Save Face, an organisation connecting consumers of cosmetic treatments with regulated healthcare professionals, has withdrawn its support for the Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP).

According to Aesthetic Medicine, Save Face made the decision to disassociate with the JCCP after the Council allowed beauty therapists to sit on its board and contribute to the parameters of the JCCP register – a move that Save Face said was ‘contrary to [its] fundamental principals’.

‘Compromising the public message’

‘We had several concerns and reservations throughout the consultation process, which we fear have not been adequately addressed’, said Save Face in a statement.

‘Our primary concern being that the proposed register will be inclusive of all backgrounds.

‘The idea of a register that would be inclusive of non-regulated practitioners (be they beauty therapists or anyone else), is contrary to our fundamental principles; that non-regulated healthcare practitioners should not be providing these services to the public – and should not sit alongside healthcare professionals – this only serves to confuse the public, who we constantly work hard to educate and protect.

‘Therefore, whilst such a register would be attractive to those who otherwise have no credibility or regulation, we don’t feel it would be attractive or acceptable to those we currently register – and any association would compromise our message to the public…having consulted with our Governance Board, who unanimously voted against, we have declined the invitation to express an interest, and decided to step away from the process.’

The JCCP has recently been consulting across the aesthetics industry to assess the appetite for the establishment of a new self-regulatory body.

The organisation will be holding a stakeholder meeting in London on 24 February 24 to update on its progress.

Government petition

Meanwhile, a petition has appeared on Change.org, entitled ‘Stop beauty therapists injecting Botox and fillers’.

The petition, which at the time of writing has attracted 2,651 supporters, was started by a user group called ‘ConcernedMedics’.

The petition states: ‘Please stop unregistered practitioners from injecting botulinum toxin and dermal fillers.

‘Botox is a potent neuromuscular toxin which can cause unwanted side effects which need to be clinically managed.

‘Dermal fillers can cause again a whole host of medical problems such as vessel occlusions and infections.

‘Medical interventions are required when both of these treatments go wrong, requiring immediate access to prescription medication such as steroids and adrenaline.

‘An unregulated practitioner has no medical training and does not have access to this and this leaves the patient in a vulnerable and dangerous situation – which could potentially cause irreparable damage leading to disfigurements or even worse – an anaphylaxis.’

If the petition reaches 5,000 signatures, it will be delivered to government for debate.