How to Become an Aesthetic Doctor?

As there is a great demand for cosmetic procedures, physicians tend to learn this kind of practice to meet the high demand of the service. To those practicing doctors and physicians, this could be an added income for them. The service of the doctor can become more efficient if his clinic or his service can offer more than 1 service. Not only that, they can keep their existing clients instead of giving that more income to another doctor who specializes on cosmetic procedures.

What is an Aesthetic Doctor?

Aesthetic doctor is the one who operates to change or alter the appearance, shade, surface, composition or position of the bodily features which to the one operated is normal.

How are they trained?

The most vital part before one can train as an Aesthetic doctor is to complete the residency training and experience. This is essential so the doctor would know the difference between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. One can never be an Aesthetic doctor unless he is a resident doctor and have completed the training of cosmetic surgery and has passed the certification test given.

Some schools offer different training for the following treatments:

Botox Treatment is one of the courses wherein doctors will know the modern method in curing a patient with an anti-aging demand. Not only they would know the modern way, they would also be trained on the safest way to apply the method to their patients. As the best marketing strategy is to have a happy client, having the safest method and the satisfaction of the patient should be taken care of.

Derma Fillers that will be applied to wrinkles and unappealing facial lines is another program so doctors can safely put in fillers to patients so they can achieve the optimum results. This is to better train the physicians so their patients would appear younger and effervescent.

Most teens or even older ones experience acne problems, so aesthetic doctors are trained to aid patients with acne solve this problem with the acne treatment. Facial scars would never be a problem anymore to anyone. For the doctor trained, it would be a good profit as most teens would love to get rid of this problem.

Where to find a certified Aesthetic doctor?

Search and investigate to find the most qualified doctor for your cosmetic procedure. Make sure that you are looking at the overall experience like the doctor’s residency records as well as after the residency records. Look for the certified doctor that have an outstanding experience with the same field that you want to have a surgery on.

Know the difference between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. Those plastic surgeons are not qualified to do cosmetic surgery unless they are certified on that field as well. They need to undergo specific trainings and tests before they can become an Aesthetic doctor. Never be fooled by knowing the great difference between the two to avoid any complications with your surgery.

7 Key Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Cosmetic Clinic

If you’re thinking of having cosmetic treatment you need to find a clinic/practitioner you can trust. You want your treatment done in a sensitive way to make sure you keep a natural look, and you want it done safely and with the best products.

Sadly we all see examples of poor treatment either in magazines or on television, and walking down the local high street as well. But remember that most of your friends who are having treatment probably just look great, and no-one knows they have had any treatment.

In good hands treatments like Botox or dermal fillers can be very effective and safe, but all medical procedures involve possible risks of side-effects or complications, so you are better finding the best trained and most experienced practitioner.

How can you best decide which of these people you can trust with something as precious as your face?

I suggest you should be as questioning when it comes to choosing your clinic as you would when making any important decision. It makes sense to be cautious.

The following advice is based on my experience over the past 9 years running my own cosmetic clinic and meeting people who have had a bad experience elsewhere.


Assess Your Practitioner Before They Assess You!

Just as you wouldn’t buy the first house you see, you shouldn’t assume that the first person you see about your appearance is going to suit you best either.

You need to find out what you can about their background and skill, and decide how comfortable you feel with their advice and the way they talk to you.

So, here are my top suggestions:

1. “What Is Your Background/Qualification?”

In the UK you may find the answer ranges from a plastic surgeon, doctor, nurse, dentist, physiotherapist, pharmacist, beautician or none of the above. (Anywhere else in Europe and the USA no-one except medically qualified doctors can administer injectable cosmetic treatments.)

Which of these would you feel will have knowledge of dermatology and diagnosis of related medical conditions, anatomy, and the knowledge and experience needed to help should any problems arise after treatment?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions – I am very surprised how few people ask searching questions about me and my practice. No practitioner should be surprised to be asked these things and shouldn’t be offended – in fact the more offended or uncomfortable they are the more likely they’re not as qualified as you’d like!

