A Medical Aesthetic Course Could Be a Great Income Booster


The lingering effects of a global financial recession continue to take their toll on the South African economy, and are borne out by the growing number of the nation’s citizens now battling to hold their own in the face of rising prices on all fronts. Moreover, the proverbial wolf is not only baying at the doors of those with relatively modest incomes, but is also threatening the welfare of many business owners, among them, even some private healthcare practitioners. Faced with rising costs that are eroding their incomes, many doctors are attempting to supplement their incomes by attending a medical aesthetic course.


The interest in minimally invasive and non-invasive beauty treatments has grown steadily over the past few decades. No doubt, spurred to a large extent by the prohibitive cost of cosmetic surgery, and the advantages of procedures that promise minimal trauma and downtime, as well as visible results in far less. The rising demand for elective anti-aging therapies, such as Botox and dermal fillers, is quite sufficient to assure the private practitioner that any cash he or she may spend on attending some sort of medical aesthetic course is certain to deliver an excellent return on investment.


Although, the techniques involved are easy enough in principle and, in some countries, may even be performed by a qualified beautician or a nurse, in South Africa, local regulations prohibit all but a qualified doctor from undertaking them. Given, for instance, the toxic nature of botulinum toxin and the need for intradermal injection, the decision is probably a wise one, as well as one that has its advantages. In light of the intensive education and training undertaken by doctors, a substantial reduction in the time they will need when attending a typical medical aesthetic course is then possible.


In practice, if a physician should decide to sign up for a day of basic training in the theory and practice of Botox and dermal filler injections, for example, this should impart both sufficient skill and the necessary confidence to begin setting up appointments for some of the simpler treatments with his or her own patients. Even though it is not essential, attending a day of more advanced training in these techniques at a later stage could serve to expand one’s repertoire and, in the process, further increase the potential income of one’s practice.


Other popular medical aesthetic courses include thread lifting, chemical peels and mesotherapy, and sclerotherapy, as well as weight management and body sculpting techniques. Other uses of the botulinum toxin for non-cosmetic purposes, such as the treatment of muscle spasms, headaches, and excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis may also be included by some training centres during the advanced Botox and dermal filler sessions.


Even though this tuition is only offered to qualified doctors, it is still absolutely essential to ensure that the all-important practical components of any medical aesthetic course are designed to be as effective as possible. To ensure this, two factors are especially important. Firstly, each attendee should receive as much personal attention during the practical sessions as possible. Secondly, those who are appointed to conduct the practical training should themselves be both accomplished and currently active in the techniques they are required to teach.


In addition to providing state-of-the-art facilities, and operating strictly within the bounds of medical ethics and all regulations applicable to the various techniques taught, the twin undertakings referred to above form the foundations of every medical aesthetic course conducted by MedSkillsCo. It is also our policy to promote and to support the discipline itself through ongoing interaction with regulatory bodies and legislators to determine and to clarify the roles applicable to healthcare professionals and other relevant personnel.