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How to choose an Aesthetic Practitioner?

February 2nd, 2020 | Becky Haines

Aesthetic Practitioner – what does this mean? Currently, anyone can call themselves an aesthetic practitioner. Surprisingly, there are no laws or regulations around this title and it can often cause confusion when it comes to choosing the right practitioner for you.

Let’s delve deeper to what ‘qualified’ or ‘fully-qualified’ aesthetic practitioner actually refers to. Basically, these both mean the same: the person injecting you has been on a one day course (a course of attendance) to be shown how to handle a needle/syringe and given one to two models to ‘try out this technique’.

We’re not dismissing the practitioners out there that have an artistic-eye and can make a subtle difference or change something for the better. We’re highlighting the fact that people are having injections from ‘qualified practitioners’ with no respect for safety, ethics, the golden-ratios and other equations that keep a face aesthetically pleasing rather than distorting it… pretty scary really.

At The Clinic, we have about twenty acronyms between us. This includes a qualification in Beauty and Hairdressing, BTEC in Teaching, BSc (Hons) (We can tell you that knowing about apoptosis-induced cell death in mice sperm from chemotherapy is definitely not going to make us any better or safer coming near your face). MBChB which means we’ve all been to med school and qualified as surgeons (MRCS).

Does any of this make us any better than the next ‘aesthetic practitioner’?
Well the surgical part, particularly training in plastic surgery, well yes actually, that does make us a whole lot safer than the next celeb who decides to have a bash at injecting.
Why? Because time and time again we deal with the complications that arise through aesthetic injectables through the NHS, that even A&E doctors don’t know how to treat; and so more often than not, they end up under the care of the plastic surgery team. The fact that we study skin, facial surgery, aesthetics for years and operate on the face and its complexity of facial nerves/ vessels and muscles almost daily, we kind of are in a position to say ‘yes, we do know our way around facial anatomy, we are aware of the danger zones that can compromise eyesight and skin, better yet, we feel very happy to deal with the acute complications’. We’re not being blasé when we say that, and we’re remaining respectful to other professions, but this is why we feel strongly at The Clinic about not pretending to be anything we are not, and not overselling our numerous qualifications.

The industry needs to cut through all of the jargon and fancy words to distinguish ‘what a fully-qualified aesthetics practitioner actually is’. At the end of the day – you need a safe practitioner that you trust, one who will deal with you in a professional manner and not just when it comes to taking money from you, but to counsel you through perhaps not having a treatment or to deal with a complication without showing you the door or ignoring your complaint.

We can all use our acronyms and state ‘fully-qualified’ but at the end of the day how much do you really know? All patients have the right to safe, fair and appropriate treatment. #ethicalinjecting.

And as always – we would love to hear your questions or feedback. So don’t be a stranger and send us an email to reception@theclinicburton.co.uk, DM us on Facebook or Instagram and we’ll be happy to help.

Love, Team Clinic 🖤



Training at The Clinic

January 19th, 2020 | Nathalie Fennell

What does it take to be a good aesthetic practitioner?  The truth be known, it is really hard to define this.  At The Clinic, we believe in two different aspects of training that we hope makes us the best in the business. 

Firstly we believe that the ethics of aesthetics are incredibly important; this is why we have an ethical injecting policy at The Clinic.  It helps to focus the mind, away from a money-driven environment to force practitioners to think “Is this the right thing that I’m doing for my patient?”. Patients, seeking aesthetic procedures, can be vulnerable, they can have low confidence and can struggle, in the extreme, with body dysmorphic disorder.  For us, if you as a practitioner can answer truly that you are only doing procedures that are right for the patient, then you’ve conquered the first major hurdle.

Secondly, it’s an appreciation of the actual art of aesthetics, and this appreciation has to be underpinned by training and understanding of the products available and the best way to deliver them.  Obtaining this second step is hard, and we appreciate that. 

We opened our training school this month and our first courses will run on 1st and 2nd February. Each day can be taken as a separate entity and we will train healthcare professionals in basic toxin and introductory fillers.  Each of our courses can then be used as a contribution to the holy grail of aesthetics, the Level 7 qualification.  Our courses will stand out from the crowd as they set out not only how to deliver the more simple treatments in aesthetics but also, how to fully assess your client and manage their expectations about what you can achieve for them.  In our experience, making sure that you know the results you can get, is fundamental to making sure that you have a trusted relationship with your patients.

You will leave one of our courses, delivered at our state of the art training school and taught by our two most senior clinicians who both work as plastic surgery registrars in the NHS (Nathalie Fennell and Rebecca Rollett), knowing that you have a support network with The Clinic that if you want it, will always be there.  Following your training day, you will be able to book further shadowing days where we can assess your abilities further and help you to develop in particular, your consultation skills.  You will of course also leave with a good understanding of the products we use, all by Merz Aesthetics, and the building blocks to set up your own practice.

