Cosmetic Treatments Should Have Minimum Training and Qualifications, Says SkinViva Training Doctor

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SkinViva Training based in Manchester say that all cosmetic skin treatments should be carried out by medical professionals who have additional training and qualifications. They offer courses for those who wish to train properly, but say this should be mandatory for all practitioners.

Dr Tim Pearce MB ChB BSc (Hons) MRCGP

Dr Tim Pearce MB ChB BSc (Hons) MRCGP

Our own skin treatments business, SkinViva, has been built on high levels of professional skill. SkinViva Training is our opportunity to share the skills and knowledge that have made our own skin treatments business such a success.

Injectable cosmetic skin treatments are extremely popular, with an estimated one million procedures being carried out each year. However, there are concerns within the industry about the lack of formal training and qualification required to administer such injections.

The Keogh report in April 2013 made a series of recommendations to better regulate the industry and ensure patients safety. This included calls to have a minimum standard of training in procedures; advice which has been welcomed by industry bodies, but not yet been implemented in law.

SkinViva Training is a new company which could benefit from such changes in regulation. The company was established to provide high quality training courses for medical professionals who wish to offer skin treatments. Their courses are designed to incorporate essential theoretical learning as well as demonstration and practical sessions.

SkinViva Training School Director, Dr Tim Pearce MB ChB BSc (Hons) MRCGP, explained, "There is no doubt in our minds that regulation of the industry needs to improve. Cosmetic injections should be considered a medical procedure and treated accordingly. It is certainly not enough to be a beautician, or even a doctor."

"Ideally, practitioners should have both a medical qualification and additional formal training in non-surgical skin treatments. Non-surgical treatments are a very specific blend of medical and aesthetic skills which need to be taught properly and practiced in a safe environment before seeing any patients."

"In our own training school, we have already run a number of courses in cosmetic treatments for medical professionals and our delegates have seen the difference that formal training can make in the way they practice skin treatments."

SkinViva Training’s dedicated training school is based in Central Manchester. Delegates travel from all over the North West of England and beyond.

The training school has been generously equipped and custom-fitted to suit their combination of theoretical and practical learning. The facilities offer comfortable training rooms in addition to spacious treatment rooms where trainees can watch demonstrations and practice injections overseen by SkinViva Training’s expert team.

The company offer a series of courses to develop delegates’ skills progressively from foundation/beginner level, through intermediate to advanced standards. The courses are designed to equip those that attend with a detailed knowledge of the best techniques for good aesthetic results. In addition, issues such as safety and ethics are covered extensively, as well as understanding and managing the risks.

Dr Tim Pearce MB ChB BSc (Hons) MRCGP continued, "The key difference with our course is that we don't just train clinicians how to make people look better, but we also focus heavily on safety, explaining the techniques and knowledge needed to avoid side effects, and recognise and treat complications no matter how rare or unlikely. It's founded on the belief that to be competent you need to be able to manage the full spectrum of outcomes, not just the desirable outcomes."

"Our own skin treatments business, SkinViva, has been built on high levels of professional skill. SkinViva Training is our opportunity to share the skills and knowledge that have made our own skin treatments business such a success."

SkinViva Training is a specialist, professionally-led clinical training delivering training in non-surgical cosmetic treatments to Doctors, Nurses and Dentists who wish to learn and develop in delivering these procedures. The company was established in 2013 by the team behind SkinViva, who offer skin treatments at a network of over 85 clinics located across the North West. SkinViva was established in 2008 in Manchester and has expanded to cover the North West of England including Cheshire, Lancashire and Derbyshire.

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