How qualified is your practitioner?
The UK non-surgical cosmetic industry is booming. With an increased growth of £1.3 billion in the five years between 2010 and 2015, these figures look set to rise further still by 2020. But despite this staggering growth, regulation and protection for the consumer has been slower to be implemented in some cases.
In fact, despite calls for tighter regulation for non-surgical procedures, the roll call of who could administer Botox injections (with additional training) has recently been extended from doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives to include paramedics. All medical professionals, so all nice and easy right?
Well, the matter isn't quite as simple as that; instead, whilst it is still a legal requirement for Botox to be prescribed by a qualified medical practitioner or independent prescriber, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) states that any person can administer Botox in accordance with the guidance of an appropriate practitioner. This means that according to the MHRA, beauty therapists too could, in theory, administer Botox following instruction from a doctor, dentist or appropriately qualified independent prescriber. The waters are muddier still when it comes to dermal fillers and the law is even less clear as to who can and can't legally administer them.
It should be noted that the manufacturers of Botox and most dermal fillers request that their products are only administered by medical practitioners and physicians with adequate qualifications. But ultimately it seems that it is up to the individual therapist to have sought adequate training, legal advice and indemnity insurance before deciding whether to administer non-surgical treaments. So what does this mean for you as a client? Well firstly, it should be said that on the whole, Botox and dermal fillers have been found to be very safe, but neither treatment is completely risk free. Here at MEDFacials, we recommend that you check the following whenever you are considering any non-surgical procedure:
Training and qualifications; we advise that your treating doctor or medical professional has received their training through a recognised body; don't be shy about asking to see their training certificates.
Experience; how long have they been practicing for and what is their background? Its always a good idea to look for reviews or recommendations and 'before and after photos' before agreeing to any work.
Authority; all UK medical professionals are registered with a medical body such as the General Medical Council, British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM), British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN).
Insurance; indemnity insurance is vital to protect you should the worst happen and things do go wrong. Most registered bodies like the GMC require all members to have full, valid insurance to ensure you are covered.
Ultimately, go with your gut; if the offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. If the clinic seems unclean or you don't get a good feeling following your initial consultation, then you should never feel obliged to continue with your treatment. Share great experiences and don't be afraid to share the less great too; the more accountable and transparent the aesthetic beauty industry is, the safer it will be for everyone.
If you would like to book a consultation to discuss aesthetic beauty solutions with Dr Stolte, please contact the clinic on 07886250647 or email us at email@example.com. MEDFacials, Truro's trusted aesthetic skin care clinic.