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Botox courses for Nurses – a way to learn more and earn more

Since 2002, Cosmetic Courses have helped thousands of Nurses to carve out exciting new careers in aesthetics.

Are you a qualified Nurse looking for more variety in your work? How about boosting your earning potential? 

Both are within your grasp. The only thing standing between you and an exciting new lifestyle is one of our Botox courses for Nurses!

This week, we chat to qualified Nurse, passionate aesthetician and Cosmetic Courses trainer Mel Recchia about her move into aesthetics…

Hi Mel, how easy was your decision to move from nursing into aesthetics?

In my case, it wasn’t something I carefully planned. Like all the best things in life, it was quite spontaneous! I’d been a Beauty Therapist before I became a Nurse, so that interest in cosmetic medicine was always there.

I loved working as a Nurse in A&E, but after 9 years I started thinking it was time to expand my horizons. Because of my background in beauty, aesthetics was the natural choice.

What do you enjoy most about aesthetics?

I get a huge amount of satisfaction from making people feel better about themselves. I know some people think aesthetics is superficial or frivolous compared to nursing, and I understand that, but when you improve something that’s making someone unhappy, you’re impacting their life in a way that goes beyond beauty.

So you’re almost a kind of therapist?

Almost, yes! You often find yourself being a kind of confidante to your patients. People trust you, and they share their problems with you. They leave with their self-esteem boosted and a spring in their step. For me that’s the most rewarding part of what we do.

Bit of a cheeky one – do you have any aesthetic treatments yourself?

Of course – it’d be rude not to! I’ve had Botox for about 10 years, and I like to have skin peels and microdermabrasions when I can. I’m also a big fan of skincare products to maintain results, and last year I tried a bit of Sculptra in my mid-face which has been great. I’m also thinking about taking the plunge and getting my upper eyelids done next year! 

What would you say to someone thinking about taking one of our Botox courses for nurses?

It really is a route into a new lifestyle. Aesthetics lets you use your medical skills and maintain the patient contact you’re used to, but with more flexibility and freedom.

As a self-employed Aesthetic Nurse, you get to choose how much and when you want to work, and you make your work fit around your life rather than the other way round.

In a nutshell, training in Botox will open the doors to lots of new opportunities – so go for it!

Find out more about our Botox courses for nurses

Cosmetic Courses offers a wide range of aesthetic training for medical professionals, including accredited dermal filler and Botox courses for nurses. To find out more about training with us, please call us on 01844 390110 or email

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Posted on February 26, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Our dermal filler courses – what will you learn?

With the industry growing at a rapid pace, there are now a number of training providers in the UK offering dermal filler courses.

 All have slightly different approaches and course programmes, and with so much choice, it can be difficult knowing which one most suits your requirements.

To give you an idea of our approach, we thought we’d create a quick summary so you can get a feel for our dermal filler courses at a glance. 

Who do we train? 

While there are still no legal barriers to anyone learning to inject dermal fillers, at Cosmetic Courses we only train qualified medical professionals. That includes, but is not limited to:  

  • Surgeons
  • Trainee Surgeons
  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Dermatologists
  • Ophthalmologists

We feel this is an important safeguard when it comes to injectable treatments. Only medical professionals have the necessary understanding of facial anatomy, as well as the knowledge and skills to recognise and deal with any complications that may arise.

What do our dermal filler courses cover?

All our dermal filler courses are combined with training in Botox. These two treatments are often used in tandem, so learning them together gives you a more nuanced understanding of how best to use them with your patients.

We offer two levels of training, depending on your level of experience.

a) Basic Botox and dermal filler training

If you’re new to the treatments, our Foundation level Botox and Dermal Fillers course gives you a thorough introduction to the products, as well as plenty of theory and practice in the techniques used for basic facial rejuvenation, corrective and enhancement treatments.

You’ll leave the one-day course able to offer:-

> Facial Rejuvenation

Smoothing frown lines and forehead lines; treating crows feet and squint lines (periorbital lines).

