WELCOME TO ACQUISITION AESTHETICS

Redefining Excellence in Facial Aesthetics Training

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With a trusted board of advisors, mentors and lecturers in the fields of plastic surgery, maxillofacial surgery and dermatology, we offer a range of aesthetic medicine training courses, including masterclasses and bespoke refresher courses and mentoring sessions.

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Become A Model Patient

Both men and women of all ages are welcome to apply to be a cosmetic model patient for Acquisition Aesthetics. Whether you are looking for a Botulinum Toxin (sometimes known as Botox®) Treatment, Dermal Filler Treatment or a Full Facial Rejuvenation Treatment Package, we will be able to develop a personalised treatment plan to suit you and your individual needs.

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WELCOME TO ACQUISITION AESTHETICS

Redefining Excellence in Facial Aesthetics Training

Attend A Training Course

With a trusted board of advisors, mentors and lecturers in the fields of plastic surgery, maxillofacial surgery and dermatology, we offer a range of aesthetic medicine training courses, including masterclasses and bespoke refresher courses and mentoring sessions.
All Courses

Become A Model Patient

Both men and women of all ages are welcome to apply to be a cosmetic model patient for Acquisition Aesthetics. Whether you are looking for a Botulinum Toxin (sometimes known as Botox®) Treatment, Dermal Filler Treatment or a Full Facial Rejuvenation Treatment Package, we will be able to develop a personalised treatment plan to suit you and your individual needs.

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Partners & Accreditations

EXPERT GUIDANCE & SUPERVISION

Acquisition Aesthetics are fully accredited to deliver the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables and Aesthetic Medicine, regulated by Industry Qualifications.

PRACTICE ON LIVE MODEL PATIENTS

You will have the opportunity to practice the full aesthetic consultation and treatment on live model patients as well as conducting follow-up assessments.

STRIVE FOR THE HIGHEST STANDARD OF TREATMENT

We are uniquely dedicated to producing safe and effective aesthetic practitioners and protecting standards of care.

REFRESH AND REFINE YOUR SKILLS AT A LATER DATE

Delegates are given the opportunity to return for a discounted refresher course within 1 year after completion of training.

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What Our Delegates & Models Say

delegate

I really enjoyed the foundation course and thought the content was exceptionally well delivered. There was a lot covered during the day but at no point did it feel too rushed and it was great to have the opportunity to practice on so many model patients. Thank you to all the wonderful trainers

LF

AUGUST 2018

model

I was a model patient today and it being my 4th time being a model patient I can honestly say this is the best company I have modelled for I can tell there teaching is very in-depth and they honestly take care of you so well, I will definitely be returning!!

PW

JUNE 2019

WELCOME TO ACQUISITION AESTHETICS

Acquisition Aesthetics were proudly nominated for ‘Best Independent Training provider of the Year’ award at the recent Aesthetics Awards. Recognised for our commitment to supporting excellence in both the scientific understanding and technical skill of delegates, the academy received a commendation within this category – a huge achievement within only 18 months of operation!

WELCOME TO ACQUISITION AESTHETICS

Acquisition Aesthetics were proudly nominated for ‘Best Independent Training provider of the Year’ award at the recent Aesthetics Awards. Recognised for our commitment to supporting excellence in both the scientific understanding and technical skill of delegates, the academy received a commendation within this category – a huge achievement within only 18 months of operation!

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Cosmetic dentistry training with a reputable training academy

With reports stating that ‘estimates for the non-surgical market suggest it could be worth in excess of £3bn within the next 5 years’, the aesthetics industry is booming and a significant proportion of these non-surgical procedures are cosmetic dentistry treatments, carried out in dental clinics. Although the idea of visiting the dentist may have instilled fear and trepidation historically, today most understand the importance of complying with regular check-ups to maintain oral health. But what about the more modern development of cosmetic dentistry and the use of injectables to augment and enhance the smile? Is this something you’ve thought about offering alongside your usual practice? Therapeutic application There are many widely-recognised therapeutic applications of Botulinum toxin in dentistry including functional issues such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, bruxism (teeth grinding), migraine, and hyperhidrosis. Treatment for cosmetic purposes includes reduction of the gummy smile, jawline slimming (treatment of masseteric hypertrophy) and the use of dermal fillers to improve the appearance of lower facial lines and wrinkles. Controversy The General Dental Council (GDC) set the professional standards for the dental industry in the UK. Following a Scope of Practice consultation in 2008, they stated that the ‘provision of non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox® and dermal fillers, away from the perioral area, does not constitute the practice of dentistry’. It should be noted however, that this doesn’t restrict you from carrying out these procedures as a dentist. A number of bodies such as GDPUK have since voiced concern over the practical implementation of the GDC’s position and the issue is heavily debated around the world, with many regulators struggling to decide a clear course of action to move forward with. Holistic treatment plans Despite the somewhat unclear guidance in this area, scores of dentists are training in and offering non-surgical injectables and other aesthetic treatments to their patients. The use of cosmetic injectables in this context can allow for the delivery of holistic treatment plans which encompass restoration and maintenance of the dentition and periodontium as well as enhancement of the surrounding soft tissues. This supports optimal treatment outcomes in the art of smile design, including rates of patient satisfaction. Practicing dentists are experienced, medically trained, and already established in a clinical environment. This makes them perfectly placed to safely and competently offer non-surgical injectables to their patients once sufficiently trained and insured. What do dentists say? We asked Dr Zainab BDS MFDS RCSEd MJDF RCSEng, Aesthetic Dentist and Director of Harrow on the Hill Dental and Implant Practice, why she pursued aesthetic dentistry, and what advantages it brings to her practice. “I pursued aesthetic dentistry to satisfy my love for beauty, sculpting, and detail and because of the immensely rewarding emotional impact of creating a smile. It quickly became a passion, and this combined with facial aesthetics means that I can expand my aesthetic eye to improve a smile as well as the rest of a face. The two fields marry very well together to provide two interlinked pathways through which to feel truly fulfilled.” Thorough research If you’re a dentist considering additional aesthetics training in order to enhance your portfolio and extend your patient offering to include cosmetic dentistry, it is vital you undertake thorough research to ensure you attend a reputable training academy. The majority of reputable training academies will only accept qualified and practicing doctors, dentists, and nurses on to their courses and we advise prospective delegates to be wary of academies that don’t stipulate such restrictions. Remember, it is your responsibility as a dentist to ensure you work within your knowledge, skills, professional competence, and abilities. All practitioners are required to hold adequate indemnity insurance to protect both themselves and their patients. Train with us The Acquisition Aesthetics Advanced Course in Botox and Dermal Fillers allows you to acquire the knowledge and techniques behind key treatments that will specifically enhance your dental practice and treatment portfolio. You will also learn how to undertake a comprehensive collection of other popular aesthetics procedures such as mid and lower facial sculpting and contouring, profile balancing, and treatment for smokers’ lines. All courses at Acquisition Aesthetics are carefully curated to provide delegates with robust theoretical study and comprehensive, anatomically-focused, hands-on practical training. We provide a very close degree of supervision to our delegates. This helps ensure you are ready to practice your newly-acquired skills upon graduation. We endeavour to instil confidence and competence in each individual we train and provide life-long access to educational materials, mentoring, and support. Our academy is centred around the principles of excellence and professional development, and we are proud of the outstanding teaching of our team of industry leading trainers. Reach out Reach out to our friendly team on contact@acquisitionaesthetics.co.uk or call 020 3514 8757 to find out more about how we can fulfil your aesthetic training needs.  
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The Importance of Master Classes in Aesthetic Medicine

Aesthetic medicine is a booming industry, seeing a marked expansion of practitioner and client numbers year-on-year. In response to this recent growth—of which non-surgical procedures have played the major part—Health Education England (HEE) and the General Medical Council (GMC) published new guidelines in 2016 for all doctors engaged in cosmetic intervention. The Ofqual-approved Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine reflects the field’s concerted efforts to meet those standards; and while not a de jure requirement for practitioners, the Level 7 is increasingly treated (both by employers and clients) as the de facto one. One would expect, then, that the Level 7 course offers everything the aspiring cosmetic practitioner need know. Certainly, top training firms like Acquisition Aesthetics provide excellent Level 7 tuition, covering every requirement under the new HEE/GMC guidelines; but in a theoretically and practically demanding field, there is always room for further elaboration, guidance and the honing of essential skills and techniques—especially for procedures that are more novel or of inherently greater risk. This is where the masterclass plays a key part in the development of practitioners (aspiring and current). Take the example of Acquisition Aesthetics’ Lip Augmentation Masterclass. With guidance, delegates practice the many techniques of lip improvement: volume enhancement, border definition, tenting/vectoring techniques and more. The importance of the practitioner’s eye for beauty—incorporating ideas like the golden ratio and taking account of cultural trends and variations due to to age, gender and ethnicity—cannot be overstated. This aspect of practice receives relatively little emphasis on the standard Level 7 course, so our masterclass provides a much-needed dose of aesthetic knowledge. Good communication is key in delivering on client expectations, so delegates learn the ins and outs of conducting a focussed consultation. The examination process is broken down, step by step, versing delegates in a watertight, systematic approach to the assessment of client needs. Like any medical procedure, lip augmentation brings the possibility of complications. The masterclass covers important measures for avoiding such issues and for managing them when they do unfortunately arise. Practitioners who take this class are much better prepared than otherwise to meet the challenges of lip augmentation with confidence from the get-go. Acquisition Aesthetics’ Tear Trough Masterclass is similarly worthwhile, supplying detailed knowledge in the relevant anatomy and in the science of dermal fillers. Delegates enjoy guided practice in standard techniques and learn Acquisition Aesthetics’ signature approach to tear trough correction. Matters of patient consent are thoroughly considered, and practitioners are taught how best to put together a bespoke treatment plan to ensure client satisfaction. As in our Lip Augmentation Masterclass, treatment-specific training in the avoidance and management of complications is included. The topic of medical complications is itself so broad and important as to merit its own dedicated course. Acquisition Aesthetics’ Complications Masterclass covers in detail the clinical anatomy of the face and includes complications-avoidance techniques that draw on the pharmacokinetics and biochemistry of toxin and filler products. The earlier a toxin/filler related difficulty is recognised and diagnosed, the better; delegates are taught to spot and verify the first signs of medical complication—a vital element in harm reduction. A host of symptom management techniques are learnt. Just as important, client management (i.e. communication, documentation, consent, follow-up) is covered in depth. And while client well-being is always the first concern, our masterclass also gives crucial insight into matters of legal protection for the delegate’s professional registration and practice. An important feature common to all these masterclasses is the immediate access they give trainees to a wealth of medical expertise. While this is apparent throughout each session, it also makes itself felt through our excellent after service. Trainees enjoy continued mentoring support from expert trainers as and when required, gain access to our graduate forum and receive exclusive updates and information via email. Refresher courses are also available at a discount to masterclass graduates. Old hands and novices alike will find our masterclasses an edifying, empowering and enriching experience. There is no doubting their place on the learning curve of the aesthetic practitioner.
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Level 7 Certificate - why do it with us?

The Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine is the qualification that sets the industry standard of training for practitioners of non-surgical aesthetics. If you’re a current or aspiring practitioner looking to attain a credible and recognised qualification then the Level 7 Certificate should be on your radar - but why do it with us? Acquisition Aesthetics are amongst a number of training academies that offer this qualification to interested delegates, but there are many reasons why we believe our academy to be the best provider to meet your training requirements.  Mentoring Level 7 delegates are assigned a personal mentor and tutor who will be available for discussion and support throughout the certificate. All of our mentors are surgeons and aesthetic experts, from a range of backgrounds such as plastic surgery and maxillofacial surgery. Live models In order to meet Health Education England’s training requirements, Level 7 delegates must observe and undertake 40 botulinum toxin and dermal filler procedures (20 performed under supervision, 20 observed.) Acquisition Aesthetics provide a full cohort of live models at each mentoring session for our delegates to practice their injecting techniques on, under direct and close supervision from our expert team of mentors. All models have been deemed to be appropriate for clinical treatment and you will gain experience in the aesthetic consultation, consent, clinical photography and medical documentation keeping for each model. Robust theory We provide a comprehensive package of theoretical training via e-modules. The modules have been developed by Acquisition Aesthetics with blended input from plastic surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons, dermatologists, and dental surgeons - fully satisfying the criteria stipulated by the new Health Education England Government Guidelines. Expert trainers Our academy is proud to host an inspiring team of award-winning aesthetics trainers, hailing from a variety of expert fields including dental surgery, plastic surgery, and maxillofacial surgery. Our directors are current and registered surgeons, working within the NHS alongside their leadership roles with the academy. Top of the range injectable products Level 7 delegates will have the opportunity to train with the best Botox® and dermal filler products available on the market, learning the theory and guidance behind product usage, as well as the practical dosing, reconstitution, and injecting techniques for individual patient application. Insider benefits Commencing your practice in aesthetics requires more than just your Level 7 certificate! New aestheticians need products, insurance, equipment and more. Training with Acquisition Aesthetics allows those undertaking the Level 7 qualification to access industry experts and discounts within the aesthetics arena.  Lifelong mentorship Acquisition Aesthetics delegates benefit from ongoing guidance and mentorship from our team, as well as lifelong access to a broad range of educational materials and videos. We also have a thriving online community where our delegates can ask any queries of their mentors, as well as crowd-source ideas and guidance from the large cohort of like-minded peers that have graduated with Acquisition Aesthetics before them. OSCE Preparation Session We provide all our Level 7 delegates with the opportunity to attend an OSCE preparation session, in advance of their final exam, in order to ensure they are as ready as possible to undertake the assessment. Acquiring the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine allows active and prospective aesthetics practitioners to future-proof their training against any upcoming regulatory developments in the industry, as well as meeting the current industry standard set by the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners and Health Education England. To train with Acquisition aesthetics, email level7@acquisitionaesthetics.co.uk, or call 020 3514 8757 to speak to our Level 7 Coordinator. We also provide a number of other courses, which you can view here, alongside our focused Masterclasses in Complications Management, Lip Augmentation, and Tear Troughs.   Read more about what you really need to know about the Level 7 Certificate.
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Level 7 Certificate - what do you really need to know?

The Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine is a qualification that was devised in order to standardise the quality and content of the training available to practitioners of non-surgical aesthetics procedures. This certificate is provided through awarding body Industry Qualifications and allows practitioners to meet Health Education England’s (HEE) 2016 Qualification Requirements for Delivery of Cosmetic Procedures. Training is open to qualified doctors, dentists, nurses, and pharmacists who are registered with the GMC/GDC/NMC/GPhC. Regulations Tighter general regulations on non-surgical interventions were implemented after a report by Health Education England (HEE) outlined the required levels of competence for all treatments in the industry. A regulatory framework was created collaboratively between The British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM), the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN), the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), the British Association of Aesthetic Surgeons (BAAPS) and the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons(BAPRAS), which is enforced and overseen by two independent bodies, the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) and the Cosmetic Practitioners’ Standards Authority (CPSA.) This means that there are more stringent general regulations in place, limiting those who are able to satisfy the necessary standards for practice to those who are suitably qualified, and thereby increasing the safety of patients. Future-proofing In the future, these regulations will become even more robust. It’s likely to become a requirement that all practitioners have attained a sufficient level of training. The JCCP hold an official central register of suitably qualified practitioners so, currently, the standard is set at the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine. By undertaking this qualification you are ‘future-proofing’ your training and practice and ensuring you will be ahead of the curve when it comes to meeting the developing safe practice regulations of the industry. The Level 7 qualification will provide delegates with a postgraduate level of understanding of a number of key areas within non-surgical aesthetics, such as the anatomy and function of the skin and dermatological indications and contraindications. You will also learn how to competently undertake an effective consultation with your patients, and gain a deeper understanding and competence around injection techniques and complication management when working with toxin and dermal fillers. Level 7 Structure With Acquisition Aesthetics, the Level 7 Certificate comprises 4 stages, and can take up to 2 years to complete, depending on the availability and commitments of individual delegates. There is some flexibility in how stages 1 – 3 of the certificate can be completed and, as the certificate was developed to be undertaken by existing medical professionals, the programme of study is designed to fit around a busy life and clinical schedule. As a Level 7 delegate, you will be appointed an expert aesthetics mentor to personally support you through the qualification. Stage 1 – E-Learning modules Candidates are given access to online E-learning modules designed to give all Level 7 Certificate delegates a comprehensive background into Aesthetic Medicine. Modules have been developed by Acquisition Aesthetics with blended input from plastic surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons, dermatologists, and dental surgeons - fully satisfying the criteria stipulated by the new Health Education England Government Guidelines. In addition to the online E-learning modules, candidates will be supplied with extra learning material and literature to aid with answering the externally set coursework, comprising 34 short answer questions (SAQs). These SAQs will be marked internally and moderated by Industry Qualifications with the candidate’s portfolio (supplied by Acquisition Aesthetics). Stage 2 – Foundation Course in Toxin and Dermal Fillers This one-day, hands-on Foundation course consists of an overview of the 8 e-modules covered in Stage One of the Level 7 Certificate, as well as information on how to set up a successful business. The course includes practical exposure in small, focused training groups on real-life models, with the common procedures in toxin and dermal fillers covered. Delegates receive access to online resources with learning materials and training videos. Upon course completion, graduates can start practicing injectable procedures independently (after acquiring insurance).  Stage 3 – Mentoring Sessions This stage of the Level 7 Certificate is designed to meet the Health Education England guidelines for practical experience. Level 7 students must observe and perform a total of 40 botulinum toxin and dermal fillers procedures (20 observed, 20 performed under supervision.) Our mentoring sessions allow delegates to undertake consultations and treat live patients under guidance from their mentor. On an Acquisition Aesthetics mentoring session, a delegate can expect to be led through an aesthetic consultation and the consenting process, and observe or perform treatments under supervision. Delegates will achieve a combination of up to 10 observed/supervised performed treatments per session in small, focused mentoring groups with expert feedback. Stage 4 – Final OSCE Examination The final assessment comprises 34 short answer questions (externally set) and the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). Upon passing the assessment, which will ensure your competency and safety for botulinum toxin and dermal filler injectable treatments, you will be issued with a Level 7 Certificate, regulated by Industry Qualifications. If you do not pass the assessment, Acquisition Aesthetics allows candidates the opportunity to re-take the specific failed component(s) of the assessment again, without incurring additional charges. If you’re interested in undertaking the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine with us, you can view more information here. We provide a number of Level 7 Certificate training packages including our Enhanced Package, which comprises additional access to our Advanced Course in Toxin and Dermal Fillers and our Lip Augmentation Masterclass alongside the full Level 7 provision. If you have any queries, please email level7@acqusitionaesthetics.co.uk or call 020 3514 8757 to have a conversation with our Level 7 Coordinator.   Read more about Acquisition Aesthetics and why ours is the ideal academy with whom to complete your certificate.
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Azzalure® – what’s the story?

One of the most popular of all non-surgical procedures in the UK is the treatment to target wrinkles and frown lines. Worldwide, scores of patients are requesting this procedure and the market for anti-wrinkle treatment is set to register 8425 Million USD by 2025. Botulinum toxin has been used aesthetically to treat wrinkles and frown lines since its approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 for use in the glabellar region (between the eyebrows), and in 2013 for lateral canthal lines (crow’s feet). The predominant product in the market carries the now well-known brand name Botox®, a product produced by Allergan. Whilst Botox® somewhat dominates this field; industry giant Galderma also has a popular botulinum toxin product named Azzalure®, so the question is; what’s the story? Mode of Action  Botulinum Neurotoxin is a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. Though there are numerous types, Type A is the only kind licensed and used in aesthetics as it has the longest duration. The application of botulinum toxin in aesthetics is as an acetylcholine inhibitor at the junction between the nerves and muscles, where it binds to nerve terminals. Blocking the release of acetylcholine prevents the muscle in the area from contracting, resulting in a temporarily improved appearance of frown lines and wrinkles. The mode of action was first discovered in 1949 by Dr. Burgen of the UK, but it wasn’t until the 1980’s that the first European botulinum neurotoxin was created. Developed by ophthalmologists in Porton Down - it was initially approved for numerous ophthalmology indications, such as blepharospasm and strabismus. BoNT-A Azzalure® is a European botulinum neurotoxin type A - a purified complex derived from Dysport® and is licensed exclusively for aesthetic use. Dysport® has now had several decades of wide use for both therapeutic and aesthetic applications. The pair are collectively known as BoNT-A® and measured using Speywood Units. Like all other aesthetics applicated toxins, Azzalure® is a botulinum neurotoxin type A - the longest-lasting serotype. All published writings on Azzalure® advise on the importance of reconstitution and injecting technique alongside sufficient practitioner experience for successful administration of this product, and ideal patient outcomes. BoNT-A® preparations have a different formulation to Botox® as well as different stabilisation and purifying methods, resulting in an entirely individual biological and chemical composition. This means that clinical guidelines for the safe use of Azzalure® are not interchangeable with that of Botox® and it is imperative individual practitioners take responsibility to acquire the knowledge and skills to inject their chosen product as required, from a reputable training academy offering robust practical training. Licensed Use The maximum licensed dose for treatment with BoNT-A (s.U) in the glabellar region is 50 s.U spread evenly across 5 injection sites in the corrugator and procerus muscles (Figure 1). For lateral canthal lines, the approved maximum dose is 30-60 s.U spread across 6 injection sites in the orbicularis oculi muscles, 3 per side. Below is a further example of altered dosing used for the Crows feet or lateral canthal lines (Figure 2).   Azzalure® has been stringently tested in numerous studies over many years and results indicate that this is a well-tolerated product, with high efficacy levels and a low-risk profile with use in the licensed areas. Patient results Research finds that patients have reported high satisfaction with the results of anti-wrinkle treatment using Azzalure®, which reliably present between an average of 3 days and 1 week. Patients typically wish to seek their next injection after around 3-4 months. It has be en found that efficacy does not diminish with repeated treatments and conversely that there is no cumulative effect. Practitioner Feedback The product is also popular among practitioners who find it enjoyable to work with. Dr. Pamela Benito, an Advanced Aesthetics Doctor reports, "I have been using Azzalure for years - I believe it is more ‘pure’ than other botulinum toxin products on the market and it gives amazing results, sometimes even needing fewer injection sites due to a larger spread. My patients also love it because it has a quicker onset of action and longer-lasting results!" Samantha Gustard, an aesthetics nurse and independent nurse prescriber said, ‘I have used Azzalure® for 7 years and always found it easy to use. The dosing is straight forward - it comes with its own syringe that aids reconstitution. The product is very effective with good longevity. It is also a very cost-effective treatment to offer as a practitioner.’ Prescription Only Medicine (POM) Botulinum toxin is a Prescription Only Medicine (POM) meaning its use is subject to stringent regulation. It should only be accessed and prescribed by a suitably qualified professional with a prescribing license, after a face to face consultation with the patient. If a non-prescribing practitioner is planning to administer botulinum toxin they must have a licensed prescriber on board who conducts their patient consultations and prescribes the product. Train With Us Acquisition Aesthetics trains doctors, dentists, and nurses in a broad cohort of injecting techniques, ranging from foundation to advanced and beyond. Our training includes hands-on practical experience of injecting Azzalure® on live models, alongside training on dermal filler handling and technique. We train in small group sizes of only 4 delegates to optimise learning and endeavour to arrange a wide variety of aesthetic procedures for our delegates to undertake, with close supervision from our expert team of industry-leading practitioners. We provide all our delegates with comprehensive theoretical training alongside lifelong access to an extensive collection of learning materials and instructional videos. If you’d like to launch or develop your career in aesthetic medicine, click here to review our courses. If you have any questions, our friendly team is available on 020 3514 8757 or email contact@acquisitionaesthetics.co.uk.
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Can you exercise after Botox®?

