Aesthetic Practitioner – what does this mean? Currently, anyone can call themselves an aesthetic practitioner. Surprisingly, there are no laws or regulations around this title and it can often cause confusion when it comes to choosing the right practitioner for you.
Let’s delve deeper to what ‘qualified’ or ‘fully-qualified’ aesthetic practitioner actually refers to. Basically, these both mean the same: the person injecting you has been on a one day course (a course of attendance) to be shown how to handle a needle/syringe and given one to two models to ‘try out this technique’.
We’re not dismissing the practitioners out there that have an artistic-eye and can make a subtle difference or change something for the better. We’re highlighting the fact that people are having injections from ‘qualified practitioners’ with no respect for safety, ethics, the golden-ratios and other equations that keep a face aesthetically pleasing rather than distorting it… pretty scary really.
At The Clinic, we have about twenty acronyms between us. This includes a qualification in Beauty and Hairdressing, BTEC in Teaching, BSc (Hons) (We can tell you that knowing about apoptosis-induced cell death in mice sperm from chemotherapy is definitely not going to make us any better or safer coming near your face). MBChB which means we’ve all been to med school and qualified as surgeons (MRCS).
Does any of this make us any better than the next ‘aesthetic practitioner’?
Well the surgical part, particularly training in plastic surgery, well yes actually, that does make us a whole lot safer than the next celeb who decides to have a bash at injecting.
Why? Because time and time again we deal with the complications that arise through aesthetic injectables through the NHS, that even A&E doctors don’t know how to treat; and so more often than not, they end up under the care of the plastic surgery team. The fact that we study skin, facial surgery, aesthetics for years and operate on the face and its complexity of facial nerves/ vessels and muscles almost daily, we kind of are in a position to say ‘yes, we do know our way around facial anatomy, we are aware of the danger zones that can compromise eyesight and skin, better yet, we feel very happy to deal with the acute complications’. We’re not being blasé when we say that, and we’re remaining respectful to other professions, but this is why we feel strongly at The Clinic about not pretending to be anything we are not, and not overselling our numerous qualifications.
The industry needs to cut through all of the jargon and fancy words to distinguish ‘what a fully-qualified aesthetics practitioner actually is’. At the end of the day – you need a safe practitioner that you trust, one who will deal with you in a professional manner and not just when it comes to taking money from you, but to counsel you through perhaps not having a treatment or to deal with a complication without showing you the door or ignoring your complaint.
We can all use our acronyms and state ‘fully-qualified’ but at the end of the day how much do you really know? All patients have the right to safe, fair and appropriate treatment. #ethicalinjecting.
And as always – we would love to hear your questions or feedback. So don’t be a stranger and send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, DM us on Facebook or Instagram and we’ll be happy to help.
Love, Team Clinic 🖤