BBC 3’s recent documentary, “Under the Skin: The Botched Beauty Business” has highlighted the dangers of the unregulated aesthetics industry. Over 30 minutes, the host meets clients who have suffered poor treatment by poorly trained practitioners, and investigates Training Academies which provide inadequate tuition in aesthetic procedures.
At MATA, we are all too aware of these circumstances. We were founded with the goal of improving standards in the aesthetics industry, and originated the Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in Facial Aesthetics. This is regulated by OFQUAL, accredited by the JCCP and provides the highest industry standard in aesthetic injectable education.
Benefits of MATA’s Level 7 Diploma
Our Level 7 Diploma takes nine months to complete and is only open to medical professionals, making it a far cry from the one-day courses or even virtual courses which have sprung up across the UK. Through extensive e-learning and written assessments alongside a minimum of six practical training days, we ensure that our delegates enter the aesthetic industry with the education and practical training you need to provide long-lasting, safe aesthetic treatments that are centred around the needs of the patient.
We provide 150 hours of online learning, designed to deepen and develop your understanding of the theory behind aesthetics practice. This will be cemented by written assessments that ensure you have full knowledge of risks in aesthetics practice, the literature and research within aesthetics, and that you are able to take a client from consultation to treatment, and to aftercare and follow-up.
Our practical training days are overseen by an expert practitioner with a minimum of three years experience in the aesthetics industry, in addition to their studies and experience as a medical professional. Furthermore, our training days are conducted in groups of no more than six, to ensure that you have the support you need as you carry out treatments.
In addition to online and practical learning, as a MATA delegate you will have access to an exclusive online community which will allow you to share best practice, receive the latest industry news, and to network with your fellow delegates.
If you have taken a one-day course and feel that there are gaps in your practice or understanding of aesthetic injectables, contact us today to discuss beginning your Level 7 Training Journey with MATA.
As we near the end of National Smile Month, it’s important to look at all the ways in which dentists can enhance their patients’ smile. Although cosmetic dentistry has boomed in the last five years, adding aesthetic injectable treatments such as Botox® and dermal filler to your range of treatments can allow you to take a holistic approach to smile transformations; enhancing not only your patients teeth, but smoothing, volumising and defining the facial structures around the mouth.
Why Dentists should Train in Aesthetic Injectables
Dentists are uniquely placed for success both in aesthetics injectables training and within the medical aesthetics industry. As trained injectors with daily experience of treating sensitive areas, alongside having high levels of manual dexterity in restricted spaces; dentists possess skills that are highly transferable to aesthetic injectable practice. This is only enhanced by their already advanced knowledge of facial anatomy. Furthermore, a dentist already possesses the perfect clinical space to practice Botox® and dermal fillers and an existing private client base already primed for aesthetic treatment through cosmetic dentistry.
The Benefits of Training in Aesthetics for Dentists
Training in medical aesthetics and adding injectable therapies such as Botox® and dermal fillers to your existing range of treatments can come with a variety of benefits for your clinic. Expanding into aesthetic treatment will encourage patient retention; with patients returning to the clinic on a more frequent basis for repeat injections and so remaining familiar and impressed with your practice. It can also give your clinic an edge by offering a wider treatment range than your competitors, such as Botox® for bruxism and gummy smiles or dermal fillers for smile and marionette lines or for lips. Adding these treatments can also attract new clientele to your clinic, further enhancing your income potential.
MATA Courses for Dentists
Our JCCP Approved Level 7 Diploma in Facial Aesthetics is ideal for dentists new to aesthetics practice; developing your understanding of the theory and practice of Botox® and dermal fillers over the course of nine months. The Diploma provides six days of practical training in aesthetic injectables, including treatments which will be of great use in a dental environment such as gummy smile reduction and Botox® for bruxism; in addition to online learning which will give you the opportunity for applied study of the theory behind aesthetics injectable practice.
For dentists who already hold a Foundation or Advanced Certificate in aesthetic injectable practice; our Specialist Masterclass for Dentists is the ideal way to enhance your expertise in Botox and dermal filler treatments that pair with dentistry. This one-day course was designed by cosmetic dentists and focuses on lower face treatments including Botox for bruxism and gummy smile, and dermal filler for the lips, chin and nose. To find out more about our Level 7 Diploma or our Specialist Masterclass for Dentists, contact us to discuss our courses in more detail and begin your aesthetics training journey with MATA.