Agenda for both days:

Day 1:  Introduction to Toxin

  • The consultation process
  • Managing patient expectations and consent
  • Medicines management
  • Prescribing toxin
  • Administering upper face toxin (2-3 models provided to train on)
  • Follow up and best practice guidelines
  • Introduction to managing adverse events/complications/dissatisfactory results
  • Setting up your aesthetics business

Day 2:  Introduction to Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

  • The consultation process
  • Managing patient expectations and consent
  • When is surgery more appropriate?
  • Prescribing fillers and other associated medications
  • Treating nasolabial folds, the lower face and cheeks
  • Complications of fillers
  • Follow up and best practice guidelines
  • Introduction to managing adverse events and dissatisfactory results
  • Setting up your aesthetics business

On completion of the training, you will receive a certificate from The Clinic Academy, which is recognised by the insurers Hamilton Fraser and enables you to start your own journey in aesthetic practice.

Finally, we can never promise, but, we are always looking for people who will fit well into our team.  And if that’s you, and you like how we work, please do tell us.  If you would like to train with us please contact penny@theclinicburton.co.uk who is our training course co-ordinator.  All courses are £1000 per day incl. of VAT. 

Looking forward to see you all!

Love, Team Clinic 🖤



The old ones are the best – “toxin” – the first cosmetic treatment for fine lines

March 11th, 2019 | Nathalie Fennell

When I qualified I said to so many people “I can’t wait to do a botox course”.  I knew a few people who had had it done and I used to be so sure I could spot it but in reality I couldn’t really, because it takes quite a bit to understand it.  I can spot it now, a mile off, if you’ve had the usual three areas, but toxin is so much more than that. Botox of course is a brand name, as are dysport, bocouture and azzalure.  In reality they’re all pretty much the same. So we should just say toxin.

The best non-surgical cosmetic treatments are the ones you can’t see and the ones that give you minimal down time. Toxin is definitely one of those, and I frequently say it’s one of the safest drugs I use.  As NHS doctors we are constantly assessing the risks and benefits of medications and often there are many side effects. Toxin in reality, in the doses required for cosmetic treatments is the perfect drug:

  • It stays where you put it
  • It requires minimal dosing
  • It does not have a systemic effect
  • It wears off in three months without any long lasting problems

It’s like the perfect crime.

The most common thing you’ll see is paying for toxin by area, classically it’s three areas.  In reality everyone gets confused “I want to botox eyebrow lift”.  What this means is the look that you get where your eyebrow arches nicely and you feel lifted.   It’s a real skill to perfect this, and it’s the result of the combined effect of the classic three areas.  Stopping the muscles moving between your eyebrows (glabella – area number 1) means you aren’t pushing down and frowning.  Result – you feel lifted. Toxin in the forehead (forehead – area number 2) if you put it in right, focuses on the central aspect of your forehead and lets the edges still move and still pull up.  Result – eyebrows lift slightly at the sides, wonderful eyebrow arch. Toxin around the eyes (crows feet – area number 3), it’s a small amount and it is the most technically challenging to get right of the classic three areas, it opens up the eyes when you laugh and smile and it stops your eyebrows from pulling down.  Result – the upper face opens up, you can still smile with your eyes and you feel totally lifted.

So the toxin three areas is the botox eyebrow lift, not everyone can have it which is why the best thing to do is to visit www.theclinicburton.co.uk to book in with one of our practitioners for a consultation to work out what is the best treatment for you.


Check out the next blog post for more on other procedures you can do with toxin “the botox lip flip procedure” specifically.



The botox lip flip procedure? Do you really need it? #ethicalinjecting

February 28th, 2019 | Nathalie Fennell

We’ve been mentioning ethical injecting since we opened…but we haven’t really explained it.  It is The Clinic, and it is who we are and what we are all about.

In a world where the best non-surgical cosmetic treatments have a huge presence on social media, in the press and all over the celebrity world, it is so easy to get sucked into the need to be the person who was first to get the new “botox lip flip procedure” that is all over the internet.

Non-surgical anti-ageing treatments were designed to be just that – anti-ageing and non-surgical.  They were not designed to make everyone look the same with lips disproportionate to their face and their jawline so tight they were unrecognisable. They certainly were not designed to end up generating a whole new subspecialty in surgery to correct the complications and yet this is what is happening.  All for a treatment that was supposed to be non-surgical.

Ethical means to relate to moral principles.  At The Clinic that is what we are trying to do, we’re trying to bring this world that has gone slightly mad into the realms of reality.  We are the people you can come to and if it is wrong for you we will tell you, if we can’t do it or your expectations are unachievable we’ll be honest.  Fillers and toxin can be used as a fantastic cosmetic treatment for fine lines, they can be used really cleverly to make a non-surgical facelift treatment and could, to a degree, be a bit of a facelift without the surgery cost.  But, and you knew there was a but, there are limits, and the best practitioners will know that.  

If you want to book a no obligation consultation you will always be able to at The Clinic, if you want to just get good advice on what the best thing for you to do is then don’t google “low cost skin fillers”.  Start googling ethical injecting.  We need to make it a thing. That is what The Clinic Burton is all about.

Doing the right treatment for you, delivered by an appropriately qualified doctor.  And if you want the “botox lip flip procedure” and it’s right for what you want to achieve, we’ll do it, and we’ll do it best.  


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