The government’s Department of Health & Social Care has launched a new campaign to help clients make safe and informed choices about cosmetic procedures.
The department’s press release explains the reason for this initiative, saying:
“The campaign comes amid a rise in demand for procedures including BOTOX® and dermal fillers and growth in unregulated companies offering cheaper services.”
Concerns have been growing about the risks that clients are exposed to in a market which lacks regulation. Many clients assume that practitioners are medically qualified and trained in aesthetic procedures, yet there are no current requirements for this and it is quite legal to inject BOTOX®, dermal filler or lip fillers without having any relevant qualification or training.
As botulinum toxin is a prescription medicine, there are requirements for this to be prescribed for the individual patient, but there is evidence that this doesn’t always happen either. Dermal fillers require non prescription.
As the press release explains:
“The campaign comes amid concerns about the number of women experiencing serious side effects or other harms. It encourages people to choose a suitably qualified and professional practitioner for their treatment.”
Another concern relates to the growth in demand:
“The increasing affordability of cosmetic procedures, celebrity endorsement and the growth of social media have resulted in a significant increase in the number of women having Botox, dermal fillers or surgical interventions such as liposuction or breast augmentation in recent years.
The press release explains that this is making the market more competitive with inappropriately aggressive marketing, discounting and unregulated companies offering cheaper services.
Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price said:
“Many people don’t think fully about the consequences – both physical and mental – of having a cosmetic procedure. These are serious treatments, and you should think carefully before you leap in.
“…we also need people to do their homework on the company or individual carrying out the procedure – if a deal looks too good to be true, then don’t be afraid to walk away. The consequences of botched procedures can be dreadful.”
NHS Advice on Cosmetic Procedures
The government has compiled new advice, published on nhs.uk, which lays out the key points for awareness and consideration before having cosmetic injections:
- Be clear about why you want to change the way you look
- Speak to an expert about the procedure – book a consultation with a practitioner to discuss your requirements and learn what to expect
- Do your research on the procedure you’re interested in
- Understand all the costs involved – including any aftercare and future maintenance
- Choose a reputable, safe and qualified practitioner who is trained, experienced and has correct insurance
- Ask questions to get as much information as you can on the procedure, products and potential issues
- Be cautious with social media as ‘Social media influencers are usually paid to advertise the service’
- Take time to think it through and make the right decision. You should be offered a cooling-off period after your consultation
- Remember, you can walk away if you’re not completely comfortable
Find the full NHS guidelines at
Quinn Clinics welcomes these new guidelines to help protect clients. The standards outlined are all in evidence at our Bristol skin treatments clinic.
- Practitioners are fully qualified doctors who have additional training and extensive experience in providing cosmetic treatments. Our doctors carry out regular treatments. Dr John Quinn who founded Quinn Clinics has worked in aesthetic medicine since 2005 including a stint at Harley Medical Group and SKIN. He set up Quinn Clinics, his own aesthetic company, in 2006
- Our clinic is fully registered with the CQC and managed to high standards of clinical excellence as well as customer service
- Consultations are with the doctor who will carry out treatment. This will include full discussion with the client about what they are looking to achieve and why. Our doctors will give sensible advice and may even advise against a procedure if they believe it is not in the client’s best interest
- Costs are fully explained at the consultation, including how long results are likely to last before the procedure needs repeating. Cosmetic injection products are sourced from reputable UK pharmacies and Quinn Clinics only use top brand products such as BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM® by Allergan
- Customer satisfaction is extremely high. We currently have 46 reviews on Google, all giving a full 5* rating. Many of our clients have been visiting regularly for many years and we frequently see new patients who come to us via recommendation
- No pressure to go ahead straightaway – clients are welcome to ask questions, do as much research as they need and think everything through to be sure they want to go ahead
Cosmetic Injections at Quinn Clinics
Find out more about the cosmetic injections offered at our Bristol skin treatment clinic:
Cosmetic & Anti-Ageing Injections
About Quinn Clinics
Advanced Skin Treatment Clinic, Bristol
Quinn Clinics based in Redland, Bristol, was established in 2006 and offers a full range of cosmetic, medical and laser skin treatments. As well as anti-ageing injections, the clinic can offer the latest laser technology including IPL laser and CO2 fractional laser and the new M22 multiple skin technology platform (IPL, ResurFX™ – fractional non-ablative, ND:YAG).
Call 0117 924 4592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.