The UK market is surprisingly unregulated when it comes to cosmetic treatments.
Although BOTOX® must be prescribed by a qualified prescriber (e.g. GP, dentist, nurse prescriber), it can be administered by anybody without any need for qualification or registration. Dermal fillers and laser treatments have even less regulation as they have no need for a prescription and again, the treatment can be performed by any person at all with no training, qualification or experience.
As a result, there seem to be ever more people from various backgrounds offering aesthetic treatments.
Dr John Tanqueray, former GP and founder of Mulberry House Clinic & Laser Centre, says that he has been approached with requests for training from all sorts of medical and non-medical persons.
The bizarre thing is that at the moment there is nothing technically illegal about anyone non-medical carrying out treatments with fillers or BOTOX®.
Each patient is supposed to be assessed by a doctor first and the therapist should be working under medical supervision – however we know that very often this is not happening.
Anecdotally I and my medical colleagues are seeing more complications arising from treatment by inexperienced and inadequately trained practitioners, who believe that they are capable of carrying out sometimes complex assessments and procedures on the basis of some basic knowledge and a one-day course.
This whole area remains a contentious issue, but at present there is no sign that government is interested in legislating over what qualification should be necessary in order to safely administer treatments.Dr. John Tanqueray, MB BCh MRCGP DCH DRCOG DipOccMed BCAM
Advice for Cosmetic Treatment Patients
Patients should not automatically assume that a person offering non-surgical treatments is medically qualified or suitably trained. Many, unfortunately, are not.
Dr John Tanqueray has created a report to help patients choose a safe and suitable provider. The report is free to download from this website.
Mulberry House Clinic & Laser Centre
Mulberry House Clinic & Laser Centre has an excellent reputation in the Northampton area as an independent, doctor-led practice with over 10 years experience. Cosmetic skin treatments are carried out by Dr John Tanqueray, who also works with Allergan to train other professionals in his skills and techniques.
A private consultation is suggested in the first instance in order to facilitate a full discussion about the desired results as well as detailed facial and skin assessment. Find out more about first consultation.
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