Safety in Beauty: Why You Must Avoid “Cosmetic Cowboys”

man in cowboy hat and womanThe UK beauty industry is now worth £17 billion, with the average consumer spending £342.90 on skincare and beauty treatments each year. This is a record high for the industry, and exemplary of the continuous rise of our collective desires to always look and feel the best.

However, the average yearly spend figure also reveals that the average consumer is not spending money on injectables – at least from a qualified practitioner.

Injectable treatments range in price, though the smallest amount that a patient could expect to pay for some minor work is around £150 – though it should be noted that some clinics may well charge as much as £800 for the very same procedure. Either way, each single treatment – be it Botox or Dermal Filler injections – typically lasts between 3 and 6 months, after which a top-up procedure is needed. And so some very simple mathematics reveals that the average consumer of beauty products is not spending money on professionally administered injectables.

The Rise of Self-injecting Vloggers

The costs of Botox and Dermal Filler treatments reflect the high skills of the highly-trained, qualified and professional practitioners that administer them. Medical procedures of all natures should of course only be dealt with by the hands of such people. However, there is a worrying rise in the amount of people who are keen to start experimenting with injectables, but clearly, as the figures show, are not willing or perhaps able to pay for them.

The Safety in Beauty Campaign has this year been barraged with a rising number of complaints from members of the public who have taken to self-injecting Botox and Dermal Fillers after watching self-professed “expert” beauty vloggers deliver online video tutorials on YouTube.

One such notable vlogger is the Duchess of Dermis. Her alarming video, entitled “Dermal Filler Injection Technique on Yourself”, shows her talking profusely and moving her face as she injects Dermal Filler into her cheeks.

Duchess of Dermis self-injecting dermal fillers into cheek

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The problem, indeed, is a profound one. The Consulting Room – the UK’s largest cosmetic information website – explains that the crisis is even affecting teens:

“Worried parents are calling the [Safety in Beauty] campaign to report teenagers as young as 15 watching the video tutorials and buying substandard products on the internet. The danger of doing this means that non CE marked products are being injected into human skin when no verifiable source of origin or ingredients are specified on some on-line products.

“Adults are causing substantial damage to their health, looks and wellbeing by following advice from amateur vloggers and bloggers on the social media circuit. Nobody in their right mind should be wielding a needle of any kind in the public domain, let alone professing that it is harmless.”

Cowboy Clinics

Self-injecting vloggers are not the only concern of Safety in Beauty, however. With the rising demand for cosmetic treatments, there is a natural increase in the numbers of clinics and providers that have popped up in the UK. But this has also paved the way for another proportional and directly related rise – in the number of complaints from patients who are dissatisfied with treatment results and/or the service that they received from their clinic.

Safety in Beauty investigated the complaints and found a number of consistencies where patients were being let down by their practitioners, who then subsequently resorted to seeking legal redress to pursue the issue.

The number one grievance from patients was that the provider of the treatment did not make any attempts to respond to the initial complaint. Second, that no follow-up advice was offered – the patients were simply told that their procedure was a success and then effectively kicked out of the door.

Third on the list was that following complications that arose in the days and weeks after the cosmetic procedure was administered, complainants were simply told that their symptoms were a “recognised risk” and told to re-read the consent form.

The attitude amongst such “cowboy clinics” is very much a concern. The decision to embark on long-term appearance-altering procedures is not taken lightly. But the way that these clinics handle complaints seems to point towards a culture of irresponsibility and hand-washing of patients once their cheques have been cashed.

Many complainants who were dissatisfied with treatment results cited that they were not properly informed of the risks involved, and no proper consultation was offered.

This poor handling of what should be valued and respected customers is a worrying trend for the UK cosmetic treatments industry – but it needn’t be.

If you are considering undergoing such procedures, in order to ensure your safety, good results, and that you will be looked after both before and after each treatment, then the simple solution is to seek out a professionally qualified and highly-reputed clinic. Only this way can you be sure that you are in safe hands, and avoid the perils that have befallen so many that, at the expense of their health and appearance, are trying to save money putting their faith in cowboy clinics.

Here at Collagen Aesthetics we take pride in the level of care that we offer all of our patients. Our most important consideration is always you, your safety, and our relationship that we build together during your treatments. With over 20 years’ experience, you can be assured that all procedures that we undertake will be done so with utmost skill and diligence, and we provide thorough consultations with all patients before and after they go in. Get in touch with us today to find out more.