The nature of medical aesthetics means that many practitioners will work alone when they’re starting out. They will attend a reputable training course, learn the essential skills needed to begin treating patients, receive their certification and then be left to start practising alone. For some, this can be a daunting prospect. While they may be well-equipped in using dermal filler for most indications, for example, they could one day receive a request for a treatment area they’re unfamiliar with. Of course, as an ethical practitioner they could refuse treatment or refer to a more experienced practitioner, but what if they wanted to learn how to offer this procedure? The cost and time associated with completing an additional training course may not be appropriate on this occasion, so where can they turn?
For many practitioners, building relationships with more experienced professionals offers a solution. In what is a relatively new specialty, with continuous updates and developments yet limited formal training, clinicians have expanded their skills by sharing their experiences and knowledge of their various fields. This can come through attending annual aesthetic conferences or workshops held by product suppliers, but it can also come from finding an aesthetic mentor – someone to turn to for one-to-one advice, who is willing to share their techniques and best practice methods with the common goal of enhancing the specialty as a whole.