02
MAR
2019

The importance of seeking a qualified practitioner

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Non-surgical beauty procedures such as dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections have grown in popularity over recent years, allowing people to achieve true skin transformations without the need for invasive treatment. In the hands of qualified practitioners, these treatments have enjoyed enormous success, administered in a safe and secure environment that prioritises patient health at all times.

However, the popularity of non-surgical beauty procedures has led to the rise of a concerning issue: unregulated practitioners. Below, we’ll look deeper into this issue in order to underline the importance of choosing a qualified practitioner when seeing cosmetic treatment.

Who can administer non-surgical cosmetic treatments?

Worryingly, the answer is… anyone. If an individual can get their hands on the right equipment and products, they can administer these treatments without the need for any training or medical knowledge.

Unfortunately, this lack of regulation has led to the rise of numerous individuals and companies who are effectively seeking to cash in on the popularity of non-surgical beauty procedures. Rather than undergoing careful training and abiding by strict guidelines, unqualified practitioners simply source the right materials and offer cut-price treatments to their unsuspecting patients. Many patients find themselves swayed by the low cost of these treatments, unaware of the potential risks these unqualified practitioners pose.

The risks of non-surgical beauty procedures

It’s important to acknowledge that the only reason non-surgical cosmetic treatments are widely understood to be safe is due to qualified practitioners administering the majority of treatments. An expert, who has undergone years of training, is equipped with the knowledge to ensure the treatment is administered as safely as possible, prioritising patient health and comfort at all times.

An unqualified practitioner, on the other hand, has no understanding of the best practice and safety protocols they need to follow in order to protect their patients. They may also lack the expertise to select the right products and equipment to conduct the procedure. As a result, the patients of unqualified practitioners are far more likely to experience significant complications.

Quality concerns

In addition to posing a genuine health risk, individuals who visit unqualified practitioners are also far more likely to be unhappy with the outcome of their treatment. Without having undergone expert tuition and built experience, unqualified practitioners are simply not as skilled as their expert counterparts. Due to this, treatments can vary in their quality, failing to deliver the desired result.

The above point is particularly vital to keep in mind when considering the one supposed “benefit” of unqualified practitioners: the fact that they offer procedures at a cheaper rate than the expert professionals. While the treatment itself may cost less, its efficacy will be significantly reduced due to the non-expert administration, which leads to incredibly poor value for money for the patient.

In conclusion

When considering undergoing a non-surgical cosmetic treatment, choosing a qualified practitioner is absolutely crucial. With an expert, you can look forward to a treatment that is safer, more cost-effective, and capable of producing the results you have been hoping to achieve.

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Miss Julie Brackenbury, RGN, Independent Nurse Prescriber

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