2. “How Long Have You Been Doing These Treatments And What Specialist Training Do You Have?”

Good question and of some help, but remember that just because someone has been offering treatments for a long time is no guarantee that they’re good! As a trainer of practitioners from relative beginner to more experienced I’ve seen a very wide range of skills, even when they’ve been offering treatment for a long time.

Good training is essential, but do they have evidence that they have been assessed after they’ve had training? Remember that simply attending a training session is no guarantee that they are good.

3. “Are You A Member Of A Recognised Professional Body?”

In the UK this might include General Medical Council (GMC), British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM), British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), General Dental Council (GDC) or Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

You can always check with the relevant governing body if you are unsure of someone’s qualifications.

4. “How Many Treatments Have You Carried Out And What Complications Have There Been?”

For this one, you just have to see how the question is answered as they could say what they like, but it still gives you a guide. No-one with experience will say that there has never been a complication, and shouldn’t be ashamed of saying so, as these are a medical fact of life. If someone insists that they never see any problems then you might question them further. If they can quote their own rate of complications then you should be impressed – this means that they monitor their treatments and results and take their practice and education seriously.

5. “How Easily Can I Contact You Or See You If I Have A Query Or A Problem?”

Some practitioners can be extremely hard to get ahold of when it comes to asking for advice following a treatment, especially if there is a problem. This is distressing and stressful if you are the patient. For example if your practitioner travels to a clinic only once a month they will not be available very often, so make sure you feel comfortable that advice in person will be available if you need it. For a more invasive procedure you should be given a mobile phone number to ring in case you have any worries out of normal hours.

6. “If I Have A Problem That You Can’t Deal With What Would You Do?”

There may very rarely be a situation where more specialist advice is needed if an unusual problem arises. Someone who has thought this through will have a ready answer to this question, which might be that they have a more experienced contact in the profession, or the product manufacturer will provide back-up and advice (I know from experience that not all manufacturers are good at this)

7. “Which Products Do You Use And Why?”

I’m sure you have heard about the breast implant scandal where industrial grade ingredients were being used in medical products to make them very cheaply. This ended up making more profit for the clinics using them but had disastrous results for the patient.

There are plenty of people in the industry who believe that there will be problems in the future because untried and untested treatments are frequently being launched with little proof that they are safe over a long period.

There are at least 4 major brands of botulinum toxin (the main ones being Botox itself, Xeomin, Azzalure and Dysport) with other manufacturers, not always reliable, appearing around the world; there are several hundred different types of filler available in Europe. Cost for the different brands varies greatly, but a clinic using a cheaper brand may still charge the same as a clinic using a more expensive one. You need to be sure that your clinic chooses their recommended filler/s because they are effective and safe, not because they are the cheapest and maximise their profit!

A well-established company will have done a lot of research to back up their claims of safety, effect and durability, while others may only have tested their product on a small sample of people over a short period of time – I know which I’d rather be treated with!

The same is true with lasers – the cost to buy can range from £20,000 to £80,000 for equipment that is supposed to do the same job. Ask yourself why someone would buy such an expensive machine if a cheaper one would work as well and be as safe?

That’s the seven questions but here are a few other things to think about before making your final decision about who to trust:

“Are You Being Given A True Choice Of Available Treatments Or Just Being Advised To Have A Treatment That Your Practitioner Happens To Do?”

If you are asking for advice on a particular problem you want to be sure you are offered the full range of options so you can make a choice based on the risks, benefits and costs of any treatment. Ethical advice would also include suitable treatments not offered by your practitioner – GMC guidance lays down that this is an important part of the consent process.

For example it is now agreed that the most basic part of facial rejuvenation is to have enough volume or “lift” in the cheeks, but there will be practitioners who don’t have the skill to treat this area so will never offer it to you.

Positive points

If your practitioner is involved with research into new treatments, is asked for opinions on products by companies in the aesthetic field, or if they are appointed as a trainer by one of the big companies then this is a good sign that they are respected within their profession.

A good practitioner should make their own assessment of your situation and make suggestions to you that you might not have thought of rather than just give you the treatment you’ve asked for – they should be the expert advising you after all.

