This month I’m delighted to welcome four new committee members onto the board of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM).
Dr Beatriz Molina, Dr Ruth Harker, Dr Kathleen Long and Dr Paul Charleston join Dr Kam Singh and myself to continue BCAM’s vital work in providing not only a professional support network for aesthetic doctors, but also training and education. As a body, we hope that 2014 will be the year when we will see implementation of improved standards, education and regulation in aesthetic medicine. BCAM continues to work with the Department of Health, The British Standard Institute and now Health Education England to help ensure that this happens. As such, 2014 will also see the launch of BCAM approved courses, workshops and online learning platforms catering for all levels and competencies of aesthetic doctors. Aesthetic medicine is moving forward at a fast pace, and I am pleased to see revamped older products, such as collagen stimulating injections and thread lifts, making a well-deserved comeback. The use of volumising fillers is now more or less standard practice, as is the advanced use of botulinum toxin injections in the mid and lower facial muscles. Minor surgical body sculpting treatments are producing results unmatched previously. I am also very encouraged to find more and more cross referrals. Not just between colleagues, but also with groups such as personal trainers, nutritionists and psychologists/therapists. As medical professionals, it is crucial that we work together to provide the best care for our patients’ wellbeing, in all aspects of their health.
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