The demand for dermal filler treatments has helped drive the extraordinary growth within the aesthetics industry over the past two decades. In the UK, over 90% of all cosmetic treatments are non-surgical, of which the second most common treatment is dermal filler, beaten only by Botox®. As dermal filler treatments such as lip augmentation grow in popularity among all demographic groups in society, driven by social media and changing trends, the opportunities within the aesthetics industry for medical professionals with facial aesthetic skills will continue to increase.
There are huge opportunities for experienced aesthetic practitioners in what is still an emerging market in the UK. Working within the aesthetics industry can be hugely rewarding both professionally and financially. Unique to working in medical aesthetics is the potential autonomy of practice as a healthcare professional. This is a significant advantage to working within a private healthcare sector, and many doctors, dentist and nurses who train on our dermal filler courses enjoy careers in both the NHS and as private aesthetic practitioners. There is also the possibility to start a new career, building on the wealth of skills that healthcare professionals bring from previous practice to this exciting and dynamic area.
Regulated & Accredited Training
Our teaching is designed and led by Doctors in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Facial Aesthetics
We offer a full selection of courses, ranging from the OFQUAL-regulated Level 7 Certificate in Injectables, to stand-alone Foundation, Advanced and Masterclass training courses.
Live Model Patients
All tuition is patient-focussed, and delegates will inject real patients from the very start of all courses
Our teaching groups never exceed more than 3-4 delegates per tutor
Proven Track Record
Health Education England (HEE) and the GMC published guidance based on the recommendations of the Keogh report, which was commissioned to look into the state of aesthetics in the UK. The lack of regulation within the aesthetics industry was a clear concern, and there have been moves to ensure non-surgical aesthetic treatments such as dermal filler are carried out by registered healthcare professionals such as doctors, dentists and nurses. The guidelines also recommend that dental hygienists, physiotherapists, ODPs and pharmacists be able to practise these treatments.
Dermal filler training has also come under the spotlight of both the GMC and HEE, with a drive to standardise teaching in order to drive up standards and protect patients. As healthcare professionals, such a move is to be welcomed, supporting the idea that only fully qualified and sufficiently trained practitioners should be able to provide filler treatments.
Recent media reports have highlighted the dangers of dermal filler when carried out by non-healthcare practitioners. Our faculty of Facial Surgery and Aesthetic doctors bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to teaching both how to use dermal filler, as well as how to deal with any complications. We take an evidence-based approach to teaching, drawing from research on treatment efficacy and complications management.
Dermal filler training courses vary hugely in terms of the level of practical experience, hands-on training and quality of tuition provided. Safety is of paramount importance in all aspects of healthcare, and aesthetic medicine is no exception. As such it is crucial that dermal filler courses are designed to recreate clinical situations, providing hands-on experience with live models at training days. Practising injections on mannequins, or simply observing treatments in large groups, are not adequate or acceptable methods to become confident and competent as an injector. Practical sessions must be patient-focused, led by expert experienced tutors, and accredited and recognised by professional bodies and industry leaders. There is no substitute for practical experience with direct observation by expert trainers.
Interface Aesthetics has incorporated the elements necessary to meet the high standards set by the GMC and HEE in all of our aesthetics training. Our filler courses are surgeon-led, with a firm emphasis on safety and anatomy. We offer a complete menu of courses catering for beginners through to experienced practitioners.
We offer the OFQUAL-regulated Level 7 Certificate in Injectables, as well as Foundation Course , Advanced Course and Masterclasses Courses which can be taken as part of our regulated training, in addition to it, or as stand-alone courses.
The Level 7 Certificate in Injectables is the ‘Gold Standard’ qualification in medical aesthetics, having as its objective training delegates to become competent independent practitioners. This regulated, post-graduate level qualification is designed to meet the standards set out by Health Education England (HEE) and the GMC in response to concerns over the variation in standards within the cosmetic industry. It provides a framework for safe and competent practice, and improves employability, increasing a Level 7 graduate’s competitive edge. There are 4 stages to the Level 7 Certificate:
The Foundation Course is the first step for any healthcare professional looking to start out in the aesthetic medicine field. This intensive, hands-on training course is designed to equip delegates to carry out the most commonly requested dermal filler treatments. Training in Botox® is delivered together with dermal filler teaching.
