Name: Sinan Ali
Qualification: BSc, PhD
Position: Associate Dean ACHW and Head of Faculty of Clinical Aesthetics
Why did you choose to be a part of this industry?
I saw a need in the aesthetics industry for further training and professionalization based on sound scientific principles. I read of too many people being injured by practitioners with little training and experience.
What recent industry developments are you most excited about?
As I see it, the industry, like most others, is advancing very rapidly, so much so that training to date has not kept up with technological advances. While the main treatment regimens like LASER/IPL, chemical peels etc are being advanced to some degree all the time, the real excitement in the industry is around miniaturisation of the technologies.
What has been the most significant shift in the industry that you’ve seen in the past 10 years?
The realisation within the industry of the lack of training and the need to do something about it. I personally interview all the prospective students and the overlying theme is the lack of training and how important future research is to the industry.
Where do you see the industry moving now, in terms of careers and study prospects?
From a career perspective there is no better time than the present to be in this ever growing industry. There is a shortage of appropriately trained clinicians to service the needs of the industry. There is a niche in the market that neither the beauty therapist nor the nurse currently fulfils. Our degree is the first that provides training to advance and upskill the beauty therapist and the nurse to be job ready for this emerging industry.
What role will the Clinical Aesthetics industry play in the future?
In addition to their current role in the medi-spa, medical suites and cosmetic surgery industry, I see the role of Clinical Aestheticians expanding to have greater critical care of the skin. Nurses and doctors are trusted with this kind of care however Clinical Aestheticians are better trained to care for the skin; they have that experience and knowledge of client care, and this will include injectables, a treatment that is growing ever more popular in the anti-ageing or positive-ageing industry.
Why is education so important within this growing industry? How do you see is the Clinical Aesthetician’s role in this?
Currently, the society we live in is somewhat contradictory. We live in a world drastically concerned with looking good. People have the freedom to do whatever they like to their own bodies, yet there also remains a stigma and element of judgement towards those that do.
The industry is about feeling good and some people relate this to looking good. The latter can be achieved by non-surgical, minimally surgical or surgical technologies. We often see the drastic changes that occur with the latter and therefore stigmatise and judge people.
However the minimally surgical, and in particular the non-surgical, technologies we teach our students as part of the Bachelor of Applied Health Science (Clinical Aesthetics) degree can help people look good without the drastic appearance changes, which in turn can have a positive effect on their inner perception of self.
Our degree program is not only about teaching high end Clinical Aesthetics techniques applied to the skin, but also about the biological fundamentals that underpin the clinical practice. We place a high emphasis on assisting our graduates in developing superior professional communication skills that enable them to transcend the traditional aesthetics practice and create an overall client experience that touches on the internal and external aspects of appearance.