The Independent Healthcare Advisory Service (IHAS), endorsed by the General Medical Council, has been established to regulate the cosmetic industry and to protect the public. IHAS states that only medically qualified practitioners – doctors, dentists or nurses holding a prescribing qualification can safely provide injectable cosmetic procedures such as botulinum type A. Any other professions, for example beauty therapists, chiropodists or dental hygienists SHOULD NOT be administering medical cosmetic procedures.
Furthermore, the practice of remote prescribing (whereby a treatment is administered following a telephone consultation with a doctor/nurse prescriber) is not considered safe practice.
When it comes to cosmetic procedures, don’t trust just anyone, however reputable the clinic or tempting the cut-price offer. Look into the practitioner’s qualifications, ask how often they do this treatment, how often they have a bad result or side effects.
Dr Lindsay Andersson has been carrying out Botox and filler treatments since 2006.
‘When I first started doing carrying out these procedures there was only one other facial aesthetic practitioner in town and he travelled from London.
I am pleased that there is now some control over who can carry out these procedures and that only medically trained people are approved. ‘