As a nation, lots of us are keen on regular exercise in order to feel healthier, stronger, and more energised. We might take Sunday yoga classes, lift weights at home - or even go for a run on our lunch breaks from the office. Dubbed the 'lunchtime facelift', Botox® as a non-surgical aesthetic procedure is also an increasingly popular way to utilise a lunch hour, with many numbers of patients requesting this treatment across the UK. But are the two compatible and can you exercise after Botox®? Botox® Botulinum toxin, commonly known by brand name Botox® is a neurotoxin that works by blocking the release of a chemical messenger called acetylcholine. The resulting effect is the relaxation or temporary paralysis of local muscles. The reduced muscle movement of the face lessens the appearance and development of lines and wrinkles in the overlying skin, creating a fresher and more youthful appearance. Outcomes are variable from person to person but the results can generally be expected to last around 3-6 months. Due to the scientific and technological advancements within the aesthetics industry and the quality, safety, and efficacy of products used for anti-wrinkle treatments, the procedure incurs minimal downtime and patients can more or less carry on their day as usual. Aftercare Patients are advised to avoid pressure on or rubbing of the injected area. It is also recommended that clients do not lie down flat for at least 4 hours after treatment. This is because botulinum toxin can take a little while to ‘settle’ and this will prevent the product from migrating to other areas of the face. This is a rare but possible side effect of treatment. It is also recommended that patients avoid exposure to excessive heat, such as hot showers or sunbeds. Clients are also advised to refrain from alcohol consumption for at least 24 hours after treatment to help mitigate against severe bruising at the treatment site. So can you exercise after Botox®? One of the most common queries from patients receiving anti-wrinkle treatment is whether they can exercise after their procedure. It is recommended that exercise is avoided for at least 24 hours post-treatment as strenuous movement can contribute to the possibility of the product moving to other areas of the face and also increases the risk of bruising. Strenuous forms of exercise inevitably raise blood pressure which puts greater stress on the small blood vessels in the face, which may have suffered some insult during the procedure. These vessels are therefore more vulnerable to bleeding under the increased pressures created through exercise and other forms of exertion, such as heavy lifting. Additionally, some clinicians advocate that the more sedate exercise practices like yoga should also be avoided in this 24-hour window due to the many inverted poses and time spent prone. Facial (only) movements It is interesting to note, however, that a recent study has shown that simple facial (only) exercises immediately following treatment can, in fact, speed up the results, which are normally visible within 3-4 days. The research team found that those who carried out facial exercises for the 4 hours after their procedure achieved visible results one day sooner than those who did not. This may be helpful for people who are receiving treatment specifically ahead of an important event or social occasion and are concerned about the treatment taking effect in time. Exercise is of course generally encouraged as part of a healthy lifestyle and aesthetic treatments should not impact long term exercise regimens or levels of activity. Patients should not be deterred from making the healthiest choices for their lifestyle due to aesthetic procedures. Do your research If you’re considering an anti-wrinkle treatment it is imperative that you conduct careful research to ensure you are being injected by a qualified and experienced aesthetician who can advise you on the most appropriate aftercare regimen to ensure your safety and help you achieve optimal results. A full consultation should be carried out and you should have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and clarify what you are hoping to achieve from your treatment. Always ensure you are fully consented before your procedure. This is the sole responsibility of the clinician performing the treatment and a principle of practice that defines a regulated and compliant injector. Be a cosmetic model Acquisition Aesthetics offer a range of treatments including anti-wrinkle injections to patients who attend their training courses as cosmetic models. For more information visit our model site here, call 020 3514 8757, or email models@acquisitionaesthetics.co.uk.
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Tear Trough Masterclass Launched by Acquisition Aesthetics!

In the world of aesthetics, just like any other industry, things can fall in and out of favour with surprising regularity. Tear trough rejuvenation as an aesthetic treatment, however, has been in ever-increasing demand since the turn of the century, when the first well-publicised application of this non-surgical technique was used by oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Malhotra. As a key component of facial attractiveness and ageing, the appearance of the periorbital area has a significant impact on how individuals perceive themselves and others, and it would appear there is no shortage of patients looking for treatment to remedy their concerns. What is tear trough deformity? Tear trough deformity or prominence is categorised by the appearance of dark under-eye circles, and a deep ‘hollowing’ under the eye that is virtually impossible to effectively conceal with make-up. This can be exacerbated by a hereditary disposition and as a result of the natural ageing process of the face. Over time, anterior displacement of infraorbital fat and a general loss of volume in the face can contribute to this presentation, alongside thinning of the tissues, loss of skin elasticity, and reduced osseous support. Hyperpigmentation of the area can also add to the illusion of depth. The resulting impact creates a tired and aged expression. Treatment Non-surgical tear trough correction involves very precise and controlled administration of dermal filler into numerous aspects of the under-eye region, helping to smooth the transition between the lower eyelid and upper cheek – a result considered aesthetically favourable. Often thought to be one of the most difficult (and potentially dangerous) places to inject, there are various essential considerations for practitioners conducting this procedure, including confidence in periocular anatomy and careful selection of appropriate filler for each individual, based on patient presentation and skin thickness. It is also vital that a broad cohort of injecting techniques is fully understood and expertly utilised in order to achieve the most effective and natural result. Risks & complications The most common minor issues with this procedure include lumps, hypersensitivity reactions, and the Tyndall effect, but other possible complications can be much more serious. Tissue necrosis can occur if filler is injected into a vessel, and damage to neurovascular bundles in this area (often aptly referred to as ‘The Danger Zone’) can lead disastrously to central renal artery occlusion (CRAO), resulting in permanent blindness. Due to the inherent risks of any surgical or non-surgical aesthetic procedure, but especially when considering the complex anatomical nature of the periorbital area – tear trough rejuvenation is a procedure that should only be carried out by extensively qualified and highly experienced practitioners who have undertaken the necessary training with a reputable provider. There is a significant tendency towards anxiety amongst injectors and trepidation amongst clients in relation to this treatment – and rightly so. Due to the inherent risks involved, the technique should only be performed by capable hands and following a thorough consenting process. The injector should be able to demonstrate an excellent working knowledge of facial anatomy and the management of serious complications associated with dermal filer use. Masterclass launched! As a training academy, we pride ourselves on our responsiveness to delegate need. We received an overwhelming number of requests from both new and existing delegates for focused training in the art of tear trough rejuvenation. As such, we have worked hard to develop our long-anticipated Tear Trough Masterclass, the only course of its kind in the UK. With just 8 delegate spaces, a spot on this bespoke Masterclass will give you access to our expert trainers covering anatomy, diagnosis, causes, associated risks, and treatment of tear troughs. Launching in February in Newcastle, with a London course following in March – our expert faculty, led by Dr Elle Reid are looking forward to sharing the secrets to mastering this highly complicated, yet highly coveted procedure. We have a number of other Masterclasses available including a Lip Augmentation Masterclass and a Complications Masterclass. Attending these intensive, focused courses is an excellent way to identify yourself as an advanced injector within the industry and boost your aesthetics practice. Email contact@acquisitionaestheticsco.uk, or call 020 3514 8757 to book your space or discuss any queries with our friendly team.
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Restylane™ – The ultimate treatment portfolio

