Attending Aesthetic Training Courses Could Help to Expand Your Practice


Although, like most people, South Africans have always shown a degree of concern for their physical appearance, over the past few decades or so, there has been a growing tendency among locals to raise their expectations and to aim for perfection, or at least, to recapture some elements of their previously youthful features. There is no doubt that this trend has been fuelled by the many advances in the field of medical aesthetics, and the subsequent availability of suitable training courses for those practitioners who have been astute enough to see the potential benefits of entering this growing new field.


Of the various cosmetic procedures offered to the public today, those related to anti-aging also happen to be those that are currently experiencing the greatest demand. This is perhaps quite understandable, given the option of injection treatments such as Botox® and dermal fillers. Such treatments offer a cheaper and far less invasive alternative to conventional cosmetic surgery, with its risk of possible complications and significantly longer recovery period.


Private medicine, with its main focus on clinical conditions and their treatment, has become an increasingly competitive field. Many doctors now seek to divert some of that focus to elective procedures, in order to expand their practices and to boost turnover. With that in mind, the potential benefits of attending one of the various aesthetic training courses now being offered to medical practitioners in South Africa seem clear enough.


While, in some countries, these treatments may be undertaken by a trained beautician, South Africa has adopted a more conservative approach by restricting these activities to qualified doctors. In light of the depth of background knowledge of anatomy and physiology already gained from their medical studies, the time required by a candidate to become sufficiently proficient in these new skills can be substantially reduced. Clearly, the quality of the tuition they receive will be crucial to their success, and to the safety of their patients. What then should an aspiring medical aesthetics practitioner expect when attending an approved training course?


First and foremost, although procedures such as these are only minimally invasive, mastering the various treatment techniques will nevertheless be the key to a learner’s abilities, and in turn, will determine the future value of pursuing this new direction. Therefore, not only will sufficient practical work be essential, it will also be important to ensure that each learner receives adequate one-on-one supervision with the practical tasks. In order to ensure meeting both of these requirements in the time allotted, the number of learners participating in any given class will need to be kept to a minimum. In addition, because of the constant advances in the field of medical aesthetics, the relevant training courses need to be conducted by practicing specialists.


Ideally, learners should be able to begin treating patients as soon as possible and thus a preliminary course to impart the basic skills followed, after a suitable interval, by a more advanced one for those who wish to further extend the services to their patients. Basic training courses for Botox® and dermal fillers, for instance, might cover basic aesthetic procedures like treating frown lines and crow’s feet with the toxin preparations, or the use of fillers to tackle deeper facial lines, thus covering the most common needs of patients. For those who wish to expand their repertoire, the advanced training might include the more demanding anti-aging techniques, along with the use of Botox® in some non-cosmetic applications.


Our aesthetic training courses meet and exceed all of the above criteria, whilst also emphasising the essential ethical and medico-legal aspects associated with the practice of medical aesthetics in South Africa. Working with your own patients and under the personal supervision of experts, we offer the key to an exciting new option for the ambitious medical practitioner.