> Facial Corrective Treatments

Reducing lines around the mouth (perioral lines and oral commissures); softening lines running from base of the nose to the corner of mouth (nasolabial folds); treating frown and forehead lines; improving facial wrinkles.

> Facial Enhancement

Creating an enhanced natural lip border; producing a pout.

b) Advanced Botox and dermal filler training

If you’ve already completed basic training and are looking to learn more advanced techniques, our Advanced level Botox and Dermal Fillers course has more emphasis on practical hands-on experience.

By the end of this one-day course, you’ll be able to offer:-

> Advanced Dermal Filler Techniques

Combined filling (using different strengths of product to achieve optimum results); cheek augmentation; vermilion border enhancement; advanced peri-oral sculpting; cross hatching techniques; extended linear threading techniques.

> Advanced Botox Techniques

Cheek and jowl lifting; chemical brow lift; mental is treatments; treatment of platysmal bands; upper chest treatments; treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

We offer dermal filler courses at centres in Buckinghamshire, Leeds, Kent and Birmingham. For information about our training, our course tutors or centres, please don’t hesitate to gives a call on 01844 390110 or email

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Posted on February 20, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Move into aesthetics with a beauty therapist training course

At Cosmetic Courses, we’re well-known for training doctors, dentists and other medical professionals in aesthetic techniques.

But several of our courses are also suitable for beauty therapists looking to broaden their skills and become fully fledged aestheticians.

Fleur Nicholls (pictured left) started her working life as a beauty therapist, before furthering her training in aesthetics. She now works as a self-employed aesthetician at our sister company Aurora Skin Clinics and a sessional trainer here at Cosmetic Courses. Here she talks about her career.

How did you start out in beauty therapy?

I qualified from Champneys Tring in 1994 as a beauty therapist with Credits in CIBTAC and CIDESCO, and landed my first job in a salon in Beaconsfield. I gained bags of experience in various different treatments and skin care ranges, and eventually got promoted to a managerial role. That lasted almost 7 years until December 2001, when I decided it was time to do the hard work for myself and set up my own business!

Did you enjoy working for yourself?

It was great fun. I had a little premises attached to a hairdressing salon in Beaconsfield old town, and helping my clients gave me a real passion for treating skin problems and conditions. I’d had my own struggle with acne over the years, and I made it my business to learn as much as I could. I’d regularly go along to talks from skin companies and dermatologists to improve my knowledge. 

While I loved running the business, I’d always wanted to teach. So armed with my new knowledge, I went back to college and got my City and Guilds teacher training qualification. After that I split my time between working in my salon and acting as a sessional tutor until 2008, when I decided it was time for another change!

How did you move into aesthetics?

I’d reached a point where I wanted to branch out in a different direction in my industry. I was excited by the idea of learning more advanced techniques – specifically anti-ageing treatments.

It just so happened I was approached by Aurora Clinics, who were looking to bring in an aesthetician to develop the skin rejuvenation side of the business. Cosmetic Courses trained me in advanced skin peel techniques, clinical depth micro-needling and fractionated radiofrequency procedures.

How’s your career now? Would you recommend the move to aesthetics? 

I now specialise in skin rejuvenation at Aurora, offering advanced treatments and providing expert advice on skin care regimes. I feel I’ve finally found my forte!

Every day is different now, which keeps things interesting. I work closely with the medical practitioners, which has given me an in-depth understanding of other non-surgical treatments, and I’ve also started assisting with the surgical clinics. 

In 2009 I also started working as a trainer for Cosmetic Courses, which I really enjoy, and gives me another great string to my bow. 

I feel I’ve finally brought my two interests together – treatment and teaching – and with the addition of the surgical side too, I’ve now found a career that has all the variety and flexibility I was looking for.

To any beauty therapists thinking of branching out and training in aesthetics, I’d definitely recommend it. You’ll have lots more options available to you, and be able to make the most of any exciting opportunities that come your way. Go for it! 


About beauty therapist training at Cosmetic Courses

Microdermabrasion training at Cosmetic CoursesCosmetic Courses is the UK’s most established aesthetic training provider.