Don’t forget to use your gut instinct. If someone appears open and easy to talk to the chances are that they will listen and be sympathetic to you when it comes to treatment, and you’re more likely to be happy with the results; if they don’t appear to listen or explain things, don’t seem confident when asking your questions, or you just don’t feel comfortable with the clinic setting then you would do better to look elsewhere.

Negative points

If you’re not comfortable with the person during the consultation then go elsewhere.

Beware if the clinic you are in seems more concerned about selling you a treatment or series of treatments than listening to your concerns. Be especially wary if you are told that a certain price will only be valid if you book today, or if you are told that you could have additional surgery at the same time at a special rate. This is purely a sign that the clinic works on commission and may care more about its profit than your well-being.

Choosing From Among The Services Offered By An Aesthetic Clinic

Today, cosmetic dentistry is getting more and more popular especially for the young ones. Since they always want to look and feel good, they go to cosmetic dentists to see what they can do to help them achieve that perfect smile. Cosmetic dentists have received extensive training in the use of dental materials and in the concepts of smile design, all of which they use to help their patients achieve their aesthetic goals. And so, in some cases, cosmetic and restorative dentistry have points of overlap.

However, cosmetic dentists focus more on the aesthetic aspect rather than restoring teeth to their optimal function. In order to achieve this goal, practitioners must combine a good understanding of the anatomy of the teeth and gums, the use of dental materials, and a good eye which comes as a result of extensive training and years of experience.

On top of that, cosmetic dentists are expert communicators. Their profession entails communicating with their patients and coordinating with other dental professionals, like lab technicians. So, how exactly can a cosmetic dentist help you? It all starts with a visit to an aesthetic clinic. Choosing from among the services offered by your trusted aesthetic clinic will help you achieve your goals.

– Dental examination. This should be the very first step. In most cases, patients, especially those who have underlying dental or health issues like discolored or missing teeth, need to undergo a thorough dental examination. This will allow your cosmetic dentist to have a full understanding of your unique circumstance and what it will take to get the outcomes you are after. Your dentist will now list the possible treatment options which can help you upgrade your smile. During this conversation, your cosmetic dentist should explain to you how each option works and how much each will cost you, as well as a timeline.

– Teeth whitening. This refers to treatments which can be done at home or at a dentist’s office which are designed to improve the color of a patient’s teeth.

– Composite bonding. This refers to the procedure wherein composite resin is attached to the teeth to improve appearance and strength.

– Dental implants. These are used to replace the roots of missing teeth. Along with a dental crown, implants serve as replacement for missing teeth. Bridges are used to literally bridge the gap between two teeth.

– Veneers. These, on the other hand, are used to hide dental imperfections. Porcelain crowns may also be used for teeth that have been extensively damaged.

Indeed, your cosmetic dentist can do wonders to help you achieve that perfect smile and be more confident in facing other people. Learn to choose which among these dental services offered by your trusted aesthetic clinic is best suitable for you.

6 Tips to Adding Aesthetic Medical Procedures to Your Practice

Physicians need to find a way to utilize their skills to expand the scope of their practice. The growing demand for personal attention and service in medicine may provide opportunities for physicians who see the benefit of addressing these needs.

Don’t try and re-invent the wheel, learn from our experience, here are 6 tips that will help you successful add medical aesthetics to your practice.

1. Do It Because You Want To Do It

Adding medical aesthetic procedures is going to add another dimension to your practice. Adding a cash-based revenue center to your practice should yield great returns. However, if you are not doing what you truly enjoy, it will show on your bottom-line. As you will probably be spending more time and money than you originally planned, you need to make sure adding aesthetic medical procedures is what you really want to do.

Why are more and more physicians looking at adding these cash-based aesthetic medicine procedures? One reason is fees are much higher than those for reimbursable procedures.

2. Start with a Road Map

You should have a clear strategy of what services, procedures and products you will offer. Don’t try to be everything to everyone. Adding medical aesthetics typically combines medical and aesthetic procedures along with complementary skin care products.

