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 only Ofqual regulated Level 7 Certificate in Injectables and Aesthetic Medicine.

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.

WHY CHOOSE ACQUISITION AESTHETICS?

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What Our Delegates & Models Say

delegate

I thought that the course was full and very informative the trainers were excellent and very helpful. Having plenty of different model patients was very good as this enabled us to have a good practical experience. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to take up aesthetics.

VM

November 2018

model

I was a model patient for lip filler and Botulinum Toxin, absolutely amazing! Very calm atmosphere and all very professional. So, pleased with my results!! I’ll definitely be back and highly recommended to anyone thinking of having fillers!

JL

Model

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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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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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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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 only Ofqual regulated Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine in the UK. 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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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 Ofqual 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 an Ofqual 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 Ofqual regulated 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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The Differences Between Treating Men and Women with Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Fillers

Traditionally the preserve of women, non-surgical treatments like Botulinum Toxin (sometimes known as Botox®) and fillers have now massively increased in popularity amongst men as well. In the last two decades, male demand for these treatments has reportedly risen by 310%. Whilst women are still more likely to undergo non-surgical facial enhancement than men overall, it is important that clinicians are aware of the differences in treating each gender as men begin to make up a growing proportion of patients.As well as possessing different physiologies, men and women will generally have distinctly different aesthetic goals when seeking non-surgical treatment. Female patients will commonly seek to soften facial features and achieve a youthful appearance by erasing lines and wrinkles. In contrast, men will generally want to define sharp facial contours whilst subtly reducing signs of ageing to create a traditionally masculine appearance. A ‘one size fits all’ treatment approach is therefore not appropriate when treating male and female patients. Differences in Botulinum Toxin Treatment for Men and Women The chief concern for both men and women when opting for Botulinum Toxin treatment is usually to reduce the visible signs of ageing. Cosmetic Botulinum Toxin treatment has, until recently, been almost solely sought out by women. Some theorise that Botulinum Toxin is becoming more popular with men due to the desire to look young, confident and capable in an uncertain economic environment. Others point to the increasing scrutiny on male appearance in the media. Whatever the reason, Botulinum Toxin treatment for men must be approached in a slightly different way than for female patients.  From an anatomical perspective, men generally require more Botulinum Toxin product to be used in treatment than women do. This is due to the larger, denser musculature found in the male face as well as gender differences in product metabolism. Women, on average, require between 30-50 units of Botulinum Toxin for a standard upper face treatment whereas men will require an average of 50-80 units to achieve a similar effect. One of the key aesthetic differences in treating men and women with Botulinum Toxin is how the brow area is handled. The ideal feminine brow shape is slightly arched and sits a touch above the brow bone. For men however, a straighter eyebrow which sits lower on the brow bone is considered to be the most attractive shape. A skilled clinician will understand where to inject in order to achieve these different effects. Another anatomical concern, in respect of upper face Botulinum Toxin, is the difference between male and female hairlines. Men will often have a higher or receded hairline in comparison to women and so the pattern of injecting in a male face may need to be modified in order to achieve a natural result. It is common for men to aim for a subtler outcome than women do when undergoing Botulinum Toxin treatment. There is also the risk of feminising and removing character from the male face if it is rendered entirely wrinkle-free and smooth.   Differences in Dermal Filler Treatment for Men and Women As well as being used to fill lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers can also be used in more advanced procedures designed to alter and enhance the proportions of the face. Facial contouring using dermal fillers is becoming a popular choice with both women and men seeking to change their appearance without resorting to surgery. The differences in treating male and female patients with dermal fillers are more pronounced than with Botulinum Toxin treatments. This is because fillers have the ability to dramatically alter the proportions of the face and therefore masculinise or feminise it in the process. One of the injection sites where different approaches are most needed is the cheek area. In women, a fuller and more rounded cheek can create a youthful feminine appearance. In men, however, overly enhanced cheeks can soften and feminise the face and so less filler will likely be needed if this area is to be injected. Attention should also be paid to the cheekbone area, as enhancing cheekbone prominence can result in feminisation of the face. A tight, sharp jawline is often desired by both men and women and can be achieved via dermal filler contouring. In treating male patients, the aim should be to create a strong, square shaped jaw and chin area which will masculinise the face.  For women, jawline contouring can be employed in a subtler way in order to enhance the side profile and achieve a more youthful appearance to the lower face. Crucially, experienced injectors will appreciate the importance of respecting the balance of proportions between the facial thirds. A greater mid:lower third ratio that might be created through cheek augmentation can therefore result in facial feminisation. Conversely, a face may be masculinised through increasing the relative width of the lower third compared with the middle third through jawline contouring, for instance.  In reducing hollowing around the eyes, both men and women can benefit from similar dermal filler treatment methods. For men however, injecting the temporal hollows is not typically advised as it can create a softer curvature to the brow which is considered a feminine trait.    As an aesthetic practitioner, you can learn the different techniques required to expertly treat men and women by booking onto one of our training courses. Taught by facial aesthetics experts, our gold-standard courses will give you the opportunity to practice on both male and female model patients allowing you to gain the confidence to perform a variety of treatments. Click here to book your place now. If you are interested in receiving any of the treatments discussed here as one of our cosmetic model patients or have any questions relating to this article, then get in touch with us. Click here to browse our treatments or email us at: models@acquisitionaesthetics.co.uk.
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Do the Seasons Have an Impact on the Effectiveness of Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Filler Treatments?

