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I’m a current med student and I’m pretty interested in medical aesthetics/cosmetics. But there’s not much solid info on getting into it. E.g. do you need to complete fy1 and fy2 before going into aesthetics or do you need to do speciality training too?
How similar is derm to aesthetics?
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(Original post by sayxo)
I’m a current med student and I’m pretty interested in medical aesthetics/cosmetics. But there’s not much solid info on getting into it. E.g. do you need to complete fy1 and fy2 before going into aesthetics or do you need to do speciality training too?
How similar is derm to aesthetics?
There isn't a formal specialty called "aesthetics". What do you want to do?

I have friends who trained in dermatology (via the IMT / CMT pathway) and also plastic surgery (via CST) and they have left the NHS doing stuff like this.

On the other hand, you technically don't need to have formally trained in derm / plastics to do stuff like this.
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How similar is derm to aesthetics?
Basically not at all?

I have no personal experience but it all seems a bit Wild West and potentially medicolegally dicey.
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What do you mean by aesthetics? Botox? Filler?
If so, you don’t need dermatology for this at all, given that other healthcare professionals can enter this field too.
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There isn't a formal specialty called "aesthetics". What do you want to do?

I have friends who trained in dermatology (via the IMT / CMT pathway) and also plastic surgery (via CST) and they have left the NHS doing stuff like this.

On the other hand, you technically don't need to have formally trained in derm / plastics to do stuff like this.
So derm is what I want to do ultimately- but I’ve done a bit of research and the courses offered by Harley street academy for example do require you to be registered with the GMC as a doctor or other medical professional. This being the “aesthetics” part of my question and I know there isn’t any formal training pathways but I can’t find any info on if I would have to complete fy1 and 2 before going into “medical aesthetic” jobs. But thank you for the info!
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What do you mean by aesthetics? Botox? Filler?
If so, you don’t need dermatology for this at all, given that other healthcare professionals can enter this field too.
Yup I understand that but as a doctor, how far would I have to be in NHS training before entering the field is what I’m confused about. Thank you!
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Basically not at all?

I have no personal experience but it all seems a bit Wild West and potentially medicolegally dicey.
oh okie! I’ve seen a lot of “social media” docs who are derms but focus on aesthetic treatments privately too !
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oh okie! I’ve seen a lot of “social media” docs who are derms but focus on aesthetic treatments privately too !
Depends doesn't it? It's not the same as someone who's just finished FY2 though.
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Yup I understand that but as a doctor, how far would I have to be in NHS training before entering the field is what I’m confused about. Thank you!
It depends on the eligibility criteria of the course you’ve decided to take - I don’t think there’s a specific level of training. I say this because I know of an aesthetics course which is available to dental students in their penultimate and ultimate year - although they’d obviously not be qualified to undertake treatments at that stage, the training can begin as early as then.
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All you need is a BTEC in hairdressing, a £200 course and someone stupid enough to have toxins in their face and you’re good to go.

Also don’t be conned by the Harley Street image/brand. Any goon can rent a clinic on Harley street and abuse the heritage.
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All you need is a BTEC in hairdressing, a £200 course and someone stupid enough to have toxins in their face and you’re good to go.

Also don’t be conned by the Harley Street image/brand. Any goon can rent a clinic on Harley street and abuse the heritage.
Oo ok, do you not think Botox should be injected by medically trained doctors -this is what the courses seem to emphasise?
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Oo ok, do you not think Botox should be injected by medically trained doctors -this is what the courses seem to emphasise?
Not necessarily, some of our specially trained nurses can inject Botox and do nerve root blocks.

I work in neurology and don't touch aesthetics (even though have been asked).
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Oo ok, do you not think Botox should be injected by medically trained doctors -this is what the courses seem to emphasise?
Dentists can provide facial aesthetic work too, it’s not as specialised and niche as you think.
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Oo ok, do you not think Botox should be injected by medically trained doctors -this is what the courses seem to emphasise?
Plenty of nurses run Botox clinics too. What little I know of the aesthetics market is that it is saturated with practitioners and isn’t the money maker many assume it will be.
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Not necessarily, some of our specially trained nurses can inject Botox and do nerve root blocks.

I work in neurology and don't touch aesthetics (even though have been asked).
Could you expand on that? How is aesthetics used in neurology?
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Plenty of nurses run Botox clinics too. What little I know of the aesthetics market is that it is saturated with practitioners and isn’t the money maker many assume it will be.
Oh okay, thanks a lot guys!
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Could you expand on that? How is aesthetics used in neurology?
It is not, it's just that people know I am involved in Botox injections and have asked me.
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It is not, it's just that people know I am involved in Botox injections and have asked me.
Ah okay thank you!
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I was more interested in jobs like these, what are your opinions on this ?
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