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. Aesthetic nurses can perform a wide range of procedures on patients, from Botox, derma peel and dermal fillers to more advanced treatments like mole removal and lipolysis. 

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.

Most aesthetic nurses will work alongside an aesthetic practitioner, who will often own the practise. If you choose to become an aesthetic practitioner, you can benefit from a better work/life balance, as well as higher earning potential.

As an aesthetic nurse, your day-to-day responsibilities include:

  1. Consulting with patients. This includes assessing their condition, and performing a medical screening before their procedure. 
  2. Performing pre- and post-procedure care.
  3. Preparation and sterilization of instruments. 
  4. Injecting dermal fillers and Botox neurotoxin for certain procedures.
  5. 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. The one exception to this is for aesthetic procedures that require a medical degree. 

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. 

Before you decide if you want to be an aesthetic nurse, 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.

Required Skills to Be an Aesthetic Nurse

As well as formal qualifications, you need to have some essential skills as an aesthetics nurse.

  • Anatomical Knowledge: a strong understanding of the muscle, vessel, and nerve networks in the face and neck, and how the face moves. 
  • Familiarity with Equipment: Knowing what tools you need and when to use them for each procedure. 
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skills: able to communicate clearly with your patients and colleagues. 
  • Compassion & Empathy: be empathetic to the feelings and needs of your patients. 
  • Attention to Detail: complete aesthetic procedures and other tasks with thoroughness, accuracy and focus.
  • Organisational Skills: manage and keep on top of schedule and workload. 

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June 07, 2022 — Holly Charman