Cosmetic practitioners can dictate their own working hours and working location. No longer are you at the whim of changing rotas, night shifts and annual leave restrictions. Want to work two days per week and spend the rest of your time focusing on your family, business or other projects? Never want to work a night shift or weekend again? Cosmetic medicine allows this flexibility.
2015 is the perfect time to consider training in cosmetic medicine as the Government and GMC have started implementing regulation. This has led to improved standards by training organisations. Previously students would pay £1200 for basic Botox and Filler training. This would involve injecting one model and sitting through a few PowerPoint slides. Now students are required to complete University-standard eLearning and inject 20 treatments under direct supervision in order to be deemed competent. Graduates today can qualify as a safe and competent practitioners ahead of the curve for impending regulation shifts.
With cosmetic medicine on the verge of being credentialed, practitioners can effectively train according to GMC standards on a pathway to becoming a consultant like in other specialities. The GMC have developed frameworks for cosmetic practitioners to maintain annual appraisals and revalidate effectively.
It is no secret that the cosmetic industry is lucrative. Botox can earn a profit margin of £200 in a 30 minute consultation and treatment. Busy practitioners can earn over £2000 per day.
The significant earning potential has led to more and more healthcare professionals are turning towards cosmetic medicine as an alternative career or to supplement their existing income through an occasional weekend list.
The current figures for growth in the industry:
2005 – £750 million
2010 – £2.3 billion
2015 – £3.6 billion
No longer exclusively available to the rich and famous, interventions such as Botox and Dermal Fillers are sought after by the mainstream public as they become more acceptable and widely-known anti-ageing treatments.
Non-Invasive Cosmetic Medicine includes:
Skin Rejuvenation and Chemical Peels
Within these categories, there are new technologies and products being rapidly developed. This is an exciting and well-funded industry which rewards forward-thinking clinicians with new possibilities and treatment methods emerging on a monthly basis.