The big news over the bank holiday weekend for the Aesthetic industry were the recommendations put forward as part of a review by the NHS director, Sir Bruce Keogh, into cosmetic procedure regulations that included a ban on unqualified administration of dermal fillers – as you can see why below, it’s a very popular skin treatment to fill out lines and wrinkles. So-called ‘cowboy’ practitioners have featured in many news stories recently as public and industry pressure grows. And so it is with cautious but welcome relief that The Private Clinic receives such news on regulation. Why? We explain below.
Dermal fillers, at present, can be injected with very little training or expertise by non-medics in a non-medical setting. This is putting everybody at risk, as the NHS can be left picking up the pieces of improper and dangerous use of treatments. Many reputable clinics have long been pushing for stricter regulation to protect the patient and the industry in general. Many adhere to the voluntary guidelines set out by The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).
Don’t Play the Lottery with Your Health
There are number of factors to consider when treating a patient with dermal fillers. Proper assessment requires medical knowledge in order to ensure the best judgement and correct application for each individual patient. Every cosmetic procedure carries some degree of risk, which should be explained to you in full before any procedure, but an important difference is the practitioner’s ability to handle the situation if there are complications as a result of the procedure. As a trustworthy clinic, you will always have access to our medical teams before and long after the procedure.
There have been a number of recent debates about who can offer cosmetic treatments. Botox has been the centre of attention as dental hygienists and therapists call for regulation to fully allow them to administer Botox, which currently requires a prescription. This is something many medical professionals are uneasy about, whatever their background. The recent news about Sir Bruce Keogh’s review will further call into question the opening up of an already too open marketplace.
Ethics in Private Healthcare?
Ethics are important, particularly when it comes to medicine, and knowing who to trust is paramount when it comes to having a cosmetic procedure but it can be hard to trust a business. When it comes to medicine and the Aesthetic industry, you have public health bodies, governments and world-renowned doctors and surgeons calling for measures, which many cosmetic surgery clinics support. A good clinic will at present be working beyond the current limits of regulation in the UK and often signed up to voluntary and verifiable guidelines to reassure patients they take safety and ethics very seriously. This is good practice and is not to be confused with profiteering.
Ethical considerations should be factored into all business decisions, especially medical business decisions. Doctors in private healthcare have a duty of care that extends beyond the bottom line. Expiry date deals and too good to be true offers can often be just that. After the procedure, they may be no help or support, with potentially deadly consequences. One quick internet search for ‘cowboy’ practitioners/surgeons will reveal just how important it is to know who is doing what exactly to your body.
The Private Clinic
We have been solidly building up a reputation based on experience and expertise for 35 years. We present you with the information necessary for you to decide if we are the right clinic for you. It’s up to you to decide and we won’t pressure you with deadlines and questionable selling techniques. Our prices reflect the duty of care and professionalism we feel is necessary for our patients, which extends beyond current law. The risk is always there with cosmetic procedures but there is a lot you can do to minimise risks and eliminate the risk of unqualified practitioners harming your body. Allow yourself time to fully explore treatments and your motivations.
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