Dr's Emma and Simon of Clinetix
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Thinking of getting a cosmetic treatment? Read this first…

Emma and Simon Ravichandran from award-winning Scottish aesthetic clinic Clinetix fill us in on the latest developments in the aesthetics industry – designed to keep anyone contemplating treatment safer than ever before.

What changes are being made within the Scottish aesthetics industry?

The Scottish Government has taken the lead within the UK with its new mandatory registration of all clinics carrying out medical aesthetic treatments since 1st April 2016.

What is this designed to achieve?

The objective of the act is to protect the general public from potentially unqualified or under-qualified practitioners carrying out medical treatments that could potentially have serious complications with long-term consequences.

How will clinics be regulated to ensure they’re safe to administer treatments?

The first stage in the regulation is for all clinics in Scotland offering aesthetic treatments to be registered and inspected to ensure they meet the high standards of a private hospital or clinic. Clinics will have to demonstrate a high level of cleanliness, adequate cross infection control, data protection, management of medical emergencies and much more. The provision of treatments from unregistered clinics will become an offence and will be subject to prosecution from April 2017.

What treatments have been a particular issue in the past?

Treatments using botulinum toxin (Botox) and dermal filler injections have been overlooked by the medical profession, the media and the general public for too long. Unlike any other speciality of medicine, a one-day-long course can qualify a doctor, dentist or nurse to carry out these treatments. A loophole in the law also means that it is not illegal for non-medically qualified beauty therapists to also provide dermal filler injections.

What are the potentially dangerous side effects of a treatment carried out by someone who isn’t fully qualified?

Potential and increasingly common complications include an unnatural or poor aesthetic outcome, infection, skin necrosis (death), permanent lumps, scarring and even blindness. These complications are much less likely in the hands of an experienced medical practitioner in an appropriate clinical environment. Early identification and management of complications is of paramount importance to minimise the risk of long-term problems. The demand for aesthetic medical treatments has been growing worldwide for decades, and so as the number of treatments increases, so does the number of complications we see.

What overall effect will this new regulation have on the aesthetics industry?

Health Improvement Scotland are leading the way to a regulated, transparent and most importantly safer way for the public to access aesthetic treatments. This area of medicine is constantly evolving and developing, and we now all have access readily available to affordable treatments that truly deliver anti-ageing and beautifying results. The future looks bright for both the Scottish medical practitioners and the Scottish public.

For more info on Clinetix, go to www.clinetix.co.uk