Gaining popularity in 2020 thanks to celebrities such as Kendall Jenner and Bella and Gigi Hadid, the Fox Eye Thread Lift has been trending on social media throughout 2021. #foxeye has over 180 thousand mentions on Instagram and 51.2m views on TikTok, both as a result of make-up styles and eyebrow shaping designed to create the elongated upwards almond shape, and thread lift aesthetic treatments, with clinics across the UK now offering this procedure.
What is the Fox Eye Thread Lift?
A Fox Eye Thread Lift allows clients to achieve a similar eye-shape to that of the Hadids without the use of make-up or eyebrow shaping. PDO or semi-permanent barbed threads are inserted at strategic points on the temple and forehead which when drawn on will hook under the skin and gently pull it back, lifting the skin around the eye up and out to create the desired upturned almond shape.
Critics of Fox Eye Thread Lifts
Like any new aesthetic treatment, this procedure has its critics. Generally, barbed thread lifts have a 15-20% complication rate, with risks including temple hematoma, thread infection, granuloma, thread snapping, suture migration, suture extrusion, and pain where the thread end meets the underside of the skin. Whilst these complications can be resolved relatively easily, both clients and aesthetic practitioners should be aware of the risk.
With the Fox Eye Lift, these risks are only increased. Normally, thread lifts are intended to create subtle improvements to lines and wrinkles, however this treatment relies on the threads creating a dramatic lift to the skin around the eye. Because of this, clients can be left with puckering and folding, as the skin has nowhere to go after being pulled up by the threads. Furthermore, as the skin around the eye can be thinner than elsewhere on the face, sutures can be visible through the skin following the procedure. Given that the dramatic effect created by the Fox Eye Thread Lift may only last three weeks, whether the results outweigh the risk of the procedure is debatable.
Beauty Meets Cultural Appropriation
In addition to the physical risks of the Fox Eye Lift, the procedure (in addition to the make-up styles and the instagram trend of pulling back the temples to create an elongated almond eye), has met with accusations of cultural appropriation and racism. Critics have commented that “a facial feature in which [asians] had once been ridiculed for was being turned into a beauty trend”, without empathy for the negative treatment many Asian people have experienced due to their eye shape.
The Future of the Fox Eye Thread Lift
It’s always difficult to tell whether certain aesthetic trends will stand the test of time. For now though, as clients from a range of age groups strive to emulate the look of models such as the Hadids, the Jenners and the Kardashians, the Fox Eye seems set to remain for the foreseeable future. We can only hope that clients are fully briefed on the risks and rewards of this treatment before undergoing the Fox Eye Thread Lift.
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), or body dysmorphia, is a mental health condition where an individual spends a large amount of time worrying about problems with their appearance that are often completely unnoticeable to others. Anyone of any age can have BDD, however it is most common in teenagers and young adults. Approximately 80% of individuals with BDD experience lifetime suicidal ideation and 24% to 28% have attempted suicide.
In a clinical aesthetics setting, the population of patients with BDD can reach up to 53%. Given this, it is highly important that aesthetics professionals have both a sound understanding of the disorder and a plan of how best to manage clients who show signs of BDD.
Symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Body Dysmorphic Disorder features a range of symptoms with which aesthetics professionals should become familiar. Individuals with BDD may:
- Be extremely preoccupied with a perceived flaw in appearance that to others cannot be seen or appears very minor
- Strongly believe they have a defect in their appearance that makes them ugly
- Believe that others take special notice of their looks in a negative way
- Engage frequently in behaviors aimed at fixing or hiding the perceived flaw that are difficult to control, such as checking mirrors, skin picking, and adjusting clothing or hair.