One thing I strongly advocate is having a plan. You should have a business plan that outlines what you want to accomplish (goals), and a road map on how you are going to get there. You should have a marketing plan to clearly outline what you are going to do in order to get the best return on your investment (time).

A very important part of your business plan is to clearly understand what the top minimally invasive procedures are, and who is having them done.

3. Product, Equipment, Service

Before you purchase any equipment, you should know which procedures you are going to perform in your practice. Hair removal, although popular, is very commoditized. You may want to focus on vascular and pigmented lesions, skin tightening, wrinkles and acne scars, and skin rejuvenation. It is also important that your equipment can be easily upgraded as new technologies become available, and not need to be replaced.

Don’t forget about ensuring each room has sufficient space to highlight the skin care line you will also carry. When choosing your skin care products, choose the ones you really believe in. Otherwise, you are missing a huge profit opportunity.

4. Building your Dream Team

Since you will not want to be tied down to the day to day operations of the medical aesthetic portion of the practice, you may consider hiring a medical aesthetics director. This person needs to have exceptional customer service values, and be talented enough to choose and develop the right team to perform your medical aesthetics procedures.

The nice thing about offering medical aesthetic procedures is that in most States you do not have to do the actual procedures, you can hire an experienced aesthetician, RN, PA, or NP to do them. This allows that part of your practice to generate revenue whether you are there or not.

5. Marketing and Promotion

First of all you need to let all your current patients know about your new aesthetic medicine procedures, but do not think this is enough! You will need to have a comprehensive marketing plan prior to your grand opening. You may want to offer free informational sessions on popular topics (i.e. wellness) or a special promotional treatment package.

6. Don’t forget about regulatory and insurance issues

Since you will be incorporating medical procedures in your practice you need to ensure you have the proper liability coverage for the procedures you will be performing. While you may already have malpractice insurance, it may not cross-over to your medical aesthetic practice. Many insurers are now requiring offices adding or expanding cosmetic-aesthetic procedures to their practice to document clinical and/or accredited training on all non-ablative modalities before a policy of coverage will be extended. Please consult your insurance provider and your legal advisor to ensure you are accurately covered.

The underlying theme here is – Be Prepared! The key to any business success, including expanding your practice, is having clinical expertise and to be constantly cross-marketing your available medical aesthetic treatments to your regular patient base.

As you develop and grow your aesthetic practice, you are going to experience the same growing pains common to any new business, the key is identifying them and responding to them.

Botox Injections and Restylane Injections and the Aesthetic Skin Treatment Market

The quest for youth is driving growth for many cosmetic products manufacturers and service companies. Women in particular are visiting day spas and clinics in increasing numbers to have a variety of skin treatments including Botox injections and Restylane injections. These products help to reduce the signs of skin aging and combined with an overall beauty and aesthetic treatment, women enjoy the treatments and they appear to increase their self esteem.

Allergan Inc., the manufacturer of Botox earned almost $900 million in 2006 and reports sales are growing. Although Botox injections are a small part of the skin care treatment market today, it is enjoying faster rates of growth than other treatment types.

Baby Boomers Needing a Non-Surgical Face Lift

The baby boom generation is well into that period of life when the body and skin are showing signs of aging. Both men and women suffer from skin damage having been ravaged by years of use and climatic damage in combination with other again factors. However, the cosmetic products and spa treatment market is very much dominated by women who seek a variety of services including Botox injections, Restylane perlane injections, microdermabrasion, chemical facial peels, mesotherapy, non-surgical facelifts, IPL acne treatments, along with laser vein removal, scar removal and laser hair removal. Many day spas also offer massage treatments and detox foot spas.

While beauty only runs skin deep, these services appear to help women feel better about themselves. The damage wrought by the sun and wind, and time, does deteriorate the appearance of the skin. Even those blessed with beautiful, flawless skin don’t escape the deleterious effects of nature and time. And there are those who endure problems from accidents, surgery, birth marks, and other conditions that affect how other people treat them. That’s why aesthetic clinics are such a great service for millions of people who only have surgeons to turn to.

