Botox, lip enhancements, nose reshaping, tear trough…. the aesthetics world has boomed over the last five years, to say the least. If you think about it, nearly all GPs will have daily patients will be seeing to and treating patients who have had non-surgical procedures.
It’s now common to see that GPs are already practising aesthetics, or are contemplating working in the field. Why? Because with aesthetics, a large amount of education and skill is needed to carry about facial enhancements correctly – and GP’s tend to be your best bet when it comes to skillset and medical knowledge.
Treatments such as Dermal Filler are now in demand from people as young as late teenage, right up to those in their 60’s. With such a wide range of people looking for enhancements for confidence or medical reasons, it’s ideal for patients to be seeking Doctors with specialist Aesthetics training. This way, they come armed with in-depth knowledge regarding the anatomy of skin, product ingredients and the benefits they can have. As well as this, doctors are able to provide valuable advice to patients while ensuring their skin/face/body is in the optimum condition to enhance the effects of medical treatments.
The Injection Industry
The biggest aesthetic treatment is that of Botulinum toxin – a prescription medicine which is regulated by law, but beyond that there is little regulation. In today’s world, legally anyone can inject anyone else, which has meant that any beautician (or anyone interested in non-surgical beauty) can order their own supply of dermal filler and inject a patient, with no training.
This has been happening for a while, however it came to light as an area of concern last year. And at last, it can be understood that the Government intends to make dermal fillers prescription-only from 2020.
To be professionally skilled and knowledgeable around aesthetics and non-surgical treatments, there has to be a certain standard carried out. It can be very difficult for non-clinicians to be able to reach the standards required.
Benefits of Doctors Carrying Out Aesthetics
When it comes to many of the more advanced aesthetic treatments, the care and support provided by medical aestheticians, doctors and nurses highly benefits the patients. Along with this, when they are performing advanced medical treatments that require assistance, those medically trained can use their extensive knowledge and experience not only to aid them in carrying out the procedure, but also to provide valuable patient care and attention.
With some procedures, a post-graduate knowledge level and practical training can help to deliver the best results, aid in patient trust and confidence, and advise safely for recovery and further treatment.
Injecting toxins and acids into the face and body is a highly professional skill. The professional organisation’s view is that non-clinicians – such as those training in beauty therapy or with an interest in aesthetics – should not be injecting patients without meeting the required standard of medical training.
So, what does this mean for doctors and nurses who wish to start offering services in aesthetics? There are many training programs and academy’s, which will provide support and guidance to GPs, who wish to embark on training in this growing industry. The aesthetics world is only going to boom, therefore it could potentially see an increased workload for those looking to branch out.
For doctors, it’s their high awareness of the regulations that will allow them to confidently and educationally be able to advise patients on how to make more informed choices about the treatment available. Hopefully, with more Doctors carrying out these treatments, we will all see less complications.