When considering non-surgical aesthetics, the Restylane™ product range is well recognised as an industry heavyweight. Promising to restore, refresh, and enhance - and backed by decades of scientific research and robust clinical trials - the range delivers. Designed and created by trusted industry giant Galderma, Restylane™ offers an all-encompassing treatment portfolio for a wide variety of client needs. History Pioneered in late 1980’s Sweden and developed throughout the decades that followed, Restylane™ was the world’s first stabilised non-animal Hyaluronic Acid (HA) filler - immediately catapulting it leagues ahead of competitors in the market. A product range was born and the portfolio has continued to expand over successive years; keeping up with client demand for excellence and retaining its firm position as industry forerunner. Science Hyaluronic Acid is a tissue-supporting sugar molecule that naturally occurs within our bodies. It provides the skin with hydration and structure, both of which reduce over time as a result of the natural ageing process. The initial and enduring goal of the Restylane™ range is to effectively deliver a pure and stable gel form of HA to the skin, restoring moisture and lift where needed, to promote a youthful complexion. As such, Galderma has conducted multiple randomised clinical trials over the years, setting out to determine a number of important factors; namely the safety, efficacy, predictability, and usability of Restylane™. Clinical trials The results of these studies have conclusively identified Restylane as the ‘gold standard’ of HA fillers, with proven predictability and lasting effect across a wide variety of skin types. Over 2000 patients took part in a study lasting up to 36 months, which showed a GAIS (Global Aesthetic Improvement Scale) improvement in 90-100% of patients after the initial 2 weeks and that, with two successive lower volume retreatments, visible aesthetic results lasted up to 36 months in 100% of patients. All products were found to be well tolerated by a broad range of patients, with very few adverse events throughout the duration of the study. Technology The Restylane™ range comprises two patented complementary technologies NASHA™ and OBT™, which together utilise a variety of gel textures and particle sizes to provide a full spectrum of treatment solutions. Non-Animal Stabilised Hyaluronic Acid (NASHA™) technology creates firm gels of higher rheology classification that can be used for volumisation and precise results, with ‘pronounced lift and targeted product integration.’ This technology works by utilising the natural connections or ‘cross-links’ of HA molecules to support product rheology and the ability to create impactful volumisation and lift. Optimal Balance Technology (OBT™) offers a softer gel texture with varying degrees of crosslinking and ‘distributed product integration’ - allowing for a smooth, even distribution in the skin and a softer, natural-looking result. For both ranges, product composition is carefully curated to be as pure as possible, minimising immunogenic reactions. Patient needs The broad capabilities of such an expansive portfolio allows Restylane™ to meet the many and diverse needs of patients. Galderma has categorised the products into groups indicating their primary application – ‘Restore’, ‘Enhance’, or ‘Refresh’. This allows the practitioner to develop full and holistic treatment plans for clients using solely the Restylane™ range, addressing every aspect of a client’s needs from structural restoration to feature enhancement and skin hydration. Patient feedback Patient satisfaction with Restylane™ based treatments is found to be high the world over, with the range available in over 80 countries and accounting for more than 30 million administered injections. One patient was quoted as saying, ‘I can’t describe in a single word how I feel after treatment, but confident is one, it’s magical, it’s great, it’s a great product.’ Another commented, ‘I notice a real change in my facial features – my cheekbones, my chin, my lips… it’s a real confidence boost.’ Patient results Sofia, 39 was treated using Restylane Lyft™, Restylane Defyne™, and Restylane Kysse™. She said of her treatment, ‘I look less tired, irritated, and angry. I love it.’ The areas treated were the chin, cheekbones, lips, smile lines, and marionette lines. Images courtesy of Restylane™ and Galderma Practitioner feedback Dr Selina Ahmed, a London based Advanced Aesthetic Doctor and Lead Trainer at Acquisition Aesthetics, reported - ‘Restylane™ offers a wide range of fillers, each varying in viscosity. For example, you can use Lyft™ to sculpt and contour, Volyme™ to volumise, Refyne™ to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and Skinboosters™ to improve the surface texture and hydration of the skin. Every patient is different, and choosing the Restylane range guarantees there will be something for everyone.’ Looking forward Whilst there are a number of new and evolving aesthetics brands on the market, it is clear that Restylane™ continues to lead the fray when it comes to providing safe, effective, and versatile solutions to a diverse demographic of patients seeking non-surgical treatments for a broad range of cosmetic concerns. As science and technology applications within the industry continue to advance, the faculty at Acquisition Aesthetics anticipate the release of subsequent exciting and clinically robust product solutions from Galderma!
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Botulinum toxin – How young is too young?

Most industries have to wade through the waters of controversy at one time or another, none more so than those connected with health, or pharmaceuticals, especially when the subject is intertwined with celebrity culture. In this regard therefore, the aesthetics industry is often under scrutiny, both in terms of its practices and its practitioners, and especially when considering the use of botulinum toxin. Booming industry With non-invasive cosmetic procedures generating $16.7billion per annum; the aesthetics industry is booming and is very much at the forefront of the public’s awareness. Naturally therefore, various topical issues relating to aesthetics are frequently being discussed both within the industry itself, and in the news or media. One such issue currently under the microscope is that of age and the administering of botulinum toxin treatments. Regulations Tighter general regulations on non-surgical interventions were implemented in the industry following the 2013 PIP breast implant scandal, after a report by Health Education England (HEE) outlined the required levels of competence for all treatments in the industry. A regulatory framework was created collaboratively between The British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM), the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN), the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), the British Association of Aesthetic Surgeons (BAAPS) and the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons(BAPRAS), which is enforced and overseen by two independent bodies, the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) and the Cosmetic Practitioners’ Standards Authority (CPSA.) All of this means that there are more stringent general regulations in place, limiting those who are able to satisfy the necessary standards for practice to those who are suitably qualified, and thereby increasing the safety of patients. Safe advertising Other groups and agencies are in place to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of patients in respect of botulinum toxin, as well as how information is delivered to the public. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) is a Government agency responsible for the licensing of medicines. They ensure that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe. They have produced the ‘Blue Guide – Advertising and Promotion of Medicines in the UK’ in order to ensure medicines are not ‘treated as an ordinary general commodity’ due to the potential associated adverse effects. The work of the MHRA is supported by the UK Code of Non-Branded Advertising and Direct and Promotional Marketing (CAP Code), which outlines the advertising rules for marketing communications. These rules are then enforced by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the UK’s independent advertising regulator.  These groups may be involved in the crackdown on inappropriate advertising of toxin treatments on social media and other online platforms, for instance. Such advertising can arguably encourage young people to seek out these treatments which is considered irresponsible and unethical. Prescription Only Medicine (POM) Botulinum toxin, commonly known under the brand names of Botox®, Azzalure®, and Bocouture®, is a Prescription Only Medicine (POM) and as per the aforementioned CAP Code and the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 - it is an offence to promote it to the public. This means that the decision to provide toxin treatment is a medical one requiring a prescription from a qualified healthcare professional after they've deemed it clinically indicated from a face to face consultation. GMC view In terms of the undeniable responsibility of the prescribers, the General Medical Council (GMC) states, “You must ask the patient why they would like to have the intervention and the outcome they hope for, before assessing whether the intervention is appropriate and likely to meet their needs.” It goes on to say, “If you believe the intervention is unlikely to deliver the desired outcome or to be of overall benefit to the patient, you must discuss this with the patient and explain your reasoning. If, after discussion, you still believe the intervention will not be of benefit to the patient, you must not provide it… when you discuss interventions and options with a patient, you must consider their vulnerabilities and psychological needs.” This makes it very clear that it is the responsibility of each individual practitioner to assess a patient’s motivation for botulinum toxin treatment, alongside their suitability and the outcome that is to be reasonably anticipated. Naturally, younger individuals are considered more ‘psychologically vulnerable’ and this should be appreciated by any attending practitioner. How old? Beyond the requirement of a prescriber’s authorisation, however, there is no overarching restriction on the provision of toxin treatments in terms of a patient’s age. Currently in the UK therefore, there are no legal age restrictions on receiving anti-wrinkle treatments with products such as Botox® or Azzalure® - meaning in theory, a patient of any age can walk into a clinic and, if the clinician is prepared to undertake the procedure, have these treatments performed. Although the manufacturers generally stipulate ‘use is not recommended in individuals under 18 years of age’, the ultimate decision to treat lies with the prescriber. This decision should be underpinned by a clinical indication that demonstrates treatment to be in the patient’s ‘best interests’ but in the current climate of overwhelming commercial demand driven by the power of social media amongst other environmental forces, decisions may be contaminated by other agendas… In the press One recent article looked at the possible dangers of this largely unregulated area of the market and the ease with which teenagers and young people are able to access toxin treatment, especially when considering the apparent rise in self-esteem issues among this demographic. The author posed as an 18-year-old wanting botulinum toxin treatment, visiting a number of clinics to see if anyone questioned or challenged her age or motives, and the mixed results led on to a discussion on the responsibility of clinics and practitioners to ensure treatments are reasonable and age-appropriate. 'Baby Botox' Also worth noting is the rise in popularity of ‘Baby Botox’ treatments - smaller doses of toxin, administered more regularly, and advertised as being more precisely injected in order to produce a natural and subtle result. The potential danger here is that the provision of this treatment, and even the term that has been coined for it, may trivialise this procedure and implies the treatment is somehow less of a commitment than the more common higher dose of Botox®. It is also promoted as a preventative treatment, targeted at patients in their twenties. As one plastic surgeon was quoted in an article, “’Baby Botox’ is designed for patients who are on the younger end of the spectrum of Botox® users who wish to prevent the formation of wrinkles." The availability of this treatment is likely to contribute to younger patients seeking treatment, who may feel this is something they need to have in order to avoid wrinkles as they age. Current industry standards In another recent article by allure magazine, several aesthetic surgeons were asked for their practice when considering age and most said it depended entirely on how the patient presented. Commonly they reported not treating anyone under the age of 25, though they did add that this is primarily because there normally isn’t a cosmetic need for anti-wrinkle toxin treatments before this age. A lot of practitioners interviewed said they would consider each patient as an individual and treat them on a case by case basis, but would not treat a patient asking for it if they ‘didn’t need it’; which is reassuring and in line with the guidance. Generally speaking, most sensible practitioners concerned with best practice are calling for increased regulation of the industry in general and the topic of age restrictions is likely to be a natural extension of this; sure to be discussed at length during considerations by the regulators. Best practice As ever, Acquisition Aesthetics advocates only the most ethical and responsible practice in cosmetic injectables. The academy only trains fully registered healthcare professionals and as such, every delegate understands the imperative need for obtaining fully informed patient consent before conducting toxin treatments.  Acquisition Aesthetics always endeavour to reinforce their values in all delegates, providing robust theoretical knowledge on every course, alongside comprehensive hands-on practical training, with the aim of producing ethical, competent and confident aesthetic practitioners.   If you are interested in training with us, we would love to see you on one of our courses. Call our friendly team on 020 3389 5611 or email contact@acquisitionaesthetics.co.uk for more information.   View Courses
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LIP AUGMENTATION – HOW PERFECTING THIS TECHNIQUE CAN ACCELERATE YOUR AESTHETIC PRACTICE

