The popularity of non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) and dermal fillers (such as Collagen, Juvederm & Restylane®) is growing, and these treatments are increasingly being offered by so called walk-in clinics, spas and beauty salons on the high street and in shopping malls.
Experts have recently warned consumers that although many anti-ageing treatments are categorised as non-surgical cosmetic procedures, it is still vitally important to ensure that only fully qualified and experienced doctors with appropriate specialist knowledge and training are actually carrying out these treatments.
Dr Nick Lowe says: "Although the effects of some of these treatments may only last for a few months that does not mean that they are risk-free."
"It may be cosmetic but it is still medicine and these non-surgical procedures require a highly skilled injection technique to get the very best benefit and the least risk out of the treatments for patients," he says.
Dr Lowe is worried that without clearer regulation it is a market open to abuse and he thinks that Cosmetic Dermatology must be delivered in a safe medical environment by a competent, well trained healthcare professional with appropriate specialist training in dermatology and the anatomy and physiology of the face and neck.
Experienced Dermatologists are becoming very concerned about the increasing numbers of patients they are seeing who have experienced a poor or damaging result because of inappropriate practice by unqualified and inexperienced practitioners dabbling in the field. In a recently survey carried out by The American Society Of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), 56% of surveyed specialists indicated that they were experiencing a concerning increase in the number of patients complaining of complications, such as scarring, burns and skin discoloration as a result of inexperienced or untrained providers.
Dr Lowe advises all prospective patients to be aware that although a high street beautician or local spa may be a convenient location this should never be considered a priority over finding an expert dermatological doctor who practices in a proper clinical environment.
Dr Lowe believes that the High Street beautician or spa is not the right environment to prescribe and provide a medical treatment, as although complications may be rare, when they happen they can be serious.
His final word on the matter: "Patients need to be reassured that they are in a place where not only is their practitioner fully qualified and able to provide a beautiful result but where the staff are also fully trained and able to handle complications or medical emergencies no matter what. "
No cosmetic procedure is an emergency - take your time to find a qualified, trained, specialist Dermatologist.