The Top 3 Aesthetic Medical Training Programs
Let’s preface this post by admitting that aesthetic medical training has a long way to go when it comes to accountability. Diving into the subject, the first thing that rocks most practitioners is the sheer number of sites that claim to offer “certifications”.
Certified training makes a great lure for prospective students, but the phrase itself doesn’t tell the whole story. Compliance enforcement for aesthetic providers that use injectables like Botox and Juvederm actually relies on state-by-state law. While most states require that you have a background in medicine, there are places that allow aesthetics treatments to be performed by providers that have done little more than reading a product usage pamphlet.
We’re assuming that you don’t want to be one of those providers. The truth is, nothing can replace experience when it comes to aesthetics treatments so keep these things in mind when you set out to find a training program:
What do the program reviews look like?
Don’t worry about what page they dominate on google, check Yelp reviews, the BBB and medical board complaint filings. realself.com has some good information too, but you have to dig a little.
Who will be instructing classes?
Instructors should be anatomy and dermatology experts. They also need to have a working understanding of the newest skin science. Programs that neglect hands-on experience will never offer the knowledge you gain from the actual touch and feel of the skin and products.
Do they know how to teach?
Skill and expertise are of little help if your instructor doesn’t have an ability and process to actually pass on the knowledge.
Our Research points to these as the Top 3 Institutions that can help you become a better aesthetic provider
- IAPAM: The International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine, their training program has been around since 2006 and though much of their training is done online with videos they do have a physical workshop attached to each course.
- InjectAbility Clinic: Small class size is something that every good institution boasts, though this is a small clinic it’s run by MD’s not corporate sponsors. The only downside is their single California location.
- Juvly Academy: This facility caught our eye because it is founded and taught hands-on by a plastic surgeon and dermatologist. In fact, the founding physician was actually a clinical instructor for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Finding an outstanding program is still just the first step in your aesthetic medical training, each treatment takes time and patience to truly master. The temptation to jump into injectables is normal for providers. After all, it’s great income and 90% of the time you’ll have a positive patient or client interaction as well.
Resist this temptation. One bad client experience can cost your business in both grassroots and social media marketing. Most Master Aestheticians will tell you that there is an art to what they do. This isn’t elitism, beautiful aesthetic treatments take dedication and an eye for both anatomy and proportion. Injection depth alone can be a tricky obstacle.
The good news is that you don’t have to jump into the process alone, although it’s a competitive field classes are a great place to build your own support group, not to mention gain an expert’s ear when you need to bounce your questions off someone.
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