Leading Specialist Aesthetic Doctor Supports Training Non-Medics

One of London’s leading aesthetic practitioners, Dr Michael Aicken, has very publicly supported training beauty therapists and other non-medical professionals in aesthetic injectables.

Dr Aicken, who has worked with Cosmetic Couture on adverse effects courses and, is the lead trainer for educational provider Visage Academy in London, Belfast, Dublin and Birmingham.

Visage happily trains anyone who is eligible to gain insurance, such as beauty therapists with an NVQ 3 in Beauty Therapy, dental hygienists and dental therapists, pharmacists, paramedics, dental nurses and others.

And in a rare public show of support of non-medics in aesthetics Dr Aicken has issued a statement outlining his views. It has been widely published and Cosmetic Couture publicly supports Dr Aicken for his well-argued stance.

In his statement he says: “Recently there has been a lot of media coverage, interest and speculation regarding the regulation of all those who practice non-surgical aesthetics. At Visage Academy, we train all individuals that meet the criteria for aesthetic insurance and ensure that they are trained and assessed in line with Health Education England guidelines.

“Since 2014, we have also included comprehensive training in complications management; something I’m pleased to say that some other training academies have since included in their courses. Although our trainees come from a variety of professions and therefore have varying training requirements, we treat all of our students with the same level of respect and provide them with ongoing support. Our aim is to train all of our students to be safe practitioners who can recognise complications and manage them responsibly and effectively.”

The statement added that Dr Aicken and Visage Academy supports movements towards regulation but does believe that regulation should involve an inclusive register that seeks to support all safe practitioners, regardless of their entry route into the specialty. ACPB fully supports this view.

He said: “Excluding one or more groups from such regulation can only undermine patient safety and cannot be justified with the logical fallacy that certain groups are ‘not well enough trained already to be trained now’. There are bad practitioners in aesthetics on both sides of the fence and we need to have a robust system to deal with these practitioners, medic or non-medic, swiftly and in a manner that enhances public confidence in our profession. I will continue to work with colleagues and welcome engagement from any other interested parties who share my viewpoint to make aesthetics a safer, more regulated environment and to eliminate bad practices regardless of occupational background.”

His views are mirrored by Cosmetic Couture who welcomed Dr Aicken to their Manchester Academy earlier in 2019 to run adverse effects classes.

CEO Maxine Hopley said: “It’s great see such a well-respected aesthetic doctor supporting non-medics in the industry.

“He is absolutely right to say that excluding well-trained and professional no-medics is counter-productive.

“All the medics who oppose this view focus on adverse effects and Dr Aicken is right that this should be part of the training. But this is no reason to exclude thousands of non-medics who practice perfectly professionally and safely.

“Cosmetic Couture focuses on health and safety and continues to be at the forefront of training for non-medics – as well as medics – who want to be the best they can be”.