- Attempt to hide perceived flaws with clothes and make-up
- Constantly compare their appearance to others
- Frequently seek reassurance about their appearance
- Have perfectionist tendencies
- Avoid social situations where they could feel their flaws are ‘exposed’
- Seek aesthetic procedures with little satisfaction
Treating Clients with Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Although as aesthetic practitioners and medical professionals we must respect the patient’s choice to seek aesthetic treatment, we also have to bear in mind that providing treatment to clients with BDD can actually make their condition worse. It is highly likely that they will see the results of the treatment you provide as unsatisfactory, even if the procedure and outcome all went perfectly, and will seek repeated treatment and ‘fixes’ for flaws that only they can see. Even if the client is happy with the outcome of their treatment, this will only give them temporary relief before fixating on another perceived flaw. Aesthetic treatments cannot help the underlying psychological issues that perpetuate a clients’ body dysmorphia.
Screening for Body Dysmorphic Disorder in Your Aesthetics Practice
There are a number of Body Dysmorphic Disorder screening questionnaires available that you should incorporate into your consultation practice, for example the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Questionnaire (BDDQ) and the Dysmorphic Concern Questionnaire (DCQ). The Aesthetic Journal highlighted the following questions as a helpful starting point for screening your patients:
- Are you worried about how you look? (Yes/No);
if you are, do you think about your appearance problems a lot and wish you could think about them less? (Yes/No)
- How much time per day, on average, do you spend thinking about how you look?
(a) Less than 1 hour a day.
(b) 1-3 hours a day.
(c) More than three hours a day.
- Is your main concern with how you look that you aren’t thin enough or that you might become too fat? (Yes/No)
(a) How has this problem with how you look affected your life?
(b) Has it often upset you a lot? (Yes/No)
(c) Has it often gotten in the way of doing things with friends, your family, or dating? (Yes/No)
(d) Has it caused you any problems with work or study? (Yes/No)
- Are there things you avoid because of how you look? (Yes/No)
The Aesthetic Journal notes that as practitioners, you should suspect BDD if the patient answers yes to Question 1; (b) or (c) to Question 2; yes to any part of Question 3 and yes to Question 4.
What Should Aesthetic Practitioners Do If They Believe a Client Has Body Dysmorphic Disorder?
The key question is whether you as a practitioner believe that the client has complete capacity to choose aesthetic treatment. If following screening you do not feel comfortable providing treatments for a client, then follow your instinct and say no; explaining your thoughts regarding the possibility of BDD to the client and their treatment options if you feel it is appropriate to do so. The client may seek out another provider, but in our opinion, choosing not to treat a client you suspect may have Body Dysmorphic Disorder can only help to preserve your reputation as a responsible aesthetics practitioner.
Joining our Foundation Course, our Advanced Course, or our Level 7 Diploma in Facial Aesthetics will grant you access to MATA’s bespoke Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE will give you an understanding of facial anatomy, the aging process, patient assessment and consultation, and the principles and practice of aesthetic injectables over the course of 150hrs of e-learning conducted over six interactive modules, each concluded with a set of multiple choice questions to test your knowledge. MATA’s VLE learning has been designed for medical professionals to complete alongside their existing work commitments as a flexible, self-managed course.
Assessment and Learning Outcomes for Level 7 Delegates
Although our online learning allows our Foundation and Advanced Course delegates to gain a deeper understanding of the theory underpinning aesthetic injectable practice, completion of the six modules are a mandatory requirement for those studying towards their Level 7 Diploma in Facial Aesthetics. This course has been created to bring those beginning in aesthetics to a confident level over the course of nine months, and your completion of the VLE modules in conjunction with written assessments allows us to gauge your progress.
Written assessments on the Level 7 Diploma include a Risk Assessment, a Critical Literature Review and a Case Study:
- The Risk Assessment can be on the topic of your choice within the context of working within an aesthetics clinic, for example sharps handling, infection control, or electrical equipment and fire hazards.
- The Critical Literature Review can be on the topic of your choice within aesthetics, allowing you to delve deeper into an area of particular interest, or into an area that you would like to specialise in as a practitioner.
- The Case Study requires that a model from your practical training is selected for write-up, and should include your assessment of their needs during the initial consultation, the treatment(s) performed, and a follow-up consultation which can be conducted through video conferencing as required.
