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With so much in the media, especially recently, regarding the dangers of cosmetic procedures, like; Botox®, fillers and Profhilo® we wanted to offer you a little guidance for choosing the right practitioner. It’s important to make sure your treatments are safe, effective and right for you. If performed incorrectly these treatments can result in a range of complications. With the help of our very own Dr Siddiqi we’ve answered some common questions.

What are the current regulations around injectable treatments?

Currently there aren’t as many regulations or restrictions as you might think. For instance, did you know that practitioners who administer non-surgical cosmetic treatments aren’t legally required to have any previous qualifications before completing training for a specific injectable? The materials and equipment used by good practitioners undergo strict product testing, unfortunately, the people using them do not. Only procedures requiring surgery (i.e. those involving a surgical incision) are required to be carried out by a qualified medical professional, ‘minimally invasive’ cosmetic treatments can be administered by anyone.

What should we look out for?

  • Under-pricing. Really low pricing can mean a lower quality product which may not act the same, last as long or may even have adverse effects.
  • Practitioners should not be treating anyone under the age of 18, thanks to new legislation this is now a legal requirement.
  • You could look to regulatory bodies, like Save Face to ensure safe, high-quality procedures are being carried out.
  • Practitioners using well known brands of filler and official Botox or Profhilo.
  • The practitioners qualifications and experience.
  • Botox is prescription only, this means that a prescribing nurse or doctor must prescribe this. If this is not the case, there is a high chance that the injectable is not official botox. Botox also can’t be discounted because of this, so this is another sign to look out for.

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What are the benefits of choosing a medical professional?

  • Although non-surgical cosmetic treatments are not heavily regulated, healthcare professionals are accountable to their statutory body. Whilst non medical practitioners may hold themselves personally accountable there is no statutory body for them to answer to. This means there are no appraisals, no consequences or avenues of recourse and little guidance.
  • Medical professionals are experienced and trained in the anatomy and physiology of the human body as well as treating complications and emergency care. A person can learn to inject and start putting what they have learned into practice without having any medical background or understanding of anatomy. It’s important to know your practitioner is trained and experienced in these things.
  • They have a legal duty of care and must put their patients welfare above financial gain, this may make them more likely to say ‘no’ to patients if the treatment isn’t right for them.

What advice would you give to those looking into injectable treatments?

  • In choosing a practitioner for any procedure, it is always important to look at that practitioners work and experience, do your research.
  • Ensure you choose a practitioner with experience and qualifications.
  • Try to find a reputable clinic.
  • Have a look at their before and after pictures as well as patient testimonials.

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If you’ve found this information helpful you may also like the following posts. If you have any more questions about choosing the practitioner that’s right for you, pop them in the comments!

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