It’s Time to Expand Your Practice with Professional Dermal Filler Training


In recent years, many of the country’s private doctors have seen their incomes eroded as rising prices on virtually all fronts have sent the cost of maintaining their practices spiralling to new highs. Unlike other businesses in which these increases can be passed on, at least to some extent, to the consumer, the prices that doctors are free to charge for private healthcare tend to be limited by the portion for which the nation’s medical aid funds agree to cover. The obvious remedy, of course, is to expand the repertoire of one’s practice. To this end, and with the aid of some professional training in the use of dermal fillers, expanding their services has become an option that a growing number of doctors in South Africa are now choosing to embrace.


The demand for aesthetic medicine and, in particular, its use as an anti-aging measure has burgeoned in recent years. This increase has largely been driven by the emergence of techniques that are both far less invasive and markedly less expensive than the alternative of submitting to plastic surgery. Among the non-surgical aesthetic procedures that have been attracting the greatest following are those that make use of various injectable materials. In turn, this has led to a corresponding increase in the demand for quality dermal filler training.


Since the first use of the neurotoxic protein extracted from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, to eliminate frown lines in the mid-1980s, the product known as Botox™ has become known worldwide, and its brand name is now universally used as a synonym for the treatment itself. The effect of the toxin is to relax the tiny muscles beneath the skin responsible for the furrowing, in order to create a smoothing effect. For treating the finer facial lines where wrinkling is more marked, the alternative injectables such as collagen, hyaluronic acid, and calcium hydroxyapatite are more effective. Dermal filler training generally includes the use of such substances together with applications for Botox™, and perhaps some of the alternative brands.


Although, in some countries, beauticians and nurses are permitted to administer these treatments, in South Africa, cosmetic procedures involving the use of these injectables may only be undertaken by a medically qualified individual, which therefore means that only doctors are entitled to attend the relevant courses. Given the extensive anatomical and physiological knowledge covered in medical school, it means that although any course of dermal filler training needs to be sufficiently thorough, it can still be completed in far less time than would be required by a layperson.


In practice, when given a suitable environment and the undivided attention of a knowledgeable and experienced instructor, a single day spent on the basics should be sufficient enough to enable a doctor to begin administering some of the simpler treatments to his or her own patients immediately. For those wishing to extend their repertoire, there may be intermediate and advanced courses of dermal filler training designed to cover the more exacting techniques, such as those employed to plump up sunken cheeks, or to improve the definition of the nose and lips. These too need not take more than a day to complete.


Well known in South Africa as an industry leader, MedSkillsCo offers a wide range of courses covering the various techniques employed in modern medical aesthetics. Available in Pretoria, Cape Town, or Durban, our instruction combines the relevant theory with one-on-one supervision by acknowledged experts of selected practical procedures performed on the candidate’s own patients.


The basic training in the use of dermal fillers and neurotoxin covers those treatments that represent around 80% of those in demand by patients, and could thus be an excellent first step in the drive to expand one’s practice and to generate some welcome additional revenue.