Last week millions of British viewers tuned into to watch another episode of popular Soap Emmerdale, however what they didn’t expect was a story line which was quite unlike any which had been previously aired before.
Bernice Blackstock, a long running character of the soap, fell into a coma after suffering an allergic reaction to Botox injections, the episode followed the shock storyline which culminated in Bernice being rushed into A&E, where a doctor explained to Kerry and Liam’s daughter that Bernice had suffered an allergic reaction to Botox injections,
Fans on social media welcomed the story line with one viewer stating on Twitter: “Love that # is hitting the nail on the head with these topics recently!
Soap carachter Kerry later admitted to her dad that Bernice had purchased “rip off filler” online and “wanted” her to perform the procedure. Spoilt teen Leanna showed remorse for encouraging Bernice to get the cosmetic procedure.
The Safety in Beauty Campaign welcome the story line as ‘perfect timing’ as the raging debate of unregulated dermal cosmetic fillers, and cowboy cosmetic injectors continues to dominate the aesthetic industry, fuelling the medical community with concern and outrage.
Mr Faz Zavahir, Founding Director of MATA Aesthetic Training Academy currently collaborating on a joint campaign with Safety in Beauty named #InjectAbility says “As this storyline shows, it is crucial to carefully choose your practitioner when it comes to Botox or Dermal Filler treatments, as in the wrong hands it can result in dangerous complications. My advice for people seeking out aesthetic treatments would be to: First of all,
- Ask who will be doing your treatment.
- Check your practitioners qualifications and experience in this field- are they highly trained or have they simply done a one day course?
- Try to see some before and after photos of their work if possible and do an online search of any reviews on Google or Trustpilot.
- Any doctor, nurse, dentist or other recognised health care professional carrying out these treatments will be registered with a body, for example GMC for doctors or NMC for nurses, so do check online to ensure they are a registered professional.
- It is also wise to check which products are being used and research the brand names so that you can be sure it is not a cheap product bought online.
The storyline also highlights the pressures of looking younger, in a culture filled with social media pressure.
A new study by The University of Rhode Island, reveals that an extract found within maple leaves could herald the dawn of a new era in anti ageing.
The extract found within maple leaf blocks the release of an enzyme called elastase, this enzyme is responsible for breaking down elastin in our skin, the crucial protein factor that keeps skin looking, plump and youthful. Over time elastin breaks down and the result is with age we see those pesky fine lines and wrinkles.
The University also discovered that maple leaf extract can also protect the skin from inflammation and even lighten age spots and balance out pigmentations, these previous discoveries led them to the latest breakthrough in the current research found.
It is yet unknown, how the extract of maple leaf could be commercially converted to help fight the effects of ageing, but some experts have hinted that this is more likely to be available as a plant based oral supplement or topical treatment if it makes it to market.
We look forward to reading developments on this in the future…
One of the most influential American fashion and lifestyle magazine, with a global presence has published The Do’s and Don’t of Botox. The article is a guide for those who have had Botox injections already or are dipping into it for the first time, Vogue says “consider these your words to live by. We like to call them The Botox Commandments”
Vogue was founded in 1892 as a weekly high-society journal, created by Arthur Baldwin Turnure for New York City’s social elite and covering news of the local social scene, traditions of high society, and social etiquette; it also reviewed books, plays, and music.
- MATA’s blended learning approach uses practical sessions and interactive theory to make the learning programmes engaging and fun!
- We recognise that a hands-on approach works best when desiring a career in facial aesthetics. We keep practical session group sizes small so that you get the maximum hands-on experience possible
- The exclusive MATA virtual learning environment (VLE) is a comprehensive, university standard platform containing extensive materials including interactive quizzes, videos, infographics, webinars and other resources
- Our trainers, all experts in their field, come from a variety of backgrounds, including surgeons, doctors, nurse prescribers, and other
- aesthetic practitioners
- MATA is recognised in the industry as being an advocate for better industry legislation
- We will consider payment plans to cover the fees
- Learners who have already completed relevant MATA courses may benefit from a reduced learning programme and assessment burden, and reduced fees!
