun and their skin further darkens easily.
African, Aboriginal. Have dark brown/black skin with dark brown eyes and black hair. They burn only with extreme exposure to the sun and their skin further darkens very easily.
Adapted from D’Orazio JA, Jarrett S, Marsch A, Lagrew J, Cleary L (2013). Melanoma – Epidemiology, Genetics and Risk factor. Recent advances in the biology, therapy and management of melanoma. Dr Lester Davids (ed).
Skin types I and II are at the greatest risk of sunburn and skin ageing whilst in the sun. Whereas darker skin types have increased levels of melanin and provide more protection.
What’s in the sunscreen products?
Sunscreen products contain organic UV filters (chemicals which are designed to absorb UV light) such as ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, and inorganic (mineral) filters such as titanium dioxide which reflect and scatter the ultraviolet radiation (UVR) at the skin surface. Once opened, the packaging will give an indication of the expiry of the product. After this expiry period sunscreens will lose their effectiveness; this is normally an icon of a small jar upon which will be a number, generally 3, 6 or 12, with a ‘M’ next to it.
What is Sun Protection Factor (SPF)?
The SPF is mainly a measure of UVB protection and indicates how long a person can stay in the sun without burning with sunscreen on compared to a person without sunscreen on. For example, if it takes 20 minutes for unprotected skin to start to burn (turn red), then a SPF 15 sunscreen will protect them for 15 times longer (i.e. approx. 5 hours). However, it is important to remember that sunscreen products should not be used to increase the amount of time spent in the sun. SPFs are now categorized as providing low to very high protection. These are also printed on the product labels.
SPF 6 and 10
SPF 15, 20 and 25
SPF 30 and 50
Very high protection
What are the UVA stars and circle?
The star system is widely used in Europe to indicate a products UVA protection. A product with five stars indicates excellent protection against UVA equal to the SPF. The EU recommendations in 2006 also introduced a UVA logo (letters UVA printing in a circle) to show that the product achieves the requirement.
How to apply sunscreens correctly
It is widely recognised that people who use sunscreen protection do not apply the required amount of sunscreen. Hence the importance to apply sunscreens evenly and liberally to achieve the indicated SPF. Particular attention should be given to those areas that burn easily such as ears, nose, neck and lips (via a lip screen).
Sunscreens should be applied 30 minutes before going out and to apply a second application just as you go out i.e. 30 minutes after the first application to correct missed areas and ensure adequate application. If a sunscreen has a high SPF factor it will provide greater protection to the areas where they are thinly applied. As a general guide an average sized adult should apply approximately 35ml (6 full teaspoons) for full body application – a teaspoon for the face, each arm, each leg, the front of the body and the back.
An overview of our advice on protecting your skin from sun damage
Choose a sunscreen labelled broad spectrum or high protection against UVA and UVB so it offers balanced UVA and UVB protection e.g. SPF30 and 5 star UVA
Do not stay in the sun too long, even whilst using sunscreen, as no sunscreen can provide 100% protection
Use a high protection sunscreen and re-apply frequently and generously, especially after perspiring, swimming or towelling
In sunny weather, seek shade between 11am and 3pm
Cover up with clothing and don’t forget to wear a hat that protects your face, neck and ears, and sunglasses
Never let your skin burn
A tan is a sign of sun damage to the skin
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There are five different areas around the mouth that we can inject with dermal fillers:
Marionette lines – the lines which go from the corner of your lip towards your jowls
Nasolabial folds – the lines which go from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth
Oral Commisures – the very corner of your mouth which can give you that downturned look
Peri-oral lines – the smoker’s lines which appear when you make a pout
Chin augmentation – dermal fillers can be injected into the chin to reduce dimpling, or contour the shape.
Before & After Nose to Mouth Line Filler
Before & After Filler to Corners of the Mouth
N – Non-Surgical Facelift
With advances in dermal fillers we can now produce what’s known as a non-surgical facelift also known as the 8 Point Facelift or Liquid Facelift. This technique injects dermal fillers into various points on the mid and lower face to produce an overall lift to the cheeks and jowl area. This is a slightly more expensive approach to dermal fillers than simply injecting one specific line or fold, however it provides an overall rejuvenated effect to the face rather than just focusing on one area alone.
Before & After 8 Point Facelift
Before & After 8 Point Facelift
O – Only at Cosmetic Courses
Cosmetic Courses is one of the only places where you can receive a high quality treatment at a discounted price. By becoming a model you can save up to £175 on your dermal filler treatment!
P – Permanent Fillers
A common misconception is that if you undergo lip filler you will end up looking like Leslie Ash. This is not the case. The difference between the fillers Leslie Ash had compared to what you would receive at Cosmetic Courses or any other high quality clinic is that Leslie Ash had permanent fillersinjected into her lips rather than temporary ones. In her case the silicone set around the muscles in her lips and it is now impossible for surgeons to remove it. So it’s important to remember that ‘Permanent fillers cause permanent problems’ so always make sure you are being treated with temporary hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers.
Q – Quick
The treatment itself is extremely quick usually taking only 30-45 minutes to complete. Results will be seen immediately but there will be some slight swelling and redness initially so true results can be seen approximately 2 weeks post-treatment.
R – Rhinoplasty
Dermal fillers can even be used to perform what’s known as a non-surgical rhinoplasty. A combination of Botox and dermal fillers can be injected into the nose to amend any contour irregularities or change the shape of your nose. Unlike a surgical rhinoplasty this is a much quicker procedure, is a lot less expensive and has very little downtime.
