Aesthetics Training 101

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What Is Aesthetics Training?

Are you planning to focus on aesthetician services and need certification? Or do you want to develop or sharpen your skills to provide better medspa treatment? Then aesthetics training is the way to go. Even if everything seems “easy”, training is a great way to gain more confidence and increase the quality and effectiveness of your aesthetic procedures. Read on to learn more.

What is aesthetics training? Who needs it?

Aesthetics training is the specialized medical aesthetics training for physician assistants or healthcare providers and nurse practitioners in treatments and services such as botulinum toxin (Botox), dermal fillers, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and others. Some training courses also focus on marketing.

Everyone who wants or plans to perform aesthetician services needs aesthetics training. This type of training is a great stepping stone for professionals e.g. a registered nurse who want to provide specialized services and improve their skills at the same time.

Is aesthetic medicine the same as dermatology?

Aesthetic medicine is not the same as dermatology. Aestheticians provide cosmetic and rejuvenating treatments or services. However, they don’t treat medical skin problems whereas dermatologists do. Dermatology focuses on diagnosing and treating or managing all skin-related problems ranging from skin infections and drug-allergy reactions to skin cancer and other skin disorders.  

What are the benefits of aesthetic courses?

Benefits of aesthetic courses include the following:

·         Opportunity to increase earnings

·         The training process is quick to complete

·         Aesthetic treatments are a growing market

·         Developing or improving skills such as injection techniques to enhance the effectiveness of the treatments

·         Access to various networking opportunities

·         Learning from top healthcare professionals and experts in the aesthetics industry

·         Keeping up with the latest trends, techniques, and methods

·         Improved client satisfaction

Types of aesthetics training

Different types of aesthetics training include:

·         Botox training/dermal filler training – usually an eight-hour course that equips participants with certification to provide services such as Botox and injectable dermal fillers.

·         Sclerotherapy training – a one-day program that results in sclerotherapy certification. Sclerotherapy focuses on treating varicose and spider veins.

·         Microdermabrasion training – one-day medical aesthetics training suitable for physicians who are considering providing microdermabrasion and chemical peels services.

Aesthetic training covers specific treatments and services. The courses are generally provided in a group setting like seminars or as private training. The latter is suitable specifically for medical professionals and their staff at medical spas, for example. Online webinars are also available, but they mainly focus on marketing the aesthetic practice.

What happens during training and what to expect?

Depending on the type of aesthetics training, candidates can expect to gain theoretical and practical knowledge about a specific subject such as chemical peels or Botox. They also get to practice safe and effective administration of the specific beauty and skincare treatments and services. During the training, participants also improve client relations and customer service skills.

Before the training day, all participants typically receive pre-course reading materials to read and study. These materials contain all the information you need for the theoretical aspect of the training. Of course, a qualified and board-certified trainer provides both theoretical and practical aspects during the course. But, reading the provided materials allows you to spend more time practicing.

The expert (aka, trainer) delivers and supervises the entire practical aspect of the course to ensure every participant adopts and sharpens a specific set of skills necessary for providing services such as microdermabrasion, sclerotherapy, or something else. For that reason, courses usually include smaller groups of participants.

In addition to learning how to administer injections or other treatments and services, participants also receive basic business knowledge, understand the science behind products and how to administer them safely, and learn how to improve their professional consultation and map out a treatment plan to respond to client’s wishes.

Upon completing the course, participants may receive mentoring and templates such as treatment or consent forms. Of course, this depends on the training program itself.

Do we practice on mannequins or live people? Do I need a model for medical aesthetics training courses?

Some trainers use mannequins, but practicing on live people is a lot better. While mannequins may look realistic, their “skin” isn’t the same as a human’s, making it more difficult to build and develop skills that a great aesthetician should have.

On mannequins, there are no repercussions if you make a mistake. During the training course, candidates learn from their mistakes, which is why it’s crucial to find a course that uses live people. Real people move and flinch, especially when needles are involved.

Aestheticians oftentimes work with clients who are nervous about the treatment and their job is to make the session as comfortable as they can. Live models allow you to improve your communication skills and help you learn to handle different kinds of clients.

Practicing on live models allows candidates to finalize the course successfully. That means their skills are at the highest level and they’re ready to work with clients.

When it comes to the live models, some courses already have models for you to work with. Others allow candidates to bring their models e.g. friends or family. This varies from one place to another.

Examples of how long training takes and the cost

The duration of medical aesthetic training sessions is usually eight hours. The costs of aesthetic training vary from one place to another. In some cases, the participants need to pay a $500 deposit to secure their spot, but the specific price isn’t publicly disclosed; potential participants can use the contact forms to get more information on the costs for those training courses. In other cases, the costs of the training are public and depend on the level of the training course. So, level 1 participants may need to pay around $1,000 whereas the master’s course could cost around $2,300.


Aesthetics training is a wonderful opportunity to improve the skills necessary for aesthetic treatments and services. The costs of the training course vary, and there is no “one size fits all” rule. Do a little research, find several courses, and choose the one that provides a reasonable price with qualified trainers, a well-structured program, and live models.