I have spent years studying and updating my skills. This is why I cannot compete on price with other individuals that attend a one day training course and all of a sudden are deemed "qualified" to offer aesthetic treatments.
This is YOUR FACE! You have to wear it for a very long time so invest in it. Toxin is a medication, filler can occlude arteries and cause a condition called necrosis. This does not happen straight away, do these practitioners understand the importance and implications of checking a capillary refill time?
Any reputable establishments would not advocate any of their clients to go to anyone that is not a qualified Nurse, Doctor or Dentist.
Infection, anaphylactic shock, vaso vagal attacks are all common occurrences. Would an admin assistant turned aesthetic practitioner be trained to deal with this complication? Measure your blood pressure and keep you safe until medical assistance arrives from a qualified paramedic. If you attended A&E would you be happy to be seen by the clerical assistant or a GP receptionist and deem you safe to leave the department?!
Did you know having blood obtained by a unqualified individual for "vampire facials" puts you at risk of not only phlebitis and sepsis but also endocarditis which requires a minimum of 8 weeks on IV antibiotics as an inpatient and can lead to in severe cases death. Also lip filler is at high risk of causing this if you have underlying complications with your teeth and do not attend a dentist regularly.
Also you have to question the risk versus the benefit! Syphillis and HIV is on the increase within the Greater Manchester area which means we are all at greater risk if infection control guidelines are not followed. Unless they work for the NHS or an organisation contracted to them how is anyone updated on these updates?
CHEAP prices are one thing but putting people's health at risk is another....
I cannot compete on this and I feel it is devaluing our training and experience as health professionals, it reminds me of the days of what we used to call "backstreet abortions" and it's getting worse.
So next time you look at the price of lip filler and choose the cheaper option because you want it done now and not next week or next month think of the price you could be or are really paying.
This industry WILL be regulated and they will eventually be all stopped from completing these procedures and is currently and constantly under review by the BCAM and the UK government.