Ask most midwives in the UK why they entered the field, and they’ll give you a similar answer – to help women at one of the most vulnerable points in their lives. Yet current conditions in the NHS means that midwives are facing low pay, long hours, bureaucracy and burnout, and in a 2019 study it was found that over 33% of midwives were experiencing work-related stress, anxiety and depression. Midwives in the UK deserve to work in an environment where they face less stress, have a better work-life balance, have the opportunity to directly help their patients, and where they are paid appropriately for their years of study and professional experience. The aesthetics industry provides an environment where all of this is possible.
Why Working in the Aesthetics Industry Could Be the Perfect Next Step For Midwives
The aesthetics industry is booming worldwide. Demand for Botox and dermal filler treatments has risen every year, with the UK expected to spend upwards of three billion pounds on aesthetic injectables in 2021. Midwives are ideally placed to take advantage of this demand, with their wealth of experience in clinical settings and in patient-centred care incredibly transferable to aesthetics practice.
Midwives who have joined aesthetics have found that the move has positively impacted their lives, with the costs of training outweighed by benefits including:
- A much better work-life balance with the freedom to set their own schedule.
- The time to build real connections with their clients and to see the improvement in confidence that aesthetic treatment can create; often still helping women at a vulnerable point in their lives.
- The ability to work independently without the stresses of red-tape, shift-work and targets.
- The opportunity to learn new and exciting techniques.
- A significant increase in earning potential, often enough to leave midwifery and focus solely on aesthetic practice.
Take the First Step in Your Aesthetics Training Journey
Given demand, there has never been a better time to invest in your future and experience these benefits for yourself. MATA offers a range of training options for nurses; whether you’d like to take things step-by-step with our Foundation Course; or if you want to develop both your practical skills and theoretical knowledge through our Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Facial Aesthetics. Whichever you choose, you can be confident that our courses are flexible around your schedule, and have been created to give you the best possible start in a new industry.
At MATA, we’ve watched with pride as our midwife delegates have flourished in the aesthetics industry, whether they’ve joined existing clinics or have set up their own business; and we look forward to welcoming more midwives to our worldwide community of aesthetics professionals.
To discuss taking the first step on your journey towards a fulfilling career in the aesthetics industry and explore training opportunities with MATA, call us today on 020 3976 6979.
Opportunities for Dentists in Aesthetics
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.
Online Study with MATA
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.
Get Started in Aesthetics with MATA
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.
5 Reasons to Choose Practical Training with MATA
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.
Working in Aesthetics as a Non-Prescriber
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.
MATA’s Top 5 Treatments to Transform Your Client’s Smile
Over 30% of adults in the UK have been made to feel self-conscious about their smile, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that the cosmetic dentistry industry was valued at £2.2 billion in 2019; with increasing numbers of clients seeking out veneers, whitening and orthodontics to achieve their ideal smile. At MATA, we believe that Botox® and dermal fillers are the perfect partner to cosmetic dentistry, and that together they can transform not only your clients’ smile, but their entire lower face.
1. Botox for Bruxism
Bruxism affects over 10 millions adults in the UK, clenching and grinding their teeth through the day and night, with symptoms ranging from excessive teeth wear and gum inflammation to headaches, migraines, earache, and neck, shoulder and jaw pain; along with hypertrophy of masseter muscles causing a squared jawline.
Injecting doses of Botox into the masseter muscles weakens the muscle just enough to stop the clenching and grinding action, not only alleviating the symptoms of bruxism, but also slimming jawline.
2. Gummy Smile Reduction
A gummy smile, or “excessive gingival display”, is generally quantified as anything over 4mm of gum showing above the teeth when smiling. Although this can affect anyone of any age, it is more common in women aged 20-30. If a gummy smile is caused by an hyperactivity of the upper lip elevator muscles, it can be treated simply and quickly with Botox®
Injecting small amounts of Botox into both sides of the nostril will weaken the upper lip elevator muscles just enough to prevent the upper lip from lifting or curling under excessively when smiling, giving clients a noticeably less gummy smile.
3. Nasolabial Lines
Running from the nose to the corners of the mouth, nasolabial can sag over time and weigh down the face, often making clients appear older than their years.
A combination of Botox and dermal filler can be used to treat this, with Botox relaxing the muscles in this area to combat sagging and dermal fillers smoothing out wrinkles; giving the lower face a more youthful appearance.
4. Lip Fillers
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.
Lip filler injections provide hydration and volume, even out asymmetrical lips, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, rejuvenating the appearance of the mouth.
5. Marionette Lines
Running straight from the corners of the mouth to either side of the chin, marionette lines are creases which, like nasolabial lines, can sag and weigh down the face; with clients often complaining the lines make them look permanently unhappy.
Dermal fillers can be used to smooth these lines, injected below the corners of the mouth to fill out the creases and lift the smile.
The skills and techniques you will need to perform these treatments can be learned through MATA’s practical training courses; whether Foundation, Advanced, or even our Specialised Masterclass for Dentists. Why not get in touch today to find out more?
Opportunities for Doctors in Aesthetics
Although the nations’ gratitude to doctors and the NHS is perhaps at an all-time high, COVID-19 has uncovered cracks within the NHS that were there long before the pandemic. Stress, burn-out and long hours alongside low pay, understaffing, and bureaucratic red tape have been thrown into the spotlight by coronavirus; and as thousands of doctors consider leaving the NHS, the hunt is on to find an alternative career path. At MATA, we believe that the answer lies in the Aesthetics Industry.
