Would you allow a non-medical person to inject you? I know I wouldn't.

Posted on the 18 March 2011 at 09:52

If you have a medical background, I believe you are best placed to offer non-surgical injectable treatments. I believe this, the Independent HealthCare Advisory Service (IHAS) believe this, reputable insurance companies believe this and so do the clients and medical practitioners I have asked.
This is why I find it very strange that aesthetic practitioners are outraged that non-medical people are performing aesthetic treatments, and yet I have come across aesthetic practitioners who have allowed a non-medical person (in this case a sales rep) to inject them! Although this person isn't a service provider, better regulation may have prevented this from happening.
These treatments of course didn't end in great results. If the problem had occurred with a medical practitioner, it could have been corrected speedily and appropriately. The problem lies with the person who administered the filler, who lacked the expertise and who subsequently couldn't put the problem right. In this case, the person was unable to administer the hyaluronidase, let alone obtain the prescription.


Following treatment by non-medical person After, thankfully resolved

Due to the lack of education for ‘Joe Bloggs’, clients are not asking for practitioner's qualifications and as a result, it seems that more beauty therapists are also trying to offer non-surgical injectables.
I found an article whilst training in Solihull last week that disputes the fact that only medical professionals should inject. They believe that as long as beauty therapists are trained in anaphylaxis and first aid, then they have sufficient training to deal with any reactions. Surely not having the knowlegde and experience to deal with complications, regardless of whether a practitioner is medical or not hinders their ability to care appropriately for their clients, especially in the case of anaphylaxis and overcorrection, where a prescription drug is required.

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This is a very poor example if your using the pictures as evidence against non-medics. Especially when we look at all the 'hundreds' of bad, disfiguring treatments carried out by medics which are reported and seen by thousands daily? In the before pic, it just looks like the woman has no makeup on and has had a bad photograph taken, she even looks happy!
The post treatment photograph just looks the same but a better picture with her wearing makeup? Is this all you have?

Lia Hanratty

Hi Lia,

Thank you for your feedback.

I agree that medical personnel can also cause these problems, and for those who cannot deal with the issues sufficiently can be held accountable by their professional registration bodies.

I have highlighted a section of the article, which reflects on knowledge rather than profession to make this point.

"Surely not having the knowledge and experience to deal with complications, regardless of whether a practitioner is medical or not hinders their ability to care appropriately for their clients, especially in the case of anaphylaxis and overcorrection, where a prescription drug is required. "

Chantalle Coombes | https://www.sugarboxclinic.co.uk/

Lia, is that really all you can see in the picture? Perhaps if you are a therapist who injects you need advanced training to differentiate between pictures other than looking at make up?


As an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Independent Prescriber, I feel there is no substitute for professional experience and medical training. I firmly believe that non-medical professionals should not enter medical aesthetics, and stay within their respective specialist fields. Medical/clinical training enables you to manage potential issues such as infection and anaphlaxis. Not only that, medical professionals have vast experience in history-taking, informed consent, professional accountability, and management of incidents. Although beauticians may know basic facial anatomy and skin issues, their training is WAY BELOW the knowledge and academic level of nurses, dentists and doctors. Most nurses working at senior levels have post-graduate degrees (and some doctorates), dentists and doctors have reached a high level of academic standing also. Post-graduate studies have enabled me to practice at an advanced clinical level, using research-based practice and sound clinical judgement. I feel confident that I have the medical expertise and qualifications to manage potential risks and to be fully accountable for my practice. Independent prescribing status allows complete professional autonomy, and the swift treatment of reactions.
How would a beauty therapist manage hx taking, diagnosis, co-morbities, polypharmacy, ADRs? It is truly ridiculous and de-values the whole industry.
I fully support regulation of the industry, however much it costs me as a clinician.

caroline brown

Lots of doctors do 'bad Botox jobs' and I've even corrected a patient who was too scared to go back to the Dr who gave her Botox injections, I think it should be down to the prescribing doctor which nurses he trusts to carry out the injections after speaking to the patient, as long as the patient agrees. I have an excellent reputation and all my work is by word of mouth so don't tie us all with the same brush, many nurses will be out of work including myself :(