GP raises concerns about non-medical practitioners performing cosmetic treatment in Havering
PUBLISHED: 10:05 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:27 30 August 2018
Following a rise in non-medical practitioners offering Botox in the borough a Romford aesthetic doctor is hoping to raise awareness about the risks of injectable treatments.
Dr Simi Adedeji, GP and aesthetic doctor recently noticed that there are increasing numbers of non-medical practitioners cropping up in the borough.
She is trying to raise awareness of some of the issues around non-medical practitioners providing Botox and dermal fillers for customers who may not fully be aware of the risks.
Dr Adedeji compared going to a non-medical practitioner like, “going to your teacher for a toothache”.
“There is no regulation in the industry which means that anyone can go on a short course and then just start injecting.
“This also means that there are no legal repercussions when things go wrong.”
Dr Adedeji works as an aesthetic doctor in Stewards Walk and she also works as a GP in Dagenham.
The mother-of-two has undergone 18 years of GP and surgery training and she is licensed and regulated by the General Medical Council (GMC).
She believes that customers might choose to go to an non-medical practitionerbecause of the cheaper prices.
“If the deal looks too good to be true, it’s probably too good to be true,” said Dr Adedeji.
“The products themselves tend to be really expensive.”
She explained that Botox can also be used for many conditions, for example it can treat bladder problems or be used for people with cerebral palsy.
“Just because it’s being used for beauty reasons, doesn’t make it any less risky,” said Dr Adedeji.
“It’s being seen just as a beauty treatment and because of that it’s being trivialised.
“There is a lot of confusing terminology around cosmetics and aesthetics. Because they require prescriptions, they should only be performed by medical professionals - that means doctors, dentists or nurses.
“Some people work closely with medical professionals, like dental hygienists, or aestheticians - these people are not medical professionals.”
Dr Adedeji added: “Fillers can have serious complications. At worst they can cause blindness, or cause parts of the skin to die off.
“You could hit a blood vessel or a nerve and doctors are trained to recognise if that happens, because of their years of medical training.
“There is no way that you can replicate that training in a one-day course.”
Superdrug launched its own Botox and fillers service in August which led to many complaints from surgeons who were worried that people might see the treatments as casual procedures.
“I don’t blame the public, we don’t talk enough about what can go wrong.
“[Cosmetic treatments] are typically the kind of thing that attracts vulnerable people, for example people with body dysmorphia.
“Again, when you medical training you’re able to recognise these conditions.
“It’s not about treating everyone that comes through the door.
“Educate the public and they will make the right decision.”