Over the past couple of years, doctors and campaigners have reported an increase in amateur beauticians and under-qualified nurses performing unsafe treatments. As a result, studies show more patients are suffering from parts of their lips becoming lumpy or disproportionate in size, infections, ulceration or necrosis (when the lip tissue dies and goes black).
Anyone can buy hyaluronic acid gel and inject it into someone’s lips. This is because there are no laws in the UK that regulate people who carry out non-surgical cosmetic procedures, such as lip fillers. The Professional Standards Authority runs a Government-backed programme called Accredited Registers which lists professionals you can trust to treat you safely.
The Aesthetic Complication (ACE) Group was developed as a not for profit organisation to help improve patient safety by producing evidence-based, peer reviewed guidelines for the management of a wide variety of complications that can be caused by non-surgical cosmetic procedures and to provide help and advice for practitioners that run into difficulties. As well as this, the ACE Group provides a forum for practitioners, educational modules, workshops, an Expert network, journal articles and lectures at various conferences.
Dr Tara is a registered member of the ACE group who monitor and strive to improve patient safety:
How to be safe when getting advanced aesthetic treatment
2. Have a consultation
Professionals should ask for your age, full medical history and discuss all risks before agreeing an injection.
3: Take your time
Don’t let anyone pressure you into having lip fillers done there and then. You need time before making a decision.
4: Before & after photos
Ask for copies of before and after photographs. It’s a good idea to have photos of you smiling and frowning, too.
Note down which hyaluronic acid product is being used for your lip fillers as well as the clinician’s name.
6: See the packaging
Ask the person giving you lip fillers to show you the hyaluronic acid in its unopened packaging, before injection.
7: Book a follow up
There should be no problems in booking a follow up and asking about treatment of any complications, if they occur.
8: Keep it clinical
Never agree to have lip fillers done at homes, at ‘parties’ or exhibitions, or in places that aren’t clean & clinical.*
At Enhance By Tara we always take before and after photos (unless maybe you’re one of our regulars who says you don’t want or need them), as we’re confident you will leave happy with your treatment and we have a reference for any questions you have later on.
Please feel free to direct message me on Instagram @enhance_by_tara or use the contact us page to send me an email and I’ll always be happy to answer any pre-treatment questions you have!
*information sourced from https://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/what-we-do