Pete Richardson explains
AN excellent article has just been published in Aesthetics Journal which could help you prevent causing blindness with dermal fillers.
But shockingly we are not allowed to share it with you because the medics involved don’t believe you should be practicing in the first place.
The article in question gives specific advice to on what to do in the highly unlikely event of sudden blindness (And it notes there have only been 53 recorded cases worldwide since 2000 – and almost all in Asia) …. but we are not allowed to share that information because you are not a medic.
Even though the article describes what you should do in the event of sudden blindness – and the advice would be the same whether you are a medic or not – for example it includes to seek immediate expert advice from eye specialist – we can’t share it with you.
We have asked because we believed it would help with public protection and would be really useful for legally practicing non-medics in aesthetics to have access to the most up to date and expert advice. But no.
Here is the statement from Aesthetics in full as to why you can’t be shown the article by your association (Which has the main aim of increasing public protection).
The statement says: “The article Considering Dermal Filler Blindness, written by consultant ophthalmologist Miss Elizabeth Hawkes and published in the November issue of Aesthetics is protected by copyright belonging to Aesthetics Media, giving us the right to refuse republication of any content we produce, which we have done in the case of the Association of Cosmetic Practitioners of Britain (ACPB) website.
“As the ACPB supports the training of non-medics, we are unable to align or promote our content through this association. Doing so may suggest that Aesthetics Media and its Clinical Advisory Board advocate and encourage the training of non-medics, which we do not.
“Aesthetics Media consults a Clinical Advisory Board for guidance on medical content and the practice of aesthetics (particularly administration of botulinum toxin, dermal filler and threads) in the UK. It is a firmly held view of the Board that this practice should be rooted in the basis of clinical medical practice.
“The Board’s view is that in order to maintain safety of the public and to maintain standards, this sector of medicine falls under the remit of those who are regulated by a statutory body.
“The Board and its individual members are all actively involved in raising standards with a view, in the long term, to develop aesthetics into a recognised medical sub-specialty to further enhance public safety.
The ACPB believes the opposite and will continue to fight for the rights of non-medics to practice professionally and adhering to the highest of standards.
If you do want advice and help on dealing with sudden blindness call the ACPB 24-hour helpline and we will do all we can to share best practice and help keep all the public safe – no matter who treats them. We believe protecting the public is more important than arguing for a change in the law that will never happen.
What do you think?

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