Happy holidays from all at Acquisition Aesthetics! With the festive season upon us and the extremes of weather it can often bring, it seems like the perfect time to discuss whether hot or cold temperatures can impact the effectiveness of Botulinum Toxin (sometimes known as Botox®) and dermal filler treatments. If you prefer to spend your yuletide in hotter climates or enjoy hitting the sauna after the slopes, it’s important to understand if these choices may affect your non-surgical results. Can Botulinum Toxin Results Be Affected by the Temperature? Botulinum Toxin treatment reduces the appearance of wrinkles by through the action of Botulinum Toxin on target muscles. Botulinum Toxin relaxes the facial muscles to soften lines, whilst also preventing development of further wrinkles. Once injected, the results should last between 3-6 months. Most clinicians advise avoiding exposure to high temperatures for up to 48 hours after Botulinum Toxin treatment. This includes engaging in intense exercise and using steam rooms or sun beds. The main reason for this is to reduce the risk of swelling and bruising. Raising the body’s temperature will cause increased blood flow and dilation of the blood vessels which in turn can worsen any post-injection inflammation. Once 48 hours have passed however, it is safe to resume any of these activities. As well as increasing the risk of swelling, some surgeons advise that exposure to high heat in the first 48 hours after treatment may cause dispersal of the Botulinum Toxin product. Botulinum Toxin works by binding to receptors which control the neuromuscular function, a process which can take some time to fully complete. This is why the full benefit of Botulinum Toxin treatment can often take up to 2 weeks to show. Exposing the body to high heat or activities which increase blood flow may disrupt this process and/or cause the Botulinum Toxin to migrate to other areas, affecting the overall results. Once the Botulinum Toxin has fully settled, being in the sun or in hot environments should not impact your results. For those concerned about colder temperatures, the good news is that there is no evidence to suggest that exposure to the cold, immediately after treatment or otherwise, has any effect on Botulinum Toxin results. Can Extreme Temperatures Affect Dermal Filler Results? As dermal filler products, such as Restylane, must be kept at room temperature and should not be frozen, this may give rise to a concern that fillers are also vulnerable to being affected by temperature once in the body. Thankfully, this is not the case. Once dermal filler has been injected, your body becomes an effective insulator for the product and keeps it stable until it is broken down over time. However, the advice for Botulinum Toxin also applies for dermal filler treatments. Exposure to high heat or engaging in vigorous exercise within 48 hours after treatment increases the risk of bruising and swelling. It is recommended that hot environments are avoided for a few days post treatment, especially if you are prone to bruising.  Once this initial period has passed, high or low temperatures should not affect dermal filler results. Can Temperature Affect the Longevity of Botulinum Toxin or Dermal Filler Treatments? There is a theory that repeated and prolonged exposure to hot temperatures or engaging in frequent intense exercise may affect the longevity of injectable results. There is little evidence to support this at present, but anecdotal reports from some suggest that this may be a phenomenon. One explanation for this is dehydration. Being in hot environments or exercising heavily can leave you dehydrated which may affect the appearance of your results. Another explanation may be that those who engage in regular high intensity exercise or are in hot environments may metabolise the Botulinum Toxin or dermal filler product more quickly than others. The overall consensus, however, is that once the initial 48 hours has passed exposure to high or low temperatures should not negatively affect Botulinum Toxin or dermal filler results in any significant way. If you have any concerns then always seek advice from your aesthetic practitioner prior to receiving treatment. If you are interested in receiving treatment as a cosmetic model patient with Acquisition Aesthetics and have any questions relating to this article, then get in touch with us! Click here to browse our treatments or email us at: models@acquisitionaesthetics.co.uk.
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Become a Model Patient for Acquisition Aesthetics, Newcastle