Botox Treatments

Botox treatments are in increasing demand for other conditions such as sweating, migraine headaches, and muscle twitching. Treating migraine headaches with Botox Injections has still not received approval in the US but is available in Canada.

The positive result for Botox injections is in how they relax tense facial muscles which have created wrinkles and grooves in the facial skin. The tight, spasmodic facial muscles are the result of years of active living and exposure to the joys, stress and sorrows of life. Some people are affected more than others. Facial relaxation exercises unfortunately don’t solve these issues when they’ve taken decades to develop. The easiest way to get rid of those face lines and neck bands, is to have a Botox treatment.

You may have thought your frown, crows feet, and eye bags were permanent, however Botox injections and a good overall aesthetic treatment at a day spa can revive your looks considerably.

The Miracle of Botox

Botox is a purified protein. It’s also known as a poison, but when used in cosmetic skin treatments, it’s only administered in very minute doses. These are sufficient though to achieve the desired effect of relaxing facial muscles. When small doses are injected directly into the muscles, impulses from the nerves to the injected muscle causing the wrinkles are blocked – allowing them to relax. This relaxing of the muscles allows the skin to smooth out thus causing those persistent lines that which developed over time to diminish.

Restylane Perlane is another substance that when injected creates fuller or more plump lips. Restylane(TM) is a crystal-clear, biodegradable gel created from a natural substance called hyaluronic acid. The Restylane gel is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle. The results are instant and produce long-lasting, natural enhancements that are gentle and safe to your skin. The Restylane injections take about 30 minutes and lasts for up to 9 months. It’s just another way of getting back what nature has taken away.

There are hundreds of aesthetic clinics and day spas throughout North America. While we’d like to believe the aesthetic staff are trained professionals with extensive experience in performing Botox injections and Restylane injections, there is of course going to be differences in the quality of the treatments. Private local establishments may not have training resources or the professional quality of service that you’d expect. They may be selling a particular treatment because it’s all they do.

You may want to search for those day spas that offer a variety of treatments. They are more likely to assess you and provide services that will address your skin’s special condition and then provide services you actually need. Skin treatment services are very popular and there are hundreds of mom and pop boutique aesthetic shops popping up everywhere. Ask for a free consultation and ensure that they really have your best interests in mind when they recommend a treatment.

Aesthetic Clinic – Five Tips to Help You Choose a Beauty Salon

A beauty treatment is a privileged moment and it is important to select a clinic where all your needs will be fulfilled and where you will want to return again and again. Before choosing a beauty clinic and making your appointment, here are a few tips to help you choose the right place for you.

1) A welcoming staff.

The way a client is greeted is the basic criterion when the time comes to choose a beauty salon. On the telephone as in person, the person in charge of greeting the clients must be professional and friendly. He or she must take the time necessary to appropriately answer your questions, whether they are about the treatments offered or the prices.

2) An atmosphere that suits you

When entering the beauty institute premises, you should feel calm and relaxed. The background music should be soft and light. Noises from outside should not be audible in the treatment rooms. The intensity of light is also to be seriously considered. Obviously, a cold and intense lighting just can’t allow you to relax during a facial or body treatment.

3) Comparison of prices and costs

Even if you have already chosen a Montreal beauty salon, think about making comparisons of the prices with other clinics. However, always make sure that the treatments you have selected are comparable to one another. At all times, you must take the quality of the services offered into account. Some salons regularly offer promotional prices or rebates on specific treatments. This is a good opportunity for you to try a new treatment, without breaking your piggy bank.

4) Cleanliness

Of course, all rooms of the beauty salon must be perfectly clean. At the time of your first visit, you may ask to see the rooms where the treatments are to be given. You may also ask for more information about the hygiene measures policy applied by the personnel.

5) Treatments and the beautician giving them

Generally speaking, professional estheticians are reserved and helpful people. Yours should be listening to you, while taking all your comments and concerns into account. If you are welcomed by your name, you will feel more confident. As for the treatment itself, it must be performed delicately and attentively.

