Frequently Asked Questions about Skin Rejuvenation Courses
Why should I do a Level 4 in Skin Rejuvenation?
Much like our Level 7 in Injectables, our Level 4 in Skin Rejuvenation meets the latest Health Education England guidelines for delivery of non-surgical cosmetic procedures. These guidelines have set the new standard of training that all practitioners – both medics and non-medics – should meet if they are performing skin peels, micro-needling, mesotherapy, botulinum toxins or dermal fillers.
GMC guidance states that medical professionals should adhere to the HEE Guidelines in order to be practising ethically and within their competence. Beauty therapists are not yet bound by legislation of any kind on these matters, but the HEE Guidelines and subsequent voluntary self-regulation of the aesthetics industry is likely paving the way for eventual regulation of the aesthetics industry. The best way to future-proof your career is to gain a fully compliant qualification at the level specified in the HEE Guidelines. In Skin Rejuvenation, this starts at a Level 4.
As a medical training provider we are committed to pushing for regulation and higher standards within aesthetic medicine. However, the story doesn’t stop there. Our courses are fun, challenging, informative and confidence-building. They don’t just make you legally capable of performing treatments. They make you proficient. They make you outstanding. But don’t just take our word for it – listen to our students.
What is the difference between manufacturer and Harley Academy training?
Harley Academy training will prepare you excellently for manufacturer training. The two kinds of training are perfectly complementary and ideally done together.
Manufacturer training is generally limited to a single device or product range. Harley Academy is an unsponsored training organisation, which is means our priority is to ensure that our students are empowered with all of the best tools, regardless of the manufacturer.
Our Level 4 training in Skin Rejuvenation is specifically designed to equip you with a firm overall understanding of the skin, associated conditions and useful topical skincare. This means you will find any specific manufacturer training easier to pick up after training with us. Our training also focuses on practical competency, and is designed to help you feel confident with a wide range of patients in a professional clinic setting.
What is the difference between L4 Beauty Therapy and L4 Skin Rejuvenation?
Level 4 in Beauty Therapy courses are aimed exclusively at Level 3 qualified beauty therapists looking to work in salons and across cosmetic beauty techniques. It focuses on a wide range of treatments, moderately more advanced than those which were covered in Level 3 Beauty Therapy.
By contrast, the Level 4 in Skin Rejuvenation is aimed at medical and clinical professionals such as doctors, dental nurses, and physiotherapists, as well as beauticians. This internationally recognised qualification allows you to progress onto Level 5, 6, and 7 qualifications meaning that you could become a highly trained medical aesthetics specialist. We have explained the differences in more detail in our article on Level 4 Beauty Therapy vs. Level 4 Skin Rejuvenation.
I am a doctor. Why do I need to start with a Foundation Day?
The Foundation Day in Skin Rejuvenation for Aesthetic Medicine is the best place for anyone to start with skin techniques as it covers every technique in one day as well as specific skin anatomy skimmed over or missed by most medical degrees. It is also required for insurance, meaning you cannot legally practice without having obtained your accredited Foundation Day certificate.
I am a doctor. Why do I need to start with the Level 4?
As a medical or clinical professional you will already have a level 6 undergraduate degree or higher in your medical or clinical discipline. However, the Level 7 in Skin Rejuvenation works as a continuous qualification suite, and must be completed sequentially by all learners. Each level builds on specialist knowledge acquired by passing the previous level. This does not mean that you necessarily need to take the courses in full. If you can pass the assessments for Level 4, 5, and 6 then you will be able to undertake the Level 7.
It is essential to understand the fundamental theories which each skin rejuvenation modality is based on before performing higher risk peels and needle-based techniques. Before progressing to more advanced skin rejuvenation procedures, it is important that you understand how the skin should react to the entry level treatments. The milder treatments tend to be some of the most accessible and popular amongst patients, too.
Will we cover TCAs and Phenol peels on the Skin Rejuvenation Foundation Day for medical professionals?
No, we will be covering 20% glycolic acid peels, mesotherapy treatments and 0.5mm microneeding, using a roller device. The technique and underpinning knowledge required to carry out this range of treatments is essential before progressing onto more advanced procedures, such as a TCA peels.
TCA peels and phenol peels are medium to deep peels. This means that they have a much riskier safety profile than superficial peels, roughly equivalent to tear trough filler. It is against good medical practice to allow professionals from any background to perform high risk procedures on real patients on their first day of practice so we only permit this once learners have demonstrated their knowledge of the risks, techniques, and mechanisms of action for these treatments. If you’re interested in these procedures, TCA and Phenol Peels are covered at Level 6 and 7 in the Skin Rejuvenation suite.
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Meet the Team
Dr Marcus Mehta
Medical Lead, Skin
Marcus is an aesthetic doctor with a postgraduate diploma in clinical dermatology and a background in General Practice. Alongside working with Dr Rita Rakus at her Clinic in Knightsbridge he is an upbeat and inspiring Medical Lead for Harley Academy. He is also dedicated to offering specialist advice, guidance and, above all, constant support to our large medical community of students and graduates.
Skin Rejuvenation Lead
Simone left the dental world to commit entirely to her passion of aesthetic medicine. She is widely experienced in skin rejuvenation techniques in aesthetic medicine, having taught everything from laser physics and IPL systems to topical peels. She writes academic content and leads hands-on training on our Skin courses. She is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher with an infectious passion for all things skin science.