Facial aesthetic clinicians are having to ‘learn on the job’ with glaring ‘anomalies’ in the UK market compared to the US.
Constance Campion, consultant nurse practitioner and leading expert in medical aesthetics, believes ‘manpower is a serious issue in the UK’.
She explained: ‘There are a lack of specialist courses in this country. It’s time to distinguish between generic, one-day training courses and core education.’
She added that the government has turned a ‘blind eye’ to regular policing and task forcing specialists.
Approximately 23 million surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures were performed in the UK in 2013, with more non-surgical than surgical procedures taking place.
Campion believes these growing numbers signal a demand for a higher level of knowledge and expertise in facial aesthetics.
Examining the issue, Campion said: ‘After non-surgical procedures I’ve seen a lot of patients on high doses of antibiotics because their clinician doesn’t know the difference between bad bruising and infection, when really all they needed was better pre-treatment care.’
‘I’ve seen a lot of patients on high doses of antibiotics because their clinician doesn’t know the difference between bad bruising and infection’
Aesthetic Dentistry Today attended the conference hoping to catch a glimpse of the hottest topics in facial aesthetics and cosmetic dentistry.
The meeting did not disappoint, with lectures and workshops discussing an array of clinical and business topics, such as marketing facial aesthetics to the right patients, new innovations in non-surgical face lifting and the science behind injection techniques.
Dentist and facial aesthetics student clinician Hanna Miraftab believed the conference proved ‘enjoyable and useful’.
She said: ‘My favourite lecture was given by Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai on her new technique, the “eye-boost”.
‘Many of my own patients have concerns regarding the under-eye region, either complaining of dark rings, wrinkled skin or bags under the eye. Dr Shah-Desai introduced us to a new product from Restylane consisting of pure hyaluronic acid, which, when used with the “eye-boost” technique, can lead to remarkable results.’
FACE is one of the world’s largest medical aesthetic conference-exhibitions and features leading dentists, doctors, nurses, plastic surgeons and marketers specialising in facial aesthetics. The conference took place on 4-7 June at the QEII Centre, London.