Acquisition Aesthetics has expanded to the North! We are delighted to have recently launched our award-winning courses in the bustling city of Newcastle and are looking for men and women of all ages to be model patients for our upcoming training dates.  We offer a wide range of non-surgical procedures and tailored packages which are all expertly performed by medical professionals under close supervision by experienced aesthetic practitioners. Why Be a Model Patient? If you are considering non-surgical treatment but are discouraged by the high costs involved, Acquisition Aesthetics offer the same high standards and professional results as a clinic but at a fraction of the price.  We require models to allow our delegates to observe and perform treatments as part of their training course. As such, we are able to charge our model patients only for the cost price of the Botulinum Toxin (sometimes known as Botox®) or dermal filler product used. We offer up to a 70% saving compared to the clinic price for treatments. For example, a lip enhancement procedure would normally cost in the region of £380 whereas our cost price is only £150 (per 1ml syringe). Gold Standard Treatment Our priority for model patients is to achieve the best aesthetic result whilst delivering the highest standard of treatment. All Botulinum Toxin and dermal filler treatments are carried out by qualified medical professionals (doctors, dentists and nurses) who are receiving training from our team of experienced aesthetic practitioners. Our delegates will have already received in depth theoretical training and are closely supervised in small groups by our trainers. In addition, all of our courses are fully insured and CPD certified so you can have total peace of mind that you're in safe hands. Before you are treated, a full consultation including medical history and a cosmetic examination will be undertaken. This ensures that your treatment is both safe and expertly tailored to your needs, delivering the highest levels of client satisfaction. We have received wonderful feedback from our model patients and with so many choosing us as their preferred aesthetic treatment provider, it is a testament to the high standards we pride ourselves on. Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Filler Treatments in Newcastle We offer over 20 different aesthetic procedures and provide professional advice to ensure you achieve a fantastic result. Our most popular treatments include:- Upper face Botulinum Toxin Lip enhancement Cheek enhancement Nasolabial fold filler Chemical brow lift We consistently achieve amazing results for our model patients, and love posting examples on our Instagram: Treatments will be performed in our training rooms within the the ultra-modern and well-appointed Crowne Plaza, conveniently located in the heart of Newcastle city centre.  Click here to browse our treatment list and apply today to be a model patient in Newcastle!
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Non-surgical Facial Contouring

