Ensuring Safety in Aesthetic Procedures: The Cosmex Clinic Approach

In the realm of aesthetic enhancements, the demand for non-surgical procedures has surged over the past year. Unfortunately, this surge has been accompanied by an alarming increase in patient-reported complaints related explicitly to non-surgical breast augmentation and Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBL) using large volumes of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. At Cosmex Clinic, we prioritise medical safety above all else, and our practitioners undergo rigorous training to uphold the highest standards in understanding anatomy. We aim to instil confidence in our patients that they are in the most capable hands.

At Cosmex Clinic, our operational framework is rooted in a medical model to ensure the safety and efficacy of our treatments. Our process involves a thorough triage to assess suitability, followed by a comprehensive consultation to address specific areas of concern. Together with our patients, we collaboratively develop a personalised treatment plan tailored to their unique needs.

Emphasising both safety and realistic aesthetic outcomes, we place great importance on ensuring that proposed treatment plans align with achievable goals. Prior to any procedure, detailed discussions on pre and post-care are conducted and documented through email correspondence. Our commitment to transparency is reflected in the practice of obtaining informed consent, capturing pre and post-treatment photographs, maintaining contemporaneous notes, and scheduling follow-up review appointments as standard protocol at Cosmex Clinic.

A recent Save Face report sheds light on the unsettling reality surrounding these unregulated procedures. Shockingly, over 50% of reported cases resulted in severe and life-threatening conditions, including sepsis and abscesses that necessitated hospital admission. Even more concerning is the fact that 96% of patients who experienced complications sought treatment from NHS services [Save Face, 2023].

Understanding the strain on NHS services, particularly with extended waiting lists for treatments such as varicose veins, Cosmex Clinic endeavours to alleviate the burden. Our commitment lies in providing the right advice and guidance to prevent future illnesses, reducing the need for NHS services in the long run.

Save Face stands as the only government-approved register exclusive to Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, and Prescribing Pharmacists. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority since 2016, our register is recognised by The Department of Health, NHS Choices, and NHS England. Being accredited by Save Face ensures our compliance with both clinic environments and the products we use.

A staggering 100% of the procedures reported were performed by non-healthcare professionals, and a shocking 92% of patients did not have a consultation; instead, they were told the procedure was ‘risk-free’ [Save Face, 2023]. 

The appeal of these procedures as a seemingly ‘risk-free’ and cost-effective alternative to surgical options has fueled their growing demand. However, it is evident that practitioners prioritising financial gain over patient safety are contributing to the surge in complications.

Save Face’s campaign to call for government action before any fatalities occur resonates deeply with us at Cosmex Clinic. We unequivocally condemn unregulated procedures and stand in solidarity with efforts to ensure the safety of individuals seeking aesthetic enhancements.

If you are seeking advice on aesthetic treatments, Cosmex Clinic offers a range of regulated procedures to ensure you are in safe and capable hands. Book a consultation with us today to discuss your concerns and explore safe and effective solutions tailored to your needs. Your safety is our priority.

You can read the full Save Face report here:


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