Save Face – PSA Accredited

 

We have been independently assessed against a robust set of standards in order to be certified as Save Face Accredited.

Save Face is a Professional Standards Authority accredited register and is recognised by the Government, The Department of Health and NHS England.

 

This exclusive kite mark ensures that:

  • The person treating you:
    • Is who they say they are
    • The qualifications they claim are genuine and relevant
    • The training they have received is appropriate
    • Is insured
    • Is registered with a statutory body
    • Undertakes regular training updates
  • The Environment:
    • Complies with Health & Safety Legislation
    • Is clean
    • Has the necessary equipment and facilities to provide the treatments safely
  • The products & equipment used:
    • Are genuine
    • Are appropriately licensed
    • Are evidence-based
    • Are sourced from legitimate suppliers
    • Are appropriately stored and maintained

 

Botox and other minor cosmetic procedures are becoming increasingly popular. It is now a billion-pound industry. Nine out of ten cosmetic procedures are in fact non-surgical, with procedures such as dermal fillers, Botox and laser hair removal becoming increasingly accessible.

Cosmetic surgery in the UK is properly regulated, and rightly so, however, there are a number of non-surgical procedures which are yet to undergo such control and management. Filler, for example, isn’t licensed. This means anybody with minimal training can supply and administer it, fairly easily. Even botox, which is medically regulated, is often easily sourced illegally and injected. Easier accessibility may seem ideal to some consumers, however having unregulated and underqualified distributors often leads to mistakes and defective procedures.

If you are considering having any such procedure, it is vital to ensure the practitioner and distributor are qualified and trustworthy.

BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) and BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) effectively register, assess and monitor cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons, however the same isn’t carried out for aesthetic doctors, which includes fillers, laser work and Botox. This is concerning for anybody considering such procedures.

If cosmetic procedures are performed incorrectly, potential defects can include drooping muscles in the face and even blindness.

The Government is working to put control measures into place. In 2013, the Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions called for stricter regulation measures for the industry. This included improving training and the serious revision and action of unsuccessful procedures. These regulations would apply to both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

As well as these regulations, establishing an independent regulatory body has also been discussed, however, this is yet to be introduced. This body would assess then register fully trained medical practitioners.

Luckily the industry has stepped in until this is made the case. Save Face is a voluntary regulatory body, established by accredited medical professionals, including doctors, nurses and dentists, all of whom fulfil strict criteria. 

Save Face regulates procedures such as Botox, fillers, lasers, radio frequency and IPL, sclerotherapy, chemical peels and cryolipolysis. It is easily accessible for people considering one of the procedures. They are able to speak to knowledgable, respected and trustworthy medical professionals about other reliable practitioners.