There has been rapid growth in the cosmetic health industry over the past few years. Last year alone, Australians underwent 500,000 cosmetic procedures, more per capita than in any other country. As a result of this boom in the field, cosmetic nurses and surgeons are in increasing demand. So, if you have thought about combining health care with aesthetics, there are plenty of opportunities for work. As with all areas of specialism in healthcare, you will need to build on a degree in nursing or medicine in order to develop your career further. This involves considerable commitment and investment of time, but this is repaid with a job that is not only fulfilling, but well respected and remunerated.
Qualifying as a Cosmetic Nurse
If you are already a registered nurse, to further your career in cosmetic medicine, you can complete a Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Nursing. Covering all aspects of cosmetic nursing, the course offers nurses advanced training in practical cosmetic procedures and also in dealing sensitively with the psychological needs of patients and clients. Cosmetic nurses perform a range of non-surgical procedures, including laser treatments, chemical peels and cosmetic injectables. Strict legislation means that only registered nurses and medical doctors are able to administer cosmetic injectables. In addition, professional clinics will ensure that their staff receive ongoing training in the latest techniques for cosmetic injecting and other procedures. This is vital in such a rapidly growing and evolving profession.
Training as a Dermatologist
From saving lives by removing melanomas to giving someone back their self-esteem by treating a chronic skin condition, the profession of a dermatologist can be extremely fulfilling. A dermatologist is a doctor who specialises in treating diseases that affect the skin, hair and nails. Their job may also include cosmetic dermatology and training in the use of botox, fillers and laser surgery. In order to become a dermatologist, after completing a medical degree and working in hospitals for at least 2 years, you will need to be accepted into and undertake a four-year Fellowship.
Specialising In Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
The field of plastic and cosmetic surgery is very competitive, and having completed a medicine degree, internship and residency, involves being accepted on the five year Surgical Education and Training program as outlined by the Royal College of Australasian Surgeons. This follows the completion of a medical degree. Cosmetic procedures performed in Australia last year included 30,000 liposuction procedures and 20,000 breast surgeries. In addition to elective surgery, plastic surgeons also alleviate physical conditions, repairing damage to skin and tissue. Plastic surgery is very challenging, and artfully improving the appearance and function of abnormalities, deformities or other flaws can make a dramatic difference to someone’s health and self-esteem.