A recent survey of 2,000 UK participants conducted by medical skincare clinic group sk:n has indicated that many consumers are concerned with the lack of education about the risks associated with cosmetic treatments.
The data suggested that 65% of consumers don’t think that there is enough education and regulation regarding potential procedure risks.
The research also showed that 29% of the participants are put off from having treatment due to the worry that the treatment wouldn't be performed properly.
Director of medical services at sk:n, Lisa Mason-Poyner, commented that in such an unregulated market, practitioners and clinics need to band together to help improve patient education.
She said, “To protect the reputation of aesthetic care, we need those practising ‘tweakments’ under medical conditions to work together to encourage formal regulation in the industry, or at the very least, provide more education to our patients.”
She continues, “We need to educate consumers that much of the risk associated and reported on procedures comes from self-regulated practitioners, who have not had the level of professional and medical training required. To increase confidence in the industry, we need to raise awareness of clinics who employ qualified medical experts and have links with the Care Quality Commission.”