How Safe is Your Face?

Did you know that practitioners who administer non-surgical cosmetic treatments aren’t legally required to have any qualifications?

Surprising but true, as currently in the UK procedures such as botulinum toxin injections, chemical peels and laser hair removal can legally be performed by anyone, whatever their level of training, medical or otherwise.

I still cannot believe beauty therapists are able to perform such procedures as Botox and dermal fillers. Its upsetting that the amount of training, skill and knowledge that is required to be able to perform these procedures safely and be able to deal with complications effectively.

With the huge increase of non-medically qualified beauticians popping up all over the place offering insanely cheap deals for fillers and the like, it leaves me thinking “how safe is your face”.

I am pleased the potential regulation of non-surgical cosmetic treatments are being discussed in the House of Commons, but in the meantime I would like to help you make sure you are taking everything into consideration should you be thinking of going down this route.

I felt compelled to write this post. It is so important to choose your medically trained practitioner carefully. 

These are my personal thoughts offered as a guide for you as to why you need to think first when it comes to your face, we only get one after all!

What should I look for in terms of qualifications

The term ‘appropriately qualified’ suggests the individual should be a cosmetic doctor, dermatologist, surgeon, dentist or nurse. They should be registered with their governing body, such as the General Medical Council (GMC), Royal College of Nursing (RCN) or General Dental Council (GDC). You can check their membership on the relevant websites.

They should also have training in cosmetic practice and be mentored by an expert until they have completed 50 to 100 procedures. It is desirable if they also have post-graduate medical qualifications. Also look for membership of a professional body such as the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) or the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN).

Make sure there is a consultation process

It’s common to attend and pay for a detailed consultation before having any Botox treatment. During a consultation, a practitioner can assess your medical history, listen to your expected outcomes and develop a personal treatment plan for you. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to Botox and fillers, which is why every patient should have an individual and in-depth assessment.

Does your practitioner have medical indemnity insurance?

Procedures are not without risks and in the unlikely event that the procedure should go wrong, your practitioner should be covered by medical indemnity insurance so you are protected should the worst happen.

Why is your treatment so cheap?

I believe if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. Be very wary of clinics providing special offers, for example, Groupon vouchers promoting cheap services. In some cases special offers can mean that the Botox is over-diluted. Diluting Botox with saline is standard practice. But diluting it too much means that you may not see any results at all from your treatment. Buy cheap pay twice.

Safety and Infection

Is the clinic/salon sterile? Are they used to handling needles safely? It is very important that who you chose:

  • Understands the intricate anatomy of the human body

  • Assess a person’s health and what to look out for that might indicate a patient is not suitable for this type of aesthetic procedure.

  • Understand the potential benefits as well as the risks and any side effects

Don’t be afraid to ask!

You are paying for a service. Never feel afraid to ask as many questions as you need to feel confident. Some good questions to ask are:

  1. What is your professional background?

  2. How many years have you been administering dermal fillers/botox?

  3. How many patients have you treated?

  4. Which products do you use and why?

  5. Are there any side effects I should know about?

  6. Can I see some testimonials?

  7. Do you have any before and after pictures I can look at?

  8. Will I be able to continue my normal routine immediately after the procedure?

  9. Do you provide aftercare?

  10. Will there be any pain involved?

  11. Is there anything I should do after the treatment?

  12. How quickly will I see the results?

  13. Do you have any literature I can take away?

All are worthwhile valid questions so ask away. If you do not gain confidence from the answers……walk away!

If you want to book in for a consultation please feel free to do so, even if it is to discuss concerns over a possible treatment you have booked elsewhere. We are always happy to help.

You can read the full transcript from the House of Commons here