To put it simply, an aesthetic practitioner is a trained healthcare professional who specialises in providing non-surgical cosmetic treatments to enhance their client’s appearance, whether it be on their face or body. There are a range of opportunities for aesthetic practitioners to develop a niche set of skills across several different treatments, or to become a specialist in one specific area. 

Ongoing innovation in the beauty and cosmetic field means that aesthetic practitioners are currently at the cutting edge of beauty and continuously developing existing skills and talents, adapting as new developments are made.

Continued professional development is crucial in the aesthetic industry, as customers expect practitioners to be up to date with the latest trends, insights, knowledge and risks associated with each new procedure.

Here are just some treatments and procedures that aesthetic practitioners offer:

  1. Body Contouring
  2. Skin Treatments
  3. Hair Restoration
  4. Facial Injectables

1. Body Contouring

Body contouring in aesthetics refers to several procedures designed to reshape and sculpt the body without the need for surgery. These treatments are not a weight loss solution, they are simply designed to help people at a healthy weight to remove stubborn fat pockets that can’t be removed through exercise and diet.

what does an aesthetic practitioner do?
Compared to surgical procedures like liposuction, body contouring is minimally invasive, and simply focuses on fat reduction by targeting fat cells from certain areas of the body.

Body Contouring Treatments

Some of the most common body contouring treatments include:

  • Cryolipolysis (Fat Freezing): This is a procedure which selectively freezes and destroys fat cells in targeted areas. As time passes, the body naturally eliminates the damaged fat cells, resulting in a reduction of fat bulges.
  • Injectable Contouring Treatments: Injectable treatments like deoxycholic acid injections, can be used to reduce submental fat (double chin) and contour the jawline without the need for going under the knife.
  • Radiofrequency (RF) Therapy: These procedures deliver controlled heat energy to the deeper layers of the skin, which in turn can tighten loose skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

2. Skin Treatments 

The rise of the wellness movement over the last decade or so has led to a significant emphasis on self-care and self-improvement, and investing in skin health and appearance has become a huge part of that. After all, our skin is the largest organ of our body, so why shouldn’t we look after it the best we can?

Aesthetic nurses perform a variety of skin treatments aimed at improving skin health and appearance, addressing various concerns such as ageing, texture, blemishes, pigmentation, and overall skin rejuvenation. 

Aesthetic Skin Treatments

Popular aesthetic skin treatments include:

  • Chemical Peels - This is a cosmetic procedure that involves applying a chemical solution to the skin to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells. From fine lines to uneven skin tones to acne scarring, these treatments will help to improve the appearance of many skin issues. Learn more about chemical peels and what they can do for the skin here. 
  • Microdermabrasion - This is where an aesthetic nurse would use a handheld device to exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin, removing dead skin cells and debris. Great for improving skin texture and enhancing the skin’s overall radiance.
  • Microneedling - Microneedling involves using a device with fine needles to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin. It is a minimally invasive aesthetic procedure which encourages collagen production to help stimulate the skin's healing process. Learn more about how microneedling works here. 
  • Dermaplaning -  Dermaplaning is a gentle exfoliation aesthetic treatment where hair and dead skin are skimmed from the face with a fine blade, providing the skin with a smoother appearance. Discover more benefits of dermaplaning here. 


what do aesthetic practitioners do?
Skin treatments are designed to address various skin concerns such as ageing, texture, blemishes, pigmentation, and overall skin rejuvenation. 

If you’re looking to expand your knowledge in aesthetic skin treatments and develop your aesthetic skills, we offer an extensive range of training courses here at You Can Clinic, including a Microneedling & Dermaplaning Facial Training Course & Chemical Peel Course.

If you have any questions about our courses, please get in touch with a member of our team at or +442921678747

3. Hair Restoration

Another popular aesthetic treatment carried out by an aesthetic practitioner is hair restoration. These are procedures designed to promote hair growth and improve hair density and thickness.

These treatments are mainly carried out on people experiencing hair thinning, balding, or other forms of hair loss, whether it be due to genetics, ageing, hormonal changes or medical conditions.

A common hair restoration treatment is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, which involves extracting a small amount of the patient's blood, processing it to isolate platelet-rich plasma containing growth factors, and injecting it into the scalp. This then stimulates hair follicles to promote hair growth and improve thickness.

4. Facial Injectables 

With the global facial injectable market size valued at 18.95 billion USD last year and expected to hit 36.8 billion by 2032, this sector of aesthetics won’t be slowing down anytime soon. While cosmetic surgery remains popular, most people prefer the advantage of minimally invasive procedures as a way of slowing down the appearance of ageing and enhancing overall facial appearance.

Injectable Facial Treatments 

Face injectables have gained significant popularity over the years due to their effectiveness in addressing various facial concerns and providing noticeable, yet natural-looking results. 

2 of the most popular injectable facial treatments are Botox and dermal fillers. Let’s take a look…

1. Botox

Botox (Botulinum toxin) injections work to relax the muscles in the face to smooth out lines and wrinkles, such as crow's feet and frown lines, lasting for around 3 or 4 months.

Interestingly, a new survey has found that wrinkle-relaxing injections i.e. Botox, are the world's most popular non-surgical facial procedure, and now account for 38% of procedures worldwide. The UK shows a similar position, with Botox injections accounting for 39% of all non-surgical treatments carried out by practitioners. 

Fancy a career in Botox injectables? You Can Clinic offers specific botulinum toxin training courses for all levels, whether you’re a complete beginner or an advanced practitioner. If just starting, our starter course is the easiest and most popular gateway to Botox treatments and is a great starting point for the budding aesthetic practitioner.

What do aesthetic practitioners do?The goal of Botox is not to eliminate facial movement, but to soften fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in a more refreshed and youthful appearance.

2. Dermal Injections

Another increasingly popular injectable facial treatment is the much-loved lip filler, also known as dermal fillers. 

Dermal fillers are the 2nd most popular aesthetic procedure in the world, accounting for 23% of non-invasive procedures internationally and a much higher 32% in the UK. The difference between Botox and dermal fillers is that while Botox softens lines and wrinkles, the latter adds volume to soft tissue.

Dermal fillers (also sometimes referred to as face fillers) are typically made up of hyaluronic acid and can be injected into different parts of your face: around the eye, cheeks, mouth and jawline, as well as lip fillers administered directly into the lip tissue to increase volume.

Fillers can also be used to improve the appearance of under-eye hollows and temples and to rejuvenate the look of aged hands.

Check out our popular Dermal Filler & Lip Masterclass Courses here at You Can Clinic, available for both beginners and the more advanced. 


There we have it! We hope this article has aided your understanding of what aesthetic practitioners do and the types of treatments they typically carry out for their patients. 

If you’re interested in expanding your skillset as an aesthetic practitioner, look no further than You Can Clinic. We offer a range of training courses, including Botulinum Toxin, Microneedling & Dermaplaning, Weight Management, Eyebrow and Eyelash, Chemical Peels, and PDO COG Threads.

Visit our website to book a course or contact a member of our team today at  +442921678747 to find out more.

You Can Clinic is one of the UK's leading providers of aesthetic training courses and pharmaceutical supplies. Over 1000 individuals have progressed through our affordable programmes, which provide comprehensive coverage of all relevant aesthetic procedures.

Written by Kate, for You Can Clinic.

February 22, 2024 — Kate Jones