Anti-wrinkle & Dermal Fillers Non-medics & Medics Diploma

Join Dr Michael Aicken in his comprehensive certification course for medics and non-medics in the use of anti-wrinkle and filler treatments. It will cover the clinical content and procedures, as well as providing business support and help for setting up after your qualification. At Visage Aesthetics we pride ourselves on our performance and skills, which give us our impeccable reputation. Dr Aicken offers unlimited support following the completion of the course to ensure you continue to succeed and grow your aesthetics career.

Days 1 & 2 – Online and Self Directed Learning

Foundation online modules with online tests.

By the end of the online foundation course in Anti-Wrinkle and Dermal Filler treatments, students will, ahead of their face-to-face training, understand in theory how to safely perform the following non-surgical procedures. This is compulsory for everyone in order to achieve certification. The foundation is specific to:

Antiwrinkle treatments (with Botulinum Toxin Type A)

  • Glabellar frown lines
  • Forehead / frontalis
  • Crows feet / orbicularis occuli

 Dermal filler

  • Lip augmentation
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines
Modules will include:
  • Facial anatomy and physiology
  • The Anti-wrinkle Toxin consultation
  • Preparing the face for injections with Anti-wrinkle Toxin
  • Anti-wrinkle Toxin injection technique
  • A history of facial filler and currently available products
  • Filler techniques (bolus, linear injection, cross-hatching)
  • Lip filler
  • How to pass your assessment – Anti-wrinkle Toxin
  • How to pass your assessment – Filler

Advanced anti-wrinkle and dermal filler online modules with online tests and the complications management module.

Compulsory for non-medics, voluntary for medics or non-medics who have previously qualified prior to the new guidelines. By the end of the online advanced modules in anti-wrinkle and dermal filler treatments, students will understand how to safely perform the following non-surgical procedures and knowledge of complications.

Antiwrinkle treatments (with Botulinum Toxin Type A)

  • Lipstick lines
  • Mouth corners (Depressor Oris Angularis)
  • Bunny lines
  • Poppy chin
  • Gummy smile
  • Masseters

Anti-wrinkle treatment complications

  • Incomplete results (follow-up)
  • Eyelid & eyebrow ptosis
  • Spocking/ lateral eyebrow raising
  • Procerus hypertrophy
  • Bruising

Dermal filler

  • Correcting lip asymmetries and fixing mistakes
  • Lipstick lines
  • Frown lines
  • Fine lines
  • Cheek (zygomatic arch) augmentation

Dermal filler complications

  • Blindness (Retinal Artery Occlusion) & Vascular Occlusion
  • Bruising
  • Infection
  • Skin ischemia
  • Advanced Lips filler (correcting asymmetry, fixing mistakes, dissolving lumps)

Complications with deoxycholic acid containing products, used to dissolve fat (Aqualyx / Deso)

  • Inflammatory nodules
  • Temporary nerve damage

By the end of the Aesthetic Complications Management module students will know how to safely manage Anti-Wrinkle and Dermal Filler complications.

Remember: Knowledge of complications is essential.

Days 3 & 4 – Face-to-face in London

Treatment Areas Covered on This Course

Across the 2 days of face-to-face training we aim to cover:

  • Toxin to forehead, frown lines and crows feet 3 times
  • Toxin to mouth corners, lipstick lines, bunny lines, masseters, underarms all either on mannequin or on a real-life model, depending on availability of models / time available on the day
  • Filler to lips (3 times minimum), nasolabial folds, marionettes, fine lines
  • Filler to frown lines, lipstick lines, zygomatic arch (cheeks) depending on availability of models / time available on the day
  • Tear trough filler as a demo / jawline filler as a demo, depending on model suitability and time available on the day

Foundation Assessment (Day 1 in London)

Assessment of foundation-level practical skills using mannequins (3 Anti-wrinkle Toxin cases and 3 filler cases) in the morning followed by an afternoon small group teaching session with real patients in a simulated clinic with an emphasis on foundation skills. In the afternoon, trainees will receive additional assessment and feedback on their practical skills, but in a more group-orientated and informal manner than the morning session.

Advanced Assessment (Day 2 in London)

Assessment of advanced-level skills using mannequins (3 Anti-wrinkle Toxin cases and 3 filler cases) in the morning followed by an afternoon small group teaching session with real patients in a simulated clinic- with an emphasis on more advanced skills. In the afternoon, trainees will receive additional assessment and feedback on their practical skills, but in a more group-orientated and informal manner than the morning session.

The assessments (both formal and informal) will form part of the trainee’s self-managed log-book. As part of the new guidelines, trainees are expected to observe 10 Anti-wrinkle Toxin and 10 filler treatments then be observed performing 10 Anti-wrinkle Toxin and 10 filler treatments. Our face-to-face assessments using mannequins will allow trainees the opportunity to record their first cases in their log-book and the afternoon session should allow further opportunities for logging cases. This can be done either using our e-portfolio ( or simply with pen and paper.

All of these online courses, in addition to being part of the courses listed above, can also be bought/ completed on their own, through our other site –

Any questions contact: [email protected]

Disclaimer: please check with your insurance company before booking onto our course. Although we have good relations with all of the major insurance companies, the decision whether or not to provide indemnity cover for you post-training is outside of our control and the rationale for providing or not providing cover does change from time-to-time without warning.

It’s really the insurance companies who make the rules as to what the eligibility criteria is as it’s them who will offer insurance to practitioners following training. We highly recommend speaking with Cathedral or Insync about insurance requirements before making an enquiry with us. Contact them as follows:

Tel: 01892 601198 / 01892 601199 Email: [email protected]

Insync: Click on the logo for a quote. Note that Insync will insure medics and also non-medics with an NVQ level 3 OR 6 months experience providing SPMU or Microblading.

