The Doctor Will See You Now – Meet Dr Michael Aicken

The Doctor Will See You Now – Meet Dr Michael Aicken

TA Mag understand how hard it is for patients to choose which practitioner to see for their anti wrinkle and filler treatments.  We are finding out just who is teaching our practitioners to treat our TA Mag readers.

Dr Michael David Aicken runs acclaimed training academies not only in the UK & Ireland with delegates flying in from all over the world. We hear why he felt the need to set up Visage Academy to ensure that patients were in skilled hands.

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Dr Aicken graduated in 2006 from the University of Aberdeen with degrees in Medicine, Surgery and Medical Science (MBChB & BSC Med Sci Hons). He went on to train in a variety of areas including Emergency Medicine, General Surgery & Cardiothoracic surgery before eventually specialising in both General Practice & Aesthetic Medicine. He recently completed an MPhil, focussing on Medical Assessment.

Visage Academy

Born out of a need in Ireland (both North & South) for a high-quality training course in the use of Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Fillers, Dr Aicken then established the Visage Academy in 2008.  The courses are for medics including dentists, doctors and nurses, however, unlike in the UK, in Ireland nurses are unable to carry out treatments for Botox.

Soon this Belfast-based course was attracting trainees from throughout Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. Subsequently, Visage Academy opened its doors in central London in 2013 and has since seen trainees travel from as far away as Holland, Greece, Dubai, Jordan & Australia to attend for training.

Visage Academy courses are endorsed by Hamilton Fraser, Lonsdale, Cosmetic Insure & Cathedral Insurance. Recently, Dr Aicken has also developed Foundation & Advanced online courses for

Dr Michael David Aicken has been practicing Non-Surgical Aesthetics for 10 years.  He has experience using all of the major Botulinum Toxin Type A and Hyaluronic Acid products on the market. Michael writes for Aesthetics JournalIrish DentistryAesthetic Dentistry and Dental Health & is a reviewer for Medical Education.

Dr Aicken has been involved in the development of an Aesthetic clinic management app designed for use on tablets and smartphones. “Flourish” allows a patient to read and sign their consent forms for cosmetic procedures using a touchscreen and practitioners to store their clinical photographs directly and securely into a cloud-based database. To read more about this app and to try it out for free, visit:

For more information on treatments and information on training courses you can get in touch with Visage Academy and Dr Aicken at