Some people think that the cosmetic and beauty industry is highly-regulated and completely safe. After all, if someone is using needles as a cosmetic treatment service, then surely they have had all the necessary training and education to administer these injections, right?
WRONG – although the medical aesthetic industry is highly regulated by the CQC and GMC to protect patients and monitor the practices of medical professionals; the beauty industry is not. This means that a beautician can, in theory, take a one-day training course to inject a potentially harmful substance in to the skin with no recourse. Surprising isn’t it, therefore, that so many unsuspecting people are putting their trust and their health and wellbeing in the hands of some unscrupulous and money-hungry individuals.
If a doctor makes a mistake or acts out of malpractice, he or she is accountable and must adhere to strict regulations or risk being struck off; not so for a beautician.
One of the issues with the industry is that certain training centres will ‘sell’ the idea of training in injectable treatments to beauticians and convince them they will be fully-trained and qualified to administer these treatments, giving them a false sense of security when it comes to the gravitas behind practising medical aesthetics. This can never really be the case; no one who is only qualified in beauty will have the necessary medical training, skills or expertise to handle any unforeseen issues if something goes wrong.
Although it is illegal for a beautician to administer Botox (as this is a prescribed drug), it’s not illegal for a beautician to inject a dermal filler, but did you know that a dermal filler is in fact much more dangerous as a substance if wrongly or badly injected?
The following issues can occur with poorly administered dermal fillers:
- Swelling, bleeding, bruising and pain
- Lumps and bumps under the skin, needing medical or surgical treatment
- Filler’ migration’ where the product moves to an unwanted treatment area which again, may need to be surgically removed.
- Blocked blood vessels causing tissue necrosis (death of the tissues) or even permanent blindness
- Blood poisoning due to unregulated products being used
So how can you stay safe and enjoy cosmetic treatments without the risks?
The simple answer to this is to do your research and only go to a medically educated and highly-trained doctor, nurse, surgeon or dentist for your injectable treatments. Make sure they are on the medical register and have been practising in medical aesthetics for several years.
Never go to a beauty therapist for injectable treatments. By all means enjoy non-medical treatments with a well-qualified beautician (after all, there are thousands of highly-skilled and very responsible beauty professionals out there offering amazing non-medical treatments) but leave the injectables to the regulated and monitored medical professionals for the sake of your health and your skin.
At CAREFORSKIN, Dr Syed has over 15 years’ experience in the NHS and is one of the very few Save Face accredited doctors in Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley. She has been independently assessed against the GMC and CQC’s robust clinical standards and has been accredited by Save Face, which is recognised by the Government, The Department of Health, NHS England, The Care Quality Commission and Health Education England, giving you credibility, confidence and assurance.
This ensures that our patients can be confident that any treatment they receive here at CAREFORSKIN is as safe and effective as it is ever going to be.
Of course, there is always going to be an element of risk with any medical injectable treatment. However, we have the medical knowledge and are equipped with all the necessary tools and medications that if something unforeseen was to happen, we could deal with it safely and quickly, resulting in minimal issues.
Safe injectable treatments in Lancashire at CAREFORSKIN
If you are looking to have injectable treatments, come and speak with Dr Syed in a no-obligation consultation so that you can obtain all the information that you need to make a safe and educated decision on whether the treatment will be both effective and appropriate for your concerns and that you know the kind of results you and Dr Syed will achieve together.
Contact CAREFORSKIN today if you have any concerns about injectable treatments, or wish to find out more.