The Times - Is Your Practitioner Qualified?

One of the best ways to safeguard yourself is finding a practitioner who is experienced and properly trained in the procedures they are performing. But what qualifications should you be looking for? Leah Hardy reports in The Times Raconteur.

Did you know that non-surgical cosmetic treatments, such as Botox and dermal fillers, are regularly being administered by non-medics with no training whatsoever? Dermal fillers, which are not regulated, can be bought and injected by anyone. Although Botox is a prescription-only medicine and so needs to be prescribed by a supervising doctor, it is often injected by people with no medical qualifications at all. More worryingly, they are not breaking the law.

Even training may be no guarantee of quality or safety. Dr Mervyn Patterson, a cosmetic doctor with more than 15 years’ experience, warns: “A training course can involve as little as half a day standing as part of a crowd watching someone else inject, yet everyone goes home with a certificate.

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh recently led a government-backed review of regulation into cosmetic procedures. His final report said: “People need to be able to identify and choose a practitioner with the appropriate qualifications.

So how can you ensure the person performing your treatment is “appropriately qualified”?

You can ask your GP to check your doctor for you, particularly if you are considering surgery,” says Dr Patterson. “If you are being offered these treatments in someone’s home or at a party, stay well clear. Clinics don’t have to be registered with the governments’ Care Quality Commission, but if they are, it means the clinic follows protocols and is inspected. Beware flashy websites – they mean nothing."

At Woodford Medical your safety is our top priority - Dr Hilary Allan and Dr Mervyn Patterson ensure all of their practises abide by the CQC regulations. They have been named in the Top 10 Injectors in the UK and Woodford Medical voted 'Best Aesthetic Clinic' at the MyFaceMyBody awards - both accolades involving a rigorous vetting process to ensure a gold standard of customer care and service.

To book a consultation with Dr Allan or Dr Patterson at any of our clinic locations please contact us.