According to stats released by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) in May 2019 the number of cosmetic surgeries remains stable despite the growing market for non-surgical treatments available on the high street.

The report also shares concerns over a lack of regulation within the non-surgical sector and quotes former BAAPS President Rajiv Grover as saying: “The non-surgical sector is rife with lax regulation and unethical promotions and the public must remain vigilant as ‘non-surgical’ does not mean the same as ‘non-medical’. These treatments have risks as well as benefits and patients must choose their practitioner very carefully.”

Current BAAPS President and consultant plastic surgeon Paul Harris has called for further regulation on non-healthcare professionals conducting cosmetic surgery. He said “The rise in high-street and DIY non-surgical cosmetic procedures is hugely concerning for a number of reasons, not least the potential for profit to be placed before patient care. Other issues are that it makes it easier for underage individuals to access, that unrealistic expectations may not be addressed, and that any emergency complications would need to be dealt with outside of a medical environment. Further regulation of products, practitioners, procedures and premises is urgently required to ensure patients’ physical and psychological well-being.” 

He added: “Undergoing a cosmetic procedure is never a decision to take lightly – that’s why the BAAPS always advocates that any procedure should be preceded by a robust assessment of the patient’s physical and psychological well-being, something all BAAPS surgeons do as standard.”

At LASE, we couldn’t agree more. Offering both surgical and non-surgical treatments our team is able to suggest what is best for you as an individual without having to limit our suggestions based on offer. We are fully CQC regulated, operate within purpose-built facilities and use the best products on the market, irrespective of cost.

Cosmetic Nurse Lisa Ali-Khan said “Sometimes a non-surgical option might be best for the patient and no one should opt for cosmetic surgery without undergoing a robust assessment. As the cosmetic industry grows and consumers have more options there is a concern around the lack of regulation within the field. We regularly hear stories of people receiving treatments in the back room of a hair salon without fully understanding the products they are receiving, the risks associated with the treatment or the qualifications of the practitioner. There are some well trained and ethical practitioners operating and by regulating the industry further, patients can feel more comfortable about the treatments they are receiving.”

Lisa gave her tips to help patients feel at ease with their selected practitioner;

Premises: You should receive a consultation prior to treatment, use this time to look at the premises and make sure you are happy with the environment.
Practitioner: It is ok to ask to see the credentials of the practitioner and a good practitioner will never be offended by the request.
Products: Ask what products your practitioner uses, ask to see the vile before they administer the products.
Price: Do your research, if something seems too good to be true it probably is.

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