Why We Don't Provide Dermal Filler Courses For Non Medics

May 14th, 2018

While it is legal for non-medical professionals, like beauty therapists and aestheticians, to attend and train on dermal filler courses, there is a general consensus within the medical community that this should not be the case, for various reasons. With even less regulation as to who can perform dermal filler treatments than Botox treatments, it is imperative that the correct people, with the right level of knowledge, are the sole providers of this treatment.


As administering dermal injections is a core part of medical training, those who are medically trained have an in-depth understanding of complex anatomy and skin structure, as well as reducing risks and complications that may arise. Medical professionals are also well-equipped to assess indications and contraindications, and potential benefits and side effects. Responding to complications is a core skill that any practitioner needs, and without the knowledge to be able to react to these situations, an aesthetician cannot really run a successful and safe dermal fillers practice.

Dermal Filler Courses

While it is, again, completely legal for beauty therapists and similar professionals to attend training courses, some will only allow medical professionals to train. In the case that an aesthetician is permitted to attend dermal filler courses, there is, of course, the dilemma of employability, as many medi-spas and clinics won’t employ practitioners who don’t have sufficient medical qualifications, meaning that it can often be a fruitless endeavour to pay for training that is unlikely to be used within a reputable setting.


Every practitioner - therapists, aestheticians, and doctors alike - needs to have indemnity insurance in order to cover themselves for claims of malpractice. As the performing practitioner, delivering a treatment to a patient means you are responsible for the outcomes of that treatment, so if mistakes are made, or the client doesn’t like the result, they may try to make a claim for negligence. These policies, designed to cover things like legal fees, are often only extended to medical professionals for injectable procedures, though aestheticians may be able to qualify for treatments that require less in-depth knowledge, provided you meet their requirements. Insurance is, obviously, of vital importance, as performing treatments without the correct insurance means you are directly putting your patient, and yourself, at risk.

For all these reasons, we do not allow those who have no formal medical training to attend our courses, amidst growing agreement within the industry that regulations should change to ensure optimum patient safety across the board. To enquire about our policies, or book your place on one of our dermal filler courses, contact Jack on 01926 800703.