Traditionally, dermal fillers have predominantly been used to fill in deep lines and wrinkles, improving the appearance of the skin and reducing the signs of ageing. There is now a growing trend, however, towards using fillers to reshape the face, with the goal of creating a desirable contoured appearance. Dramatic results can be achieved via this non-surgical treatment which draws parallels to the latest make-up trend of facial contouring. What is Non-surgical Facial Contouring? Put simply, it is the use of dermal fillers to alter and enhance the contours of the face in order to achieve the desired appearance. This can be done via various filler treatments and is tailored to the individual’s facial anatomy and preferences. The final results have inspired an increasingly popular makeup trend, which uses highlighters and powders to create the illusion of striking facial contours. Non-surgical facial contouring normally involves 2+ syringes of filler injected into various areas of the face. The most common areas to be injected are: Cheeks – to create definition, provide a 'lift' and restore the cheekbone prominence Jaw – to create a stronger and more defined jawline Chin – to soften jowls and improve proportions in the lower face including correcting for side profile appearances Temple – to restore smooth contours and create balance in the upper face Lips – to create that irresistible 'pout'! The online presence of celebrities and social media influencers is one of the biggest driving factors behind the increasing popularity of these techniques. The aim is to create what is seen by many as the ‘facial ideal’: sharp cheekbones, a slim jaw and overall balance in facial proportions.   @Sarahhashcroft Benefits of Non-surgical Facial Recontouring Treatment Non-surgical facial contouring can produce fantastic results by perfecting facial proportions and enhancing natural beauty. In contrast to invasive procedures, there is little to no recovery time and results are virtually instantaneous. Depending on the areas treated, results can last up to 12 months and treatment is significantly less expensive than the surgical alternatives. Similar to what can be achieved via expert makeup application but without the daily hassle and time, recontouring with dermal fillers essentially creates a 24/7 Instagram-worthy look. Our Bespoke Facial Rejuvenation model package offers the choice of 3 individual treatments, with the option of adding more at discounted rates, for a truly tailored contouring experience. Click here to browse our range of treatments and enquire about being a cosmetic model. Training in Non-surgical Facial Contouring The growing popularity in facial recontouring has now widened the facial injectables market to encompass a broader client base, including a widening age demographic and an increasing numbers of male clients. Prior to this shift, dermal filler treatments tended to focus heavily on age related concerns by addressing areas such as the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. A much larger scope and demand for the use of advanced filler techniques now means the time has never been better to train in this field. If you are an aesthetic practitioner looking to expand upon your foundational skills, our Advanced Botulinum Toxin® and Dermal Fillers Course will teach you how to expertly perform non-surgical facial contouring. Our advanced course also includes training in a wide range of techniques such as the ‘Nefertiti’ neck lift, correction of masseteric hypertrophy (jaw slimming) and the use of microcannula, among many others. Taught by facial aesthetics experts, you will practice on live cosmetic models in small groups allowing you to gain experience and confidence in performing a variety of advanced techniques. In addition, you will be provided with lifelong access to our online training materials including our extensive video library demonstrating these procedures in action. Click here to book your place on our Advanced Botulinum Toxin (sometimes known as Botox®) and Dermal Fillers Course now.
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Q&A With Elle Reid, Dentist And Facial Aesthetics Practitioner