Over the last 12 years, we’ve trained hundreds of beauty therapists looking to offer more high-end treatments, including skin peels, microdermabrasion and Dermaroller microneedling.

Our accredited beauty therapist training courses are suitable for those who have completed NVQ Level 3 and are seeking further training to become an aesthetician. All courses can be completed in one day and take place at fully equipped aesthetic clinics around the UK. 

Our friendly trainers will take you through the techniques at a pace you feel comfortable with, combining theory with plenty 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 of support along the way and encouraged to ask any questions you have throughout the session. You’ll also get plenty of advice regarding setting up your aesthetic business or integrating these new techniques into your clinic.

For more information on our beauty therapist training courses, including dates and prices, visit our website. You can also contact us on 01844 390110 or email

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Posted on February 13, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

With PRP Therapy in the media, now’s a great time to train

We’ve seen increased interest in our PRP Therapy training over the last couple of weeks thanks to a certain reality show.

The treatment, also known as the Vampire Facelift, was recently featured on ITVBe’s ‘The Real Housewives of Cheshire’.

In the show, which aired last Monday, life coach Tanya Bardsley was seen inviting friends Ampika Pickston and Leanne Brown along when she went for the treatment.

With admirable candour, she confessed that she would “eat donkey poo” if it meant looking younger.

PRP on the TV

And it’s not the first reality show to feature the treatment. PRP Therapy first received widespread attention thanks to ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’, where Kim was famously filmed undergoing treatment.

You may have seen the dramatic photos that circulated in several magazines afterwards, showing Kim’s face dotted with blood.

With such an increase in prominence for the treatment, you may find your own patients start to ask you about PRP Therapy – if they haven’t already. Which makes now a great time to train.

About Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

The PRP Therapy technique has been used in medicine for many years, in such varied fields as orthopaedics, dentistry, neurosurgery and ophthalmology.

This system uses the Tropocells technique to obtain a concentrated dose of clear plasma from a sample of the patient’s blood. Dense with blood platelets, this plasma is injected back into the body (in the case of aesthetics, into the skin), where a huge ‘hit’ of growth factors is released to stimulate repair and rejuvenation.

Why train in PRP Therapy 

Training in the treatment will give you an excellent add-on to your practice. It’s particularly useful for the delicate areas around the eyes, which are usually difficult to treat with Botox and dermal fillers. As such, it can be used in conjunction with other injectable and rejuvenating treatments as part of a wider treatment regime.

As an autologous system, patients who are not keen on using artificial products may be happier to try PRP Therapy as it is completely natural – and therefore reassuringly safe.

It can be used on all skin types, involves very little downtime for your patients, and has long-lasting results. And as an added advantage for your practice, the treatment is very cost-effective as it incurs very little outlays.

Finding out more

At Cosmetic Courses we offer PRP Therapy training at the Paddocks Clinic in Buckinghamshire. Training takes one day and courses are held monthly. Our next available course date is 18th February 2015.

To find out more or book your place, please contact the team on 01844 390110 or email

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Posted on February 3, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Interview with Dr Agata Smolen: Botox training for dentists

Are you a dentist thinking about moving into facial aesthetics? Our courses have been helping dentists launch aesthetic careers since 2002. One of those dentists, Dr Agata Smolen, now works with our sister company Aurora Skin Clinics in Northampton.

Here Agata talks about the benefits of Botox training for dentists.



Tell us about your background

I graduated in dentistry in Poland in 2009, and worked as a dental associate for 4 years before moving to England. I went to Bristol first, then settled in Oxford. I now work full-time as a dentist, splitting my week between Oxford and Lechlade. Two Saturdays a month I offer aesthetic treatments at Aurora in Northampton.

Why did you decide to train in aesthetics?

Largely because of my work with cosmetic dentistry. Seeing the joy it brought when I improved areas people were concerned about made me think of other ways I could help. 

How did you hear about Cosmetic Courses?

I found them online. I Googled ‘Botox training for dentists’ and they were one of the first pages. After exploring the website, I knew they were right for me. They had fantastic feedback from delegates, a great team, convenient location and a good variety of courses and dates.

Which courses did you take?