Please let us know if there is a problem obtaining a quote from the insurers or an issue with their customer service at [email protected]

As a rule of thumb, they do typically accept the following groups:

  • Beauty Therapists with an NVQ 3 in Beauty Therapy // CIBTAC // CIDESCO, Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Pharmacists, Paramedics, Physiotherapists, Dental Nurses (there is an additional course to be completed before our course – read about it here. It’s currently £270)
  • Certain other individuals – if you aren’t sure, best to check with one (or both) of the insurers above. Good luck, and hopefully we’ll meet you soon!

‘Non-medics’ is a label given to those eligible to train in anti-wrinkle injections & dermal filler which includes Beauty Therapists (with NVQ level 3), Dental Hygienists and Therapists, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Pharmacists, Paramedics and Operating Department Practitioners. The ‘non-medic’ label just means ‘not a doctor, dentist or nurse’.

In line with new government recommendations and recommendations of some insurance companies, we’ve decided to make some changes to our course structure in order to improve the quality of training and give opportunities for those who have attended a previous course (either with us or elsewhere) to receive further training which includes both assessment and mentoring.

‘Non-medics’ will now need to complete a four day training course in order to qualify for certification. We have trained lots of Dentists, Doctors and Nurses (collectively referred to as ‘medics’) in London too.

Q: How does prescribing work after I’m trained if I’m a non-medic?

A: You’ll need a prescriber for Anti-wrinkle Toxin but not for dermal filler. The rules are different because Anti-wrinkle Toxin is a MEDICINE whereas filler is a MEDICAL DEVICE. We recommend that you ask any doctors, dentists or nurse practitioners in your area to be your prescriber. If they would like advice on how to prescribe Anti-wrinkle Toxin, ask them to email us on [email protected] If you do not already have a personal connection to one of these, let us know via [email protected] – don’t forget to tell us the city / town you intend to practice in.

It is possible that we can connect you to a prescriber in that area but is not guaranteed. The prescriber must see each patient face-to-face (video and phone calls are not enough unfortunately) before they can prescribe Anti-wrinkle Toxin for them. Typically this will involve the patient paying a fee upfront to the prescriber for the consultation (approximately £30-50) and the practitioner then paying the prescriber an agreed fee / vial or prescription of Anti-wrinkle Toxin (approximately £2-5 per area of Anti-wrinkle Toxin).

Q: What treatments are covered on the course?

A: Anti-wrinkle Toxin and fillers on the face. You can see what areas are covered here.

Meet the expert

All of our courses are delivered by Dr Michael David Aicken, one of the UK’s leading aesthetic trainers. He has over 14 years’ experience within medical aesthetics and has published teaching material in various aesthetic journals. After completing an MPhil at Queens University Belfast — where he gained expertise in the development of medical education assessment methods — he has spent the last nine years teaching practitioners from all over the world. Dr Aicken regularly provides support and guidance to practitioners dealing with complications within their own clinics. In addition he teaches his diploma and masterclasses courses, and running his own private clinic. This is your opportunity to learn from one of the most respected members of the medical aesthetic community.

*Due to number restrictions due to COVID-19, this course will have a maximum of four trainees and will be condensed into two days online and one day of intense, small-group, face-to-face training (instead of two days of face-to-face training with a larger group).

What does this certification cover?

This certification covers the one-to-one training in administering dermal filler and toxin. Learn through a combination of face-to face and online training and assessment: you will practice on mannequins, and complete an online test in order to receive your diploma.

Feedback on the Course

I have really enjoyed the videos today. So much more in depth information than a previous course I took lacked, I feel I know so much more now and it’s a really good way to take in information, being able to pause the video and write everything down or re-watch something when I didn’t understand the first time. Really appreciate this learning tool.

Alexa Tyler-Scott (Aesthetician)

Hi Mike,
Just wanted to say, I’m now almost 20% through & really enjoying your videos!
I’m finding the quizzes easy and mainly due to your really simple deliverance. You’re making every step very easy to understand & if I’m not 100% it’s fantastic that I can rewind and replay until I’ve grasped every single concept.
You’re not blinding us with technical terms… must get back to the next video now!
Thank you. So glad I found you!

Louise Fitzpatrick, Aesthetica Medi-Spa (Clinical Director)

Thank you for organising the fantastic course and answering all our questions. And thank you for sending this detailed [post-course debrief] email.

Dr Mohamed Baba (Ophthalmology ST2)

What’s included with this course?

Booking Your Course

If you would rather pay your course fee split over 2 months we are pleased to be able to offer 0% interest on our payment plan. Please email [email protected] to arrange.

We use PayPal for all of our payments for your security.

Course fee: £3,000 (inc. VAT) split into 2 equal, 0% interest payments of £1,500 1 month apart.

All course fees must be paid before attending the course.

By paying your first instalment you are accepting that you have checked and meet the eligibility criteria in the section above and cancellation policy below – so please look over these carefully and if you have questions please email [email protected]

TOTAL VALUE – £5,946

Course fee:

By making this course payment, I confirm that I have read and understand the cancellation policy and eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria

It’s really the insurance companies who make the rules for eligibility criteria as they offer insurance to practitioners following training. We highly recommend speaking with Cathedral or Insync about insurance requirements before making an enquiry with us.

Cancellation Policy

Full refund minus £50 administration fee if 21 days notice given. Group bookings provide discounts for each member of the group. If one person cancels their refund will therefore be reduced to offset the discount already given to other group members. Note also that we cannot refund any credit card fees paid by you during the payment. Please also note that if, for any reason, you decide that you would like to move your booking to a later date after making your course payment, this will be considered as a cancellation and re-booking. The cancellation fee plus any other associated fees may apply.

*Additional COVID-19 cancellation policy.


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