Dying to be Beautiful – how to stay safe when you have aesthetic treatments

Aurora Skin Clinics: Photo showing Mel in a skin consultationThe PIP breast implants scandal of 2010 sent shockwaves around the world. 

The news that some cosmetic surgery clinics had used illegal implants filled with mattress-grade silicone cast a shadow over the entire aesthetic industry.

It prompted a review by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of NHS England. His report called for a wholesale review of the training requirements for non-surgical aesthetic treatments, including Botox, dermal fillers, skin peels, Dermaroller and laser therapies.

So far, only the first part of the review has been carried out by Health Education England (HEE).

Lack of proper protection

Their proposals include a minimum number of training hours, a ‘shadowing’ period for all practitioners before being allowed to treat patients, and specific training in how to spot patients with mental health issues.

But many feel the review doesn’t – and won’t – go far enough. For example, the HEE isn’t expected to recommend a compulsory register of accredited clinics, which seems a wasted opportunity.

Fortunately, there are ways you can protect yourself.

Getting safe aesthetic treatments

Though no treatment is without its risks, taking the following steps is the best way to ensure you receive the safest treatment possible.

1. Look for accreditation

For as long as HEE accreditation isn’t compulsory, it speaks volumes about a clinic if it has voluntarily sought Aurora Skin Clinics: Photo showing Save Face Accreditationindependent accreditation.

The organisation Save Face gives impartial accreditation to practitioners and clinics who complete a rigorous training programme and demonstrate that their practice complies with robust industry standards.

Their voluntary register lists only cosmetic clinics that are thoroughly vetted by doctors before being accredited.

So choosing a Save Face accredited clinic is one of the easiest ways to guarantee you’ll be treated by a qualified, competent practitioner. And we’re delighted to say we’re one of them.

2. For injectables, choose medically trained practitioners

Injectable aesthetic treatmentsIf you’re interested in dermal filler treatment, incredibly, as the law stands they can be bought and injected by anybody.

Regarding Botox, while it can only be prescribed by a qualified doctor or prescribing nurse, it can still legally be injected by people with no medical training whatsoever!

Given the laxity of the law, the best thing you can do is set your own minimum standards – and choose a medical professional to administer your treatment.

You can check their qualifications on the website of their relevant professional body – for example, the GMC, RCN or GDC.

3. Make sure they have specific training in aesthetic treatments

But not just any medical professional will do! You need to know your practitioner has sufficient additional training in any treatment/s you’re seeking.

Check their professional memberships to see if they’re a member of any organisations like the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM), British Association of Cosmetic Doctors (BACD), or British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN).

At Aurora, our Medical Director Adrian Richards is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon and has personally handpicked our team of practitioners – so you can rest assured you’re in the safest of hands with our team.

The Aurora Skin Clinics Team

4. Carry out plenty of background research on your practitioner

In the internet age, it’s easier than ever to check the credentials of your practitioner. Besides checking their qualifications and experience, look for patient reviews, mentions on forums and social media, before and after photos and any news stories you can find.

The key to having safe aesthetic treatments is to make sure you carry out your due diligence. And that goes for any practitioner or clinic, no matter how enthusiastically they’re recommended – even Aurora!

If a practitioner isn’t backed up by the relevant qualifications, experience and an exemplary track record, look elsewhere.

Aurora Skin Clinics are a highly experienced team of qualified nurse practitioners and aestheticians offering a wide range of advanced aesthetic treatments at clinics in Buckinghamshire, Northampton, London and Essex. For information on any of our treatments or team, please give us a call on 01844 318825 or email info@aurora-skin-clinics.co.uk.