Want safe injectable treatments? Check your practitioner’s credentials
The aesthetic industry is growing – rapidly. Every year sees more and more practitioners enter the industry to meet the increasing demand for non-surgical treatments, including the ever-popular injectables Botox and dermal fillers.
But with new practitioners entering the market all the time, how can you be sure that the person brandishing the needle treating YOU is properly qualified?
As beauty journalist Leah Hardy writes in this article for raconteur.net, one of the absolute best ways to safeguard yourself is to make sure you research your practitioner’s credentials.
What should you be looking for in a practitioner?
It’s a frightening fact that there are plenty of practitioners out there offering injectable treatments without any medical qualifications whatsoever. And what’s worse is that it isn’t against the law.
Dermal fillers can be bought and injected by anybody. Literally. They are completely unregulated. So, in theory, anyone who fancies a career change can buy the product online and set themselves up as a practitioner. Which is, frankly, astounding.
As a prescription-only medicine, the supply of Botox is a little better policed. The product can only be prescribed by a qualified doctor or prescribing nurse. However, when it comes to administering the treatment, Botox can still legally be injected by people with no medical training whatsoever.
So without adequate regulation to protect you, the best thing you can do is set your own minimum standards.
Choose a medically trained practitioner for any injectable treatment
They can be a cosmetic doctor, surgeon, dentist, dermatologist or nurse – as long as they are qualified. To check this, you can look them up on the website of their relevant governing body. For example the General Medical Council (GMC), Royal College of Nursing (RCN) or General Dental Council (GDC). For a nurse to prescribe and treat you with Botox, they must also be a nurse prescriber. If they are, they will have a V300 qualification. You can check this by looking them up on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.
Check they have specific training in cosmetic practice
An easy way to check this is by looking at their professional memberships. See if they are a member of organisations like the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM), British Association of Cosmetic Doctors (BACD), or British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN).
Ask for proof of insurance
Your practitioner should be able to produce this for you. If they can’t, think twice before trusting them to treat you.
As with anything, the key to having safe treatments is to make sure all your due diligence is carried out well in advance. And that goes for any practitioner or clinic, no matter how much you trust them.
If they aren’t backed up by qualifications and insurance, then they are not worth the risk. And that applies to us at Aurora as much as anyone. Feel free to look us up!