No one can accuse The Consulting Room™ of shying away from controversial topics and it seems that we have certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons recently.
Our recent blog entitled Needles at Dawn! Beauty Therapists Challenge IHAS Over Who Should be Allowed to Inject Botox & Dermal Fillers, not only secured our highest traffic statistics ever in the 14 month history of our blog site but also the largest number of comments attached to a single blog entry. Clearly this subject is getting people talking!
The discussion centred around the launch of a new organisation called the Cosmetic Treatments and Injectables Association (CTIA) set up for Beauty Therapists or ‘practicing Aesthetic Therapists’ as they prefer to be called (no Doctors or Nurses are allowed entry to the association). CTIA, founded by Molly Hanson-Steel openly challenged the IHAS Treatments You Can Trust Scheme which excludes Beauty Therapists from its quality assurance register for cosmetic injectable providers.
CTIA have taken their views to the government and want Aesthetic Therapists to be recognised as quality providers of cosmetic injectable treatments.
As you can imagine, and we would agree, most medical practitioners within the UK aesthetic industry are absolutely in agreement that Beauty Therapists simply do not possess the required medical knowledge to safely administer such products and more importantly deal with any adverse effects or immediate consequences following treatment. Please read our above blog for more details and to see comments and feedback from a variety of well known industry colleagues and associations including IHAS and the BACD.
Suppliers do not support the use of their products by Beauty Therapists
If Beauty Therapists want to be able to inject dermal fillers and botulinum toxins, something which to date isn’t actually illegal, then there must also be a supply route for them to obtain the products. The more well known pharmacies within the UK aesthetic industry will not supply products to Beauty Therapists but where there is money to be made and nothing unlawful is being performed there will always be a route for supply. We asked various key industry manufacturers and distributors of cosmetic injectable products (both dermal fillers and botulinum toxins) to offer a statement in response to the question:
Do you support the use of YOUR products by beauty therapists and other similarly non-medically qualified practitioners?
Although not all companies chose to respond, we were pleased that many of the larger manufacturers have chosen to engage and issue specific statements on this matter.
A spokesperson for Allergan, the makers of the botulinum toxin brands Botox®/Vistabel® and dermal filler range Juvéderm® said;
“Allergan advocate that trained and qualified aesthetic doctors, dentists or nurses are the most appropriate professionals to administer VISTABEL®/BOTOX® injections as well as dermal filler treatments as they have a deep understanding of anatomy and physiology as well as being equipped to handle any unwanted events, however rarely these occur.
VISTABEL® and BOTOX® (Allergan’s brands of botulinum toxin type A) are pharmaceutical medicines available via prescription only and the administration of these products is considered a medical procedure. To ensure optimal patient care and treatment outcome, VISTABEL®/BOTOX® injections as well as dermal fillers should be administered by qualified, licensed and trained healthcare professionals, in a clinical setting.
Allergan only sell VISTABEL®/BOTOX® along with our dermal fillers including the JUVÉDERM® range to registered healthcare professionals as defined by UK legislation (registered doctors, dentists or nurses) or through selected pharmacies.”
Wendy Rogers, Medical Advisor and Training Director at Q-MED (UK) Ltd, the maker of Restylane® said;
“Q-Med places high priority on patient welfare and clinical excellence by continued investment in clinical trials and aesthetic practitioner training to ensure that Restylane meets the highest safety standards at all times. It is Q-Med’s policy to supply Restylane products and training to doctors dentists and nurses.”
Sue Wales, Director at Lifestyle Aesthetics, the UK distributor of the Teoysal® range of dermal fillers said;
“Injections of dermal fillers require specific and very detailed knowledge of anatomy that beauty therapists are not given during their training.
Also in case of any side effects, in accordance with the European Directives and the Medical Device Vigilance guide of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency:
- Only medical professionals can report and treat problems.
- If it transpires that the side effect is not related to the product but to the injector, criminal action may be taken.
Thus, it is a very important and serious responsibility that only health professionals are aware of thanks to their initial medical training.
Therefore LIFESTYLE AESTHETICS and TEOXANE Laboratories do not recommend that beauty therapists perform treatment with Teosyal products.”
If nothing else, I think you’ll agree, this is all certainly food for thought!