Patients are lining up for aesthetic procedures. And it’s not just the usual subjects like celebrities, socialites, social media influencers, media figures, and soccer moms. It’s people across a broader spectrum than seen ever before, including college-age females, middle-aged men, and even your grandmother.
Market research indicates that since the lifting of lockdowns, there’s been a spike in demand for minimally-invasive procedures. Three of these procedures are proving to lead the pack in popularity: Botox, dermal fillers, and chemical peels. Let’s learn a bit about each (exploring them from most invasive to least invasive) and how aesthetics training can help you deliver on-demand.
Dermal fillers are injectable products designed to restore facial volume or enhance existing facial contours by adding fullness to areas such as the cheeks, lips, tear-troughs, temples, chin, jawline, and even forehead. Depending on their composition, performance longevity, and the area of the face they are intended to enhance, dermal fillers fall into four main classes:
- Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers: Restylane, Elevess, Hylaform, Juvederm, Perlane
- Polylactic acid dermal fillers: Sculptra
- Calcium hydroxylapatite dermal fillers: Radiesse, Voluma, Belotero Balance
- Polymethyl-Methacrylate Microspheres (PMMA) dermal fillers: Bellafill
Even though Botox, dermal fillers, and chemical fillers are all minimally-invasive procedures, dermal fillers are the most invasive of the three for two reasons. First, compared to Botox, larger needles are required for administering dermal fillers. (In some cases, a cannula must be used). Second, unlike Botox, dermal fillers are frequently injected into the deepest layers of facial anatomy—directly onto the bone. Yet, despite being more invasive than Botox and chemical peels, dermal fillers come nowhere near the invasiveness of aesthetic surgical procedures such as facelifts, blepharoplasties, and liposuction.
Botox is the trade name for a broader class of injectable neurotoxins that include products like Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau. While Botox is less invasive than dermal fillers, it is more invasive than a chemical peel since it must be injected into the muscles beneath the skin’s surface.
While the average person thinks of Botox as a wrinkle-eraser, Botox is a bit more complicated than that. For one, Botox treats dynamic wrinkles—the kinds of wrinkles that appear only due to facial expression. (To effectively treat the wrinkles, lines, and creases that appear even when the face is at rest, dermal fillers are generally needed.) The exception lies in superficial, static lines. Once Botox has taken effect, these lines tend to disappear within a matter of days to weeks since they are no longer being repeatedly etched into the skin by muscular movement.
What’s more, Botox has multiple applications that lie far outside the realm of aesthetic enhancement, making it an incredibly versatile product for meeting a broad spectrum of needs. Its treatment applications include migraine headaches, excessive sweating, jaw-clenching, and even acne. (To learn more about these surprising uses for injectable neurotoxins, check out the article, Beyond Beauty: Why Botox Training Can Help Nurses Grow Their Practice.)
The least invasive of the three aesthetics procedures we’re reviewing here, chemical peels work their magic by targeting the skin with a solution of specially formulated ingredients that promotes cell turnover by causing the uppermost layer of the skin to shed, revealing a smoother, more even complexion. Depending on the depth of the chemical peel and the severity of the aesthetic concern being targeted, chemical peels can improve or completely resolve the following:
- Irregular skin pigmentation
- Rough skin and scaly patches
- Acne or acne scars
- Sun-damaged skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
How to Deliver on Demand, Grow Your Practice, and Advance Your Career
If you’re looking to take advantage of the booming market for aesthetic medicine, AAAMS (The American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery) is what you’re looking for! Since 2006, we have trained more than 5,000 nurses, doctors, and even dentists worldwide for rewarding careers in aesthetic medicine. We are the industry-leading, fully-accredited platform for excellence in aesthetic education, and we put Botox, dermal filler, and chemical peel certification within fast, easy, and affordable reach.
While we’re known for our rigorous curriculum and top-tier instruction, we’re equally known for keeping our Botox training and dermal filler training enjoyable, engaging, and, frankly, a lot of fun. Our training courses create the atmosphere of congeniality that is essential to learning new skills and succeeding in your new field. And because we want you to feel supported along every phase of your journey (including after you become certified and begin to practice), we created the AAAMS Aesthetics Network. It’s a professional networking platform similar to LinkedIn, but exclusively for aesthetics practitioners, and it instantly connects you to the following:
- Ongoing peer support
- Collaboration and mentorship opportunities
- Invitations to industry events
- Access to a wealth of learning resources
- Job referrals and listing
- Discounts on AAAMS courses
- …and much, much more!
If you’re ready to take the first step on a new career adventure, visit our website. Explore our courses, see what sets us apart from other platforms, hear what our students say about training with us, and enroll today.
We look forward to training with you!