I hope you found our previous discussion on the importance of trained and skilled practitioners for regulating aesthetic treatments dermal filler and Botox treatments informative. Following on from that topic, in this blog, I’d like to delve into an equally pressing issue: The UK government’s new stance on aesthetic treatments in 2023.
In recent years, both I and many of my professional aesthetic colleagues have noticed a sharp rise in harmful complications from various aesthetic procedures. Many of these issues stem from sub-standard treatments given by inadequately qualified and poorly trained practitioners.
Misrepresentation of Benefits
The digital age, particularly social media, has exacerbated the problem. Misleading representations of aesthetic procedures’ benefits can not only set unrealistic expectations but also undermine the expertise of experienced practitioners.
The Push for Regulation
Many medical practitioners have been calling for better regulating aesthetic treatments sector for some time now, and the Government have finally accepted the need for a new licensing scheme to better safeguard people who have invasive aesthetic treatments.
The government’s next step is to define the new licensing scheme framework, primarily determining the aesthetic procedures it will encompass. The scheme will involve the introduction of consistent standards, including hygiene and safety measures for premises, that individuals carrying out non-surgical cosmetic procedures will all have to meet.
What Does It Mean for You?
The reforms, when in place, will undoubtedly elevate the standard of care across the industry. However, for clinics like Anna Medical Aesthetics, which voluntarily adhere to the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) rigorous regulations – akin to those found in NHS Hospitals and GP practices – these standards have long been the norm.
Regulation is a critical step towards safeguarding those who opt for aesthetic treatments. By choosing a clinic regulated by the Care Quality Commission, you ensure your care aligns with the highest benchmarks in the industry.