The Anti-Aging Market is Fuelling an Increasing Demand for Dermal Filler Training


Along with the many other technological innovations, the past few decades have seen marked advances in the field of anti-aging medicine. The development of non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques has served to make treatments far more affordable than the alternative of cosmetic surgery. In turn, these options have enabled those with more modest incomes to also benefit. To undertake such procedures, however, requires special skills and, not surprisingly, there has been a significant increase in the demand for training in the practice of anti-aging treatments such as the injection of dermal fillers and Botox™.


While in some other countries, the authorities are less stringent regarding who may perform these procedures, in South Africa, they can only be undertaken by medically qualified personnel. Given the requirement to inject what are, after all, foreign materials into various areas of the body, the additional anatomical knowledge, and the pre-existing knowledge and experience of the appropriate remedial action in the rare but possible event of an adverse reaction, it is a sensible decision.


When a doctor chooses to pursue a course of dermal filler training, he or she will first need to be taught for which purposes this type of treatment is best suited. Since the various natural and synthetic, injectable substances available for this purpose can differ quite widely, both in the longevity of their effects and their price to the patient, these aspects will also need to be covered.


As the name suggests, the objective of these treatments is to fill and plump up those areas that, through the gradual loss of collagen and elastin over the years, have led to the formation of deep furrows, or perhaps even sunken cheeks. Typically, a basic dermal filler training course will cover the uses of natural injectables such as hyaluronic acid and collagen. Best for use in treating fine lines that occur on the forehead and around the eyes, Botox treatment is commonly included as part of a basic course. However, a more advanced course may also include the use of synthetic fillers since, although they are more prone to side effects, their cosmetic effect tends to be longer lasting


One more recent option is fast gaining popularity although, as yet, few dermal filler training courses appear to include the injection of autologous material for cosmetic purposes. This involves the injection of a patient’s own adipose tissue, drawn from the thighs, abdomen, or buttocks, into those areas that require filling,


Small classes, live practice, and expert tuition by specialists are the keys to success, and all three are guaranteed to anyone attending any of the basic or advanced medical aesthetic courses offered by MedSkillsCo.