Continuing our investigation into safety aspects within the aesthetics industry, we wanted to provide people who are seeking treatments, especially injectables, a useful and easy to understand checklist to use when choosing a practitioner.
Who can become an aesthetic injector?
Under current UK law both medically trained and non-medically trained practitioners can become an aesthetics injector.
Should I only seek treatments from a medical professional?
No, not necessarily; when seeking a treatment or practitioner you should be looking at qualifications and experience. Whilst, like in every industry, there will be a few unscrupulous people who will be practicing untrained and uninsured, the vast majority of practitioners you come across will be fully qualified and insured reputable practitioners.
What questions should I be asking when choosing a practitioner?
- Does your practitioner have insurance? They need to be covered for every treatment that they provide.
- Has your practitioner completed and passed courses for all the treatments they provide? Were they CPD approved training courses?
- Has your practitioner completed a complications course?
- How many years have they been doing the treatment?
- For non-medics you should have an appointment to meet up with their prescriber before having any anti-wrinkle treatment. This is because the toxin used in your treatment is a prescription only medication.
- Ask to have a look at the practitioner’s previous work and read reviews from previous clients.
- Don’t go to a practitioner who is more than an hour from where you live. If you have a complication/issue, you need to be able to get back to see your practitioner quickly/easily.
- Read all the forms that your practitioner will give you regarding the treatment and products that you will be having.
- Always follow the aftercare instructions.
There are many people within the industry calling for injectables to only be performed by medically trained practitioners, however, until the law in the UK changes, non-medics can perform them too. Whether a practitioner is medically trained or not, you should consider using the above checklist, preferably at the consultation stage, if not before. Knowledge is key, and whilst this checklist will not prevent you from having a bad treatment, it could definitely lessen the risk.
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