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Cosmetic injectables should only be administered by the medically qualified

TreatmentsYouCanTrust.co.uk joins the debate on Cosmetic Treatment Injectables and non-medically qualified people

The following is a very informative piece by Sally Taber – Director of the Independent Healthcare Advisory Service

TreatmentsYouCanTrust.co.uk responds to the CTIA and their stance that:

“…injectable treatments ‘botulinum toxin and dermal fillers’ are cosmetic and non-surgical and that the best placed practitioners to undertake these treatments is the Aesthetic Therapist, not on title, but on account of their diligence, immeasurable experience, knowledge and skill”

Staying safe when you have a cosmetic injectable

Injectable cosmetic treatments, such as Botox ® and dermal fillers, are a growing industry in the UK.  Over one million took place last year alone.  Treatments You Can Trust is the only form of self regulation for the cosmetic injectable industry in the UK.  It serves to protect patients from the serious risks posed by rogue practitioners.  According to the standards and training principles for Treatments You Can Trust, which reflect the Medicines Act.

Only a doctor, dentist or registered nurse is appropriately qualified to administer injectable cosmetic treatments in the UK.

This scheme was setup to safeguard patients from the rising number of rogue providers.  And to increase the safety and wellbeing of patients who are considering injectable cosmetic treatments.

TreatmentsYouCanTrust.co.uk excludes beauty therapists from gaining a place on the register for several reasons.

Firstly, a practitioner administering injectable cosmetic treatments, must have the ability to conduct a full medical history check.  The is in order to ascertain whether the patient is a suitable candidate for treatment.   And importantly to be aware of any special precautions, previous medical history or current medication that may need to be considered.  Beauty therapists do not have the appropriate expertise to deal with an emergency situation.  And this puts the patient at risk if a reaction occurs.

So, who to trust for a cosmetic injectable treatment?

It is essential that aesthetic practitioners conducting injectable cosmetic treatments have advanced resuscitation skills, to deal with an emergency.  Additionally, they must undergo training in facial anatomy and physiology to ensure administered treatments achieve desired results. Whilst beauty therapists argue that they hold experience and knowledge of the skin.  The safe and competent delivery of cosmetic injectables require a knowledge of anatomy with a clinical background.

Secondly, within the beauty industry no professional regulatory scheme for beauty therapists exists.  Such lack of regulation coincides with no forum for a complaints mechanism.  As such exists with the professional regulators the General Medical Council, General Dental Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Did you know that manufacturers will not sell their toxins or fillers to beauticians?

Thirdly, and most crucially, the manufacturers of injectable cosmetic products, including dermal fillers and botulinum toxins.  Openly state that they do not recommend beauty therapists use their products. Therefore, if the manufacturers themselves are not happy to sell to beauty therapists.  Consumers should be wary of seeking treatment from them and also question their source of supply.

Finally, examples exist of beauty therapists claiming fabricated qualifications in order to lull potential clients into a false sense of security.  Such behaviour is wholly irresponsible, dangerous and ultimately does not put patient safety first. Restricting registration for TreatmentsYouCanTrust.co.uk to only doctors, dentists and registered nurses is therefore acting in the best interests of patients.

For complete piece of mind and knowledge that you’re in safe hands.  With an aesthetic practitioner that is fully insured and medically qualified, contact Austin Brewer. We provide safe wrinkle treatments and lip fillers in Bournemouth. Call now for your free skin consultation on 07823 883888.