When it comes to facial aesthetics, it’s no secret that the industry is booming. The UK non-surgical cosmetic market is currently estimated to be worth £2.75bn and is expected to continue rising, year on year. Lip augmentation procedures are truly the ‘it’ treatment, especially within the millennial market. Ever-increasing numbers of patients are favouring this particular enhancement whether for subtle hydration and enhanced definition, or dramatic volumisation and pout transformation. Pucker Up Lip Filler procedures were first conducted in the 19th Century and have been a staple of the non-surgical cosmetic industry ever since. Thankfully, the science, technique, and regulations of the 19th Century have evolved over the years! Liquid paraffin, silicone, and even beef collagen have had their time in the needle with varying degrees of failure – some catastrophic. Today, lips are treated with hyaluronic acid-based products which are naturally broken down by the body over time. This makes the treatments on offer today the safest and of the most sophisticated composition to date. Celebrity Endorsement Whilst Lip Fillers have been popular ever since their invention, celebrity endorsement has had a huge impact on the rise in popularity of this procedure in more recent years; with the likes of Kylie Jenner and Megan Barton Hanson showcasing beautifully plumped pouts. The public often emulate the appearances of those in the media and there is no doubt that Lip Filler treatments have turned into a beauty trend of this decade – with a 70% rise in enquiries for this treatment within 24 hours of Kylie reporting she had them in 2015. ‘Love Island’ packages are now frequently available for patients, designed to help them achieve a look similar to their reality TV star idols, and the overall patient demographic is expanding to encompass both younger and older patients than have typically been seen in previous times. Know Your Audience Social media never sleeps and this has, of course, contributed to the exponential acceleration of this market. The public have limitless access to posts from clinics and practitioners from across the globe sharing their procedures and results; as well as those from patients.  A hashtag starting ‘#lipfillers’ currently produces just shy of 138,000 posts on Instagram, the social media platform of choice. As an additional positive result of this wealth of instantly available information, the public have become a much more discerning crowd and can spot a ‘done’ lip in a heartbeat. Gone are the days of the infamous ‘trout pout’ being an acceptable treatment outcome; patients expect professional, confident execution of their chosen procedure and commonly desire much more natural results. Know Your Technique The high expectations of your potential patients is just one of the key reasons it is so important to be fully competent in Lip Augmentation before undertaking this procedure. Whilst it is now a very affordable and accessible treatment; it is a complex procedure, requiring a well developed aesthetic eye, and confidence in a number of key injection techniques. It is vital that aesthetic practitioners are able to conduct a focused patient consultation, and that they feel able to effectively deliver the treatment to produce the bespoke results expected from each procedure. Perfect Your Execution The Acquisition Aesthetics Lip Augmentation Masterclass will give delegates access to our signature lip technique; allowing injectors to acquire the secrets to natural-looking volume, beautiful definition, and how to achieve a soft and hydrated finish. They’ll learn how to create beautiful lips that work in harmony with the rest of the face – one of the keys to enhancing overall attractiveness. Our exclusive signature technique combines careful product selection with the layering of a number of advanced injection techniques; whilst tailoring injections to suit the unique needs of each client. Embed Your Knowledge We will teach you how to define the vermillion border, enhance the cupid’s bow, and assess the exact product volume needed for a perfect result. You will learn detailed lip anatomy, as well as the academics of lip augmentation; the ‘golden ratio’ and variations to consider relating to age, gender, and ethnicity. We also cover complications avoidance and management, such as bruising and necrosis; as well as guidance on the use of Hyalase. Train With Us Our Lip Augmentation Masterclass is a focused training experience designed to empower you to devise unique treatment plans and deliver beautiful customised outcomes to suit each individual. If you want to perfect your technique for beautiful results, we would be delighted to help you hone your craft. To find out more information or to book a space on our Lip Augmentation Masterclass, please email contact@acquisitionaesthetics.co.uk or call 020 3389 5611. You can also visit our website acquisitionaesthetics.co.uk.
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Spotlight: 'Gender and The Lower Face' Our star trainers in print!

When considering best practice in facial aesthetics treatment there are a number of factors to be mindful of, and one of the most important of these considerations has always been gender. Physiological facial composition differences in males and females alongside societal ideals of beauty have long informed both how aesthetic treatments are performed for male clients compared with female clients; as well as the typical treatment objectives. In more recent times, however, practitioners may have noticed a shift in the perception of beauty as society gradually embraces a more fluid approach to gender, and patients feel less confined by rigid definitions of attractiveness in males and females. This adds further complexity to the matter but also allows us to break down boundaries as injectors, as well as create beautiful results that are tailored to client desires on a totally individualised basis. In their recent article ‘Gender and the Lower Face’ published in the esteemed Aesthetics Journal, Dr Eleanor Reid, and Acquisition Aesthetics’ directors Miss Lara Watson and Miss Priyanka Chadha, looked at the issue of gender and its implications on treatments of the lower facial third, which are becoming increasingly popular with both male and female patients. The article looks at a number of gender differences in physiology and facial anatomy, highlighting those at the bony, muscular, and soft tissue levels. Also discussed are the differences between genders in terms of ageing and how this defines differing techniques and approaches. ‘Practitioners should be aware of the distinct characteristics of gender-specific ageing in order to deliver effective and appropriate treatment.’ The authors go on to mention the well-known disparity in the process of facial ageing between males and females at skin level, with the effects commonly being more apparent in females. ‘Due to a higher level of adipose tissue at the subcutaneous level, women are more likely to develop fine surface lines, as opposed to the deeper rhytides seen in men.’ When injecting both males and females, a number of technique factors are concerned with outcome, for example when treating the mandibular body and angle, “...filler should be placed more laterally along the body in the male patient to add definition and a masculine lateral flare to the mandible.” This will enhance the traditionally masculine square jaw, as opposed to “... placement of filler along the inferior border of the mandible... to add definition and contour without increasing the bigonial width...” for the more feminine contour. However, even when considering non-traditional treatment goals, some technique factors will continue to be determined by gender defined biological and metabolic differences - for example, the amount of toxin product required is typically higher in male treatments in the lower facial third due to the comparatively larger muscles. The expert faculty of Acquisition Aesthetics are proud of their commitment to academic research, publication and the advancement of education and standards of practice in the aesthetics field. They remain interested and invested in the current trends of society and the implications of these on their practice and the industry at large. As society evolves and the population continues to partake in open conversations around gender and sexuality, it is undeniable that an understanding of current topical issues will be beneficial to any practitioner working within this field. The extended LGBT+ community are becoming increasingly present and celebrated across the media and on social media platforms. Societally it is becoming clear that gender is a far wider spectrum of identity than the binary definitions that existed historically would suggest. It is worth remembering, therefore, that the key to achieving desirable outcomes and satisfied clients is to ensure a full personal consultation is carried out for each client, to discover what beauty means for them; and not allowing treatment to be bound by traditional ideals such as what constitutes an attractive male or female appearance. If you would like more information regarding course offered by Acquisition Aesthetics, please email contact@acquisitionaesthetics.co.uk, call us on 020 3389 5611, or visit our website acquisitionaesthetics.co.uk.
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I’m a newly qualified dentist – when can I start practicing facial aesthetics?

Dentists in aesthetics In recent years, many dentists have chosen to enter the exciting realm of facial aesthetics. With their clinical training, understanding of facial anatomy, and experience in patient care; dentists are an obvious and safe choice for those seeking cosmetic injectable treatments However, opinions do vary with regards to this - in 2008, the General Dental Council (GDC) stated, ‘the administration of Botulinum Toxin (sometimes known as Botox®) is not the practice of dentistry.’ Despite this, many NHS and private dentists are benefitting from adding this lucrative and in-demand string to their clinical bow, which offers a significant additional revenue stream to their standard dental practice. The point at which dentists can train in injecting has been a point of contention for some time, particularly when considering newly qualified dentists. Essentially, junior dentists, within their first Foundation Training year, are technically allowed to train in injectables but a majority of NHS training contracts stipulate that they cannot inject in their Foundation Training year on private patients. The general consensus in the industry is that injectable treatments should only be performed by experienced doctors, dentists, and nurses. Currently, however, there is no legislation in place to prevent less qualified practitioners, such as beauty therapists, for instance, from training in and performing these procedures. What are the barriers? Generally speaking, reputable training academies will only accept qualified medical professionals onto their courses, and credible clinics will not seek to employ anyone without a certified background in healthcare. Furthermore, all practitioners are required to hold adequate indemnity insurance to protect both themselves and their patients. Most reputable cosmetic insurers will only provide cover for fully qualified doctors, dentists, and nurses. It is considered negligent to practice without insurance. Any client seeking treatment should ensure their prospective practitioner is fully insured to undertake the procedures they are planning to receive. In this way, junior dentists reside somewhere in a no-man’s land. They have undertaken their dentistry degree and would be accepted on to a training course in aesthetic medicine, yet they are restricted by their NHS contract to not carry out any injectable treatments within that first foundation year. There may well be changes to this in the future. Some dental schools are starting to incorporate principles of aesthetic medicine, and other functional applications of toxin, into their curricula, for instance. As increasing numbers of dentists continue to join the ranks of non-surgical facial aesthetics it is perceivable that formal training in aesthetics may be introduced into the undergraduate degree. This would help to protect the interests of the public and support better standards of care. Our advice For the time being and in light of the current legislation and opinion surrounding the practice of cosmetic injectables, Acquisition Aesthetics advises that newly qualified dentists consider training in facial aesthetics during their dental Foundation Year. If they train too early and do not start practicing until at least their second year of practice, they are likely to experience a degree of attrition of knowledge and skill. This may negatively impact their confidence to inject effectively.  Training closer to the time they are allowed to inject will enable them to start without delay, and they will be able to make a special contribution to any practice they join, as well as supplement their income handsomely if they so choose. When considering which training academy to use, it is important to consider their credentials and scope of training – as well as ensuring they can offer the level of learning resources and mentorship that you feel will suit your needs. Beware of any institutions that do not require proof of your qualifications or your GDC registration number, as they are unlikely to be operating appropriately. Train with us Acquisition Aesthetics offers the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine through their higher provider, Industry Qualifications. This qualification allows current and aspiring practitioners to meet Health Education England’s 2016 Qualification Requirements for Delivery of Cosmetic Procedures in Botulinum Toxin and dermal fillers procedures. As part of this training programme, we provide you with comprehensive Mentoring Days; fully coordinated to provide an environment rich with theoretical learning alongside adequate opportunity to fulfill the practical injecting requirements of the Level 7 Certificate. This qualification is flexible, meaning it can fit around the hours you are required to complete within your Foundation Training NHS contract. In our experience this qualification takes anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, depending on the individual, although there are no absolute time restrictions or deadlines. There are a number of other courses available through Acquisition Aesthetics including the Combined Foundation and Advanced Toxin and Dermal Fillers Courses. Every training experience at Acquisition Aesthetics is centred around the principles of anatomically-focussed hands-on training; injecting live cosmetic models with real product. Our courses also guarantee the closest degree of supervision available in the country today; ensuring the highest level of safety and supporting your confidence to practice on completion of the course. If you would like more information regarding our courses, or the Level 7 Certificate in particular, please email level7@acquisitionaesthetics.co.uk, call us on 020 3389 5611, or visit our website acquisitionaesthetics.co.uk.
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Acquisition Aesthetics on Stage at the UK’s Largest Dental Trade Event at the Denistry Show 17-18th May 2019