I started with foundation Botox and Fillers, then added the Lip Specialist day. I came back for advanced Botox and Fillers, which is when Adrian offered me a position with Aurora.

What was your training like?

I really enjoyed my courses, learned lots and met some amazing people. I had all the time I needed and could ask the trainers anything. The whole team were always willing to help. Patient and professional with both patients and students.

What do you enjoy most about aesthetics?

Aesthetic work has lots in common with dentistry. It feels great to boost someone’s confidence by improving something they’re unhappy with. Our face is our first impression, and changing one detail can make a huge difference. For me it’s a privilege to help make that happen.

Would you recommend Botox training for dentists?

Aesthetic medicine complements dentistry perfectly. When dentists look at someone, teeth aren’t all we see. It’s the face as a whole. The beauty of Botox training for dentists is that it helps us treat patients holistically, improving the entire face. You already have the necessary manual skills (working with injections every day), and a good aesthetic eye. Aesthetic medicine is the logical next step! 

For more information on Botox training for dentists, call the team on 01844 390110 or email

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Posted on January 29, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Patient consent in the aesthetics industry – are you protecting yourself?

While the UK has traditionally lagged behind the US when it comes to medical litigation, this appears to be changing. Litigation rates in the NHS and Private Practice are now reported to be rising by 20% every year.

Needless to say, this affects all of us working in the aesthetics industry. If you’ve been practising for a while, you’ve probably noticed the gradual increase in your indemnity costs year on year.

So in this climate of increasing litigation, what can you do to protect yourself?

Improving the patient consent process

A substantial proportion of medical litigation cases hinge on the issue of patient consent. So examining and, if necessary, improving the way you manage this crucial part of your practice is essential to safeguard yourself against future problems. 

Broadly speaking, in medical litigation cases the proceedings will focus on two questions:  

  • Were the risks of the procedure fully explained to, and understood by, the patient?
  • Were the risks, and the patient’s understanding of the risks, recorded accurately in the patient’s notes?

So it’s important that your approach to both these parts of the process is as efficient as possible.

Approaching patient consent for non-surgical procedures 

Taking a sufficiently thorough approach to patient consent will benefit both you and your patients.

For your patients, a better understanding of the benefits and risks of a treatment will help them to make a more informed decision. And for you, detailed, accurate and – importantly – legible consent will reduce any risk of litigation.

Here are five steps you can take to protect yourself and your business:

1. Information packs

Send out an information pack when patients enquire about a particular treatment. This should outline the treatment process, recovery period any possible complications, and include contact details they can refer back to should they have any concerns after treatment.

2. Discuss and document

During a consultation, take time to discuss all the pros, cons and potential risks of the treatment, and crucially, make sure you document this in the patient’s notes.

3. Seek specific consent for photos

Under standard medical practice guidelines, practitioners must not show before and after photographs to other patients or publish them without specific written consent from the patient. If photographs are taken, obtain specific consent from your patient to use them – ideally on a dedicated form.

4. Detailed patient consent form

Make reference to your information pack in your general patient consent form. On the form, specifically ask the patient to confirm they have read and understood the information pack. And make sure you ask patients to sign a new consent form before each and every treatment. 

5. Detailed patient notes

A patient’s notes should reflect the detailed discussion that took place before their treatment, so be as thorough as is practical. Patient notes should also be used to document the completion of each stage of the consent process.

As aesthetic professionals, we need to ensure we spend sufficient time educating patients about the risks and benefits of treatment before going ahead – and documenting everything we’ve discussed.

Rushed and incomplete consultation notes leave us vulnerable to litigation (warranted or not), so it’s impossible to be too thorough when it comes to keeping patient records. New technology (apps, tablets) has allowed many of us to streamline the process, and this may be a good investment for your practice. But whichever tools and methods you choose, diligence and detail are key.

Cosmetic Courses provides all delegates with access to downloadable consent form templates and other useful documentation. For information on training with us, give the team a call on 01844 390110 or email

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Posted on January 26, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Microdermabrasion training – how it could boost your business

As someone who wants to build a successful business, you need to be sure your aesthetic training will be a good investment.

