Non-surgical beauty treatments have become a cutthroat industry.  It is unregulated by any medical body and practitioners are not required to hold any medical qualifications or even basic hygiene certificates.  MPs have recently said that urgent change is needed for the regulation of non-surgical beauty treatments, such as botox injections and fillers.

The demand for non-surgical procedures has increased significantly over the last few years. It is felt that the rise in use of social media platforms, and seeing photos and videos of “influencers”, has increased pressure on young people to change the way that they look, with a “quick fix” procedure. Often these people look for the cheapest practitioner that they can find. As a result, the market has opened up to a huge amount of available treatments at a fraction of the price that could previously have been expected.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing, says that the Government has failed to keep up with the increase in procedures being available, and training courses are currently almost entirely unregulated. In fact, it has been reported that some courses are being taught over one day courses, which are inadequate, or even over the internet.

If non-surgical procedures are not carried out properly, patients can be put at risk of serious complications. There have been many reports of patients that have had severe allergic reactions, or may have been left with permanent scarring. The amount of poorly performed procedures is so alarming, that some reputable clinics have started to specialise in corrective procedures. This is both worrying for the industry, but also incredibly sad for the patients affected.

There are concerns within the industry that there are practitioners that are performing treatments, without sufficient training or expertise, and are damaging the reputation of the industry.

A recent Government report has made 17 recommendations to improve the regulation, including mandatory training for all practitioners as well as a licencing system, to ensure that beauty facilities meet a minimum standard of hygiene.

It is hoped that this will stop treatments taking place in unsuitable places, including hotel rooms and practitioners’ own homes.

The legal age limit for Botox and fillers is 18, but MPs believe that this should also be extended for other procedures.

The Report states that emphasis should be placed on the psychological side of the procedures, and the reason that people choose to undergo treatments. The idea that quick treatments may improve happiness or self-esteem needs to be challenged. The Report goes one step further and believes that psychological screenings should be undertaken before certain procedures to fully understand the motivation behind a patient’s decision.

What should I do if I want to have a non-surgical procedure?

It is important that you research a practitioner’s experience to make sure that they have the relevant qualification to perform the procedure that you want to undergo. If the price of the treatment is particularly low, this may be due to inexperience or a lack of training.

Research reviews of the practitioner or the clinic to make sure that they are a reputable source of treatment.

Most importantly, take your time in making your decision and ensure that you are happy to undergo the procedure. Research the risks associated with your treatment and discuss these with your practitioner, so that you are able to make an informed decision about your health.

I am unhappy with the results of my beauty treatment, can I bring a claim?

It may be possible to bring a claim for clinical negligence, if you have suffered an injury or harm as a result of a beauty procedure. When you undergo a procedure, you expect to receive an appropriate standard of care and treatment, but as we know, there are occasions where the care falls short and patients are unhappy with the outcome.

When a beauty treatment goes wrong, we understand that this often causes emotional distress, as well as the physical harm. Practitioners owe a “duty of care” to their patients, and this includes a duty to make sure that they are appropriately qualified and trained to perform those procedures.

A claim for clinical negligence must be brought within three years of the date of the procedure, or the date that you became aware of the complications. If you believe that you have been injured as a result of negligent beauty treatment, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss the options available to you.

Contact wecanhelp@ringroselaw.co.uk or call 01522 561020.

 

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