Why anatomy and evidence-based teaching matters

Anatomy and evidence-based teaching

Aesthetics is a rapidly evolving field, and while it’s important to stay on top of the latest advancements and techniques, two things that should never be overlooked are a strong foundation in anatomy and evidence-based learning.

As aesthetic doctors, we should constantly strive to enhance our skills and provide our patients with the best possible treatment outcomes, and I believe we can learn a lot from each other from a surgical and non-surgical perspective.

As a Specialist Registrar in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, anatomical knowledge and evidence-based learning have always been of paramount importance to me and, as such, have been a key component of any training I develop or provide.

Anatomy: The building block of aesthetic medicine

An in-depth understanding of human anatomy is one of the cornerstones of aesthetic medicine. The ability to comprehend the intricate structures of the face and the physiological processes at play enables you to enhance your skills as an injector by helping you to achieve optimal outcomes while minimising risks of complications.

The face consists of various structures, such as muscles, fat compartments, skin, and bones, all of which contribute to its overall appearance.

As we age, several changes occur in our facial anatomy that can lead to visible signs of ageing, such as loss of facial volume, thinning of the skin, changes in facial fat distribution, and the gradual resorption of bone. Additionally, the effects of gravity and repeated muscle movements, such as facial expressions, can contribute to the development of lines and wrinkles.

Understanding the intricate interplay of these anatomical factors is essential if we want to provide treatments that create a more harmonious facial appearance.

For example, knowing the precise location and function of the facial muscles is crucial to achieving natural-looking results while maintaining facial expressiveness with botulinum toxin. In addition, understanding how bone tissue is gradually lost or broken down as we age, resulting in a loss of structural support for the overlying soft tissues, can inform our filler treatments.

By focusing on the muscles, nerves, and vasculature in the face, you gain a deep understanding of the intricacies involved in injecting, how placing your product in one place can influence another, what the danger zones are and what looks natural (or not).

This knowledge allows you to perform procedures with greater precision and confidence, reducing the chances of complications and improving patient satisfaction.

Evidence-based teaching: fact, not fiction

As aesthetic medicine continues to grow, new products, trends, techniques, and treatment modalities are emerging all the time, but to make informed decisions and offer the best care to your patients, it is crucial that you stay up-to-date with the latest research and clinical evidence.

The lack of regulation in the market means there are a lot of snake oils out there, so it’s essential that we look to evidence-based teaching.

This was something that was key to me when we launched FACExpo
and FACExpert.

Enhance your anatomical knowledge in an evidence-based way at FACExpert
Understanding and enhancing knowledge of facial anatomy will be at the heart of FACExpert, our event designed for more experienced practitioners.

Bringing together renowned experts, key opinion leaders, and aesthetic doctors from around the world, FACExpert will include talks on Advanced Facial Anatomy by Plastic Surgeon Mr Nicola Kefalas, and Orthognathic Surgery by Consultant Facial Surgeon by Miss Caroline Mills. I will also be presenting on Facial Profile and Class Relationships.

This is an invaluable opportunity to learn from industry leaders who focus on evidence-based practices and anatomical expertise.

Training with Interface Aesthetics

At Interface Aesthetics, we provide both comprehensive anatomical education and teach evidence-based practices, ensuring that you receive the most current and relevant information during your training.

No more is this true than with our Level 7 Diploma in Injectables.

This comprehensive course is designed to demonstrate competency in aesthetic medicine and places significant emphasis on anatomy, evidence-based teaching, and clinical practice.

To sum up

A strong foundation in anatomy and evidence-based learning underpins the most successful aesthetics practices and practitioners.

By attending the FACExpert or FACExpo events or enrolling on one of our courses, you can enhance your anatomical knowledge, stay updated with evidence-based practices, and elevate your skills as an aesthetic doctor.

Remember, the more you invest in your education and professional development, the better equipped you will be to provide exceptional care and achieve outstanding results for your patients.