Embrace the Anti-Aging Market – Take These Professional Dermal Filler Courses


Once the sole domain of the plastic surgeon, and therefore priced beyond the reach of all but society’s wealthier citizens, medical aesthetics has since become more diverse. Far less-invasive and considerably less costly than surgery, there are now many treatments available from doctors and beauticians that offer even the average earner an opportunity to retain or to regain the appearance of youth, and to enjoy the renewed self-confidence that is certain to accompany it.


While such treatments may not require the skills and experience of a cosmetic surgeon, in South Africa, anyone administering Botox™ or dermal fillers is required to have a medical qualification, and to have completed the appropriate courses of theoretical and practical training. Incidentally, although both of these treatments have the effect of producing a smoother appearance in the areas where they are applied, their actions vary, and thus each is better suited to some tasks than to others. That said, since both procedures involve the use of injectable materials and are applied to much the same areas, they are sufficiently similar for it to be common practice to cover both types of therapy in a single training programme.


Some may find the prospect of receiving an injection of botulinum toxin, one of the most powerful poisons known to man, somewhat daunting. However, it is a well-established treatment; it is approved by regulatory bodies worldwide, and it is perfectly safe in the hands of a trained practitioner.


While the action of the toxin is to cause a temporary relaxation of the muscles that cause wrinkles and fine lines, dermal fillers act to replace tissue volume lost in the course of aging due to the diminished production of collagen and elastin. When addressing the signs of aging that present in the facial features, this form of treatment is seen as the better option to plump up a pinched nose, to disguise sleep wrinkles or laughter lines, and to treat lip lines, as well as add some volume where required. Other approved applications include treatments to the hands, and as a means with which to reduce the appearance of scars. By contrast, Botox™ treatments are the solution of choice when treating crow’s feet, and frown lines between the eyebrows and on the forehead.


Currently, there are just five injectable filling materials that have received the approval of America’s Food and Drug Administration, of which four offer temporary corrections of varying durations. The four are collagen, with a temporary effect of up to four months; hyaluronic acid (HA), which can offer results between 6 and 12 months; calcium hydroxyapatite, a gel solution that can prolong its effects for about 18 months; and poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic material with about a 2-year lifespan. Polymethylmethacrylate beads offer the only permanent option to date. Since some of these options may not yet be available or approved in South Africa, most dermal filler courses will be unlikely to cover them.


Recognised in South Africa as a leader in the field of aesthetics training, it is the practice MedSkillsCo to offer theoretical instruction and supervised hands-on experience at both basic and advanced levels. The basic level programme in this particular field is offered exclusively to doctors, and its content has been compiled, in order that, upon completion, each candidate will have sufficient knowledge and skills to begin accepting patients, at least, for some of the simpler procedures. To ensure their success, we apply some stringent measures.


Firstly, each class is limited to just five doctors, so that each will receive all of the personal attention required, especially during the practical sessions. Secondly, only acknowledged experts currently practicing in the appropriate specialised field are chosen to provide the instruction. Both are sound reasons why you should choose to pursue your dermal filler courses at MedSkillsCo.