Most medical professionals we train start with basic Botox and dermal fillers. And if you’re thinking of making the move to aesthetics, this is absolutely the best place to start.

As the two most popular non-surgical treatments in the UK, Botox and dermal fillers are likely to form the core of your business. Learning how to perform Botox and filler treatments safely is essential if you want to hit the ground running in your aesthetic career.

Some of our delegates decide to stop there. Huge demand for injectable treatments means it’s perfectly possible to make a great income from offering Botox and fillers alone.

But if you want more from your practice, you’ll want to diversify.

Why train in Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion treatment makes a great addition to any aesthetic practice. As a deep exfoliant, it complements injectable treatments (rather than doing the same job), which allows you to provide a more comprehensive service to your existing patients.

You can also use microdermabrasion to attract business from a whole new client base seeking minimally invasive rejuvenation treatments.  

Microdermabrasion is also an extremely cost-effective treatment to perform. Once you’ve trained (£350 + VAT) and invested in your microdermabrasion machine (prices vary, but are usually very affordable), the consumables used for each treatment are very inexpensive.

The treatment is usually charged out at around £60 per session, and many patients will want to book a course of three or six treatments with you in order to get the best results. 

As an added bonus, at Cosmetic Courses our Medical Microdermabrasion training is offered in combination with Chemical Peel training, so you learn two new techniques in one session!

How often do our Microdermabrasion courses take place?

Our courses usually take place once a month. Our next available date is January 22nd.

Where do we offer Microdermabrasion training? 

We currently offer Microdermabrasion training at our fully equipped aesthetic clinic at the Paddocks, Bucks but we may be able to offer training at other centres in future. Keep an eye on our Facebook page or Twitter for updates.

For any more information on our Microdermabrasion training courses, please contact the team on  01844 390110 or email


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Posted on January 15, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

Advanced Botox and filler courses – what’s covered?

Are you a medical professional considering offering Botox and filler treatments to your patients? You may be thinking about, or have already undertaken, foundation Botox and filler training.

But if you’d like to offer a more comprehensive service and be able to perform more specialist techniques, advanced training will help you take your career – and your earnings – to the next level. 

What techniques are covered in advanced Botox and filler courses?

Stage 1, or foundation, Botox and filler training offers a comprehensive grounding in the techniques for performing upper face Botox treatments and peri-oral dermal fillers.

These are the most popular applications, so once you’ve completed training you’ll be equipped to offer basic anti-wrinkle treatment to your patients straight away.

But deciding to take your training a stage further with an advanced course allows you to broaden your repertoire and perfect more specialist techniques.

Different training providers will have different approaches to their advanced training, and specific course programmes will vary. But to give you an idea of what you can expect, here’s a brief outline of what we cover on our advanced Botox and filler courses: 

Advanced Botox techniques

  • Chemical brow lift
  • Mentalis treatments
  • Treatment of platysmal bands
  • Cheek and jowl lifting
  • Upper chest treatments
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) treatment

Advanced dermal filler techniques

  • Vermilion border enhancement
  • Cheek augmentation
  • Cross hatching techniques
  • Extended linear threading techniques
  • Advanced peri-oral sculpting
  • Combined filling – using different strengths of product to achieve optimum results

The emphasis of our advanced training is very much on practical hands-on experience, letting you focus on any areas requiring extra guidance and tuition.

The goal of advanced training is to equip you with the necessary skills to take a more holistic approach to treating your patients. Rather than simply targeting lines and wrinkles, you’ll be encouraged to pursue complete facial rejuvenation using more nuanced techniques. For example, adding volume to the mid-face area, sculpting the jaw and cheeks, or giving a subtle lift to the eyebrows.

Cosmetic Courses is one of the UK’s most established aesthetic training providers. Since 2001, our expert trainers have offered a wide range of aesthetic training, including Botox and filler courses, microdermabrasion and chemical peel, Dermaroller, PRP Therapy and more. For information on our training courses, please contact us via You can also join us over on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for updates.


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Posted on January 9, 2015 by: CosmeticCourses

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