From being less invasive to providing results as great as their surgical counterparts, it’s no surprise that non-surgical procedures such as Botox, fillers, thread lifts and laser hair removal are on the rise. Research suggests that over half (51%) of women aged 16-29 would consider getting cosmetic enhancements in the future, and that by 2020, 1.5 million of us in the UK will have had at least one nonsurgical treatment. Though they may be non-invasive, it’s the practitioner you choose and the safety of the clinic that determines well-being and success. We therefore want to discuss why this is so important, as well as outline what you should always check before going ahead with your procedure.
Before having your treatment, you’ll likely have a consultation with your practitioner to discuss your needs and expectations. We recommend you ask them the following questions:
- Have you done this treatment before?
- What does it involve and how long will it take?
- Do the injectables/products you’ll be using meet approved guidelines?
- Is there any downtime?
- What are realistic expectations?
- How long will the results last and will I need to have the treatment again?
- Are there any risks or potential complications?
- Do you provide any aftercare if required?
- What potential costs are involved, including if anything goes wrong?
- Do you have insurance and what is the process should something go wrong?
Ensure you tell your practitioner about any medication you’re taking or other health-related issues you may have, as this could influence how your treatment is carried out. A good practitioner will want to consult with your GP, determining how safe it is for you to have the treatment.
We suggest you also do some background research into your practitioner to learn about their reputation and qualifications to.
Knowing What To Expect Before Your Non-Surgical Treatment
After you’ve discussed the treatment with your practitioner, they’ll require your consent before it can go ahead. More than simply signing a form, you must feel as though you have enough information about the procedure to know what you’re giving your consent to. This is why you should talk about any queries you may have, and ensure you understand the risks, benefits and likely outcome of the treatment.
Your practitioner should make you feel confident in their experience and expertise and answer ALL of your questions. They should also give you time to consider the pros and cons and decide whether you’d like to go ahead.
You always have the right to change your mind even after giving the go ahead, and your practitioner will explain what the implications of this will be.
Determining A Non-Surgical Treatment’s Overall Benefits For You
A practitioner will always take your requirements and preferences into account, but a great practitioner will not administer the treatment should they think it’s unnecessary or question your suitability. They are under no legal or professional duty to provide you with a treatment that may cause you harm, and they should explain to you why they feel this way. They may discuss alternatives and should tell you about your right to a second opinion.
They should also consider your psychological needs, and whether this treatment will help you achieve what you’re after.
Could A Practitioner Have A Conflict Of Interest?
You should check if your practitioner has any commercial or financial interests in your chosen treatment, so that you can decide whether those interests could be influencing the advice they’ve given you.
What About The Clinic?
As non-surgical procedures don’t involve surgery, they are largely unregulated. This means that the practitioner performing them doesn’t need to have a medical certificate in order to administer them, nor is it a legal requirement for them, or their clinic to be monitored by a regulatory body. This is concerning, because should something go wrong, there wouldn’t be a process in place in order for you to claim compensation. This is why it’s important you use a clinic that places hygiene, safety, aftercare and support at the forefront, so that all bases are covered and the likelihood of something going wrong is minimal.
These are all things we believe everyone should check before going ahead with any non-surgical treatment.
Meet Our Practitioner:
Member Of The Royal College Of Nursing
British Association Of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN)
Member Of Non Surgical Medical Practitioners(UK)
Deborah is our advanced aesthetic nurse practitioner, with over 20 years of experience under her belt. She was trained by internationally renowned plastic surgeons Mr Fred Brandt and Dr Tim Flyn, and is herself responsible for the training of many of the high-profile aesthetic practitioners in the media today. Previously the National Training Manager for a leading dermal filler business, she brings with her a wealth of expertise that always instils confidence in her clientele.
She is known for being friendly, honest and providing her clients with confidential advice. She will listen to your needs, provide you with valuable information and then help you find the best treatment to fulfil your needs.
- The hospitals and facilities we use are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which regulates healthcare providers in the UK.
- We operate a 24/7 clinical response line, meaning we are always available for support and advice.
- We go to great lengths to identify the best equipment, products and techniques for our clientele and would never administer any treatment that could prove harmful.
Thinking of having a non-surgical procedure yourself? We offer the full range of treatments, including:
Call us today to discuss your options and discover how we can help you.