Elle Reid is a qualified dentist, with experience as a Senior House Officer in a maxillofacial department as well as working with facial trauma patients in A&E. Elle trained in 2015 to deliver dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. She started her facial aesthetics business the following year and has since expanded to six more locations across Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland. We asked Elle about the importance of her dentistry qualifications in relation to facial aesthetics and why she believes there is a growing marketplace for treatments. You have many clients choosing from a range of treatments. What is your favourite treatment to perform? Aesthetics has always been something that has interested me because it makes a real difference to my clients. I always take a full face approach to my aesthetics and enjoy providing a combination of treatments in the form of facial contouring. By understanding the ideal facial proportions of both men and women, I like combining the use of muscle relaxing injections and dermal fillers to balance and complement certain features of the face such lifting the cheekbones, feminising the chin and jawline balancing them with the nose and lips. I love how the results from non-surgical aesthetics treatments are in most cases instant if not develop over the following couple of weeks with little or no downtime for my clients. As facial contouring, even with subtle results, can have such a huge impact - showing my client their end results is my favourite part of treatment, I often have clients send me selfies showing off their subtle enhancements. What’s the most requested treatment? Easily lips. I feel this reflects the current trends in beauty. Ever since Kylie Jenner announced she has undergone lip augmentation the popularity for lip fillers has boomed, and despite her now claiming to have had hers removed, the demand doesn’t appear to have subsided. In my opinion, every lip augmentation should be bespoke. The lips should be treated in harmony with the rest of the face taking into consideration the facial proportions and features. There are so many different techniques that can be applied to lip augmentation you can really have a lot of fun with them creating perfectly proportioned pouts that the clients love. What do you find most rewarding about working as an aesthetic practitioner? My clients come to me with something that they want to correct or enhance about themselves and we work together to make a plan to give them the results they want. Aesthetics treatments are always elective, meaning you are providing treatments that the clients want. There is nothing more satisfying than handing a client a mirror after completing treatment and seeing their reaction to their results. Many of my clients come back to me which means I build a relationship and rapport with them without the time constraints imposed on me in other areas of work. For me, this gives me a high level of job satisfaction. At present, the cosmetic surgery industry is booming, particularly in the field of facial aesthetics. There is constantly new techniques, products and procedures coming on to the market. On a personal level, it is exciting to be advancing my career in an area that is not only in high demand but is changing and developing so much. How do you think training to inject Botulinum Toxin can improve your dental practice? As a dentist, I feel I am ideally placed to offer aesthetics treatments. Undoubtedly there is a crossover between our regular dental patients and aesthetics clients. It is a combination of getting to know your dental patients and being able to see the bigger picture. And like most dentists, I was to keep as many of my patients as possible and that means offering both the dental and aesthetic services that patients are now looking for. How do you think we can improve the safety of the aesthetic industry? Being an aesthetics practitioner can potentially be quite isolating unless you reach out to other practitioners both locally and nationally. Experience, knowledge and continued professional development are key to maintaining your own professional standards and ensuring safe practice. By sharing experiences with other practitioners and forming a network around you we can all continue to improve on our own patient care. I am a big advocate of peer review and shadowing. In my practice, I have senior practitioners who I can seek advice from as well as regularly inviting practitioners to shadow my own work. In Newcastle, I have established a group of other dental care professionals who meet at the University to discuss everything on aesthetics from managing or preventing complications, injection technique and product choice. Educating patients is also as important, I always discuss my professional background and encourage clients to do their own research. Ultimately you can’t stop a client from seeking treatment from a non-health care professional but you can highlight the importance of a professionally trained practitioner. What advice would you give to dentist looking for a facial aesthetics training provider? Do your research! Every training provider takes a different approach to training. My tips would be to; Speak to others who have trained - it is likely they have trained with a variety of providers. Choose an accredited provider - many courses hold the title of being accredited, but who the course is accredited by should be an important decider. By choosing a course that is accredited by Ofqual you know that the training provided is regulated and adheres to standards suggested by Health Education England (HEE). Look for courses that are CPD-certified. Choose a course that provides adequate theoretical and clinical learning - whether it is to start your learning with a foundation level course or to top up skills with an advanced course, look for a course that will provide sufficient theoretical teaching before, during and after the course. Understand exactly how much hands-on experience you will get on the course – find out the ratio of students to one trainer. The bigger the group, the less hands-on experience you are likely to experience. Support – look for a provider that offers you support following your training. It can be in the form of social media forums or links to the trainers - this help is invaluable to newly trained delegates.
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Acquisition Aesthetics shortlisted for the Best Independent Training Provider award 2018!

On 1st December 2018, Acquisition Aesthetics will be proudly attending the Aesthetics Awards ceremony in Central London, having been nominated for the Sinclair Pharma Award for Best Independent Training Provider of the year award. We are truly honoured to have been nominated for such a prestigious award which will be presented to the training provider whose programme is considered to have advanced the education of aesthetic professionals most effectively during the last year. At Acquisition Aesthetics, we hope that we are recognised for our unwavering commitment to excellence in teaching and our constant endeavour to improve and develop the standards of practice in the aesthetic field. As our delegates and model patients are already aware, our priority when it comes to training is to provide a safe learning environment to nurture clinical excellence and ensure beautiful results. Whilst the enforceable legislation surrounding the administration of toxin and dermal fillers remains scanty, we aim to combat the dangerous and destructive consequences occurring through improper or irresponsible practice by training our delegates to the highest possible benchmarks of theoretical understanding and practical skill. We are also pleased to announce that following a high-demand from the North-East of England and Scotland, we are taking our gold-standard training courses to the cosmopolitan city of Newcastle, and we intend to keep growing. Last year, Acquisition Aesthetics was thrilled to be awarded a commendation within the Best Independent Training Provider category of 2017, having only been in operation for 18 short months. This year, we intend to go all the way and bring the award home with us!
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HIGH STREET BOTULINUM TOXIN: WHAT’S THE DEAL?

