What Does An Aesthetic Nurse Do?
An aesthetic nurse is a trained and qualified professional who performs non-surgical services on people who want to alter their appearance for aesthetic reasons.
Unlike healthcare nurses, aesthetic nurses tend to work in medical spas, salons, clinics, outpatient surgeries or private medical offices, where the non-invasive cosmetic procedures are performed.
Aesthetic nurses can perform a wide range of procedures on patients, from Botox and dermal fillers to more advanced treatments such as mole removal and lipolysis.
As an aesthetic nurse you can benefit from:
- A better work/life balance
- Higher earning potential
- Regular communication with like-minded people
- Events and expos around the UK and globally
- Regular training and skill building opportunities
As an aesthetic nurse your responsibilities will include:
- Consulting with patients. This includes assessing their condition, and performing a medical screening before their procedure.
- Performing pre- and post-procedure care.
- Preparation and sterilization of instruments.
- Injecting dermal fillers and Botox neurotoxin for certain procedures.
- Sometimes assisting surgeons with more complex procedures.
What Qualifications Do I Need To Be An Aesthetic Nurse?
The qualifications you need as an aesthetic nurse depends on the procedures you want to perform. However, Health Education England does advise that delegates must first complete a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification before completing most aesthetic procedures.
It's worth bearing in mind however that the one exception to this is for aesthetic procedures that require a medical degree, and it's worth checking which procedures they are before choosing how to train and what aesthetic training courses to take.
If you are already a qualified nurse (or a beauty therapist, dental therapist, dental hygienist or other professional allied to medicine), you should be eligible to learn and become an aesthetic nurse. You will also find the learning process a lot smoother and familiar.
Before you decide if you want to be an aesthetic nurse and work alongside an aesthetic practitioner, assess your current qualifications, and research if there's anything you need to complete before you attend an aesthetic course.
After qualifications, you need to train. Sign up for aesthetics training courses that are suited to your interests and skill level, and offer a legitimate qualification at the end.
Qualified health and beauty professionals will also need to have cosmetic insurance.
If you are already a qualified nurse (or a beauty therapist, dental therapist, dental hygienist or other professional allied to medicine), you should be eligible to learn and become an aesthetic nurse.
Required Skills To Be An Aesthetic Nurse
As well as formal qualifications, you need to have some essential skills as an aesthetic nurse.
- Anatomical Knowledge: You need a strong understanding of the muscle, vessel, and nerve networks in the face and neck, and how the face moves.
- Familiarity with Equipment: You need to know what tools you need and when to use them for each procedure.
- Communication & Interpersonal Skills: You are able to communicate clearly with your patients and colleagues.
- Compassion & Empathy: You are empathetic to the feelings and needs of your patients.
- Attention to Detail: You need to be able to complete aesthetic procedures and other tasks with thoroughness, accuracy and focus.
- Organisational Skills: You should be able to manage and keep on top of schedule and workload.
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Written by Holly Charman, for You Can Clinic.