Acquisition Aesthetics is gearing up to showcase at the The Dentistry Show 17-18th May 2019, at the NEC, Birmingham. The UK’s largest free to attend, education and trade event for the dental profession, the Dentistry Show is designed by dentists for dentists and their teams. Why is Acquisition Aesthetics featuring at the Dentistry Show? The event offers all the dental knowledge and insights into key aesthetics within the modern dental practice with over 400+ exhibitors, 250+ education sessions and around 10,000 + dental professionals expected to attend.  Acquisition Aesthetics offers Gold Standard Injectable Courses for healthcare professionals and as part of our showcase, we will be on stage on both Friday and Saturday to talk about the Millennial Mindset of Fascial Aesthetics. You’ll also gain first hand experience live with our experts in the field, so you can discover how to transform your career through the art of facial aesthetics and the functional applications of Botulinum Toxin (sometimes known as Botox®). Why are the millennial generation seeking facial aesthetics treatments? The growing trend for millennials — the under-35 generation seeking facial aesthetics is a booming business. Recent figures released by a global pharmaceutical giant indicate that demand for aesthetic treatment in general is growing amongst millennials aged 21 to 35. The study surveyed 14,584 adults from 18 countries, who self-identified as wanting to spend money on looking better. Botulinum Toxin and fillers are a highly profitable source of revenue and big business for dental practices as consumers seek trustworthy dentists with a brand authority based ethical and safe treatments. The reason why there is big profitability is because your customers return regularly for further treatments, normally every few months for top ups. So the money invested by millennial consumers in facial aesthetics far outweighs any fees paid in dental fees. That means you get the opportunity to boost your earnings dramatically and sustainably. Why such a fast-changing environment? Over the past 25 years, the popularity of injectable cosmetic treatments has increased by a staggering 5,689% and scrutinising the results further, the figures really support the growing trend in under-35 generation: 98% of millennials would consider professional aesthetic treatment at some point in their lives, with 39% of those aged 21-35 stating they were likely to consider treatment at the age they are now. These figures align with US-based figures collated in 2018 that indicate since 2010, the number of Botulinum Toxin procedures performed on 20 to 29-year-olds increased by 28%, while enquiries for anti-wrinkle treatments increased by more than 50% year-on-year.  Acquisition Aesthetics want you to be part of this exciting growth, so you can discover how you can transform your career by training in aesthetic medicine. Why choose our training courses? Our cosmetic training courses are the only Ofqual regulated Level 7 Certificate in Aesthetic Medicine in accordance with Health Education England’s 2018 Qualification Requirements for Delivery of Cosmetic Procedures. All of our courses are fully CPD certified and come highly recommended by previous dental delegates. At the Dentistry Show, our experts will be showcasing hands on training and treatment delivery through the art of facial aesthetics and the functional applications of Botulinum Toxin. You’ll gain extensive insight into the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required. You can read more about our range of courses at www.acquisitionaesthics.co.uk with Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine, Advanced Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Fillers Course (1 day), Foundation Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Filler (1 day), Combined Foundation and Advanced Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Filler Courses, Lip Augmentation masterclass, Complications Masterclass and Intravenous Micronutrient Therapy Training. What other benefits beyond fully accredited training? What’s more in addition to our Botulinum Toxin training and dermal fillers training courses, Acquisition Aesthetics also equips you with the business and marketing element of facial aesthetics. So you benefit from all the essential tools to build up your successful cosmetic business in a growing market.   Our Acquisition Aesthetics Courses are aimed dentists, doctors and nurses thinking about expanding into Botulinum Toxin and dermal fillers treatments and other aesthetic treatments. Crucially, you’ll practice the full aesthetic consultation and treatment on live model patients under the close supervision of expert trainers. Award-winning company with the highest standard of training With offices in London, Newcastle and Manchester, Acquisition Aesthetics is respected in the industry as a trusted brand that really delivers the highest standard of training in facial aesthetics. Our trusted board of advisors, mentors and lecturers has grown Acquisition Aesthetics into a highly accredited and pioneering company. We were proudly nominated for ‘Best Independent Training Provider of the Year’ award at the recent Aesthetics Awards and received a commendation for being recognised for our commitment to supporting excellence in both the scientific understanding and technical skill of delegates. Join the revolution today and learn how to transform your dental practice by mastering the art of facial aesthetics with us!
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Can Botulinum Toxin and Fillers Help Overcome a Fear of Needles?

An estimated 5-10% of the population suffer from trypanophobia: the fear of needles and injections. This common phobia can heavily impact an individual's life and many of those affected will actively seek a solution which will rid them of their needle fears for good. Whilst the world of Botulinum Toxin (sometimes known as Botox®) and fillers may seem like the trypanophobe’s worst nightmare, bizarrely it may be able to play a part in the phobia's treatment… How Exposure Can Help Overcome Fear One of the most successful treatments for needle phobia is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). A vital part of this treatment is a 'systematic desensitisation' process which is a type of exposure therapy. This process involves the patient imagining themselves in a progression of feared scenarios, whilst managing their anxiety, and eventually engaging in real life versions of these same scenarios. To begin with, patients may simply look at images of needles each day and then graduate to sitting in an environment where injections are given. When the sufferer feels ready to be injected, choosing to receive Botulinum Toxin or filler treatment could be one of the best ways to help tackle their fears. From a purely physical perspective, the needles used in facial injectables are relatively small and therefore less threatening than the variety normally used to draw blood, for example. A good aesthetic practitioner will also routinely offer numbing spray and will understand how to inject in a way that minimises pain, thereby meaning the whole process should be minimally distressing. Removing Negative Associations and Creating Positive Ones The most compelling reason why choosing to receive facial injectables may help a trypanophobe is that the experience has great potential to remove negative associations with needles. In the majority of cases, a patient has developed their fear of needles due to a negative experience involving injections or by associating needles with frightening environments and feelings of illness. Receiving an aesthetic treatment in a private, calming environment where people go to rejuvenate and improve their appearance is a markedly different experience than being given a medicinal injection when ill or having blood drawn in a hospital or doctor's surgery. By seeing and experiencing injections being used to enhance beauty and to make people feel good about themselves, the negative associations of disease, fear and pain may be lessened and even broken entirely. In this way, a patient can potentially start to view needles as simply the means to achieve positive, exciting results rather than something which should be feared and avoided. If you are interested in becoming an aesthetics practitioner, click here to browse our range of gold-standard training courses where you will learn how to expertly perform Botulinum Toxin and filler procedures whilst putting your patients at ease. For those interested in being a model patient for us, click here to find out more, or get in touch with any questions at contact@acquisitionaesthetics.co.uk. 
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The Level 7 Certificate in Aesthetic Medicine - with Acquisition Aesthetics

Non-surgical cosmetic rejuvenation is among the highest profitable sectors in the medical profession.  Due to ageing, most would assume the 45+ generation range to be the primary group to undertake aesthetic treatments.  Nonetheless, Cosmetic rejuvenation is now a growing trend with the younger Gen-Y’s or Millennials. Recent studies by a leading pharmaceutical company surveyed nearly 15,000 adults aged 35 and under worldwide.  Of those surveyed, 98% have considered aesthetic improvement. 28% receive regular Botulinum Toxin procedures.  These increasing figures in aesthetic treatments are encouraging medical professionals to seek further training. Why? Aesthetic treatments require additional ‘top-ups’ to preserve their longevity; usually every 3 to 4 months. The Level 7 certification is the ideal next step for Nurses, Doctors and Dentists looking to transform their career prospects through facial cosmetic rejuvenation. What is the Level 7 Certificate?   The IQ Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine is a knowledge and competence based qualification. It is designed for various registered healthcare professionals; primarily aimed at Nurses, Doctors, and Dentists. To accommodate the qualifications principal direction, non-surgical cosmetic intervention, the certificate is formulated between two separate criteria: HEE - Qualification requirements for the delivery of cosmetic procedures (as of November 2015) GMC - Guidance for doctors who offer cosmetic interventions (as of April 2016) The Level 7 qualification focuses on the application of Botulinum Toxin (sometimes known as Botox®), dermal fillers, and their appropriate application during medical procedures. With the previously mentioned essentials, featured courses instruct learners on relevant ethical and legal requirements, treatment principles, the necessity of client-centred care, psychology with aesthetic medicine, key principles of dermatology and the actions, risks and management options associated with Botulinum Toxin and/or dermal fillers. Why seek accreditation? The Level 7 Certification is predominantly aimed at Nurses, Doctors, and Dentists. Dental practitioners are among the first to consider training in cosmetic rejuvenation. The revenue generated by facial treatments surpasses that of common dental fees. Already familiar with facial aesthetics, expanding their services to include facial treatments makes it convenient for their clients.  The growing Millennial market segment is looking for practitioners they can trust. Whether to encourage existing clients or to attract new customers, official accreditation is needed to build a strong reputation to deliver professional results.   Why train with Acquisition Aesthetics? Looking back to their training experiences with us, previous delegates have said: "I had a fantastic experience with Acquisition Aesthetics - the trainers were so knowledgeable and approachable and I felt comfortable to ask any question - no matter how small... We got a huge amount of practice compared to other training courses (I have done 2 other courses) and the training was only in a group of 3 people with one trainer so we all had so much experience...I really am indebted so thank you!" and "Very helpful and informative day with a huge number of varied cases and encouraged to participate in carrying out many different procedures - using both injectable muscle relaxant and fillers - with expert help and advice from several different medical professionals... The day was packed with information and felt as though I was kept on my toes but enjoyed it and came away feeling much more confident and up to date. Highly recommended" Studying with Acquisition Aesthetics guarantees the only regulated Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine through our higher provider, Industry Qualifications. This certificate allows both current and aspiring practitioners to meet Health Education England’s 2016 Qualification Requirements for Delivery of Cosmetic Procedures in Botulinum Toxin and dermal fillers procedures. Our Full Level 7 Certificate Course is presented in 4 stages: With the 1st stage, delegates are appointed a personal aesthetics expert with E-learning modules accessible online and supporting SAQ coursework.   Stage 2 includes a one-day hands-on Foundation Course in Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Fillers in a small-focused training group; with additional training videos and learning materials available online. The 3rd stage builds on the above mentioned with clinical mentoring days. Our training team will assist you in the required 40 observed and performed facial procedures to achieve a candidate portfolio. Stage 4 assembles observed structured clinical examination (OSCE), treatment portfolio assessment, and SAQ assessment for the final assessment. Package Options For the Level 7 Certificate, at Acquisition Aesthetics, we offer a variety of packages and payment options to suit your needs and/or requirements. Full Level 7 Certificate – Stages I, II, III, and IV: £5,900 (+VAT). This option is suitable for those with no prior learning and can be paid for in full, or in 2, 5, or 10 interest-free monthly installments. Level 7 Certificate for Foundation Graduates – Stages I, III, and IV: £5,125 (+VAT). This option is designed for those who have already completed a Foundation Course and can be paid for in full, or in 2, 5, or 10 interest-free monthly installments. Pay Per Stage – price dependent on stage purchased. This pay-as-you-go option has been designed to offer greater flexibility in terms of time and financial commitment and allows you to pay for each stage separately. Recognition of Prior Learning – This option is designed for experienced practitioners who can demonstrate that they can meet the assessment requirements for a unit through knowledge, understanding or skills they already possess and therefore will not need to develop through a course of learning. To find further information or where to find a training centre near you please visit our website https://acquisitionaesthetics.co.uk/ or email us at contact@acquistionaesthetics.co.uk.
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The Cosmetic Model Experience: Full Facial Rejuvenation Packages with Acquisition Aesthetics