  After the recent announcement of Superdrug launching Botulinum Toxin (sometimes known as Botox®) and filler treatments, healthcare professionals, customers and beauty industry insiders were all divided on the subject. While the project promises to offer customers high street pricing (starting from £99) for luxury services, questions surrounding potential health consequences and the dangers of trivialising medical treatments are causing some experts to express scepticism and concern... To be able to offer a competitive and safe service in this field, Superdrug will need to employ trained experts, provide thorough client-focussed consultations and ensure exceptional standards of treatment, consistently. Understandably, some have questioned whether a commercial store like Superdrug has the infrastructure to deliver this sort of service when. Whilst Superdrug is undeniably orientated around health and well-being, the company is nonetheless leaping from retail to clinical interventions and some would say this is a leap too far. According to the company’s Head of Health and Wellbeing Services, Caris Newson, Superdrug are fully aware of the potential risks and have been executing every step keeping public health their main priority.     The statement shows careful consideration from Superdrug’s side but doesn’t address every concern raised on the matter.  We have explored the key issues surrounding this launch to provide a critical review and an overall opinion as a training provider safeguarding standards of practice and public safety. The Service and The Environment After announcing the launch of Botulinum Toxin and treatment services, Newson emphasized the importance of a professional environment. Offering private consultation rooms completely separate from the shop floor, is definitely a ‘big tick’ in the box: besides the obvious sanitary benefits, a private room can also take away from the traditional high street feeling and create a more welcoming and trusted environment for customers. The service also won’t allow walk-in customers, which is another positive feature. Instead, customers (strictly only over the age of 25) will have to book via phone to first consult with a practitioner nurse and later fill out a medical questionnaire which is assessed by experts. Impulse buying pay be encouraged amongst retail customers of Superdrug but if they want to create a credible and responsible service, it is vitally important this concept is not exploited through the new aesthetic treatments on offer. The Method Of course, the procedure itself carries the most risks. From low-quality fillers to self-proclaimed “experts” and mistakes in administration, ‘botched jobs’ in Botulinum Toxin and dermal fillers can cause a range of serious health issues such as haematoma or abscess formation, skin necrosis, granulomas and even blindness. Superdrug ambassador, Dr. Pixie McKenna acknowledged the issue in her following statement, reassuring that the company will be careful with selecting the practitioners:   Our Thoughts This ambitious project could make Botulinum Toxin and filler treatments more accessible to the public, encouraging other high street giants such as Boots to roll-out a similar project. In some ways, this project may be regarded as empowering the public to access treatments which have traditionally been considered ‘luxury’ and reserved for the likes of the rich and famous. As a ‘big fish’ in the retail world, Superdrug will be under watchful scrutiny more than most cosmetic clinics operating in the UK. Perhaps they are therefore more likely to adhere to the legislation and guidance in this field, protecting standards of practice and promoting customer satisfaction.   As the popularity of these treatments continues to climb,  we urge customers to maintain respect for the medical significance of receiving treatment and stay informed of the potential risks and side effects. Clients should assess their practitioners on an individual basis, ensuring they have the appropriate background in healthcare and can demonstrate a satisfactory level of training and experience.   If you would like more information on the treatments available as a cosmetic model patient with Acquisition Aesthetics, please follow this link or contact us on 02033895611 or email us at models@acquisitionaesthetics.co.uk
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