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How to become an Aesthetic Therapist

Written by Mariana Jaureguilorda Beltran
Published date 21 June 2019

Aesthetic therapy is the next step up for a beauty therapist. The industry is growing and thriving, offering lots of employment opportunities.

London College of Fashion tutor, Yvonne Mills teaches our popular short course Introduction to Aesthetic therapy. We caught up with her to talk about how to become one and what it’s like to be an aesthetic therapist.

What are the benefits for a Beauty Therapist training in Aesthetics?

1. Improved salary, aesthetic treatments cost more, and this should filter down to the aesthetician.

2. More diagnoses and analysis of her client's requirements which makes for a varied and challenging career.

3. The ability to perform result driven treatments which are more effective for the client, and satisfying for the aesthetician completing the treatments.

What does an Aesthetic therapist do?

The beauty therapist will be able to deliver more advanced treatments that incorporate specialised products and be trained in the use of medical grade devices. This means she will have the knowledge and tools required to assess the needs of her client and devise individually tailored treatment plans to address them.

To be considered for a role as an Aesthetic Therapist you should have:

1. Very good people skills: communication and listening to the client's needs are key.

2. Be able to work well within a team but equally as well independently.

3 An ability to pay attention to detail, in the wrong hands some of the equipment can be very dangerous if not applied correctly.

Why has Aesthetic therapy had such a boom in the last few years?

Clients are looking for treatments that change the physiology of the skin, and aesthetic treatments can!

Clients are better informed now and it’s not all about the injectables, non- invasive treatments are becoming the gold standard for ‘tweakments’ clients don’t want to look ‘done’ just better and be seen to be ageing well.

Also, the advancement in technology means that the NIT’s are more effective than ever before, radio frequency and Cryolipolisis becoming firm favourites.

What would be your top 5 tips for making it as an aesthetic therapist?

1. Dedication - willing to continually update her skills and knowledge.

2. Punctual and reliable.

3. Informed, aware of the latest trends, client or celebrity led.

4. Display empathy, confidentiality and be tactful - clients need to trust you with their issues.

5. An excellent listener and communicator.

How is this course different from others? And why should someone sign-up for it?

1. Only one of its kind in the UK and is based within the University of the Arts London: the university itself opens doors and is well respected.

2. Delivery of the science modules is from specialists within the fields of anatomy, cosmetic science and physiology.

3. Hands-on practical skills are learnt in a range of advanced techniques and products.

4. Unique networking with industry leaders on a weekly basis.

5. Excellent levels of employability within high-end London based clinics.

Yvonne’s course, Introduction to aesthetic therapy, runs twice a year for 9 weeks. Detailed information can be found below. Payment plans are available to help you spread the cost.

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