- The qualifications should provide you with:Improved employability, Higher income, An opportunity to work and study at the same time, Enhanced personal and career development
Twenty-year-old woman called Megan Rixson posted a video earlier on this month on Twitter, claiming she had lost her eyesight for almost two hours after getting eyelash extensions.
According to Rixson, the salon she went to for the service used nail glue as an adhesive o fix the temporary lashes on during her appointment.
In visible distress; Rixson commented on her video “This one’s on fire. This one wont open as much,”. Since the video’s initial post, it has attracted over 850,000 views.
Rixson told a reporter for Buzz-feed News,”When she was doing the first one my eyes were stinging lots, But she said, don’t worry, it’s normal, and told me to hold my eye open.”
Megan tweeted: “Girls be very very careful where you get your eyelashes done!!I got my individuals done today somewhere new and it turns out they used nail glue on my lashes. I genuinely lost my sight for 2 hours. Thankfully the swelling has gone down, but they’re still very sore. Be careful😭”
10:57 PM – Oct 19, 2018 @meganrixon
Safety should be your number one concern when choosing a lash extension expert.
Please ensure that before undergoing a treatment, your chosen technician takes enough time to run through the risks with you, and you should not be afraid to ask and ensure they are using a safe adhesive.
The Safety in Beauty Campaign suggests asking if the glues being used contain formaldehyde, which can irritate the eyes, a give away that this could be the case in being used on you, is if you can smell strong chemicals, chances are they are being used,
Photo Credit: Copyright of Megan Rixon
Mandatory training for beauty centre staff results in a safer industry in Dubai.
Dubai Municipality have tightened up on regulations in salons in Dubai, thanks to the training that has now become mandatory which also means that all salon staff in Dubai undergo a basic health and safety training annually. Health supervisors in charge of each salon also have to have advanced training every five years.
Since Dubai Municipality have offered the training, 9,000 staff have graduated, this has helped boost safety and hygiene practices in men’s salons and women’s beauty centres in the emirates.
Dr Naseem Mohammed, senior manager at the health and safety department of the Dubai Municipality, told Khaleej Times that the trained employees will be responsible for assessing health and safety risks in the salons and beauty centres, developing corrective measures and updating work plans to prevent risks.
Training includes the supervision of cleaning and sterilisation, and dealing with the disposal of beauty tools, the training also includes tasks on improving practices and all other matters related to the health and safety of customers and employees.
Over 9,555 salon employees across Dubai from December 2017 until the end of July 2018 have been trained as part of the initiative.
So far, the initiative succeeded to raise the level of commitment of public health premises to safety and public health regulations and legislations from 91.34 per cent in the end of 2017 to 93.58 per cent in second quarter of 2018.
Once training is completed, employees are expected to follow up the inspection reports issued by the municipality to ensure that all the violations mentioned are rectified to enhance the level of classification of men’s salons and women’s beauty centres.
The key is to improve them in all aspects to receive customers from all communities in Dubai, visitors and participants in the global flagship event Expo 2020,” said Mohammed.
The initiative is part of strategic objective to ensure safety and public health, which falls within the strategic plan of the Dubai Municipality 2016-2021 by raising awareness and enhancing the knowledge of salon and beauty centre employees.
International News: Efforts to better regulate beauty treatments and devices in Hong Kong, resulted in a government proposal in January 2017 to restrict the use of 20 types of medical devices involved in cosmetic and aesthetic treatments. The proposal further recommended that Doctors would need to be present or supervise the use of some devices.
However, in a dramatic U-Turn Government officials bowed to pressure from the beauty industry and watered down the proposal to protect customers from salons hawking risky treatments using medical devices, resulting in abarrage of criticism from health officials. Civic Party legislator Dr Kwok Ka-ki was among those chastising the authorities and calling on the Food and Health Bureau to revert to its original proposal circulated in January 2017, after it issued a revised version last week.
