We discussed in a previous blog about the relatively small number of medical practitioners who can perform Botox treatments, based on the training and qualification levels recommended in a 2015 report by the NHS’ Health Education England (HEE) department.
Beauty therapists may have read that blog and, particularly for those who are in the early stages of their careers, they may be wondering if they themselves are able to legally perform Botox treatments. The simple answer is yes, providing that they receive proper, thorough training. That can prove to be tricky as things stand, though, which complicates the issue.
One reason for this is that many training providers will insist on only teaching those with medical qualifications such as doctors, nurses and paramedics. Botox is very different from a typical beauty treatment, so the teaching becomes very different, and this applies too to the organisations delivering such training.
Another reason concerns the perspective that a client may have of the person delivering the treatment. Because Botox must be prescribed face-to-face, a client will feel more confident in agreeing to the injections if it is being agreed upon by a fully qualified medical professional. The same applies to the treatment itself: heading into Botox with a doctor or a dentist is, fairly or unfairly, seen in a different light as it is from entering the treatment room with a beauty therapist. A beauty therapist is extremely skilled and very well-trained, but the word “medical” adds a lot of weight to the credentials of the practitioner.
Of course, if a beauty therapist is able to undergo the sufficient medical training, or if they already hold a medical qualification from past studies (as many do), then they are fully able to legally perform these injections. Their beauty achievements allow them to perform a certain amount of treatments, but having the appropriate medical qualifications allows the therapist to explore new avenues, one of them being Botox. Check out our aesthetics treatments training courses.
So, as you can see, a beauty therapist will require medical qualifications at a high standard if they are able to branch out into performing Botox. It’s not impossible, but it is a challenge, and it is something that any beauty therapists reading this blog will need to seriously consider.
You can read more about our Botox treatments, and our own team of medical professionals, by visiting www.clinicat.co.uk.