Caution over rise in cosmetic treatments

21 Jul 2021

Aesthetic practitioner national register Save Face has issued a warning as new figures reveal a demand in cosmetic treatments is expected this summer.

Figures from Save Face revealed that the register has unveiled a 37% increase in people researching non-surgical treatments such as lip fillers and botulinum toxin after the UK government announced their roadmap for lifting lockdown earlier this year.

In addition, The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) reported that UK plastic surgeons saw a 70% rise in consultation requests during 2020, linked to an increasing focus on our appearance during video calls in lockdown. Despite this, BAAPS issued a warning to consumers to check the credentials of their practitioner before going ahead with any treatments.

Independent insurance company PolicyBee have supported Save Face’s caution and believe it is important that practitioners have completed accredited training and are fully insured.

With a rising demand in cosmetic procedures, Save Face also logged over 2,000 patient-reported complaints last year, a 22% increase on 2019 figures, which has led to a rise in the number of corrective treatments required by patients.

Kerri-Ann Hockley, head of customer service at insurance company PolicyBee, commented, “Rising demand for aesthetic treatments, along with higher numbers of patient complaints does mean that practitioners are under pressure this summer to reassure their patients they are trustworthy and have the correct credentials. Taking out treatment and professional liability insurance will not only reassure patients – it will give practitioners peace of mind during what looks to be a very busy summer.”  

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