“You are backing down completely,” he told undersecretary for food and health Dr Chui Tak-yi on Monday during a meeting of the Legislative Council’s health services panel.Despite deaths, still no action on Hong Kong beauty industry
The re-drafted proposal is a watered down version of the original recommendations made in 2017, the updates now include the removal of recommendations to restrict the use of high-risk medical devices, including those used for laser surgery, focused ultrasound and intense pulsed light therapies.
Manufacturers and importers can voluntarily inform the Department of Health of the types of items brought into the city, and report any adverse incidents, but are not legally obliged to do so, and traders would also be required to register devices before selling them in the city and to set up a post-market surveillance system to monitor the performance of products.
Before announcing the revised proposal, The government spent the past year consulting the industry and other stakeholders.
Last week, in announcing the revisions, the government removed the initially suggested usage controls, saying it would defer the inclusion pending further discussions.
But campaigning groups and health officials fear that Hong Kong will become a dumping ground for unscrupulous equipment
Under the new proposal, the Department of Health would accept direct applications for registration from traders of medical devices which have been approved by mainland China and South Korea, in addition to those approved by the International Medical Device Regulators Forum.
There would be a five-year grace period for registering devices, and those already registered would need to have their permits renewed every five years. To ease fears over safety, the government proposed that devices used for cosmetic procedures be registered, even during the grace period.
Chui told Legco’s health services panel on Monday there were divergent views on usage control after consultations with the beauty industry and health professionals.
While the Liberal Party’s Peter Shiu Ka-fai was also among the critics of the new proposal, he argued that having a doctor present or to supervise the use of cosmetic devices did not mean the equipment was “completely safe”.
Deputy secretary for food and health Howard Chan Wai-kee said the government did not want to delay the registration of “tens of thousands” of devices, which would also include those used for medical procedures.
Kwok’s motion expressing regret at the watered-down bill and urging the government to install regulations, including on the cosmetic use of medical devices, was passed with five lawmakers supporting and two opposing it.
A bills committee was expected to be set up in the next legislative session, for detailed scrutiny of the draft bill.
Amy Hui Wai-fung, chairwoman of the Hong Kong Beauty and Fitness Professionals General Union, said monitoring imports of devices would protect Hong Kong from fakes or those that were not approved overseas. She said there were about 6,000 to 8,000 beauty salons in the city.
Frances Chiu Siu-ling, chairwoman of the Federation of Beauty Industry, said devices used in beauty care should not be classified in the same way as medical devices.
“The Federation of Beauty Industry (HK) holds the view that the regulation of devices should be dependent on the nature of operations, thus medical devices and beauty care devices should be regulated under separate regulatory systems and standards,” Chiu said.
Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) – Changes to the Practitioner Register – Statement on Entry to Part Two of the JCCP Register – Non-Clinical
The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), is a recently launched ‘self-regulating’ body for the non-surgical aesthetics and hair restoration surgical sector in the United Kingdom and has achieved accreditation by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and is a registered UK Charity. This status reflects the overarching not-for-profit mission of the JCCP which is patient safety and public protection.
Patient safety underpins every aspect of the JCCP’s role and function. The JCCP has been concerned for some time about the assumption that all aesthetic practitioners present the same level of risk when undertaking complex Level 7 procedures, such as injectables and fillers. This concern has been heightened by the responses made by Professional Associations, key opinion leaders and a number of JCCP stakeholders. The JCCP has communicated this level of concern to the Department of Health and Social Care and is committed to working with Government representatives to reopen a dialogue on how best to ensure patient safety and public protection with the aim of seeking statutory regulation for the whole aesthetics sector.
The JCCP Board of Trustees is very aware of its responsibility to ensure that the public are better informed about the risks associated with non-surgical and hair restoration surgical treatments and to provide members of the public with the assurance required to enable them to make an informed choice when they seek to select a proficient and safe practitioner in these applied areas of specialist practice. For these reasons the JCCP Board of Trustees has now agreed to restrict entry to its Register for those who inject or insert dermal fillers. In the future only qualified healthcare clinicians will be permitted entry to the JCCP register with regard to these ‘higher risk’ procedures.
