An opinion piece By Pete Richardson
The recent unlocking of lockdown for various industries has seen a battle begin between medics and non-medics in the aesthetics industry.
Many medics have claimed that treatments like anti-wrinkle and dermal fillers are medical procedures and therefore they should be allowed to open their salons because medical clinics can open.
The Government says no they’re not – they are beauty treatments UNLESS there is a genuine medical need for the treatment – for example excess sweating.
Steam has started to come out of the ears of all!!
Some vocal medics in aesthetics because they claim some kind of divine right to make their own laws and non-medics because thousands of salons remain closed when pubs and hairdressers are open!!
It has highlighted a very simple point which is currently clear in law but has medical professionals fuming – that aesthetical treatments like anti-wrinkle (toxins) and fillers are beauty treatments.
And rightly so too.
The taxman says so – and he/she usually knows best!
And the more vocal medics who are attempting to corner the billion-pound industry for themselves (Now why would they want to do that?) but they are beginning to realise that aesthetic practitioners have a voice now as well.
One recently stated: “We still have the issue with lay injectors and they are gaining momentum.”
Yes, they are gaining momentum and they will not be silenced or intimidated by medical professionals and their professional bodies.
The recently formed All Party Parliamentary Group for Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellness is looking into the industry and has infuriated some medics by looking at the industry in details and giving a voice to the thousands of professional aesthetic practitioners.
The APPG also wrote to The Government recently agreeing that medics should not be opening clinics.
Indeed, the APPG expressed “…serious concern about medical services offering anti-wrinkle (toxin) and aesthetics treatments during lockdown.”
They went on: “Government guidance is clear that the beauty industry should remain closed and this loophole in the guidance must urgently be resolved.
Disappointingly, the Minister Kwasi Kwarteng MP said in response that he had asked his officials to “look into this matter more closely”.
Carolyn Harris MP and Judith Cummins MP, Co-Chairs of the APPG on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing, said:
“We are extremely concerned by reports that some medical practices are providing (anti-wrinkle) and other aesthetics treatments while Government guidance states that the beauty industry should remain closed at this stage. The loophole created by the lack of clarity in the current guidance on the undertaking of beauty or aesthetics treatments in medical practices presents a serious health and safety risk to practitioners and customers.
“It is crucial that Government sets out clear and consistent rules that everyone must abide by, whether a practitioner operating in a salon, an aesthetics clinic, a medical practice, or as a mobile worker. Any inconsistencies and confusion not only present a public safety risk, but also risk harming consumer confidence as the beauty industry looks to reopen.”
The steam coming from the ears of the medical professionals could now power a small country!!
One said yesterday: “On behalf of the healthcare practitioners in the field of medicine, I strongly object to the grouping together of beauty industry and aesthetic medicine.”
And the only reason must be because they want all the money. (Watch Cosmetic Couture’s CEO Maxine’s video here)
This is not about public safety because these procedures are fundamentally safe and for cosmetic reasons only!
Show me the statistics that say otherwise! They don’t exist.
So, settle down and accept the fact that everyone except you know these are beauty treatments. And stay shut until The Government says you can open – just like the thousands of professional practitioners who have obey the instructions and faced great hardship in doing so.
You simply look greedy, arrogant and self-obsessed and with no regard to public safety at a time of crisis when many of your colleagues in medicine are risking their lives daily on the frontline of this global pandemic.