Why Choose a Medic
Aesthetics treatments help people look and feel great and many people enjoy the luxury of enhanced confidence that these treatments can provide. And, it’s not just women: more than 6% of UK men now regularly have aesthetics treatments.
But, these treatments involve precise treatment of muscular structures and facial anatomy and, while safe, well-researched and with an abundance of successful evidence for their use, shouldn’t be undertaken without proper care and attention to detail.
We know likely complications are or how suitable certain treatments are for you and we will encourage you not to go ahead if you are not comfortable or want more time to consider.
Historically, the aesthetic industry has been unregulated with low barriers to entry. Keep in mind we're talking about the delivery of anatomical treatments using prescription products.
There has been some slow increase in the monitoring and study of the aesthetic industry. While some things are clear cut, more and clearer regulation is essential.
Patient protection is essential while appropriate training and skill level in practitioners is essential for that safety.
There are many very artistic, very skilled practitioners who have, with a great deal of time and experience, built up a deep understanding of the face and how to enhance it. Many have a clear dedication to their craft and continually growing that knowledge and skill.
However, the increased availability of aesthetic services such as filler, anti-wrinkle treatment and laser has started to raise some concerns. With reported complications increasing exponentially.
Currently, no laws govern this, however.
The Keogh report published in 2013 advised the government that increased regulation is needed but this has not taken place to date.
At the moment the industry is unregulated, entirely. Advice is given to practitioners on how to practice safely. Some clients or patients are advised on how to keep themselves safe. However, ultimately no law holds the industry accountable.
Referring to procedures such as dermal filler injection as beauty procedures is false and misleading.
Whilst many cases go smoothly, complication rates are soaring and when you find yourself in the midst of complications with a practitioner unable to help you it becomes clear very quickly that these are indeed medical procedures.
As medics we are however bound by a code of ethics to do no harm. We are bound to discuss your treatment in full. We know how to structure this discussion to ensure you know exactly what your risks are. We know likely complications are or how suitable certain treatments are for you and we will encourage you not to go ahead if you are not comfortable or want more time to consider.
After years of working in complex surgeries, I have come to understand consent and how to help you fully understand what's best for you; to keep you comfortable in that and ensure you feel informed in your decision to go ahead.
This means we are traceable and accountable.
You should ask any provider for these details in advance of treatment should you wish to keep a record or ensure these are visible on any booking platform that you use.
What this experience gives you
Knowledge and know-how to ensure you are treated with the appropriate treatments, safely.
The structure of your face, the layers of your skin, how it develops and changes with age and how it varies between individuals is incredibly complex.
What is in the injection, where it can be safely placed and best placed to achieve the result you desire is therefore in turn incredibly complex.
As a Doctor and Surgeon, I have spent years developing an in-depth understanding of anatomy and developing extensive surgical skill. Those skills take years of dedication to hone.
These are hard-earned skills that come only with training and experience.
What happens if something goes wrong?
Unfortunately, no procedure will go exactly to plan in 100% of cases.
This is another reason you need to consult a medic for what are medical procedures: We train on average train 10 years + and we have not only the skills to complete complex procedures but to know exactly what to do if something does go wrong.
In short, you are only in safe hands with a medic.
More about me
In my time as a Doctor, I have come up against a huge number of emergencies both expected and unexpected, from the very minor to the most life-threatening.
It is a steep learning curve and these skills take a long time and a huge amount of dedication to develop. This means however that I, and Medics like me, possess the ability to help you in the instance of complications
What sort of things can occur
Like any procedure, complications such as infection, allergic reaction or blockage of the blood supply can occur.
Sometimes, these will require you to be referred on for further help when certain complications are recognised. Medics will take the best course of action for your health, not their profits.
What to consider
Aesthetics treatments mean medications being injected into your body. In some cases by someone with no medical training. These are products that should be prescribed by a doctor or nurse.
Consider whether you would take prescription medication or undergo medical procedure from someone who knows very little about you and in many cases may never have met you or assessed your needs.
Our medical licences are precious, they are evaluated yearly at which time we have to prove an ongoing commitment to learning and development and ensure that our clinical skills remain up to date and that our practice is safe.
We also entered healthcare because we care and want to do good.
Members of the medical community continue to push for regulation for your safety.
Until then please ensure you know your practitioners' credentials, their background, qualifications, previous experience and products they are using, do not proceed if you are not comfortable.
It is your face you wear it every day, please pick a medic.