The JCCP hosts a single Practitioner Register which is sub-divided into two distinct parts to provide transparency for the public:
Clinical Practitioners who are registered with UK health care Professional Statutory Regulated Bodies (PSRBs – GMC, NMC, GDC, GPhC, PSNI and HCPC) that provide professional oversight and governance for those practitioners whom they regulate. Such regulated healthcare professionals work independently within the context of their agreed scope of professional practice.
The JCCP has consulted each of these PSRB’s and can confirm that the following categories of PSRB Registrants are eligible to join Part 1 of the JCCP register if they are able to evidence that they meet the stringent standards and entry requirements set by the JCCP and its sister standard setting body the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA):
- General Medical Council:
Registered Medical Practitioner – Doctor
- General Dental Council: Registered Dentists
Registered Dental Hygienists
Registered Dental Therapists
- Nursing & Midwifery Council: Registered Nurse
- General Pharmaceutical Council: Registered Pharmacist
- Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland:
- Health Care Professions Council: Registered Physiotherapist
Registered Diagnostic Radiographer
Registered Therapeutic Radiographer
- Registered Podiatrist \ Chiropodist
Registered Operating Department Practitioner
Practitioners who are not in current membership with or are not eligible to join a Professional Statutory Regulatory Body/Council and who require clinical oversight for specific procedural interventions (within or outwith their scope of practice) – Beauty Therapists, Aesthetic Practitioners and persons who are eligible to be registered with a PRSB but have elected not to do so.
The JCCP Board met on 31st July 2018 to review progress relating to the ‘Practitioner Register’ and to review the many communications it has received about allowing non-healthcare practitioners to register at L7 for the administration of injectables and fillers.
The JCCP has now determined that Level 7 treatments that involve injectables and dermal fillers should be performed only by relevantly trained, experienced and proficient healthcare professionals who are Registered on Part 1 of the JCCP Register.
The JCCP will therefore now suspend access to its Register for all non-healthcare practitioners who practise Level 7 injectable and/or dermal fillers procedures for a period of 3 years whilst a detailed evaluation can take place of the ‘risks’ involved to the general public and will use this period to resubmit the case for statutory regulation of the whole sector to the Department of Health and Social Care. The JCCP Trustee Board has endorsed this position and has decided to implement the changes as proposed.
The JCCP would like to emphasize that Part 2 of the register will remain open for those eligible non-healthcare practitioners who practise treatments in other modalities/treatment areas as defined by both the JCCP and the CPSA (as set down in the CPSA Standards Matrix) such as skin rejuvenation, peels and lasers and light.
The JCCP has advised the Professional Standards Authority of this decision. In reaching its decision the JCCP has noted the importance of:
- At all times doing what is best to protect the public and to deliver patient safety/harm free care and treatment to members of the public.
- Continuing to gather further evidence about the levels of ‘risk’ involved when delivering Level 7 treatments for injectables and fillers by all practitioners.
- Learning from a number of new initiatives being progressed in Scotland and Wales to regulate within this sector.
- Continuing a dialogue with patients/service users, other stakeholders and key opinion leaders on the future of regulation.
- Maintaining engagement with the beauty/aesthetic sector to encourage them to continue to develop new qualifications that will enable them to acquire the requisite knowledge, skills and practice competencies to deliver safe and effective care and to establish clear pathways to enable them to progress through the JCCP/CPSA Competence Framework up to Level 6.
The JCCP intends to discuss ongoing issues relating to statutory regulation for all practitioners who practise within the aesthetics sector and will be seeking the opportunity to facilitate conversation with key parties, including the Department of Health and Social Care in the near future to consider matters relating to cosmetic regulation.
Professor David Sines RN PhD CBE Chair JCCP said:
“The JCCP is a ‘listening organisation’ and has welcomed the many representations it has received on the issue of practitioner competence and the link to patient safety and public protection. We will seek to continue to work closely with key stakeholders and the Department of Health and Social Care to represent our case for statutory regulation for the whole sector and look forward to participating in further consultation on these matters.
