6 Common Mistakes Beginning Aesthetic Practitioners Make and How To Avoid Them

Aesthetic Practitioners

It’s hard to avoid a mistake you don’t know about. As you begin your journey as an Aesthetic Practitioner, here are a few of the most common mistakes to be aware of.   

Cutting your in-depth clinical consultation short

Give yourself time to determine the proper treatment for your client—not just the treatment itself. As a beginning Aesthetic Practitioner, you need to understand the value of conducting a thorough clinical consultation. This should take a minimum of 45 minutes to complete. 


The reason is both simple and essential: A good aesthetic practitioner will not perform a treatment simply because a patient asks for it. Instead, it’s important to evaluate a wide range of patient details, both clinical (age, sex, previous aesthetic treatments, medical or psychological concerns), and subjective. Those subjective details include things like the patient’s goal for the treatment: is he or she wanting to look younger? To feel more confident at work? To maintain or improve upon the results of a previous aesthetic treatment? 

By learning as much as you can about your patient, you’ll be able to formulate a treatment plan that will give them the best possible outcomes. 

Performing treatment you should have denied

Listen to yourself when your mind is telling you to not treat a patient. You have the necessary certifications to make that professional decision. There are clients who should and should not be treated and it is important to recognize those signs. Remain confident in your knowledge and trust that you can make the proper decision.

The best way to prevent an angry or unpleasant scenario with a client to whom you deny treatment is to explain your professional medical reasoning behind your decision. Do not frame your explanation as an opinion—after all, you’re a medical professional. You truly do know the potential risks and implications of a particular treatment better than your patient. 

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Deciding to perform aesthetic treatment on a patient who shouldn’t have been approved may not only lead to medical issues, but also unhappiness with the outcome of the procedure on the part of the patient. 

Treating difficult areas as a beginner

Finally becoming a knowledgeable Aesthetic Practitioner is great, but it is important to ease into it. An overabundance of ambition can negatively affect new Aesthetic Practitioners in the long run. Popular treatments are desirable to perform but some are much more difficult to complete successfully than others. Botox injections in the cheeks, for example, are more forgiving than lip fillers. 

Begin to build your confidence and perfect your own techniques with dermal filler training and Botox training. As you increase your knowledge and perfect your technique, you’ll be able to move on to more complicated and challenging procedures. 

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Not taking time to inject 

Avoid injecting Botox and dermal fillers too quickly. The quicker you inject, the more likely you’ll receive bad results. You want your patients to be satisfied with the end product and taken back by the procedure you performed. When you inject slowly, you create a smooth finish rather than unevenness. 

You want good results and you also want to be safe. It is possible to inject into a blood vessel which can be very painful for your patient. When you inject slowly you can remove the needle and avoid filling with large volume. 

Injecting slowly also reduces painfulness as a whole for your client. The tissue is occupied with product less aggressively which eliminates unnecessarily high pain. 

Eliminating the massage after performing lip fillers

Including a massage to follow every lip filler procedure is necessary to create smoothness. Without massaging post-procedure you risk the presence of lumps and creating an undesirable result. 

This massage aids in shaping the lips and distributing the product evenly following the procedure. 

Lacking involvement in aesthetic networks 

It is important to have others to relate to as you begin your career in aesthetics. Having a group to communicate and share procedures with can help you grow your own knowledge and develop a sense of camaraderie that makes the work much more enjoyable. 

AAAMS has three different membership tiers that all include involvement in AAAMS Aesthetics Network, an exclusive community for aesthetic medical professionals. The AAAMS Aesthetics Network offers networking opportunities, professional resources, and courses and classes on the latest procedures and methods in your field.

The “Journal Club” forum for instance is where professionals review and discuss the latest news in Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery provided by noteworthy publications and journals. The “Aesthetic and Medical Culture Talks” forum is a peer-led discussion about innovative and novel techniques and breakthroughs in the aesthetic industry.  
These are just a few of the many opportunities AAAMS Network can offer. Find out more through the AAAMS Aesthetics Network page.