Becoming an Aesthetic Injector
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Becoming an Aesthetic Injector
To become an aesthetic injector, you will need to meet certain requirements and complete specialized training.
Here are the general steps you can take to begin a career as an aesthetic injector:
- Get a medical or nursing degree: Most aesthetic injectors have a background in medicine or nursing. You’ll need to complete a minimum of an associate degree in a related field and then attend medical or nursing school.
- Get licensed: Once you complete your medical or nursing degree, you’ll need to become licensed in your state. Requirements vary but typically involve passing an exam and completing continuing education courses.
- Training: training coupled with mentorship and residency is paramount to an injector’s success in this industry. If you want to become a skilled injector with a good reputation; training is key to your success and your patients’ outcomes; however, it starts with a comprehensive core competency in nursing and medicine.
- Gain experience: Before you start injecting patients, you’ll need to gain experience in the field of nursing or medicine. You will want to have a comprehensive understanding of the human body and the many varied responses one can have in the face of medicine and medical procedures. Many aesthetic injectors start by working as a nurse or assistant in a medical spa or plastic surgeon’s office. At DCCM™ Academy, we require two years minimum at the bedside in a traditional role as a medical or nursing professional. These rudimentary; yet essential skills will serve the greater good of your aesthetic patients.
- Complete specialized training: To become an aesthetic injector, you will need to complete specialized training in the use of injectables like Botox and dermal fillers. You can find courses through professional organizations or medical training companies. The only training one should partake in for entry level is training that is accredited by the board of nursing and medicine. Accreditation ensures structure and consistency with a minimum standard for entry-level education. This phenomenon is paramount in this field.
- Build a network: Once you are licensed and specialty trained, you’ll need to build a network of patients and referral sources, along with partnerships with fellow colleagues. Consider joining professional organizations and attending industry events to meet potential patients and colleagues.
- Stay up to date: The field of aesthetic injectables is constantly evolving, so it’s important to stay up to date on the latest techniques and products. Attend continuing education courses and read industry publications to stay informed. Tara has several of her publications posted on her Instagram handle; however, she strongly encourages her students to not be linear-focused. She encourages her fellow colleagues to attend trainings in primary care medicine, functional medicine, dermatology, infectious disease, immunology, and beyond. As aesthetic providers, we cannot be narrow-minded and only focus on our aesthetic treatment. We must focus on the whole patient and be able to differentiate between aesthetics, mental health, and the physical health of our patients.
It is also important to note that becoming an aesthetic injector requires a high level of skill and attention to detail in all specialty fields. Patients trust you to enhance their appearance while also ensuring their safety, so it is important to take your responsibilities seriously and prioritize patient care and patient safety as your number one priority, and that extends beyond delivering beautiful results.
Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming the BEST Aesthetic Injector:
- Take an entry-level neurotoxin course and filler course
- Have an observation day
- Take private training
- Participate in a six-month fellowship
- Read copious amounts of journals on Neurotoxin injections, filler techniques, and facial aging in aesthetic medicine
- Read the textbook Essentials of Neuromodulation: A comprehensive guide for aesthetic practitioners
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- January 3rd-6th
- March 7th-10th
- May 2nd-5th
- August 1st-4th (Sold Out)
- September 5th-8th
- November 7th-10th
Tara Delle Chiaie
DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, APRN, ABAAHP
Owner/Master Aesthetic Injector
My name is Tara and I am the owner of Delle Chiaie Cosmetic Medicine. I have been in medicine since 2002 as a Registered Nurse. In 2011 I graduated from the accelerated program at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and immediately became nationally recognized through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. I grew up in the beauty industry and found it was a great union to blend beauty with medicine. I have an astute sense of safety, while my experience guides my practice to produce beautiful and natural results. My goal is to continually fine-tune the art of bringing one’s inner beauty to the surface.
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