Changing Career from Beauty Therapist to Medical Aesthetician

Trying to get a step up the career ladder from a Beauty Therapist to an Aesthetician isn’t always as easy as one may think. Success will always be measured through the individual’s sheer determination and drive. The medical aesthetic industry is very demanding, with more and more professions entering the market to offer Non-Surgical procedures; the race to make a real success in the business is becoming increasingly more competitive.

Having a career within the Aesthetic business is both varied and challenging. The industry requires highly skilled professionals with the ability to perform procedures with practised skills, knowledge, experience and confidence as well as having a commercial drive and initiative to progress further by attaining clinical practice and experience in a Clinic, Hospital and/or a Cosmetic Surgery Group environment.

With extra training, Beauty Therapists can progress further in a career within Aesthetics and qualify  in more complex techniques, increasing their potential to train in various non-surgical cosmetic procedures including laser hair removal, semi-permanent make- up, laser cellulite reduction, laser re surfacing and skin peeling to name a few.

Once obtaining all necessary qualifications; like all professionals, it is important for Medical Aestheticians to keep “up to date” with new developments as they are responsible for carrying out consultations, providing a range of aesthetic procedures, discussing the risks and complications involved and providing patients with the information, knowledge and evaluation of treatments; paying particular attention to providing patient guides on medical care and support.


Medical Aestheticians must be willing to add to their current education by increasing their wealth of knowledge and to be able to provide assistance to other Practitioners, including Consultants, Doctors and/or Nurse Prescribers.

They must show an enthusiasm to participate in in-house training. A readiness and keenness is vital to present and demonstrate the latest techniques and developments within Non-Surgical procedures; as well as having the motivation, drive and interest to attend various Aesthetic conferences and seminars.

Most Medical Clinics and Cosmetic Surgery Groups will support and encourage ongoing training through industry reps and brand/product service providers in all procedures, techniques and equipment available within the field of aesthetics and should include annual training on infection control, customer care, moving and handling, First Aid and Fire training.


When trying to make the transition from Beauty Therapy to Aesthetics, It is important to gain employment with a company that can provide ongoing training. It must be constantly reviewed and updated to comply with high standards of excellence in the delivery and practice of procedures in accordance with health authorities that register all medical clinics in the UK.

The industry has a wide market appeal; with small independent salons in every major back street offering cosmetic treatments alongside their traditional practices compared to the larger clinic chains that are offering surgical procedures as well as non-surgical treatments.

To fulfil your career aspirations it is important to work for the right company. Choosing the right company to associate your skills with can enhance your career pathway and job satisfaction. You must decide whether you, your skills and your experience are best suited to working for a small organisation or a larger chain.

Working for a small company can increase your chances of learning skills quicker and being promoted faster; whereas gaining employment for a larger company will appeal to those who are wanting to specialise in advanced non-surgical techniques. Hours can be long and you may be working into the evening and working weekends dependent upon demand.

N.B. The Internet is a fantastic resource for research and will provide you with information that you need in regards to the chief companies to work for.


Once you have decided upon your direction of employment, begin by sending off speculative letters or cover letters for any vacancies that interest you with a CV enclosed. Give details of your current experience, skills and knowledge and provide specifics as to why you consider yourself to be an asset as an employee.

Receiving an interview from a potential employer is an opportunity to impress. You must be sure to assert your enthusiasm and provide well thought out reasons as to why you want to work for the company.

When getting an interview within a larger chain you must show that you are competent, reliable, loyal, committed and can contribute specialised set skills. Interviewers will always ask you to share examples of your experiences where you have had to use your own initiative. If you have contributed your ideas, you may be asked as to how.

For example, you may have introduced a “ buy 1 course and get 1 free” or introduced “50% off a course of treatment” for a short period; you can show what the business was taking before and what it is now taking to demonstrate your commercial success. You may also be asked if you have a business plan to contribute to the increased sales of their business.

Additionally, you can offer to demonstrate your skills by performing a treatment.

In order for a successful interview within any salon, clinic or larger chain you must:

  • Do your research.
  • Have reasons for what makes you the right candidate for the job.
  • Show your willingness to undertake further training.
  • Draft a business plan.
  • Make a lasting impression.

N.B. if there is something you are not trained in, you should consider training further, this will make you a more viable candidate to your prospective employer.

Entry requirements to become a Medical Aesthetician

Most people train in beauty by taking a full-time course at college. When selecting a course, Beauty Therapist’s must recognise that their course will lead to examinations approved by a reputable organisation such as CIBTAC (Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology), BABTAC (British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology) Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT), Edexcel BTEC and/or City & Guilds (C&G) to name a few.

Entry into the profession of Medical Aesthetics can also come from the nursing sector. Aesthetic qualification are usually gained through independent training schools that tend to offer shorter and more intensive courses.


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