If you have been looking for a low-cost way to expand your medical practice or bring in new clients, taking medical aesthetic courses from a reputable educator can bring you within arm’s reach. Although healthcare reform will raise overhead costs for doctors, though specializing in aesthetic procedures will be minimally impacted, making the cosmetic procedural market a gem for doctors needing to make up for lost revenue.
One of the few changes aesthetic professionals will face in healthcare reform is a 2.3% excise tax on the sale of medical devices. This tax includes the sale of breast implants, facial implants, and popular injectable fillers. Yet, because Botox is categorized as a drug, it is excluded from the tax, affording doctors options when adding new services.
However, finding a reputable educational source for medical aesthetics training is vital to set you on the right track to gaining loyal clients and standing out from competitors. Proper training and certification will increase consumer trust, ensure you dodge unnecessary debacles, and make any marketing your new services easier.
Compliance With Existing Professional Standards
The first step to obtaining quality medical aesthetics training is checking your state’s licensing board for courses, educators, and schools capable of granting you the licenses you need to legally practice cosmetic procedures.
If you do not own your own practice, check with your clinic what credentials you will need to offer new services. If you are looking for new work, contact potential employers for information on what credentials they are looking for in candidates and if they have any recommendations. As you will add new skills to your repertoire, it is important you ensure that you will have a space available to tend to clients.
Terrific Reputation and Stellar Feedback
More importantly, you need to ensure that wherever you receive medical aesthetics training is reputable and up-to-date on state standards. Do research on potential schools and research doctors that have received certification from those schools. Check out the experiences of people who were once in your shoes. Were they happy with the education they received? Would they make the same choice again?
Make a point to check the educator out personally. Call their offices and ask for more information on medical aesthetics training programs. Prices also vary greatly between programs, so keep this in mind when you research costs. You want to take reputable aesthetic courses but that does not mean you have to shell out a lot of money.
Because medical professionals often are pinched for time, you’ll also want an educator who can train you at your convenience. Some educators travel cross-country to hold seminars for interested physicians, or host weekend lectures with hands-on training. Some educators will even provide marketing help after you have received certification. Find educators interested in the success of your business, because in the end, your success is a reflection of their services.
Michael is a nonsurgical aesthetics professional and freelance writer.