The Foundation Course consists of an opening session where theoretical material is covered, followed by a majority of the day injecting live model patients under direct observation of one of our expert trainers. An overview of the timetable and content can be found below:
Preparation, Handling and Storage of Botox® and Dermal Fillers
Complications and management
Business start-up advice, Marketing Strategies
Following the course, you will have access to one of our expert trainers to discuss cases. This ensures you will have the support you need to move seamlessly into the aesthetics industry.
The Foundation Course is CPD accredited, providing a total of 8 CPD points. Upon completion, successful delegates will be awarded the Interface Aesthetics Foundation Certificate, which will enable them to obtain cosmetic insurance and to start practising straight away.
The Foundation Course can be taken as a stand-alone qualification, with the option of continuing on to complete the remaining stages of the regulated Level 7 Certificate at a later date.
Delegates will cover the 8 core modules through self-directed study using our Level 7 study material. There is a large degree of flexibility in this stage, and study can be at a pace that fits with your other work and life commitments. The units covered are:
Unit 1: Principles of History, Ethics and Law in Aesthetic Medicine
Unit 2: Principles of Treatment in Aesthetic Medicine
Unit 3: Principles of Cosmetic Psychology in Aesthetic Medicine
Unit 4: Principles of Dermatology in Aesthetic Medicine
Unit 5: Principles of Botulinum Toxin Use in Aesthetic Medicine
Unit 6: Practice of Botulinum Toxin Use in Aesthetic Medicine
Unit 7: Principles of Dermal Filler Use in Aesthetic Medicine
Unit 8: Practice of Dermal Filler Use in Aesthetic Medicine
Delegates will undertake training days as part of the Level 7 Certificate Mentorship Programme. A total of 40 patients will be observed and treated with both Botox® and dermal filler, all under the supervision of one of our expert aesthetic trainers. The treatment portfolio assembled will be submitted as part of the assessment for the award of the Level 7 Certificate.
Delegates will submit short answer questions based on the Level 7 learning material in the form of coursework, as well as sitting an OSCE as part of the final assessment for the award of the qualification. Examinations are externally sampled and marked, with successful candidates being awarded the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables upon completion of all stages.
Building on the techniques taught in the Foundation Course, the Advanced Course is the next step for aesthetic practitioners seeking to broaden their set of facial aesthetic techniques, perfect their facial assessment skills, and begin to undertake treatments in different ways, including using a cannula.
The dermal filler training component of the Advanced Course is a significant step up from the Foundation Course, with a heavy emphasis on techniques aimed at full facial harmonisation using both needle and cannula. Specific areas covered include the jawline and chin, the under-eye region (tear trough), the perioral region including smoker’s lines, and the temples. The course is heavily focused on hands-on training, with introductory theoretical teaching followed by a day injecting live models, practising the advanced techniques. An overview of the timetable of the day is as follows:
Advanced facial assessment
Advanced facial anatomy including lower face and neck
Injection technique: including the use of the cannula
Complications and management
Step-by-step for each of the listed advanced techniques
The ultimate training courses to perfect and master specific techniques within medical aesthetics. Our Masterclasses and One-to-One bespoke teaching sessions are run by expert doctors with years of experience dealing with the most challenging cases.
The Non-Surgical Facelift
Peri-oral Rejuvenation & Advanced Lip Augmentation
Jaw, Chin & Lower Face Harmonization
Periorbital Rejuvenation and Tear Trough Treatment
We also offer bespoke, one-to-one training sessions for practitioners looking to progress more rapidly, or to focus on specific areas in accordance with the learner’s needs. These training sessions can be discussed on an individual basis with one of our expert aesthetic trainers.