What is a cosmetic model? A cosmetic model patient at Acquisition Aesthetics is cared for from the very beginning of their aesthetic journey and long after treatment. Our cosmetic models attend training courses in London, Manchester and Newcastle to receive beautiful aesthetic (Botulinum Toxin and dermal fillers) treatments at cost price. Models are treated during practical training sessions in which all delegates are monitored and guided under the close supervision of dedicated expert aesthetic trainers to ensure the highest standards of treatment and the best possible results. Training delegates with Acquisition Aesthetics include qualified  doctors, dentists and nurses only. This guarantees that all treatments are carried out safely and competently. A fresh, youthful and rejuvenated look is becoming more and more accessible nowadays through the enormous growth of the non-surgical sector. The shift away from surgical interventions is driven by a number of factors including the reduced down-time associated with injectables compared with surgery as well as better affordability, reduced risk and general societal shifts towards acceptance and even celebration of Botulinum Toxin (sometimes known as Botox®) and dermal filler treatments. Risks do still exist within the non-surgical sector but with a faculty of plastic surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons and experienced cosmetic dentists our cosmetic models can rest assured that they are in the safest of hands. A range of treatments are offered at Acquisition Aesthetics including anti-wrinkle Botulinum Toxin injections, lip enhancement and dermal fillers to reduce the appearance of lines in the lower face. The academy can also provide facial contouring procedures including cheek augmentation, chin filler (profile correction) and jawline contouring as well as bespoke full facial rejuvenation packages. We recognise that everyone's idea of ‘beauty’ is different, therefore, we ensure that all treatments are tailored to each individual model’s needs and desires. The goal of treatments performed by Acquisition Aesthetics is to restore and enhance the unique natural beauty within each and every cosmetic model. For any and every procedure, only the highest quality products are used including the Gladerma Restylane range and Allergan’s Juvederm. By attending our expert academy clinics, you will be helping train the next generation of leading cosmetic doctors and contributing to the drive to improve standards of treatment in the cosmetic industry generally. As part of the cosmetic model experience, your results and thoughts may be shared on our website and social media platforms (with your consent) which allows us to provide treatments at discounted prices. Want to find out more? Take a look at some of our recent cosmetic model treatment photos to discover some of the beautiful results you may be able to achieve yourself with Acquisition Aesthetics. Q&A with an Acquisition Aesthetic Cosmetic Model When considering treatment, it is understandable to have some questions or apprehensions and so, one of our lovely cosmetic models have answered some common questions for you! What do you find the advantages are to attending our training days for treatment as opposed to standard private cosmetic clinics? Before I came to your training days, I would say that the advantage is the price, and that is the main advantage that keeps me coming back! However, the other advantages that keep me coming back are: I feel safe. I feel like I’m in good hands being watched by so many people, knowing that my procedure is being analysed by several pairs of eyes. I feel comfortable as well – all the delegates are incredibly friendly, and it is a much “warmer” environment. Finally, I would say that I feel confident in knowing that for your company, the money you receive from me is not the bottom line and that for you, the most important thing is the photo at the end – in that way you and the customer have the same main goal in common. Why did you decide to seek treatment with Acquisition Aesthetics? I just thought I’d give it a go! Did I have concerns – absolutely. But I wanted to try it out, and I knew that the results were reversible should it not go as I wanted. Did you have any initial anxieties or worries before treatment? I was worried that a student doing my injection meant I would get a sub-par result– how wrong I was! I have recommended you to so many people because I love the subtle transformative work I’ve had done. What was the day like for you? Absolutely wonderful, on every occasion! Friendly, warm inviting – and safe. Always leaving feeling like I’ve been airbrushed to a more perfect version of myself. What has been your favourite treatment to date as a cosmetic model? You're killing me, how to choose! The first one I would have to say, when I had filler put into my chin, cheekbones and temples. Only because it was my first time, and I saw just how beautiful I could be. Final thoughts from our faculty… If you are looking to have aesthetic procedures, there are a few things to think of before choosing your practitioner… Make sure your practitioner is of medical background, just like our delegates! This ensures that you are receiving treatment from someone who understands and appreciates the anatomy and biology of the face as well as the science behind the products they are using. The injector should be trained specifically in Botulinum Toxin and dermal filler treatments by an academy or trainer who is fully compliant with the most up to date standards and regulations - this minimizes your risks of treatment errors and also gives you peace of mind that your injector is trained and capable of resolving any issues should they arise. Be mindful of aftercare support - always ask if it is provided and that you have help to turn to should you have any question or concern. For a full list of the treatments available to our cosmetic model patients please take a look at our website https://acquisitionaesthetics.co.uk/be-a-model/ For all cosmetic model enquiries with Acquisition Aesthetics, please contact models@acquisitionaesthetics.co.uk
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Acquisition Aesthetics on Stage at the UK’s Largest Dental Trade Event at the Denistry Show 17-18th May 2019

Acquisition Aesthetics is gearing up to showcase at the The Dentistry Show 17-18th May 2019, at the NEC, Birmingham. The UK’s largest free to attend, education and trade event for the dental profession, the Dentistry Show is designed by dentists for dentists and their teams. Why is Acquisition Aesthetics featuring at the Dentistry Show? The event offers all the dental knowledge and insights into key aesthetics within the modern dental practice with over 400+ exhibitors, 250+ education sessions and around 10,000 + dental professionals expected to attend.  Acquisition Aesthetics offers Gold Standard Injectable Courses for healthcare professionals and as part of our showcase, we will be on stage on both Friday and Saturday to talk about the Millennial Mindset of Fascial Aesthetics. You’ll also gain first hand experience live with our experts in the field, so you can discover how to transform your career through the art of facial aesthetics and the functional applications of Botulinum Toxin (sometimes known as Botox®). Why are the millennial generation seeking facial aesthetics treatments? The growing trend for millennials — the under-35 generation seeking facial aesthetics is a booming business. Recent figures released by a global pharmaceutical giant indicate that demand for aesthetic treatment in general is growing amongst millennials aged 21 to 35. The study surveyed 14,584 adults from 18 countries, who self-identified as wanting to spend money on looking better. Botulinum Toxin and fillers are a highly profitable source of revenue and big business for dental practices as consumers seek trustworthy dentists with a brand authority based ethical and safe treatments. The reason why there is big profitability is because your customers return regularly for further treatments, normally every few months for top ups. So the money invested by millennial consumers in facial aesthetics far outweighs any fees paid in dental fees. That means you get the opportunity to boost your earnings dramatically and sustainably. Why such a fast-changing environment? Over the past 25 years, the popularity of injectable cosmetic treatments has increased by a staggering 5,689% and scrutinising the results further, the figures really support the growing trend in under-35 generation: 98% of millennials would consider professional aesthetic treatment at some point in their lives, with 39% of those aged 21-35 stating they were likely to consider treatment at the age they are now. These figures align with US-based figures collated in 2018 that indicate since 2010, the number of Botulinum Toxin procedures performed on 20 to 29-year-olds increased by 28%, while enquiries for anti-wrinkle treatments increased by more than 50% year-on-year.  Acquisition Aesthetics want you to be part of this exciting growth, so you can discover how you can transform your career by training in aesthetic medicine. Why choose our training courses? Our cosmetic training courses are the only Ofqual regulated Level 7 Certificate in Aesthetic Medicine in accordance with Health Education England’s 2018 Qualification Requirements for Delivery of Cosmetic Procedures. All of our courses are fully CPD certified and come highly recommended by previous dental delegates. At the Dentistry Show, our experts will be showcasing hands on training and treatment delivery through the art of facial aesthetics and the functional applications of Botulinum Toxin. You’ll gain extensive insight into the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required. You can read more about our range of courses at www.acquisitionaesthics.co.uk with Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine, Advanced Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Fillers Course (1 day), Foundation Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Filler (1 day), Combined Foundation and Advanced Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Filler Courses, Lip Augmentation masterclass, Complications Masterclass and Intravenous Micronutrient Therapy Training. What other benefits beyond fully accredited training? What’s more in addition to our Botulinum Toxin training and dermal fillers training courses, Acquisition Aesthetics also equips you with the business and marketing element of facial aesthetics. So you benefit from all the essential tools to build up your successful cosmetic business in a growing market.   Our Acquisition Aesthetics Courses are aimed dentists, doctors and nurses thinking about expanding into Botulinum Toxin and dermal fillers treatments and other aesthetic treatments. Crucially, you’ll practice the full aesthetic consultation and treatment on live model patients under the close supervision of expert trainers. Award-winning company with the highest standard of training With offices in London, Newcastle and Manchester, Acquisition Aesthetics is respected in the industry as a trusted brand that really delivers the highest standard of training in facial aesthetics. Our trusted board of advisors, mentors and lecturers has grown Acquisition Aesthetics into a highly accredited and pioneering company. We were proudly nominated for ‘Best Independent Training Provider of the Year’ award at the recent Aesthetics Awards and received a commendation for being recognised for our commitment to supporting excellence in both the scientific understanding and technical skill of delegates. Join the revolution today and learn how to transform your dental practice by mastering the art of facial aesthetics with us!
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Factors to Consider When Booking an Aesthetics Training Course