Before & After Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
Before & After Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
S – Smoker’s Lines
Dermal fillers can be used to correct smoker’s lines, also known as peri-oral lines. These are the vertical lines above the lip that appear when you pout. These are known as smoker’s lines because if you are a regular smoker and have been for some years, the continuous process of moving your lips into that pout position causes troughs in your skin which appear as wrinkles. Injecting these lines with dermal fillers, rejuvenates this area of the face.
T – Tear Trough Rejuvenation
Tear trough rejuvenation, also known as peri-orbital rejuvenation is most commonly used to reduce dark circle or tear troughs beneath the eyes which give a tired, sunken look. Dermal fillers are injected between the lower eyelid and cheek which will thicken the skin beneath and around the eye, resulting in a natural, brighter look.
U – Unwanted Lines
Dermal fillers can correct any unwanted lines across your face such as laughter lines or smiling lines. They will improve the appearance of your wrinkles and replace the volume that has been lost due to ageing.
V – Very Happy
We have had some very happy clients over the years including Liz who has had a range of treatments with us:
W – Women
Although a majority of the demand for dermal fillers is from females we are slowly seeing an increase in the demand for these types of injectable treatments from the male population.
X – X-rated
Dermal fillers are only licensed for patients aged 18 and over. Therefore if you are under 18 we would not treat you with dermal fillers at Cosmetic Courses.
Y – Your Face is Unique
Everyone’s face is unique meaning treatment for each individual will be different. It is important to thoroughly discuss with your practitioner your aims and desires from treatment so that a bespoke treatment plan can be created specifically for your needs.
Z – Zero Cost
There is zero cost for a consultation at Cosmetic Courses. If you are unsure about which treatment would be best for you, or would just like to discuss your options then please feel free to visit us for your no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
Find out why a non-surgical rhinoplasty is a safer approach to nose re-contouring than traditional surgical techniques in this short video by Mr Ash Labib himself:
What are the main benefits of a non-surgical rhinoplasty?
It only takes 15 minutes to perform, coining the term ‘Lunchtime Nose Job’
It appeals to anyone who possibly can’t afford surgery as it’s only 10% of the price of a surgical rhinoplasty
It will also appeal to those individuals looking for a ‘quick fix’ for a special occasion who don’t want to endure the downtime of a surgical procedure
You can make subtle changes as well as more definite reshaping and modelling of a range of nasal deformities
Results last any between 12 and 18 months as it’s a relatively static area
Patient Results at Cosmetic Courses
Our non-surgical rhinoplasty masterclass is offered by leading specialist and UK Allergan ambassador Mr Ash Labib in our Buckinghamshire clinic, approximately 40 minutes outside of London. If you’re interested in attending a course in non-surgical nose reshaping or would like some further information on what the course involves, please feel free to contact our course co-ordinators.
Online booking is now open on the BACN website. Costings are as follows:
BACN Members – FREE subject to a £50 deposit, refundable upon attendance
DANAI Affiliate Members – £100
Non-Members – £200
Receive 10% off any course booked with us at the conference
For one day only, we will be offering 10% off any course booked with us at the Autumn Aesthetic Conference. To receive this discount, locate Stand 37 and chat to our team who will be more than happy to accommodate your course booking.
Join us for some drinks!
There will also be an evening reception on the Friday giving you time to socialise with industry colleagues before the main exhibition starts on the Saturday.
The International Convention Centre Broad Street Birmingham B1 2EA
Lectures are in Hall 4 and the Exhibition is in Hall 3.
For the full list of exhibitors and workshops available and to book your tickets please visit the BACN website.
We look forward to seeing some of you there and if you’re a past delegate of ours we’d love to see you and hear how you’re getting on with your aesthetic career.
Why did you decide to move into facial aesthetics?
My main aim was to have a better work-life balance and I have always wanted to establish and maintain my own independent business. I knew facial aesthetics would provide me with both of these things.
Why did you decide to train with Cosmetic Courses?
They had glowing testimonials and the personal interactions with their caring team were amazing. They offer high quality training with experienced practitioners within the context of ongoing support with your career progression. It was excellent value for money.
How did you find your training experience?
My training with Cosmetic Courses was simply excellent. I had an experienced and approachable practitioner, in a dedicated clinic environment, with models provided by Cosmetic Courses for clinical practice.
What do you enjoy most about your aesthetic work?
One area of my aesthetic work that I enjoy is practising high standards of communication in a privately-led environment for the process of informed consent. This, as well as the artistry involved which complements the clinical skills required for the process of getting achievable results. I also like establishing effective professional relationships with clients in the long term in order to address their needs over time.
What would you say to other doctors thinking about training in aesthetics?
Training in Botox and Dermal Fillers is a fantastic opportunity to achieve a work-life balance whilst still using your clinical expertise – including communication skills, practical techniques and running your own business. It is not an easy option, but very rewarding if you are willing to put in the time, effort and enthusiasm.
Aesthetic Training for Doctors
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in medical aesthetics or simply want to find out more information on our Botox and dermal filler training courses, please feel free to contact our course co-ordinators who would be more than happy to assist you.
Networking. Since training, my network has grown tremendously. I feel very well equipped to move into this exciting new industry.
Do you feel confident to pursue this in the future?
Compared to other courses you’ve attended, how would you rate our training?
High up, very high up!
What are the next steps following your training?
Getting a business plan in place first. Then I’ll be talking to my investors, securing some finance – and making some money!
Where do you see your practice in 3 years time?
Hopefully by then I’ll have managed to spread to about 2 or 3 other islands.
Would you recommend Cosmetic Courses’ aesthetic training for Doctors to your colleagues?
Cosmetic Courses, led by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Adrian Richards, is the UK’s most established cosmetic training provider. For more information on aesthetic training for Doctors, please contact our team.