If you’re passionate about helping patients look their best, working in the medical aesthetics industry is one of the best career options for you. However, the path to becoming an aesthetics professional can be long and challenging, especially if you want to become a cosmetic injector and provide dermal filler treatments in your practice.
So what’s the process to becoming a certified aesthetic injector? To be able to perform cosmetic injectables, you need to earn a medical degree and become either a licensed doctor, registered nurse, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner. You’ll also have to complete specialized training courses on dermal filler injections to get more background and hands-on practice on the cosmetic procedure.
Dermal fillers remain to be one of the top-performing minimally invasive procedures for facial enhancement. According to a report by The Aesthetics Society, there’s an estimated 1.8 million dermal filler procedures done in 2021. The high demand for nonsurgical cosmetic treatments is expected to continue driving the preference of patients for dermal fillers in the years to come.
With more people wanting to get dermal fillers, it’s the best time for aesthetic practitioners to enter the field and start training to be a cosmetic injector. Being an injectable provider is a fulfilling job that allows you to work closely with patients and help them reach their beauty goals. However, not everyone can simply jump into the industry and begin performing injectable fillers.
The requirements to become an aesthetic injector are different from what is needed to be a beauty therapist. Even though a dermal filler injection is minimally invasive, it still involves placing foreign materials beneath the skin which requires advanced skills and techniques. That’s why it’s essential for an injector to take aesthetic medicine courses with a specialization in dermal filler training.
Each state has different regulations regarding who can perform treatments such as dermal filler and Botox injection. But generally, neurotoxins and cosmetic fillers are given by a medical professional. They’re the ones who are most qualified to provide filler injections since they have expert knowledge of facial anatomy and are equipped with the common safety protocols of the procedures.
Here are some of the types of medical professionals who can administer dermal fillers in a medical spa or clinical setting:
There’s no shortcut to becoming a highly qualified aesthetic injector. Although it’s very easy to know about dermal filler techniques with DIY videos, it’s not recommended to do injectable training at home. You should always learn from professionals who have proven expertise in facial aesthetics and cosmetic injections.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can become a dermal filler injector:
To work as a cosmetic injector, you need to obtain a medical degree and become licensed in your state. The path to earning your degree may vary depending on your desired specialization but generally, injectors should have at least an undergraduate and graduate qualification.
For physicians, they need to complete a 4-year bachelor’s degree before attending medical school. They’ll spend another 4 years of medical education and complete their residency training prior to applying for licensure.
For registered nurses and cosmetic nurse practitioners, they should at least have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing and then complete a master’s program. They’ll also have to pass a certification exam and apply for state licensure before they can start practicing in a healthcare or clinical setting.
After getting the required medical or nursing degree, you can enroll in the dermal filler training course. You’ll have to present your certification and transcripts from medical school or nursing programs to enter the course.
Most dermal filler training courses usually take 1 to 2 days of coursework and hands-on training on performing the aesthetic procedure. Some of the things that you can learn in a dermal filler course are:
Most training courses provide certification upon successful completion of the program. You can use this certification to start working under a physician supervisor and assist them in providing dermal filler treatments. However, you may not immediately be asked to perform filler injections on your own.
Depending on your state regulations, you may be allowed to provide dermal fillers without supervision after some time of training or apprenticeship. New cosmetic injectors may first have to shadow medical professionals and watch how they administer the injections. This is helpful in developing your own cosmetic injection technique and skills.
You’ll only become an expert injector if you continue learning and training to keep up with the latest cosmetic trends and injectable techniques. There are master injector programs that provide extensive knowledge on advanced Botox injections and dermal filler procedures. While it’s not a requirement, it’s a nice certification to have that will give you a competitive edge in the medical aesthetic industry.
Although dermal fillers are done for cosmetic enhancement, they’re still considered medical procedures which is why it’s crucial for any practitioner to have proper injectable training. Here are some of the benefits of taking a dermal filler training course:
It’s recommended that you get your dermal filler training from an accredited institution or reputable provider. To help you find the best aesthetics program, here are some questions you should ask yourself or the school:
Anyone with a medical professional degree can further their career and enter the aesthetics field to work as a cosmetic injector. The best way to increase your qualifications for dermal filler treatments is to build your skills through advanced aesthetic training courses.
Dr. Lanna is a master injector of Botox and dermal fillers and has helped thousands of patients with their cosmetic needs. She also provides 2 days of specialized training to help you develop your techniques in dermal filler injections. Contact us today for more information about her training program or to inquire about our services.