The most important part of beginning a successful career in aesthetics is completing an appropriate training course. With a large number of training providers operating in the UK and a wide range of courses on offer, making the right choice can feel daunting. To help you with the decision, we have outlined the vital factors to consider before you book your aesthetics training course. Reputation and Certification Before you choose a training provider, it is important to understand their reputation within the industry and whether their courses are recognised by official bodies.It is a good idea to firstly check that a course is CPD (Continuing Professional Development) certified as this ensures that the content and standard of teaching have been assessed to be excellent. It is also wise to choose a training provider which offers regulated Level 7 Certificate in Injectables and Aesthetic Medicine, whether or not you wish to take this particular course. The Level 7 Certificate was designed by governing bodies to standardise aesthetic training and is the highest quality, most reputable aesthetics course available in the UK. Having Level 7 accreditation guarantees that your training provider is up to date with the latest guidelines issued by Health Education England and the General Medical Council. Additionally, choosing to train with Level 7 provider means that if you wish to progress and undertake this qualification, you will not need to repeat any foundation training that you have completed with that provider. Look out for any awards, commendations and nominations that a provider may have received as this also indicates a good reputation within the industry. Remember to double check that your course provider is fully insured by a recognised cosmetic insurer in order to protect yourself and the cosmetic models you will be injecting. Once you have researched a training provider’s official seals of approval, it is also advisable to read reviews from previous delegates. These should help give you an insight as to the quality of the courses and what to expect from the training. Training Quality It is highly recommended that aesthetics training courses are delivered by qualified surgeons who specialise in fields of plastic or maxillofacial surgery. This guarantees that your trainer has a deep understanding of facial anatomy and has the expertise required to deliver excellent aesthetics training. Look for a course which promises a small ratio of delegates to trainer. Some providers cut costs by allowing large groups to be supervised by only a few trainers, leading to a poor practical experience and lack of vital hands-on time. Our ratio, one of the most competitive in the country, is set at one trainer per 3-4 delegates which ensures a focused and constructive practical experience. Never choose a course which uses mannequins rather than live cosmetic models. The most important part of good aesthetics training is understanding facial anatomy, which can only be successfully achieved by studying and interacting with real human models. Value for Money and Post Graduation Support Depending on which level of qualification you opt for, the cost of training can be significant. It is therefore important to ensure you are getting good value for money with the course you select. Some providers offer separate courses for Botulinum Toxin (sometimes known as Botox®) and fillers but if you are intending to deliver both treatments to your future clients, the best value for money is to be found by taking a combined course. It is also advisable to understand what learning materials you will be provided with as part of your course. A good training provider will give you access to technique and complications guides as well as training videos. This will help cement your learning and allow you to refer back to content once you start practicing. If you are interested in starting your own successful aesthetics business, it is a good idea to choose a provider which offers business and marketing support as part of their courses. As well as learning how to perform aesthetic treatments, the courses we offer also provide you with the knowledge required to set up your aesthetics business and give you tips on making the most of this lucrative industry. With your long term success in mind, it is also wise to check if a training provider offers any dedicated post graduation support. When you first start your career in aesthetics, there can be hundreds of questions you may need to ask - from help with product ordering and record keeping to dealing with complaints, devising ideal treatment plans and many more. It can be hard to know where to go for help and advice, so knowing that your training provider offers support once you have completed your course can be invaluable. We are excited to announce that we are soon to be launching ‘DigitalXpert’, our very own range of support packages which will be available exclusively to graduates of Acquisition Aesthetics. Our team of experts will be on hand to provide help with anything and everything, as well as giving advice on how to master social media and utilise other marketing platforms. Subscribing to DigitalXpert means you will never be without expert advice and mentorship throughout your aesthetics journey.
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Why You Should Offer Botulinum Toxin and Fillers in Your Dental Practice

Across the country, an increasing number of dental practices are offering Botulinum Toxin (sometimes known as Botox®) and filler treatments alongside their traditional services. Dentists are doubling their salaries and more by branching out into aesthetic procedures, as well as discovering that it is a thoroughly rewarding area of medicine to practice in. Already possessing many of the key skills required to be an excellent aesthetic practitioner, dentists represent one of the best suited classes of healthcare professionals to train in Botulinum Toxin and fillers. As a dental professional, once you have completed any of our gold-standard training courses you will be equipped with the knowledge you need to begin performing Botulinum Toxin and filler treatments in your dental practice. Why Dentists Make Excellent Facial Aesthetic Practitioners One of the key attributes required to be a truly skilled aesthetic professional is a good knowledge of facial anatomy. Dentists are already equipped with this understanding as a result of their dental training and experience.In terms of technique, dentists often excel above and beyond other healthcare professionals, with familiarity and confidence in operating in / around the face and high levels of dexterity when performing treatments. A dental practice is an ideal environment for aesthetic treatments to be performed; it is an appropriate clinical setting and importantly, a setting which patients trust. An existing dental practice will also have a base of ready-made potential clients which the treatments may be offered to. Many people visit the dentist to improve their general appearance and well as their oral health, so it is a natural fit that cosmetic treatments such as Botulinum Toxin and dermal fillers are also be available in the dentist’s chair. ‘Best Young Dentist 2016’ winner and Acquisition Aesthetics’ trainer, Dr Rhona Eskander, highlights this: “Clients today are seeking out dentists who can not only restore the functionality and cosmesis of the teeth but can integrate treatments of the soft tissues (cosmetic injectables) to provide holistic care plans, which can transform faces and change lives.” Offering Botulinum Toxin and filler treatments alongside traditional and cosmetic dental procedures allows dentists to treat a wider range of issues and offers clients the ability to undergo full facial rejuvenation. Alongside the more common treatments such as lip fillers and anti-wrinkle injections, there are also treatments which are intimately connected with the oral area which can be offered to complement and improve the aesthetic result of dental work as well as improving the patient’s overall well being. Jawline contouring with dermal fillers can be used to disguise Class II skeletal patterns whilst Botulinum Toxin injections can correct a ‘gummy smile’ and narrow a jaw affected by masseteric hypertrophy. Botulinum Toxin injections can also be used in the effective treatment of bruxism and temporomandibular joint dysfunction. How Botulinum Toxin and Filler Treatments Can Significantly Increase Your Dentist’s Salary Offering aesthetic treatments as a dentist can boost your income significantly. The hourly rate for a highly qualified injectables  is significantly higher than the average hourly rate for an NHS dentist. With relatively low raw material costs, offering Botulinum Toxin and dermal filler treatments can generate a very healthy boost to your existing salary. Many dentists who have trained in facial injectables have gone on to open their own facial aesthetics clinics. If you are operating full time in this area, the income potential is massive but you could expect to be earning upwards of £100,000. How To Start Offering Cosmetic Injectables in Your Dental Practice The first and most important step in beginning your aesthetics career is completing a reputable and certified training course. Our Combined Foundation Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Fillers Course will teach you how to perform basic treatments, including upper face Botulinum Toxin, nasolabial fold and marionette line fillers, and lip enhancement. This foundation course will equip you with all the theoretical and practical knowledge you need in order to start performing aesthetic medicine. Taking our Advanced Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Fillers Course will allow you to offer a much greater range of treatments to clients such as gummy smile correction, jawline contouring and chin augmentation. Being able to offer more advanced treatments will further increase your earning potential and your reputation within the field. The Level 7 Certificate in Injectables and Aesthetic Medicine Course represents the gold-standard of aesthetics training and ensures you are able to meet Health Education England’s 2016 Qualification Requirements for Delivery of Cosmetic Procedures in Botulinum Toxin and dermal fillers procedures. All of our courses are fully CPD certified and come highly recommended by previous dental delegates. Once you have completed your training, you will also need to take out the appropriate insurance and source your products. Our courses provide expert guidance on these practical considerations and grants you access to our exclusive graduates group where you can seek advice and share information with fellow practitioners. To learn more about a dentist's personal experience in becoming a facial aesthetics practitioner, read our Q & A with Dentist Elle Reid. [gdlr_button class="rounded-white" href="/our-courses/" target="_self" size="medium" background="#282c47" color="#ffffff" with_border="yes" border_color="#282c47"]VIEW ALL OUR AVAILABLE COURSES HERE[/gdlr_button]
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Train in Intravenous Fluid and Micronutrient Infusion Therapy - the Next Generation of Injectable Treatments

With a huge increase in popularity over the past few years, intravenous fluid infusion therapy (IVFIT) is the one of the latest and most exciting treatments you could introduce into your clinic or practice today. There has been a significant paradigm shift in the way IV treatments are now being used. Intravenous therapies were previously considered appropriate only as an intervention to treat ill health. Today, however, a wide range of clients are seeking IV infusion therapy to rejuvenate, energise and detox their bodies with many considering the treatment to be a luxury yet indispensable supplement to a busy lifestyle. The IV therapy market is set to become even bigger with forecasts predicting billions of pounds worth of growth by 2020 - now is the ideal time to train and launch a successful IVFIT business within this thriving industry. What is Intravenous Fluid and Micronutrient Infusion Therapy? Intravenous fluid infusion therapy (IVFIT) is a method of delivering a variety of high potency vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream. It is also referred to as Intravenous Micronutrient Infusion Therapy (IVNT). As opposed to taking supplements orally, IV infusions can be used as a more effective vehicle to deliver vitamins, nutrients and amino acids directly into the bloodstream, overcoming the limited 40% (average) absorption rate achieved through oral intake. Administering these vital micronutrients via an intravenous infusion allows the body to draw out the greatest benefit from their physiological effects. The first use of intravenous vitamin treatments dates back over 50 years, originating in America when Dr John Myers invented the eponymous ‘Myers’ Cocktail’. The infusion contained a combination of calcium, magnesium with vitamins B and C and was used to treat conditions such as chronic fatigue and muscular strain.Gaining popularity over the years that followed, the original Myers’ Cocktail has since been tweaked by practitioners to include different combinations of vitamins and minerals and, in recent years, the addition of amino acids and antioxidants. Many clinics offer a wide range of infusion ‘cocktails’ for individuals to choose from and these can be tailored to address a number of different goals. Depending on the infusion opted for, treatment takes between 45-90 minutes and can be administered in either a clinic or at the client’s home. Why is IV Vitamin Therapy Becoming So Popular? Although vitamin infusion therapy has historically been more popular in the US, the UK industry has recently seen a rapid growth in the interest and demand for infusion treatments.  As well as the launch of a number of dedicated IVFIT clinics, an increasing number of wellness centres and spas are also beginning to offer IV infusion therapy. The elite sporting world has also become a key market for IVFIT services with athletes and sports stars opting for infusion therapies to aid muscle repair and the elimination of toxic metabolites. Social media has played a huge role in the rising popularity of IVFIT, with scores of celebrities posting candid shots of themselves receiving vitamin drips whilst praising the positive effects of the treatment.   View this post on Instagram   hello body meet vitamins A post shared by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) on Feb 20, 2015 at 12:21pm PST The benefits of IV infusion therapy include: Improved energy levels Intensive rehydration Improved general mood Help recovering from intense exercise, jet lag and hangovers Enhanced muscle repair and recovery Reduced stress Reduced signs and symptoms of ageing Improved immune function Improved hair growth Assistance with weight loss As a result of celebrity promotion, increasing awareness on social media and word of mouth IV fluid infusion therapy is in greater demand now than ever before. Busy professionals, socialites and athletes alike are beginning to regularly use IVFIT as an effective way to recover from a hectic lifestyle and feel energised, healthy and rejuvenated. How Healthcare Professionals Can Launch Booming Businesses by Training in IVFIT There is no doubt that the intravenous infusion therapy market is set to skyrocket over the new few years. There has already been a 5-fold increase in the number of clinics offering IV infusion treatments since 2015 and the global market for IV nutrition is forecast to reach nearly £6.5 billion by 2020! With vitamin infusion therapy now firmly finding its ground in the UK, it is the perfect time to get ahead and launch your IVFIT business or incorporate IV treatments into your clinic. Together with the leading industry experts IntraVita, we have developed a CPD certified comprehensive one-day course which will teach you how to safely deliver micronutrient infusions for non-medical interventions. The course, held in our central London training facility, encompasses both theory and practical components and will enable you to understand, reconstitute, calculate and deliver IVFIT immediately. Upon the successful completion of our course, graduates will be granted the opportunity to be supplied by IntraVita and gain access to all the products necessary to launch a successful and lucrative service in today’s flourishing IVFIT industry. Spaces are going fast, so book on to our IVFIT course today and become a pioneer in vitamin infusion therapy in the UK!
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