By Angela Haff, Aesthetic Nurse Injector & CoolSculpting Specialist.
In January of this year, I made the trip to #10 Harley St., London, to train with The Consultant Clinic (check them out on Instagram!). They are leaders in the aesthetic industry, specializing in non-surgical facial rejuvenation. When I learned that they conduct training days for medical professionals, I applied, was accepted, and as the Brits say, “Bob’s your uncle!”, off I went!
The 12-hour day was well worth the investment, and a valuable learning tool. It was great exposure to innovative techniques with a focus on safety. As an aesthetic injector, you can never have too much training or education.
London is a fantastic city, and with 43 universities, has the highest concentration of education in Europe – impressive! But did you know, the aesthetics industry is largely unregulated there, allowing patients to be injected by unqualified providers? There have been a number of stories in the British press regarding unfortunate outcomes. The British government has recently taken steps towards better regulations to protect the public.
Thankfully in Canada, our standards are higher, and we have regulations in place for your protection. At Project Skin MD, we believe that continuing education for patient safety and good outcomes is paramount. In the last year, our team of medical providers has cumulatively attended in excess of 65 medical congresses and hands on trainings.
I’m also a founding member, and sit on the executive board of the Canadian Society of Aesthetic Specialty Nurses (CSASN). We developed the Standards of Practice for aesthetic nursing in Canada. Our association provides education, regulation and mentorship to nurses in the industry.
So what’s next for me? In March I’ll be travelling to Dalhousie University in Halifax and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. CSASN, with the support of industry, will be hosting two more cadaver labs in our educational series. It provides our nurses with great hands on training in anatomy and injection technique. As always, our focus is on safety for our patients.
If you’d like to know more about the continuing education our staff participates in, don’t hesitate to ask! We’re always willing to share new information and experiences with our patients.