Beauty treatment lovers in Cambridgeshire are playing fast and loose with their health, new research has revealed.
Twenty-three per cent of non-surgical treatment patients who were surveyed from the county have trusted untrained friends or acquaintances to treat them with procedures such as dermal fillers and chemical peels.
Research carried out by Transform Cosmetic Surgery[i], the UK’s leading provider of cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatments, shows that shockingly, 1 in 6 of those surveyed say they self-administer their treatments – lifting the lid on how Cantabrigian beauty treatment fans are putting their health at risk.
A further 8% of those surveyed admit to having been treated by a third party, such as a hairdresser, and startlingly, had no idea if they were appropriately trained to perform the procedure – stripping them of the chance to know if the treatment is right for them.
And although 69% of respondents believing it is important that a practitioner is adequately qualified to perform non-surgical treatments, a whopping 1 in 6 non-surgical treatment patients would have dermal fillers and microdermabrasion (8%) from a practitioner who was not appropriately qualified to perform the treatment – putting themselves at risk.
More worrying still, more than half (54%) of respondents have had a treatment at a local beauty salon, and 15% have been treated at home – showing that people aren’t opting to undergo treatments in a clinical environment.
The research was commissioned to highlight the need for a new Charter for the non-surgical cosmetics industry, which Transform is developing to demonstrate its own commitment to the highest standards of patient care and to set a benchmark for the sector. Ahead of Professor Keogh’s Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions, Transform is hoping regulations will be introduced to match these standards, offer better protection for patients and drive out the cowboys within the industry.
The non-surgical treatments industry, which encompasses treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers, is currently worth more than £1.7 billion2 and Transform is concerned about the increase in patients undergoing treatment in less than sterile environments, delivered by unqualified practitioners. In fact, almost all (95%) of those surveyed do not think that the industry is regulated and that enough is being done to protect the person receiving treatment – with a third having felt nervous or frightened before, during and after the procedure they underwent.
Consequently, Transform’s Clear Charter, which came out of the latest meeting of Transform’s Clear Panel, consisting of patients, key staff and third parties such as Dr Hilary Jones, which regularly meets to discuss ethical standards, is scheduled to launch later this month, and will set out a series of commitments including:
· Only administering treatments in clinical premises that adhere to the Care Quality Commission standards for surgical procedures
· Ensuring all treatments are undertaken by appropriately trained and qualified staff and that patients are told their practitioner’s qualifications, experience and training before undergoing treatment
· Only using clinically approved and regulated products in non-surgical treatments
Patricia Dunion, Chief Operating Officer at Transform commented: “We hope the government’s response to the Keogh review will introduce tough new regulation on the non-surgical treatments industry in order to raise standards, drive the cowboys out of the sector and give better patient protection. But providers also have a responsibility to ensure they behave in an ethical manner. Our Charter will set out a range of standards that we believe the whole industry should commit to following, for the good of patients as well as the reputation of the industry.”
Dr Hilary Jones commented: “The non-surgical treatments industry is growing fast and it is vital that as it does so, the health of those undergoing treatments isn’t put at risk. There are far too many places in this country where people can be injected with dermal fillers by individuals with minimal or no training in completely unsuitable environments, with potentially dangerous products. The Non-Surgical Charter will set out to highlight and address issues like this.”
Transform’s non-surgical charter follows the Clear Patient Charter it set out in 2012 for cosmetic surgery procedures. As part of this Charter it publishes surgeon qualifications and procedure data including revision rates, infection levels and results of external inspections from The Care Quality Commission so patients can see exactly how it is performing.
For more information about Transform visit www.transforminglives.co.uk