Beauty Therapists may be stopped from offering Botox and Dermal Fillers

A war is brewing between the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors and the Cosmetic Treatments and Injectable Association (CITA). Molly Hanson-Steel, Chair of CITA, formed the organisation this month as a stand-in-the-gap measure against the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS), particularly regarding its Treatments You Can Trust Register.

The register lists registered nurses, dentists, and doctors who are banned from their accreditation for quality assurance of providers of cosmetic injections. The BACD has raised their voices against CITA, though, and the battle is heating up.

The big question is over who should be authorized to perform the procedures. As if this weren’t enough, a new aspect has crept in with some clinics and therapists trying to persuade others that the use of dermal fillers and prescription medicines such as botulinum toxin are legitimate medicine.

As Mike Comins, President of the BACD says:

‘The BACD has always viewed injectables as medical cosmetic treatments with recognized medical complications. Although injectable serious complications are uncommon they can occur. We therefore urge anyone thinking of having these treatments to ask about potential risks and whether the practitioner has the medical expertise and qualifications to manage these risks.

Dr Samantha Gammell, President Elect of the BACD comments:

“None of the major suppliers and manufacturers of cosmetic injectables support the use of their products by non-medically qualified practitioners so why are beauty therapists so adamant that they should be able to use them? Botulinum Toxin is a prescription only medication and fillers are medical devices, therefore as their name suggests they are fundamentally medical procedures requiring a detailed knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and dermatology together with specialist training in each procedure.

A one day training course does not provide non-medically qualified ‘therapists’ with the depth of knowledge required for these types of treatments nor the understanding or skills to deal with the complications that can occasionally arise from them. The public needs to protect themselves by demanding to be treated in a safe medical environment by a competent, well trained cosmetic doctor or a suitable healthcare professional who makes the patients interests his or her first concern. It may be cosmetic but it is still medicine.”