Why Doctors Should Consider Joining The Aesthetics Industry
With countless hours of professional experience, not to mention five years of study, Doctors are particularly suited towards aesthetic training. This is because:
- Professional experience is in high demand in the aesthetics industry.
- Doctors are trusted aesthetic practitioners, with clients willing to pay a premium to see a doctor above other medical professionals.
- Doctors are trained injectors with experience in managing complications.
- Doctors have established expertise in clinical interactions.
- Doctors are experienced prescribers with knowledge of contraindications.
- Doctors have pre-existing expert knowledge in anatomy and physiology that will only be enhanced by aesthetic training.
Doctors who have joined this rapidly growing industry have reported that moving to aesthetics has improved their life and has:
- Improved their earning potential, whether through employment with established aesthetics clinics or through self-employment.
- Allowed them to have a better work / life balance with the ability to set their own hours.
- Created the chance to develop their own business, a rare opportunity in medicine.
- Given them autonomy in their work and the opportunity to explore novel techniques.
- Allowed them to lead change in a growing industry.
Aesthetic treatments have become thoroughly normalised in the UK, and there is an ever increasing demand for procedures including Botox® and dermal fillers. Given this, perhaps now is the time to invest in training and set your sights on a new career direction. MATA offers a range of aesthetic training courses perfectly suited to doctors; including our JCCP accredited Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Facial Aesthetics. To find out more, and take the first step towards a rewarding career in a fast-paced, exciting industry, contact us today on 020 3976 6979.
Why Study Towards a Level 7 Diploma in Facial Aesthetics with MATA?
MATA’s Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Facial Aesthetics originated standardised aesthetics injectable education in the United Kingdom. We are proud to offer a JCCP Accredited, OFQUAL regulated, comprehensive course that combines in-depth learning of the theory behind Botox and dermal fillers with extensive hands-on practice in a range of the most popular treatment areas; ensuring our graduates are fully prepared for a successful career in the aesthetics industry.
Reasons to Choose MATA’s Level 7 Diploma
You can fit the Diploma around your existing commitments
The Level 7 Diploma is a blended learning experience, combining practical training with online theoretical learning, which takes place on MATA’s bespoke Virtual Learning Environment. You can study online at your own pace and around your own schedule. Practical training is organised by MATA across a range of dates and at a variety of cities across the UK, so you’re sure to find a time to suit you.
The Level 7 Diploma is the most cost-effective way to transform yourself from a complete beginner to an advanced practitioner in aesthetic injectables.
The Diploma takes you through our Foundation Course and Mentorship Day and Advanced Course and Mentorship Day, for a total of six hands-on training days. You will have ample opportunity to practice Botox and dermal filler treatments on MATA approved models, all under the guidance and supervision of one of our experienced trainers.
The Level 7 Diploma will make it easier to become insured.
An increasing number of insurance providers are looking for proof that applicants have studied to an advanced level in aesthetic injectables before offering coverage. The Level 7 Diploma, which is both accredited by the JCCP and regulated by OFQUAL meets these more stringent requirements.
The Level 7 Diploma will make you stand out from the competition
Whilst two-day courses have their place, the Level 7 Diploma, which takes between six and twelve months to complete, shows a commitment to higher learning in aesthetics which is sure to appeal to clients and give you an edge over your competitors.
The Level 7 Diploma will enhance your earning potential
You will study a wide variety of aesthetic injectable treatments, including advanced areas such as tear-trough fillers and the use of Botox to treat medical conditions. Being able to launch your career with such a range of treatment options for your clients will enhance your earning potential from the very beginning of your career in aesthetics.
#Motivational Monday – Become Your Own Boss with MATA
COVID-19 has brought home the importance of the NHS across the UK, and it would be safe to say our gratitude towards medical staff is at a national high. Still, the last year has highlighted problems with the working conditions medical professionals face daily. From stress, lack of patient time, and bureaucratic red tape; to unsocial working patterns, a poor work / life balance, and lower rates of pay; it’s little wonder that some medical professionals are looking for an alternative to traditional healthcare.
Make a Change with MATA
Although working in aesthetics could seem like a leap; doctors, nurses, dentists, midwives, pharmacists and paramedics are all perfectly placed to join this growing industry. Using skills and knowledge gained through years of education and professional experience, enhanced by training in aesthetics, medical professionals can launch a successful career in aesthetics. Many graduates of MATA’s training courses (who are all registered medical professionals) have gone on to open their own aesthetics business, and have reported that working within the aesthetics industry has:
- Given them a better work / life balance
- Given them flexibility around their working hours.
- Given them autonomy in working and let them spend more time with patients
- Allowed them to develop new skills
- Enhanced their income.
Take The First Steps in Your New Career
MATA’s JCCP Accredited Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Facial Aesthetics is the quickest, most cost-effective way to develop in aesthetics from beginner to expert practitioner; gaining practical experience in the most popular treatment areas for Botox and dermal filler alongside developing an advanced understanding of the theory behind aesthetic injectables, perfect for beginning a career in aesthetics. If you’re interested in joining MATA’s international community of medical aesthetic professionals, get in touch on 020 3976 6979 or by email; and take the first steps in your journey towards launching your aesthetics career.