Your practical training, online learning and assessment with MATA will ensure you have a thorough understanding of the following learning outcomes:
- Unit 1: Introduction to Aesthetic Injectable Therapies (8 credits)
- Unit 2: Patient Medical Assessment and Image Recording (10 credits)
- Unit 3: Principles, Practice and Treatment Management of Aesthetic Injectables (12 credits)
- Unit 4: Injectable Therapies for Management of Hyperhidrosis (4 credits)
- Unit 5: Health, Safety and Clinical Compliance (10 credits)
- Unit 6: Appraising the Clinical Literature (6 credits)
- Unit 7: Professionalism in Cosmetic Aesthetic Practice (10 credits)
Join Our Global Community
Since our launch in 2015, MATA has trained more than 1000 aesthetics professionals in countries worldwide. If this introduction to our online study has inspired you to begin your own aesthetics training journey; then get in touch with us today to take your first step in joining our global community.
Aesthetics is a rapidly growing industry which provides medical professionals with the opportunity to establish a lucrative part- or even full-time business, however getting started could seem a little daunting. At MATA, our Foundation Course and our Level 7 Diploma in Facial Aesthetics provides beginners with the ideal route into aesthetics, giving you the theoretical and practical training you need to begin a successful career in a fast-paced, exciting environment.
MATA’s Foundation Course
MATA’s Foundation Course is perfect for medical professionals new to aesthetic professionals, and provides two days of practical training in Botox and dermal fillers supervised by our expert trainer, alongside six months access to online learning modules on MATA’s bespoke Virtual Learning Environment. The course will allow you to begin practicing in some of the most popular aesthetic injectable treatment areas including lip and cheeks fillers and Botox for forehead lines and crows feet.
MATA’s Level 7 Diploma in Facial Aesthetics
MATA’s Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma is the ultimate course for medical professionals who would like to rapidly develop their understanding of aesthetic injectables, and will take you from a complete beginner to the level of advanced Botox and dermal filler practitioner over the course of nine months. This JCCP Accredited, OFQUAL regulated, comprehensive course combines in-depth learning of the theory behind aesthetic injectables with extensive hands-on practice in a range of the most popular treatment areas, ensuring you are fully prepared for a successful career in the aesthetics industry.
The Diploma includes our Foundation Course and Mentorship Day and Advanced Course and Mentorship Day, for a total of six hands-on training days. This gives delegates the opportunity to practice a wide range of Botox and dermal filler treatments on up to ten MATA approved models per training day, all under the supervision of one of our experienced trainers.
This practical training is complemented by twelve months access to our Virtual Learning Environment, where you will have access to 150 hours of study content written to develop your understanding of the theory behind both aesthetic injectables practice and clinic management. You will also complete written assessments which will give you greater insight into clinical literature and risk management. You can conduct your study and written assessments at your own pace and around your own schedule.
Join MATA’s Aesthetics Community
Since our launch in 2015, MATA has trained over 1000 international aesthetics professionals, who have gone on to work within existing clinics or have even launched their own successful practices. Get in touch with us today to take the first step in your aesthetics journey and join our global community.
Russian Lips are one of the hottest trends in aesthetics right now, with over 284k mentions on Instagram and 23.5m views on TikTok. The look is created using a different injecting technique than that traditionally used for lips fillers, and began to gain popularity in Russia in 2015 before making its way west and exploding in popularity in the UK.
What are Russian Lips?
Russian style lips are rumoured to be modeled on Russian nesting dolls, also known as matryoshka or babushka; who have perfectly heart-shaped lips and a defined cupid’s bow. The goal of the Russian Lip technique is to accentuate the cupid’s bow and create something close to a heart shape, and to heighten the lips rather than adding excessive plumpness; creating lips that resemble that of a matryoshka doll.
How are Russian Lips Created?
Because the intended shape of Russian Lips is so different from that created by traditional filler, clients will need to have either let their original fillers wear off or have had them dissolved with hyaluronidase. Russian Lips are created by retro-injecting columns of filler vertically into the lips through the vermillion border, rather than horizontally in the vermillion zone as is done traditionally. This technique is also known as ‘lip tenting’, with the columns of filler acting as ‘tent-poles’ that hold up the white roll around the lip, creating lip definition.
What’s the Final Result?
The Russian lip technique adds height to the lips and shortens both the appearance of the philtrum and the distance between the lower lip and the chin. The technique accentuates the cupid’s bow, and highly defines the edges of the lips; all whilst remaining relatively flat when viewed in profile.
