Dermal filler horror stories have made their rounds online and it's news like this, which breeds a lot of misconceptions and false fears toward the aesthetics industry. The root of the issue is clear: choosing the wrong practitioner.
When it comes answering the question of who is qualified to administer dermal fillers, it can be a little complicated. In the UK, no legislation prohibits non-licensed medical professionals from delivering dermal filler. That is where the problem arises. This means licensed beauticians and qualified beauty therapists are, by rule, allowed to administer fillers. But as you may have realised, that can't be enough to warrant enough trust towards a clinic for you to get fillers under their care.
Moreover, it is vital for you to choose a practitioner who knows what they're doing. Regardless of the licensure, you should pick someone who's undergone extensive training and is highly trusted.
On the other hand, injectables like Botox (and similar products like it) are prescription-only medicines in the UK, therefore either your practitioner is a licensed medical professional who is allowed to administer Botox; or you are prescribed Botox and your trained aesthetician administers.
Kanvas Cosmetics hires beauticians, medical professionals, nurses and doctors. Every practitioner is trained to be knowledgeable to the highest of industry standards and they all go through the same process to be qualified to administer dermal fillers. You might think: what is the difference between these types of practitioners?
Beauticians are licensed professionals who are certified to administer a list of beauty-related services, from hair care to nail care to skin care. Obtaining a medical degree isn't necessary to become a beautician; however, they are taught about physiology and anatomy during their training period.
Medical professionals are licensed professionals who have a medical degree and are certified in identifying and treating medical illnesses. This is considered as a catch-all term for any person who has undertaken medical studies and is recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC).
Doctors are licensed professionals who operate within specialised fields of study. These are the practitioners who have undertaken medical studies in an institution recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC), and their areas of expertise vary from dentistry to gynaecology to dermatology.
[Biomedic practitioner & Nurse Sarah]
We understand the importance of having adequate education and professionalism for every procedure in the aesthetics industry, particularly when it comes to dermal fillers. In fact, we uphold those same standards for our multi-location team. Having a thorough knowledge of administering dermal fillers is essential and is considered a non-negotiable factor for us, but there's one more aspect that people may tend to overlook.
As much as we endorse medical expertise in the aesthetics industry, we also recommend practitioners who have a keen, creative eye, too. The definition is taken from the word itself, aesthetics have a lot to do with beauty. You'll definitely need an expert in that area to help you perceive and translate what you think is beautiful for you and put that on your kanvas. Consulting with a highly skilled, experienced and reputable beautician may have better techniques than that of a doctor. They would know how to craft your vision with better detail and the results may turn out more favourable because you have someone on your side who has their finger on the pulse of what's 'in' and what isn't.
If you're taking that route, the important thing to note here is that safety is critical. You should look for helpful and consistent reviews online, study before and after photos extensively and ask as many questions as you'd like for you to feel safe and sure. The kinds of practitioners you can rely on are the ones who will discuss their qualifications, credentials and the training they've undertaken to assure you that you're in good hands.
Our bottom line: ultimately, safety and high-quality results are the most important factors to consider when choosing your practitioner. Not all practitioners are created equal and while medical expertise is something we highly support, choosing a doctor doesn't necessarily mean excellent technique or having automatically better results than a reputable beautician.