A new survey has revealed that nearly three quarters of aesthetic professionals providing treatments such as teeth whitening and botulinum toxin have had to correct to work of another practitioner. 

The research, conducted by CCR Expo 2017, questioned 102 dentists, doctors, surgeons, nurses, dermatologists, and practice managers.

Seventy-two per cent had previously had to correct treatments such as teeth whitening, botulinum toxin, dermal fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal, or non-surgical facelifts, and over three quarters (77%) have had to perform a corrective treatment in the past year.

The professionals suggest a key problem is that too few consumers ask to see a practitioner’s qualifications or look at examples of their previous work before having a treatment; 74% feel not enough checking like this is done.

A further 84% of professionals also argue that the lack of regulation of non-surgical beauty treatments is part of the problem, resulting in far too many untrained people providing them.

Non-surgical boom

This comes at a time when demand in the UK for non-surgical treatments is at an all-time high; 87% in the CCR survey said the rise in demand has caused the recently reported 40% drop in cosmetic operations.

Half of the surveyed professionals reported that their clients typically use their services at least three times a year, and 41% said that consumers are typically starting to use their services in their 20s.

‘The boom in demand for non-surgical procedures, when combined with such lax checking by consumers and a lack of regulation, is leaving the door open for unqualified people,’ commented Alison Willis, division director of CCR Expo.

‘The end-result being that the industry’s true, highly trained professionals are all too frequently having to pick up the pieces and step in and correct others’ poor work.’