Critics of Russian Lip Filler
As with any new aesthetic trend, Russian Lip Filler isn’t without its critics. Dr Steven Harris, an internationally recognised aesthetics practitioner believes that the Russian filler technique could easily cause filler migration. He suggests that injecting downwards through the vermillion border creates holes or tracks through the orbicularis oris muscle which surround the lips, and that these holes allow filler to seep back through the vermillion border and into the upper lip. As of yet, though there is no definitive proof that this is indeed the case.
Practitioners have also commented that Russian filler technique is more likely to cause discomfort, bruising and swelling to the lips than traditional filler technique, due to the placement and number of injections needed.
The Future of Russian Lips
With the sheer volume of clinics in the UK now offering Russian style filler, and the obvious client demand seen on social media, it looks like Russian Lips will be around for the foreseeable future. Still, we can’t help but wonder what the next trending lip style will look like, and whether perhaps it might be kinder to lips than the doll-like Russian Filler Technique.
With so many companies offering training in aesthetic injectables, it can be difficult to know who to choose. At MATA, we believe our Harley Street-developed practical aesthetics training gives delegates the best possible start in the aesthetics industry for the following five reasons:
1. We Provide Real Models
We provide live model patients who have been pre-assessed to ensure their suitability for treatments. We believe that this gives delegates the best opportunity for a wide breadth of learning; as all clients will vary in their treatment needs, their skin and anatomy, and even their pain thresholds and comfort levels during the Botox or dermal filler procedure.
2. We’ve created a Worthwhile Curriculum
Our curriculum has been developed from our home at No.1 Harley Street by a team of medical professionals led by a plastic surgeon with over two decades of experience in the field, and we have worked to ensure that our hands-on training allows delegates to perfect their technique in the most popular Botox and dermal fillers treatments in the UK, which will only enhance their success on entering the aesthetics industry.
3. Our Courses Are Delivered By Experts
MATA’s trainers have all worked in the aesthetics industry for at least three years and have extensive training and qualifications; with many owning and operating their own aesthetic clinics in addition to training for MATA. This level of expertise allows them to deliver incredible hands-on training for our delegates.
4. Our Class Sizes Are Small
At MATA, we will not register any more than six delegates on a course. This ensures that every delegate is able to both practice and observe Botox and dermal filler treatments; alongside having the opportunity to meaningfully network with fellow attendees.
5. We Only Accept Medical Professionals
Although current regulations in the UK allow anyone to study towards and carry out aesthetic injectable procedures; at MATA we only accept medical professionals onto our courses. This is because we believe that only medical professionals, with their wealth of clinical experience and years of education in anatomy, vasculature, musculature, medications and contraindications have the appropriate skills to provide aesthetic injectable treatments and handle any emergencies that could occur. This selectiveness in admission is beneficial for our delegates, as all will operate at similar levels of skill which will allow classes to progress at a speed comfortable for all attendees.
Join a MATA Training Course
Whether you’re new to aesthetics or have experience in providing Botox and dermal filler treatments; MATA will have a course to suit you. Our Level 7 Diploma in Facial Aesthetics is perfect for beginners, taking delegates to the level of advanced practitioners over the course of nine months. For experienced practitioners who currently hold a training certificate, then our Masterclasses are an ideal way to enhance and perfect your technique in particular treatment areas. Why not get in touch today and begin your training journey with MATA.
Although any qualified aesthetic practitioner can order dermal filler, Botox is a prescription-only medicine. This can be a source of worry for healthcare providers who want to practice in aesthetic injectables but do not have prescribing rights; but truly, this should not be a barrier to you establishing a career in aesthetics.
At MATA, we are accustomed to training non-prescribing medical professionals, and their being unable to prescribe has not prevented them from achieving great success in the aesthetics industry. They have built and used their professional connections to find a prescriber; networking with delegates at MATA training sessions, or discussing prescribing possibilities with colleagues. Alternatively, they have used a Prescriber Service such as Aesthetic Associates to find a prescriber for their aesthetic practice. These services have a network of prescribers nationwide who, for a fee, will come to your business, provide a face-to-face patient consultation, and write a prescription.
