17-05-2019

Get Clued Up on Cosmetic Procedures

Here at Transform, we are in full support of the Department of Health and Social Care’s cosmetic and medical aesthetics campaign focused around public awareness and education about the safety of your treatments. 

In fact, we have worked closely with them to develop the campaign. Their message is simple – get clued up before you undergo your cosmetic procedures! 

What is the campaign all about?

The Get Clued Up On Cosmetic Procedures campaign aims to ensure that people who are considering a cosmetic enhancement, whatever it might be, know the questions to ask first so they have all the information they need to make an informed decision – putting safety firmly back on the agenda.

According to the NHS, the official advice that is given when it comes to cosmetic and medical aesthetics treatments includes:

  • Speaking to a professional about the outcomes you can expect.
  • Choosing a reputable, safe and qualified practitioner who is trained in the specific treatment and either a regulated healthcare professional or registered with a body overseen by the Professional Standards Authority. You can identify these practitioners by looking at the JCCP register.
  • Avoid being pressured into making decisions on treatments without time to fully reflect.


Why is the campaign so important?

Here in the UK, cosmetic surgery procedures like breast enlargements or tummy tucks are carried out by hundreds of GMC (General Medical Council) registered surgeons in partnership with private healthcare groups or specialist cosmetic surgery providers. Patients may also elect to undergo procedures with NHS consultants operating within their own private practice.

However, in contrast to the robust regulation guiding those who can and cannot carry out cosmetic surgical procedures, there are currently no restrictions on who can carry out non-surgical or medical aesthetic treatments like lip fillers, anti-wrinkle injections and other injectables.

At present, those carrying out non-surgical procedures are not actually required by law to hold any mandatory qualifications, skills or training. There are also no rules around the type of environment that a procedure can be carried out in.

Whilst here at Transform, we offer this service in a regulated clinical environment performed only by a Nurse Prescriber or a Doctor, there are many other independent practitioners across the UK, including beauty therapists or hairdressers, where this is not the case. These practitioners may be carrying out injectable treatments like fillers with no qualifications or in a potentially unsafe environment.

Driving up the standards in the medical aesthetics industry

Here at Transform, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the highest standards of care. To deliver on this promise, we have taken a leading role alongside the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners to drive up standards across the industry, so everyone can start their treatment journey with confidence in the practitioner, the clinic and the standards of care being delivered.

The JCCP is a government-backed ‘self-regulating’ body for the medical aesthetics sector. Its voluntary register provides a much-needed marker of quality for practitioners carrying out non-surgical treatments so that patients can have confidence in the safety and standard of their treatment.

We are the first cosmetic and medical aesthetics provider to join the JCCP register and together we are working hard on raising public awareness of the risks associated with non-surgical treatments and the importance of using fully competent and registered practitioners.You can read more about our collaboration with the JCCP on the blog and what the partnership means for you as a Transform customer.

Ensuring you make informed decisions about your cosmetic and medical aesthetics procedures 

Here at Transform, we help our customers to make informed decisions about their care so that they have full control throughout their journey with us and make the best choice for them.

  • Our free consultations come with no obligation to proceed, is simply an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for you to learn more about the treatment or procedure you have in mind. This includes a discussion of any risks that are involved which will be fully explained to you by your surgeon or medical aesthetic practitioner.
  • If you are considering cosmetic surgery, we ensure that you wait at least 2 weeks following a consultation before booking your surgery date, should you wish to proceed, so we can be sure you’ve taken your time to reflect on whether it’s the right decision for you.
  • You will also have at least four meetings with our expert team before having their surgery and can discuss their procedure with their cosmetic surgeon at any time and at no extra cost, before or after surgery.
  • We have robust checks in place to ensure the medical suitability of every patient that we care for as well as ensuring that we are confident that you are emotionally ready too.
  • All cosmetic surgery patients receive a three-year after-care programme following their treatment, which includes an unlimited number of consultations with their cosmetic surgeon and access to our 24/7 helpline. If clinically needed, we offer all patients who require enhancement procedures free of charge surgery, for three years post-surgery.

Why choose Transform for your medical aesthetics treatments?

We are trusted experts, providing care to around 12,000 patients in our network of 24 clinics across the UK.  Our medical aesthetics experts use premium brands, so we’re able to provide you with the very best, long-lasting results, always in a safe, clinical environment.

We are also regulated by the Care Quality Commission, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales to ensure we meet the required standards.

Talk to us today and we can help you start your journey with our experts for a non-surgical or surgical procedure!

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