In a world of influencers and celebrities, aesthetics treatments are becoming an accepted part of many people’s personal regimes, and the number of providers is growing exponentially in an industry which remains woefully under-regulated.

 

While there undoubtedly are responsible and reputable practitioners who can make a real difference to patients’ lives, there are also irresponsible and often frankly dangerous operators promoting themselves on social media and featuring in TV shows such as ITV’s Botched.

 

Now Scotland has been named as the worst country in Europe for unqualified beauticians injecting customers with cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers, according to the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses.

 

The Association said lax treatment criteria in Scotland was leading to a rise in cosmetic procedure tourism, with young people crossing the border to access fillers, and branded the UK’s regulatory regime a joke.

 

And in Edinburgh just last week (April 25), the council issued an urgent warning to people who might have booked a non-surgical Brazilian Butt Lift to get in touch with its environmental health team, following reports of customers suffering serious health complications such as sepsis.

 

As well as cosmetic issues, many patients face long delays for NHS treatment for conditions which go from manageable to severe because of the time they have to wait. Dr Cormac Convery, of Glasgow-based Ever Clinic, has treated numerous patients in this situation – for whom, he said, it has “a massively detrimental effect of their quality of life”.

 

So, what can people who might be considering treatment do to ensure that the clinic they choose is safe, that they will feel comfortable with the outcomes and that they will have total trust in the professional integrity of their chosen clinicians?

 

Here are Seven Top Tips from Ever Clinic, the award-winning, Scottish-headquartered, private aesthetics clinic which has led the way in skin, scarring and anti-aging procedures and has brought new hope to patients let down by the NHS.

 

  • Is the practitioner regulated? What qualifications do they hold? Doctors and nurses are in regulated professions, so this can be checked. In 2022, the Scottish Government said it would aim to ensure all cosmetic treatments would be carried out by appropriately trained professionals, but no details have yet been published.

 

  • What happens if something goes wrong – either during the procedure or afterwards, when you leave the clinic? Is there an out of hours numbers to call, for example?

 

  • Is there an after-care service? Often services are offered by “pop-up” clinics which appear in a location for a day, then subsequently prove to be uncontactable.

 

  • Have I signed any paperwork? Patients need to sign a consent form for insurance purposes. They have the right to be informed about the proposed intervention so that they can make a decision knowing the risks and hazards involved.

 

  • Is the clinic a prescriber of medicine? If not, then the drugs will be in someone else’s name, and prescribed medications should only be used for the named individual.

 

  • Where are the drugs coming from? Are they traceable in supply chain? Patients should be prepared to ask what filler or toxin their practitioner is using and where they sourced the products.

 

  • Is it a clinical environment where you’re getting procedure? A house visit, or meeting in a hotel room is not safe. A clinic should provide a professional layout and design, high standards of cleanliness, a warm, friendly and reassuring staff, patient privacy and confidentiality, clear communication and quality equipment and products.

 

The Ever Clinic, which in March this year won the Crown Aesthetics Award for Best Non-Surgical Result in the Aesthetics Awards 2024, was established just seven years ago by Dr Convery and Managing Director Jonathan Toye.

 

It has distinguished itself from its competitors by continuing to invest heavily in cutting-edge technologies, such as the Lutronic PicoPlus system, which is the gold standard for tattoo removal and has achieved stellar results internationally in pigmentation treatment.

 

The clinic encourages a holistic approach to its work, focusing on the patient as a whole. Services include laser resurfacing, acne and medical scar treatment, dermal fillers, xanthelasma, rhinophyma and mole removal.

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