When you have chosen a beauty salon that perfectly meets your needs and expectations, don’t hesitate to remain faithful to its personnel. The staff will know you increasingly well, and then will be able to provide you with a more personalized service. They will suggest you the treatments that suit you best, and both of you will develop a long-term trusting relationship.

How To Choose The Ideal Skin Clinic?

People in general want to look young and beautiful. They do not want their skin to show an signs of aging and they often take the help of a variety of cosmetic treatments to stay young. If you order to treat different skin diseases and to avail of different cosmetic treatments such as Botox treatment, laser hair removal etc. people have to find the right skin clinic. Given the fact that there are way too many skin clinics in most cities around the globe, it becomes difficult for people to opt for a single clinic.

Here are a few tips that will help you in choosing the ideal skin clinic:

1. Look for a clinic with experienced doctors – you should opt for a clinic which has experiences doctors and dermatologists who can provide you with all kinds of cosmetic treatments. If you suffer from any skin disease, you will find the services of such a clinic beneficial as their experienced doctors can easily diagnose the root cause of your disease and provide effective treatment accordingly. Besides, they will also be able to conduct all kinds of aesthetic treatments.

2. Do not fall for the hype – do not fall for the hype and opt for a clinic which is being highly advertises in newspaper, TV and other media. Instead, you should opt for a clinic which is genuine and is not known to make any fake promises to the patients. Such a clinic will be capable to treating all kinds of skin diseases or provide effective cosmetic solutions to the patients.

3. Select a clinic that gives many options – if you are looking for aesthetic treatments, you should only select a skin clinic which can provide you with many options, when it comes to dealing with a cosmetic problem. For example, you should be provided with laser hair removal and other treatment options, if you are looking for a way to remove body hair permanently. You should not have to compromise and opt for a treatment that you are not comfortable with.

4. Choose a clinic which has all the latest equipment – the clinic that you choose should have access to all the latest equipment and tools needed to provide you with the best skincare treatments possible. They should not conduct any cosmetic treatment by using outdated equipment which can cause a lot of damage to your skin.

Choosing a Cosmetic Surgery Clinic Overseas – Finding Out If They Are Reputable

When you are choosing a cosmetic surgery clinic at home, you face a number of issues and considerations that you need to weigh up before deciding who to contact. However, choosing a cosmetic surgery clinic overseas can present a number of similar, and a number of very different issues to evaluate before deciding which clinic is the correct one for you.

The most important consideration initially is to find out if the cosmetic surgery clinic is reputable. This can require you carrying out a certain amount of research, to establish if the clinic and your surgeon in particular, have the necessary qualifications and experience in order to carry out your cosmetic surgery successfully. However, this need not be as difficult as you may think, and the independent results can often give you a much better idea on the standard of experience and service as well the results you can expect from the cosmetic clinic.

With the growth of the internet, a large number of web sites have become accessible to individuals seeking to research which overseas cosmetic surgery clinics would be right for them. Many of these offer independent advice and opinions, allowing you to decide which is the most appropriate cosmetic surgeon and cosmetic clinic for you.

Within the UK, you are able to check on cosmetic surgery clinics membership of associations such as the British Association of Plastic Surgeons (BAPS), or the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), both of whom offer extensive information on cosmetic surgery as a whole, but whom are committed to the advancement of education and service within the field of cosmetic and plastic surgery. However, there are a number of organisations throughout the world, who also are committed to similar goals within their regions. I have listed a number of these below:

  1. The European Association of Plastic Surgeons
  2. Spanish Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
  3. German Society of Plastic Surgery
  4. Swiss Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
  5. Belgian Society of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery
  6. Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa

In all instances, it is worth verifying whether the cosmetic surgeon you are choosing is a member of their relevant association. Feel free to ask about cosmetic surgery clinic, what qualifications they have, and what associations they are affiliated to. Surgeons who are qualified and are members of the appropriate societies will always be happy to answer any queries you may have regarding their qualifications and experience.

Always remember, this is your surgery, and your choice. It is worthwhile doing the research and the appropriate checks, to ensure you achieve the best results with your cosmetic surgery.