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Welcome Consultation into Unregulated Cosmetic Procedures

Dr. Kieren Bong from Essence Medical has long advocated for regulation within the aesthetics industry. Today, we enthusiastically welcome the in-depth consultation by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). This comprehensive review, found in the official news release, will examine unregulated, non-surgical cosmetic procedures, potentially marking a turning point for the aesthetics industry.

A Step in the Right Direction


Unregulated cosmetic procedures have been a concern that we at Essence Medical have drawn attention to for years. With this consultation, the UK government acknowledges the risks associated with such treatments and the need for regulation. This decision does not only seem sensible, but it is also crucial for consumer safety and confidence.

Ensuring Quality, Consistency, and Protection


For us at Essence Medical, the crux of the matter is two-fold. On one front, it’s about ensuring quality and consistency in providing aesthetic treatments. On the other, it’s about protecting consumers from potential harm and preserving the integrity of the aesthetics industry. We foresee this consultation providing a blueprint for regulating non-surgical cosmetic procedures, and we look forward to the potential for enhanced standards and practices it may bring.

Looking Forward to the Outcomes


We anticipate that the consultation will yield not only enhancements in regulations, but also the establishment of rigorous implementation and monitoring systems. These systems will ensure that adherence to the newly set guidelines is monitored and maintained.

Our vision is an industry where every practitioner is appropriately certified and every client has full confidence in the safety and professionalism of the services they are receiving. Although the scheme in England is in the early stages of any potential licensing scheme, we regard this as a positive advancement.

In a previous consultation held in Scotland, an overwhelming majority of respondents – 98% – agreed on the need for additional regulation of non-surgical cosmetic procedures. The majority opinion was that non-surgical cosmetic procedures should only be conducted by trained, qualified, and regulated healthcare professionals.

With the current consultation in England, we hope to accelerate the progress of this agenda. Our aim is to establish a licensing scheme for providers of non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

At Essence Medical, we are committed to raising the standards and training within the aesthetics industry, and this consultation is a promising path toward achieving that goal. We eagerly await the results of this review and the actionable outcomes it will reveal.

Embracing a culture of continual learning and advocacy, we call upon everyone within the aesthetics industry to engage with this consultation, share their insights and experiences, and contribute positively towards shaping a safer and more regulated future for our industry.

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