Posted: 9 months ago
Category: Career Resources

I want to be... an Aesthetic Therapist

If you are new to the beauty industry you may not be familiar with what an Aesthetic Therapist role involves. Aesthetic medicine is an inclusive term for specialities that focus on improving cosmetic appearance through the treatment of conditions such as scars, moles, excess fat, unwanted hair...

Advanced skin treatments offer beauty therapists a competitive edge. Aesthetics is the next step up the ladder and by training in these advanced treatments you will increase your career opportunties as a beauty therapist, moving into the more specialised and skilled aesthetic fields.

The average salary for an Aesthetic Therapist is £23,034 - with many employers offering generous benefits such as commission structure and further training for promotion prospects.

What are the benefits to you as a Beauty Therapist training in Aesthetics?

If you have an existing client base, offering medical grade treatments which will penetrate further into the skins epidermis will give better results. As skin treatments are driven by results, your services as a therapist will be more desirable as you will be able to offer all clients a treatment to suit their skin type and problems.

Many of the skin treatments have a low start-up costs, with peel products treating up to 30 patients a time, allowing you to make a healthy profit. Don't forget, you can also upsell related skin products to compliment the treatments, not easily available on the high street increasing your retail sales profits. These are just some of the reasons you may want to consider training in Aesthetics.

Training to become an Aesthetic Therapist

To work in the spa, beauty or aesthetics industry it is essential to qualify in a nationally recognised beauty therapy course such as NVQ (equivalent qualifications will be considered as long as they are from recognised providers and the course covers the same areas of training as the NVQ).

To apply for an Aesthetic Therapist role in a clinic or medi-spa you will need to complete recognised aesthetics training courses to ensure you can perform advanced treatments safely. You should consider studying the Laser and IPL Core of Knowledge as most aesthetic therapists will perform laser or IPL treatments such as tattoo or hair removal.

Offered by many training providers throughout the UK at an affordable fee, this theory course teaches you the safe use of lasers and practical tips for consultations and treatments.

What does an Aesthetic Therapist role involve?

As an accomplished Aesthetic Therapist you will treat and advise patients and work towards individual sales targets for treatment and product sales.

You will perform a range of non-surgical aesthetic treatments, including device-led procedures using laser and radiofrequency, advanced facial treatments such as skin needling and skin peels, and body sculpting treatments. You will help to ensure that the treatment rooms are stocked and well-maintained, and you will also assist the manager with other day-to-day duties.

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

  • At least 3 years of aesthetics experience working for a clinic or medispa
  • Certificate in Laser Core of Knowledge and NVQ3 or above
  • Advanced skincare knowledge
  • Consistency achieving sales targets
  • Be confident, and be a good communicator
  • Be spotlessly presented and professional at all times

Want to find out more?

There are many training providers who can advise on the most suitable course for your requirements. One of the leading in aesthetics is Sally Durant. Dedicated to providing advanced knowledge and expertise to skin health professionals and clinical aesthetic practitioners to up skill and increase their understanding in line with the demands of the advanced skin care sector.  Their courses are delivered by experienced clinicians who have worked extensively in aesthetic practice and who are also professional educators with years of teaching expertise. For further info visit