Module 1 – Introduction to aesthetic medicine
In this module, the concept of aesthetic medicine and the correct approach for patients seeking aesthetic treatments is described. Topics include the history of aesthetic medicine, applying aesthetic medicine in a primary care setting, typical aesthetic presentations and how to assess the aging face. An aesthetic consultation and treatment plan is included.
Module 2 – Office based treatments for aesthetic patients
This module focuses on common aesthetic treatments that can be undertaken in the GP clinic. These include microdermabrasion, percutaneous collagen induction/micro needling, platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) and photodynamic/low level light (LED) therapy. Each of these treatments are described in detail including the consultation, preparation, considerations, performing the treatment, cautions and drug sensitivity.
Module 3 – Introduction to chemical peels
This module focuses on identifying specific skin conditions suitable for facial peels and how to evaluate the use of skin conditioning and retinoids in aesthetic medicine. Tools to assess skin conditions are introduced including the classification of photo damage. The wound healing process and understanding of skin anatomy are featured before moving into understanding what a chemical peel is and expected reactions and complications from chemical peels. The module concludes with a detailed description of how to perform a chemical peel.
Module 4 – Introduction to lasers
In this module the different types of laser equipment used in aesthetic medicine and their modes of action are detailed, including what laser machines are uses for particular aesthetic medical conditions. A feature includes understanding vascular conditions and skin pigmentation and introducing how laser treatments can target these conditions. The module then introduces how lasers can be used for hair and tattoo removal.
Module 5 – Facial anatomy and planning safe treatments
Understanding facial anatomy is critical for successful aesthetic treatment outcomes. Patient considerations include gender, race, age, medical history including previous facial treatments, face shape and other considerations. There is a detailed focus on the facial sub-units, innervation, vascularization, lymphatics and musculature systems of the face and neck. These areas are crucial when evaluating a patient for safe aesthetic treatments and determining the appropriate treatment modality. The signs and symptoms of potential adverse outcomes are included.
Module 6 – Introduction to botulinum toxin
This module describes botulinum toxin, its cosmetic and non-cosmetic uses and available botulinum toxin brands. The molecular structures and modes of operation are detailed. Patient consent and assessment including gender, muscular differences, skin quality, symmetry, history, contraindications and precautions are important considerations for considering the use of botulinum toxin. Determining the best target site, deciding the administration technique and marking out entry points are outlined. Potential issues and complications are explained.
Module 7 – Introduction to dermal fillers and filler rheology
This module outlines why dermal fillers are considered a useful aesthetic medicine option and describes appropriate application areas for dermal fillers. Three types of fillers are addressed – temporary fillers, permanent fillers and biostimulators. Patient assessment includes history, skin ageing and texture and a detailed examination of the patient before developing a treatment plan including product selection. The module also covers contraindications, side effects and how to manage side effects, and complications including granulomas, vascular compromise, infection and biofilm.
Module 8 – Introduction to dermal filler techniques
This module outlines the treatment process for dermal fillers including patient assessment, written patient consent and the importance of photos pre and post treatment. Anaesthesia options, needle choice and a variety of administration techniques are discussed. After treatment care is included for patient information.
Additional information: The skin therapist role
This information describes the role of the aesthetic skin therapist and includes a draft position description. An interview with a skin therapist and a recording of a face massage performed by a skin therapist feature in this section.
Additional information: Laser safety information
This section outlines the laser safety considerations including Australian authorities by state, administration and practice controls, risk assessment, incident reporting and compliance guide.
Additional information: Aesthetic medicine clinics and business
This information outlines strategies to incorporate aesthetic medicine into general practice.