5 Things to Know Before Starting Your Aesthetic Injection Training As A Nurse Practitioner

Aesthetic training

There is a lot to learn as a nurse practitioner wanting to enter the world of aesthetic medicine. There is a vast amount of knowledge to be learned in aesthetics and you want to make sure to take the right steps to get there. We are here to help you know a few things before jumping into aesthetic training

  1. You have to recertify every three years

Certified Aesthetic Nurse Practitioners have to recertify every three years. 45 contact hours with a minimum of two hours specifically related to patient safety is one part of the requirements for recertification. There is also a minimum of 30 contact hours as a combination of one or more core specialties. These include Plastic/Aesthetic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, and Facial Plastic Surgery.

  1. Common injections 

The common aesthetic training nurse practitioners receive are botox training and dermal filler training. Botulinum is used to debilitate specific nerves to treat severe issues and is effective between three and twelve months from the time of injection. 

Common needs for botulinum toxins:

  • Cervical Dystonia which is a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contraction.
  • Severe underarm sweat
  • Strabismus
  • Blepharospasm which is uncontrollable blinking
  • Overactive bladder
  • Chronic migraines

Dermal fillers is another injection you should be knowledgeable about. The purpose of dermal fillers is to create the appearance of fuller lips. Another use is to fill in fine lines or wrinkles. 

  1. You have to obtain certifications in order to perform

If you do not have a certification in a specified injection, you are unqualified to perform that injection. For example, you can only administer botulinum toxins to patients if you have a botox certification.

Proper training courses are required in order to receive this kind of certification. You’ll need to register for a course that is meant to help you learn the basis of botulinum toxins, how to inject it, and how to treat patients that may end up having side effects.

AAAMS has many available aesthetic courses to earn these certifications taught by Dr. Sam Assassa, a world-renowned non-invasive and aesthetic cosmetic surgery specialist.

  1. Individual Training

Botulinum Toxins 101

The Botulinum Toxins 101 course is a comprehensive training course that provides an overview and demonstration of Botox and neurotoxins. Throughout this course you will learn about facial muscle anatomy and its relation to facial expressions, clinical assessment, and the technique of botulinum toxin injections.

This training is geared for inexperienced practitioners with an understanding of neurotoxins. By the end of this program participants should be able to point out key facial muscles, create treatment plans, and inject botulinum toxin safely with minimal to no complications.

Dermal Fillers 101

The Dermal Fillers 101 training course provides a complete overview of the facial aging process, how a facial analysis should be conducted in relation to dermal fillers, and the proper injection technique for different sectors of the face.

During the facial aging portion of training, participants will learn the process with a focus on blood vessels and nerve anatomy in relation to dermal fillers. Participants will master creating a treatment plan, choosing filler rheology that’s necessary for each anatomical area, and apply a variety of filler injection techniques for the best patient outcomes.

  1. Combination Training

CE Accredited Facial Aesthetics 101 Series

The CE Accredited Facial Aesthetics 101 series is an online aesthetic training course that combines Botulinum Toxins 101 and Dermal Fillers 101 with an Introduction to Aesthetics Training course. The purpose of this series is to provide participants with an extensive introduction and proper foundation to facial aesthetics.  

This thorough aesthetic training series is intended for those practitioners searching to gain an understanding of facial aesthetics and learn the varying treatments in aesthetic training medicine. Participants learn the foundation of facial anatomy and physiognomy, along with botox and dermal fillers.

CE Accredited Aesthetic 101 Hybrid

The CE Accredited Aesthetic 101 Hybrid is a two-day aesthetic training program. This comprehensive training in aesthetics integrates virtual interactive didactic sessions with a live hands-on training session on facial aesthetics. In this hybrid course you can expect participation is a virtual, live classroom lectures, case presentations, discussions, and demonstrations on mannequins and live models. 

This hybrid training is performed by experienced physician instructors. Upon completion, participants will earn certifications botulinum toxin, dermal fillers, and chemical peels.  An optional 17 hrs of CE credits is available for participants interested in extensive knowledge. 

CE Accredited Aesthetics 101 Virtual

This course is much like the CE Accredited Aesthetic 101 Hybrid program in that it is a two-day aesthetic training session and offers the exact same learning opportunities and certifications. The CE Accredited Aesthetics 101 Virtual program is meant for practitioners with minimal to no previous experience performing aesthetic procedures. Those who participate will acquire the adequate knowledge, skills and certifications to inject.

The only difference between the hybrid course and the virtual course is that the virtual training offers the same benefits as the hybrid, but from the comfort of your own home! If you’re a homebody, or prefer virtual training, then this is the course for you. 

CE Accredited Facial Mannequin Training Program

The CE Accredited Facial Mannequin Training Program is a botox training course that provides an overview and demonstration of Botox and neurotoxins. During this training, participants will learn about facial muscle anatomy and its relation to facial expressions, clinical assessment, and different techniques in botulinum toxin injections.

The purpose of this course is to perfect injection techniques in facial aesthetics using botulinum toxins and dermal fillers. This course will also teach participants on how to use a facial mannequin during a patient consultation to help you create your patient’s treatment plan.

Learn more 

Don’t stop your training search here. Take a look at all of the AAAMS has to offer on our website. You can extend your learning past injection-focused training if desired.