Semi-permanent make up procedure at MBNS and Qutis Clinics
An article this week in the Daily Mail highlighted the growing popularity of semi permanent make up in the UK. It follows the trend in the USA by many A List Celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Madonna and Gwen Stefani who are fans, and the lure of having a hassle free make up routine draws many people to going down this route.
The results can be amazing if done well by an experienced professional. It lasts about 1-2 years and a top up is required to keep the colour perfect.
Unfortunately, along with the rise in popularity, comes an influx of practitioners who lack skill and experience. Training courses run for only a couple of days and as the industy is unregulated, the technicians can work on anyone willing to pay. Also and along with discount offers from places such as Groupon, the service is devalued. This should start the alarm bells ringing in the ears of anyone wanting to go down this route.
Steps you should take before having semi permanent make up:
1. Firstly and foremost, you must choose an experienced semi-permanent make up artist. This procedure takes a great deal of skill that is gathered over time. Ask to see their before and after photos of the brows, lips and eyes they have done previously.
2. Ask them about their experience, training and testimonials from other clients.
3. Ask to see their certificates. Semi-permanent make up artists should also be regulated by the local district council.
4. Never be lured into big discounted offers – they usually are too good to be true.
5. Ensure that the location is sterile and professional. The equipment must be sterile and disposed of correctly also. It is never a good idea to go to someone’s house for treatment.
Fay Verney – semi-permanent make up artist
We here at MBNS and Qutis Clinics have our own Semi-permanent make up artist, Fay Verney. Fay has been in business over ten years with many happy clients who keep coming back. Existing clients also refer their friends too, and her business has grown greatly over the years.
The Cosmetic Industry has been all over the news this week, in fact the chief medical officer for of the NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh has called for an overhaul that includes tougher regulations to the purchasing and injecting of treatments such as Dermal Fillers.
MBNS is still concerned with the outcome of this report.
Although the general outcome is positive for our industry as a whole, as many unqualifed people will be weeded out, a very important area was missed. The report still states that a Non Healthcare Professional can inject Dermal Fillers and Botox! This is an area we are greatly opposed to. MBNS has four Aesthetic Nurse Specialists including two Nurse Prescribers and we have been in clinical practice over 15 years. Injectibles such as Botox and Dermal Fillers should ONLY be injected by a Nurse or a Doctor, both of which have a formal qualification and have their names on a professional register. Elsewhere, non healthcare professionals have been injecting these cosmetic procedures and they DO NOT have a formal medical or nursing qualification or a thorough and advanced knowledge of the face, the muscles anatomy and physiology.
This report had the opportunity to say that only doctors and nurses must do these treatments. THE OPPORTUNITY WAS MISSED!
All nurses are answerable to a governing body: The Nursing and Midwifery Council, but Non Healthcare Professionals are not answerable to a professional governing body, so if they were negligent, they could not be struck off a register. Our nurses are on the NMC register, as are doctors (GMC). They are accountable to a very strict code of conduct. This code is there to safeguard patients.
This report had the opportunity to state that only doctors and nurses must perform these treatments. THE OPPORTUNITY WAS MISSED! Nurses were not even represented on the review body for this report. There are over 650, 000 nurses in this country, and within aesthetic medicine, it is thought that 60% of injectors are nurses, a great body of expertise and more importantly advocates for vulnerable patients seeking medical cosmetic treatments, so WHY were there no nurses on the advisory committee?
Our lead Nurse Marea Brennan Thorns spoke on Radio Oxford yesterday to express our views on this important report. You can listen to the full interview below:
In August I attended a great meeting focussing on Acne,Rosacea and Psorasis, all conditions which are common to many of our patients at MBNS, held by the BACN (British Association of Cosmetic Nurses), and sponsored by Galderma. It was an aesthetic dermatology study day Rosacea is a condition that we treat and control with Intense Pulsed Light, but it was good to hear about other ways to treat alongside the IPL for even better results. Acne is something that all of us will have come across either as young teenagers ourselves, and unfortunately sometimes as we get into our thirties it may strike again, or friends and family around us who suffer from it. We are able to offer a range of treatments from skin peels, advanced skin products such as iS Clinical, and our latest treatment – eMatrix, a revolutionary skin resurfacing technology.
I have also been accepted to be a member of the British Dermatological Nursing Group which will mean, I will be updated on these and many other skin conditions. I expressed an interest particularly in the skin cancer study days. So watch this space as they say, and I will let you know how I get on.