Important Points To Be Aware Of When Deciding Where To Receive An Injectable Treatment

What To Look For In A Medical Aesthetic Practitioner/Clinic

Your practitioner should be medically trained, i.e. a Nurse practitioner, Doctor, Dermatologist or Cosmetic Dentist, and they should ideally be specialists in the field of medical aesthetics.
The practitioners should be registered with their respective governing bodies, so they are working within a professional code of conduct. Only if they are working within their own professional code of conduct will any ‘insurance’ they should have be valid. Any medical practitioner not working within their code of practice risks losing their medical registration, ‘being struck off’.
So if you are treated by a non medically trained person, they will not have a medical governing body to whom they must answer, and so they ‘have nothing to lose’.
The clinical environment should be clean, professional and ‘unpushy’. You should not feel that you are being rushed into having any treatment; you should be allowed to make an unhurried, informed decision.
You should be offered the opportunity to go away and take some time think about whether or not you wish to go ahead with a treatment; but if you want to go ahead and have a treatment at this time, then that is appropriate if it is your decision.
It is important to note that it is actually ‘illegal’ for clinics, and individuals to promote ‘additional’ cosmetic procedures e.g. offering ‘2 areas for the price of 3’, or, ‘have this procedure done and we will do another procedure for half price’ etc, as this is seen to place pressure on the client and can coerce them into having more treatments than they initially wanted or is necessary.

Please click on BLOG to read my views on Discount Botox®, and The Legality of Botox® advertising.

What To Avoid In A Clinic

As we have discussed previously (and in my BLOG) you should be wary of any clinics overtly offering Botox®, Botox® Deals or Botox® Parties, these practices are, at the very least, unprofessional. Ask to see the medical and professional qualifications of your practitioner, for if these are not available you will be taking many unnecessary risks; only if the correct qualifications/affiliations are in place and up to date will any insurance be valid.
Also enquire as to how long they have been performing medical aesthetic treatments, and how many of the procedures that you are interested in having, have they successfully undertaken.
Ultimately, how much experience, skill and professionalism you are happy to accept in your practitioner is an individual choice……after all, it’s your face.

Qualification To Administer Facial Dermal Fillers

Only a medically qualified health professional should carry out a Restylane treatment (Plastic Surgeons, Cosmetic Doctors, Dermatologists, Cosmetic Dentists, or Aesthetic Nurses). Your practitioner should have undertaken a Q-Med recognised training course (ask to see their training certificate) for the treatment you are having.

Only a medically qualified health professional should ideally carry out a dermal filler treatment (Aesthetic Nurses, Plastic Surgeons, Cosmetic Doctors, Dermatologists or Cosmetic Dentists,): they posses the correct skill set to deal with any situations that your treatment may present. Your practitioner should have undertaken a variety of specific, recognized training courses (ask to see their relevant training certificates and qualifications) for the treatment you are having.

Qualification To Administer Anti Wrinkle Injection (Botox®)

As Botox® is a prescription only medication (and always has been), only a medically qualified health professional can legally deliver this treatment i.e. either a prescribing nurse (NIP), doctor or cosmetic dentist who has undertaken the recognized training courses and possess the relevant professional and academic qualifications. Nurse independent prescribers (NIP’s) have undergone extensive post graduate training to enable them to prescribe medicines. As of last year the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will not support any nurse who administers a POM who has not gained the qualification required to prescribe. A yes or no received following a telephone consultation from an absent prescriber is also not allowed and the nurse risks losing his or her professional registration.