Cosmetic patients urged to think safety

A Kirriemuir facial treatments professional is warning patients that new safety rules could put patients at risk for at least another two years.

Dentist and award-winning facial aesthetics practitioner Dr Aisling Hanly is advising anyone considering cosmetic treatment to think safety-first and have it done by a trained medical professional registered with Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) under the new regulations.

An expert group recommended in July last year the regulation of independent clinics – those not part of a hospital or NHS Scotland - provided by registered nurses, midwives and dental care professionals by (HIS).

All those providing private treatments, including non-surgical aesthetic treatments such as botox and fillers, have to register with the body by April 1.

Cosmetic treatment providers such as beauty therapists and hair salons are not covered although a second phase of regulation is intended to be rolled out in 2018.

Dr Hanly said: “Safety is paramount when you’re having any kind of treatment done and medical professionals will have spent years working within that ethos before starting to work in this field and will have already gained long experience of best practice in all the critical procedures which are common to this and others areas such as dentistry, such as the safe use of injections.

“Hopefully, once the second phase of regulation is in place we’ll see fewer incidences of the bad practice which has tarnished this field.