The dangers of unlicensed cosmetic beauty practitioners
Posted on 6th August 2021
Our specialist beauty negligence solicitors discuss the dangers of unlicensed beauty practitioners, and what to do if you suffer injuries from a cosmetic treatment.
Unlicensed beauty practitioners are no new phenomenon, and have been around for about as long as the treatments and procedures that they illegally offer. It was over four years ago in early 2017 that a news story broke of an unlicensed beautician offering botox and other cosmetic injectable treatments from his garden shed.
However, since the covid-19 pandemic, it seems that reports of backstreet botox clinics and unlicensed practitioners offering botox, fillers, and other cosmetic procedures have sky-rocketed across the country. This has led to a sharp increase in the number of personal injury cases that our specialist beauty negligence solicitors have seen, including scarring, burns, allergic reactions, and soft tissue damage.
In this post, our specialist solicitors run through the dangers of unlicensed cosmetic practitioners, how to spot an unlicensed cosmetic practitioner, and how to go about finding a licensed practitioner.
How to spot an unlicensed cosmetic practitioner:
Whilst a clinic or a self-employed practitioner may advertise themselves as an ‘aesthetics clinic’, or ‘aesthetics specialists’, this does not mean that they have the necessary qualifications to operate in aesthetic cosmetic injectables, such as botox and filler. The best way to ensure that the cosmetic practitioner you go to is medically qualified and trained to the necessary standard to carry out the procedure at hand, is to ask for evidence of their qualifications.
In the UK, training courses for botox and dermal fillers are only available to those who are already trained medical professionals. This includes doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists, to name a few. Therefore, if the person administering your botox or fillers is not medically trained in any way, then they cannot be qualified to provide the treatment. On top of this, while it is not mandatory, Health Education England also recommends that anyone delivering Botox and dermal fillers should be qualified to Level 7 in the training available.
Asides from the physical evidence of training and qualifications, there are a few giveaway signs that the beautician you are seeing is not licensed or qualified, these include:
No consent form is offered beforehand- this is a necessary step with any beauty treatment
The practitioner’s prices are much lower than that of others
The practitioner does not offer you any discussion regarding the end goal and look of the treatment
You are not warned of any possible side effects or risks involved
What are the risks involved in visiting an unlicensed cosmetic practitioner for my botox or filler?
Without a doubt, the biggest risk involved in going to an unlicensed cosmetic practitioner to have botox or filler administered is the risk that you are posing to your own health and well-being. An unlicensed cosmetic practitioner could be:
administering unapproved toxins
doing so in an unsafe way
doing so in an unhygienic way without following guidelines
using unsafe quantities of products
and, worst of all, they are not medically trained in how to act and what to do if things go wrong.
This means that if you were to have a reaction to the product that they are using, they are not medically trained in how to spot this, how to safely dissolve the filler or botox, and they may even advise you not to seek medical help as they are worried about getting caught as being unlicensed.
These risks are very real, and our specialist cosmetic treatment claims specialists in our personal injury solicitors team see the results of these situations every day with our clients.
What to do if I have been injured by an unlicensed botox or filler cosmetic practitioner?
If you have had botox or filler from an unlicensed cosmetic practitioner, or a practitioner who did not follow legal requirements, and have suffered from personal injuries of any kind as a result, then you should be entitled to make a claim for financial compensation.
Whether the practitioner was unqualified, untrained, failed to obtain a consent form, or failed to warn you of any possible side effects, and you were injured as a result, then you could be eligible to make a claim.
If this is you, then get in touch with MG Legal’s NO WIN NO FEE specialist beauty claims solicitors today to discuss your potential claim.
Our expert solicitors have over 30 years of experience in all beauty negligence claims, and are the best team to get you the financial compensation that you deserve.
MG Legal go above and beyond for our clients, and this is evident in our success rate of over 99% on all of our claims. If you have any questions or queries, or simply want to chat to a solicitor about your potential claim, then do not hesitate to get in touch today, here, and you will hear back from a friendly beauty negligence solicitor the same working day.
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