Studying Towards a V300 Non-Medical Prescribers Qualification
Once you have gained experience of working in aesthetics and you are comfortable carrying out injectable treatments in association with a prescriber; the next step is to undertake a V300 course at University which will allow you to consult and prescribe yourself.
At MATA, we can assist you in your V300 study by acting as your Designated Medical Practitioner; providing 90 hours of shadowing in our clinic at No.1 Harley Street in London. MATA’s V300 Mentorship Training will allow you to gain experience in carrying out patient consultations, and our experienced clinical mentors will ensure that you are in the best position to achieve your V300 Qualification.
Admission criteria for the V300 varies according to the University applied to, and you may find that you do not meet their requirements for experience. If this is the case, then why not consider our Level 7 Diploma in Facial Aesthetics. Not only will this ensure you are practicing to the utmost levels of excellence in aesthetic injectables, but will also provide you with one year’s experience towards course requirements for the V300.
To find out more about our V300 Mentorship Training or Level 7 Diploma in Facial Aesthetics; then get in touch to take the next step in your aesthetic career.
Almost every aesthetic practitioner has had a case of nerves before carrying out a treatment, particularly when they’re newly trained. But if you are finding that you are getting anxious before one particular treatment area time and again, then you may benefit from taking a MATA Masterclass.
MATA’s Masterclasses are one-day courses that provide the ideal opportunity to perfect and enhance your skills in some of the most popular dermal filler treatment areas, allowing you to gain valuable hands-on experience in advanced techniques that will give you a competitive edge in your local aesthetics market
As the popularity of aesthetic injectables has soared, perhaps no dermal filler treatment has become as popular as lip filler. Whether due to naturally thin lips or to a loss of lip volume due to age, clients across the UK are seeking natural, revitalising lip filler treatments that enhance their appearance.
Our expert-led, intensive 1-day Lip Masterclass will develop the knowledge and skills you need to achieve excellent results that instil confidence in your patients, giving you an advanced understanding of:
- Lip Anatomy
- Lip Assessment
- Lip Injecting Technique
- Product ranges for lips
- Trends in lip filler
- Managing lip filler complications
Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Masterclass
With surgical rhinoplasty costing anywhere from £4000 to £7000, it is little wonder that more and more clients are turning to the ‘liquid nose-job’ to correct imperfections. Dermal filler can create incredible results when used on the nose, whether in creating definition, treating a squint nose, or even smoothing out and reducing the appearance of a dorsal hump.
MATA’s Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Masterclass is a blended learning experience, combining a thorough study of the theory behind nose fillers with practical training, giving you an advanced understanding of:
- Nose anatomy
- Facial ratios and angles
- Surgical vs. non-surgical techniques
- Potential complications
- Product selection for nose filler
- Correcting dorsal humps
- Creating definition
Jawline fillers are arguably one of the few aesthetic injectable procedures with true cross-gender appeal. This treatment has grown in popularity with men and women of all ages looking to achieve a slimmer, more defined jawline, reduce the appearance of jowls, or to correct sagging skin.
Our expert-led Jawline Masterclass will provide you with the opportunity for in-depth study and practice of jawline fillers to give you the skills and confidence to create incredible results for your clients, giving you expertise in:
- The anatomy of the jaw and chin
- Facial ratios and angles
- Complication management and prevention
- Injection vs cannula technique
- Product selection for jawline procedures.
Tear Trough Masterclass
Perhaps one of the most complex treatment areas, tear trough filler has nonetheless increased in popularity with clients across a wide age range who are seeking a brightened, refreshed under-eye look without the need to turn to surgical procedures or for the daily use of creams, concealer or brightener.
MATA’s expert-led Tear Trough Masterclass has been designed to give advanced Botox and dermal filler practitioners the opportunity to study and practice this delicate procedure, giving you an enhanced understanding of:
- The anatomy of the periorbital area
- Orbital and facial proportions and angles
- Complication management and prevention
- Cannula technique
- Product selection for tear trough procedures
Joining a MATA Masterclass
MATA Masterclasses are open to medical professionals who hold a Foundation or Advanced certificate in aesthetic injectables. To discuss registering, please contact our team who will be happy to take you through the enrollment process.