The cosmetic surgery industry awaits the publication of Sir Bruce Keogh’s report later this month which is expected to call for the introduction better training and a legal qualification for beauty therapists providing cosmetic injection treatments.
Professional organisations have been quick to endorse these proposals which also promise to bring an end to the sharp practices of ‘cosmetic cowboys‘ and restore confidence to patients.In the right hands cosmetic injectables, such as dermal fillers and Botox, are safe and effective treatments for lines and wrinkles, and other therapies including laser rejuvenation and tattoo removal, Dermaroller and chemical peels can also deliver good results. When complications arise, however, the hands-on support of a qualified plastic surgeon or dermatologist is invaluable.
Unfortunately, most ‘high street’ practitioners, and even so-called ‘cosmetic doctors‘, lack this professional association. Consequently, clinical negligence practice is littered with claims from individuals who have experienced poor results or inappropriately managed complications.
Patients are reminded, therefore, that not only are the qualifications and experience of their aesthetic nurse or doctor important, but also the environment and support structure within which they work.
It is also worth remembering that while filler injections are classified as implants, botulinum toxin is a prescription-only medicine (PoM) which can only be legally given after prescription by a doctor.