Now is the time to take stock again and to consult on the best approaches to deliver patient safety and public protection across all categories of practitioners. The JCCP and the CPSA have published an inclusive framework of training, knowledge, education and practice competencies which we will continue to promote and disseminate amongst the whole aesthetic practice community, irrespective of professional background.
The JCCP Board have taken time to review the representations it has received and has agreed to restrict entry of non-healthcare practitioners to the Level 7 injectables and dermal filler parts of the JCCP Register at this time. These changes will now be implemented.
We will continue to actively encourage non-healthcare practitioners to engage with the work of the Council and the CPSA to improve the safety of their performance and to submit data relating to their practice to inform the evidence base relating to patient safety and risk. We will actively continue to encourage patients and members of the pubic to regard the JCCP/CPSA as the place to report any concerns about patient safety, irrespective of whether it relates to a JCCP Registrant or not.
The Board also recognizes that non-healthcare practitioners carry out many ‘lower level’ aesthetic treatments which are deemed to be at no risk or low risk to patients.”
Medical Aesthetic Professionals are warned to ‘Register before October the 1st or stop trading and face up to 3 months in prison or a £5,000 fine” states a senior officer at Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Tracy Birch a Senior Programme Manager in Quality Assurance at Healthcare Improvement Scotland., published the stark reminder on a blog article 2 days ago, reminding cosmetic and aesthetic professionals of the looming deadline.
Independent clinics and professionals practicing in the sphere of aesthetic medicine have been legally required to register their service with Healthcare Improvement Scotland for over a year.
The register was implemented to safeguard and assure the public that the provider is fit for practice and provides clinics with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have met various stringent criteria.
The article explained that ‘Regulation also helps to improve safety for customers and ensures that independent clinics continually ‘raise the bar’ by striving to improve the services that they provide. To date, nearly 300 clinics throughout Scotland have complied with the new legal requirement to register their businesses’
Birch went on to state that ‘We have recently taken the step of writing to independent clinics to let them know that unregistered services who submit completed applications on or after 1 October 2018 must cease trading until the registration process is complete.’ And for those failing to comply to the request for registration Birch warned ‘If they continue to trade after this date, we will report the service to the Procurator Fiscal Service. If found guilty, the penalty for failing to comply with this legal requirement is up to three months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000.
With a favourable stance towards consumer protection the article stated that ‘Members of the public who are unhappy with the services they have received in a clinic can also make a complaint to us. When a clinic is registered with us, we also have the power to take enforcement action where we identify a significant risk to the safety and wellbeing of patients’.
The Safety in Beauty Campaign welcome the news, and feel that the tough stance adopted by Scotland, should be mirrored in the UK.
As such, no register has been implemented to date in the UK, that has bore any success, the latest offering is the recent emergence of The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) and the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA) these are two organizations that are self-regulating and self appointed entities of the non-surgical aesthetic industry in the UK, however the initiative has had a rocky start, and has been met with hostility, from the medical aesthetic community who oppose the voluntary register, as it welcomes the participation of beauty therapists, to sit alongside medically qualified healthcare professionals.
As a result registration numbers have been minimal and the battle of division between medical healthcare professionals and beauty therapist continues.
On a final note, our campaign asks? what about the non-medics in Scotland? who will they be held accountable to? as a campaign and industry we welcome stricter laws to safeguard the public, but this must be a universal law and approach, to everyone practising with the scope of aesthetic interventions, for it is commonly those who are not accountable, that by statistic and documented evidence gathered over five years, we can robustly state are the ones who ‘get away with murder’….
If you would like to find out more about registration and regulation, in Scotland please call the Independent Healthcare Enquiry Line on 0131 623 4342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Article Credit: Tracy Birch is Senior Programme Manager in Quality Assurance at Healthcare, blog published and quoted from 4thSeptember 2018