The 5 Golden Rules When Becoming a Prescriber

Are you a medic considering becoming a prescriber of Botox for a non-medic Aesthetician?   Maybe you’ve been approached by someone to prescribe for them, or you simply think it would be a good use of your time. Could this be the next step to take in your career in Aesthetics?   With all that being said, at Visage Aesthetics we love to resource and equip you in all areas of the Aesthetic industry and so we’ve shared the five golden rules you need when being a prescriber.   ONE: Define the how, when and the cost involved when seeing one single patient AND a group of X number of patients.   TWO: Advise on your role with the patient, in the partnership  – Check the patients past medical history Give them impartial advice on possible botox / filler treatments and later prescribe botox / filler for them on request (define how you would like the request). Define who’s pharmacy account you’ll be ordering from. We recommend that the practitioner you’re prescribing on behalf of sets up their own pharmacy account, meaning you just need to sign the prescriber part of the form and you don’t have any financial responsibility for them not being able to pay for an order. THREE: Define your understanding of their role – Get their patients to complete a past medical history form which has been previous agreed by both yourself and the prescriber. (Flourish could come in handy here)  Advise whether you expect the patient to pay you directly for the appointment or pay them and they in turn pay you. Think – if...
Can my Client on Immunosuppressants get Aesthetic Treatments?!

Can my Client on Immunosuppressants get Aesthetic Treatments?!

We have the general day-to-day Q&A’s as practitioners, prime example being “I’m pregnant, is it safe for me to have anti wrinkle treatment?” but then every so often we stumble upon clients in slightly more rare circumstances than the usual and it’s why we have a thriving practitioners group on Facebook where expert opinions, advice and knowledge is shared from practitioner to fellow practitioners. Recently someone posted the following question: Can a patient on immunosuppresants for a kidney transplant, receive anti-wrinkle injections and / or filler? We think this answer to this case, although rare, is something that is worth sharing outside of the group, so here it is! The issue with this clients situation is that they are on immunosuppressants to stop their body rejecting the transplanted kidney. From the outset we know anti wrinkle injections isn’t an issue – we don’t think many practitioners would disagree with that. However, Dermal Filler treatment is potentially an issue as it remains in the body for 6-18 months, depending on the product and the area injected. If an infection develops with filler, it can be tricky to treat, requiring several strong antibiotics for a long period. Filler infection is fairly rare, but I  have seen it twice and it can be difficult for the patient to cope with because of the side effects to the antibiotics and due to the fact that the face gets inflamed which can’t be covered up. Being on an immunosuppressant makes it more likely that they could get an infection. So in summary, we say – yes to anti-wrinkle injections and maybe to filler. As...
The Nefertiti Facelift & Working with Platysmal Bands

The Nefertiti Facelift & Working with Platysmal Bands

Did you know that you have four Platysmal Bands? You have two on each side. What are Platysmal bands? Wikipedia describes Platysmal muscle this way – “The platysma is a superficial muscle that overlaps the sternocleidomastoid”… The platysmal muscle covers the upper part of the chest and shoulders rising to the sides of the neck. So now that we’ve cleared that up… we can imagine the process of aging in this area which is situated below the jawline and along the neck area. Usually we picture the aging process as the skin ‘drooping’ and loosing elasticity. However the same is not to be said about the Platysmal Bands – these bands actually tighten over time which forms prominent lines at the front of our necks. Enter the Nefertiti Facelift. It is most common for only one or a couple of the bands to become more prominent, causing the tenting out at the neck which affects the cervico-mandibular angle (the angle of your chin to neck). So how do we treat this problem area for so many? We hear from Dr Michael Aicken, founder of as well as trainer and practitioner at Visage Aesthetics U.K. – First up:  “Ask your patient to tense up and relax from the sides and identify which one(s) are causing the issue…” Next:  “Inject Anti-wrinkle toxin down the muscle band, directly into it by grabbing it like a rope between your finger and thumb. No anaesthetic cream is best as then it isn’t slippy,  (this area is not usually tender anyway). 4 units Anti Wrinkle Toxin (Allergan) or 5 graduations of a 1ml insulin syringe if you trained with Visage Academy /...
SIX Reasons to Train in Aesthetics

SIX Reasons to Train in Aesthetics

Interested in taking the plunge and delving into the arena of Aesthetics? Need a little bit more convincing? We get it! That’s why we’ve put together SIX irresistible reasons to give you that nudge we know you’re looking for!   1) Global medical aesthetics is expected to reach USD 26.53 billion by 2024 from USD 10.12 billion in 2016. In other words you would be investing in a future within an industry that is ultimately – booming. 2) The opportunities just keep on coming. Once you finish and pass your course, you’re immediately certified in the use of Anti-Wrinkle Toxin and Dermal Filler. With adequate insurance, you are set! You could start up your own private clinic or partner with a local salon, whatever you think is best. Heck you might even want to consider a ‘mobile business’ bringing your services to people in the comfort of their own home! 3) Mannequin heads only go so far. At Visage Academy we offer simulated clinics with REAL patients as part of our courses. The opportunity to practise all treatments (Anti-Wrinkle Toxin and Dermal Filler) on real patients is second to none and will put you in good stead for the future. 4) Lucrative profit margins. The amount commonly charged by practitioners for treatments is more than double the cost necessary to purchase Dermal Filler and Anti-Wrinkle Toxin. 5) You can count on us. It’s not as if once you complete your training we say our goodbyes and you become nothing but a name on our archive records. No no no, we recognise the need for on-going support and guidance, this...
Visage Stories #FindYourGlow

Visage Stories #FindYourGlow

Find Your Glow With Visage Aesthetics UK We are looking for training patients to receive low-price Anti Wrinkle Toxin and Dermal Filler treatments on our courses in Central London which will be held on the 15th, 16th, 18th and 19th of May. Founded by Dr. Michael Aicken, Visage Aesthetics offer training in Aesthetic Injectables administration to professionals via the ‘Visage Academy’ Supervision and teaching on the course is with Dr Michael Aicken who has 10 years experience in the use of Anti Wrinkle Toxin and Fillers. Dr Aicken has been training other professionals for 8 years in London and Belfast. The Visage Academy Diploma offers a chance to receive treatment at discounted prices.. As the syllabus calls for a ‘stimulated clinic’ with real patients, we are looking for those interested in receiving low-cost treatment as part of our training course. We also offer a referral system – if you refer a colleague/friend to us, you will both receive a £20 M&S Voucher. Price difference: £40/area Anti Wrinkle Toxin £80/ml filler For comparison a private appointment with Dr Aicken in east Belfast would be £190 for 1 or 2 areas Anti Wrinkle Toxin, £285 for 3 areas Anti Wrinkle Toxin. Filler: £300 for 1st ml, £200 / ml thereafter in same consultation. Interested? BOOK HERE Gerardine’s Story “Ruth and Mike are amazing, kind, caring and very approachable. They have always made me feel welcome and from the very start they reduced any anxiety I had about having the procedures. Now I have complete faith and trust in Visage – their professionalism, their vision and the services they provide. I with...