As many of you may already know, I am a non medic in the aesthetics industry. There is a lot of uproar regarding non medics performing the treatments that we do so I thought I would give you a bit of background information about myself and my qualifications.
I trained in aesthetics 5/6 years ago and have been training aesthetic treatments to medics and non medics for the past 3/4 years. I hold my Level 3 in Beauty Therapy, Level 3 First Aid, Level 4 in Micropigmentation, Level 4 Anatomy and Physiology, Level 4 Laser, Level 5 Laser, Foundation and Advanced Dermal Fillers, Complication Management, Skin Boosters, PDO Threads, Vitamin Injections and have recently completed my Ofqual Level 5 in Aesthetic Practice.
A lot of people disagree with non medics doing these treatments because they believe that they do not have the knowledge to do so. Whilst I completely disagree with this statement and the categorisation of non medic vs medic, I DO agree that there should be regulation in our industry and on the training academies that provide training. As a trainer myself I know from experience that being a medic does not necessarily make you a better injector nor does it make you a safer injector (if your initial training is a high standard as a non medic this should not be the case). What I do know is that you have lots of people who see this industry as a quick earner and are willing to do anything to get into it, not considering the safety of the people they will be treating. We know of people who have gone from being an accountant to an ‘advanced aesthetic practitioner’ within the space of 3 days – how is this possible? This is the sort of thing that gives non medics a bad name as we are categorised under that. What’s even worse is those people that are doing the short courses go on to actually teaching others within a period of weeks. Why is this allowed? To be able to offer training I had to be qualified in what I wanted to teach for a minimum of 2 years and hold my Education and Training qualification.
If training is done properly, the knowledge and experience you gain is definitely to a high enough standard (if not a higher standard than medics based on experience with the face). Heres an example; if you are a midwife for 15 years and qualify to do Aesthetics after attending a 4 day course, how do you have more experience with the face than a beauty therapist who has been qualified for 15 years and also attends an aesthetic course?
One of the other main issues or arguments we see being had over social media is that non medics DO NOT know how to deal with complications should they arise and CANNOT deal with them in a clinical setting. Well, in actual fact neither medics or non medics could deal with all complications in a clinical setting. For certain complications that do require medical attention, you would need to be in a hospital regardless of your background. All practioners (non medics and medics) should be properly trained on how to manage and deal with complications that may arise. Just because you’re a medic does not mean that in a clinical environment you would be able to.
It has recently been announced that over the coming years the Aesthetics Industry will become much more regulated. Ofqual have introduced an official Level 5 and Level 7 qualification in Aesthetic Practice this is not yet mandatory but will be. For those of you that don’t know, a Level 5 is considered a Foundation Degree and a Level 7 is considered a Masters Degree. By introducing this regulation it will mean that anybody who wants to enter the aesthetics industry MUST hold a Level 3 and Level 4 as a MINIMUM entry requirement and then they must do their Level 5 in Aesthetic Practice before moving forward to the Level 7 where they will then learn how to perform Anti Wrinkle Injections and Dermal Fillers. The level of assessment is much higher which then means that there is a high level of training all around.
We want to reiterate that we do not in any way think non medics should be stopped from these treatments and we in no way think that medics are ‘worse injectors’ than non medics. We just believe that regulation needs to come so that it allows those of us who have put so much work, effort, money into these qualifications to continue to perform this treatments in a safe manner.
We welcome regulation and advise anybody that is looking to enter this industry, be mindful of who you choose to be your trainer. Make sure you do your checks and ensure that the courses are to a high standard. Cheap isn’t better!